Have put on 100-140 miles daily for for almost 8 years of use. Now have 279K on vehical. Major service include refurbished AT tranny at 147k ($1300) and recent water pump ($450) plus timing belt service, used power steering pump,gas filter,2 radiator fan motors,3rd set of tires (90K ea) Have not replaced alternator,muffler,or injector servicing. Check engine light has been on for 100k now. Have crack low on exhaust manifold but still get 35 to 38 mpg freeway,combo 30-33. Still no oil,tranny leaks...amazing! All my previous American cars have messed up my garage!
Was going to use vehical as a "throw away" commuter car, but it has not given me a chance to do so. Overall transportation costs is very low with paid off vehical. Best car ever had.
Redesign transmission. Even the refurbished after a few miles had similar 2-3 gear free wheeling problem but with proper maint...ok for now. Suspension is terrible but use to it. Radio could be greatly improved.
I have over 180,000 on my 1996 Elantra and it just keeps on going. I've never had to do any major work on it. The paint and exhaust system on the car, however, could use some improvements. Very easy to scratch. The interior could be improved. But again, mechinacally it is awsome.
If you are looking for a car that keeps going and going... this might be the one. I'll write another review here when it finally dies... otherwise assume that there is an Elantra out there with 180 K + miles and rising, out there.
Better interior, bigger cup holders, more resiliant paint.
Bought it used, had it for almost 3
years, about 80k now. Pretty happy so
far. Relatively fun to drive, stable on
the highway, fast, roomy.
Mostly Minor problems and maintanance,
but parts for Huyndai are pretty
Overrall, a very nice car, but not as
cheap to maintain as the price may
Surprisingly good quality interior for
its class (GLS only). Love it!
No blind spots.
Good highway milage.
Very poor dealership service around DC -
very dishonest. Tried 2 of them and
very dissatisfied with both.
Body roll in corners.
Not-so cold AC.
Car has done us well as we have over
125,000 miles now. Changed the oil
every 3000 miles and the car has
reciprocated. Only problems have been
with the check engine light coming on
(several recalls and a new gas cap).
Have only replaced the clutch once and
the brakes once or twice. Recently had
to replace the wiper motor and window
regulator at about $200 each, but
that's been the only problems. Just
bought a 2003 Santa Fe based upon our
favorable experience with this car.
Great gas mileage (over 400
miles/tank), surprising acceleration
with a 5-speed, GLS came with power
windows/locks/mirrors and AC for a
great price. Fold down rear seats are
I got this car used from a family
friend, and have had a love hate
relationship with it ever since. The
car is very fun to drive, it being a 5
speed manual, but everything on it
except the engine is crap. Literally
every creature comfort has broken on
this car: the sun roof, power windows,
interior door handles x2, head liner,
plastic molding, weather stripping, etc.
Aside from the numerous problems with
the unessentials (everything but the
engine) I have loved every minute of
owning this car. I would recomend one
for a high school students first car.
Great handling and drivability with the
stick. Will run forever, while slowly
deteriorating along the way...