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1996 Hyundai Elantra Sedan - Consumer Reviews

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Good Commuter Car
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By Broadway
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1996 Hyundai Elantra Sedan 4dr Sedan


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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!


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

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.


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Keeps on Going
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By theJackal99
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1996 Hyundai Elantra Sedan 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

Better interior, bigger cup holders, more resiliant paint.


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Nice little car
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By Alex1
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1996 Hyundai Elantra Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan


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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 expensive. Overrall, a very nice car, but not as cheap to maintain as the price may suggest.


Best Features

Surprisingly good quality interior for its class (GLS only). Love it! No blind spots. Good highway milage.


Worst Features

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.


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Pleasantly surprised!!
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By JB in NJ
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1996 Hyundai Elantra Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

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 very practical.


Worst Features

Interior - road noise is loud at or above 70 MPH.


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Fun piece of junk
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By umm_bacon
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1996 Hyundai Elantra Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

Great handling and drivability with the stick. Will run forever, while slowly deteriorating along the way...


Worst Features

Stop using the cheapest parts for the interior.


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