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1997 Hyundai Elantra Wagon - Consumer Reviews

1997 Hyundai Elantra Wagon

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good litte cheapie
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By den
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1997 Hyundai Elantra Wagon GLS 4dr Wagon


Review

Bought from an older gentleman 6 yrs ago some just general maint. Both my power Windows had to be fixed the car now has 61k and still works good don't know how long I will keep it the trade value is poor to say the least so as long as I can I will keep it.


Best Features

fold dn rear seats


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Good all around car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Nathan Toke
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1997 Hyundai Elantra Wagon GLS 4dr Wagon


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I bought this as my first car in graduate school and it has served me well for three years and 20k miles. It has been reliable and easy to drive. The interior is really crappy as was the case with 1990's hyundais... many plastic parts are wearing down on the interior. The window motors start to die at 80k. Some of this could be enhanced because of sitting so long in the desert (phoenix) sun. The outside of the car is nice (although the paint has worn on the grill and the hub caps look pretty poor these days. The visibility in this car is supreme! which makes this car fun and easy to drive. It is better to drive on the highway at speeds between 60-75(33mpg) than the city (21mpg).


Best Features

Highway gas efficiency, Visibility, hatchback and fold down seats for cargo and or sleeping in the back on a long road trip.


Worst Features

Hopefully Hyundai is using better interior parts like the plastic fittings etc. Also there is a fair bit of road noise on the hwy.


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Cheap to Buy, Expensive to Fix
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By autumn
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1997 Hyundai Elantra Wagon GLS 4dr Wagon


Review

Car is comfortable and responsive,
rides well, and looks good, but when it
got to 70K it seemed to start falling
apart piece by piece. Trans was
replaced at 8,000 miles, then rebuilt
at 83K. New battery: 68K. Starter
replaced at 70K. Door handle replaced
at 75K. Put on new tires after old
ones wore out after 30,000 miles, new
ignition cylinder at 85K. Speedometer
cable and assembly now need replacing,
too. Also, the trim surrounding the
rear window is starting to fall off. I
have been very diligent about
maintaining this car as required, yet
it still seems to need excessive
repairs. I should have bought the
manual trans version.


Best Features

Attractive looking, small size, power windows and locks, comfortable on long trips. It has a good stereo system, too. It is very roomy inside; can carry one bike inside, two on roof and 4 on a back rack. Will carry 5 passengers comfortably.


Worst Features

Better transmission, trim and door handles which fit better and don't fall off. Higher quality components.


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Gets me there
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By Runabout
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1997 Hyundai Elantra Wagon 4dr Wagon


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This car has transported me to and fro
and never broken down on me. Its got
responsive trans (manual) goes pretty
fast and gets good mileage. Too bad it
depreciates quickly. Only problems were
with a recall for fuel tank vacuum
pressure that took the dealer a while
to diagnose/fix properly.


Worst Features

Improve handling and power.


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I will never purchase another Hyundai!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By UNHAPPY
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1997 Hyundai Elantra Wagon GLS 4dr Wagon


Review

I would not recommend this car to even
my worst enemy. The transmission has
failed twice. All of the paint
(original paint) is chipping off. It
makes horrible banging noises when
turning and no mechanic (not even
Hyundai dealer mechanics)can figure out
why. The steering column shakes
(another "feature" thank no one can
seem to fix). We have done all we can
to no avail. I will never EVER buy
another.


Worst Features

New engine. Better paint. More automobile knowhow.


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