1997 Hyundai Elantra Consumer Review: Good for a while...

1997 Hyundai Elantra - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Good for a while...
By Abner11 on


1997 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Sedan


Bought the car used in January 2003 with 36,750 for mileage. Had no problems at all for the first year - plus, and I drive A LOT. In August 2004 I had to replace the pulse generator and oil temperature sensor because the check engine light was coming on and the car was racing a little bit off the line. Cost about $400 at the dealership. Then came Christmas 2004 and all hell broke loose. Brought it to the dealer because A) the engine started racing again and B) the exhaust was awfully throaty. Dealership told me I needed a new transmission, a new front pipe and a new manifold because the existing exhaust pieces were rusted. Also, oil pan rusted through and let go, and head gasket blew.

Best Features

Comfortable, decent mileage, roomy enough for my needs, and I'm 6'2".

Worst Features

The exhaust pieces and oil pan are very, very flimsy and will rust out in no time, resulting in costly repairs.
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