I reviewed this car right after i bought it when i was in love with it. After a year and a half of ownership, i have realized the good and bad of this car. Replaced alternator, transmission at around 56,000 miles. Constant power window problems. Have had engine light issues for the last 5 months. My car was a flood car, but that doesn't explain issues like interior door handles snapping without warning. Bottom line: If you only have 13,000 to spend, Elantra is a good choice. If you can afford better, definitely get something else. I intend on moving up to a Camry or Accord soon.
Love the styling, inside and out. When it decides it wants to run, it runs great. Roomy for a small sedan; trunk is more like you would expect from a mid-sizer. Also the 99-00 Elantra is a car you don't see on every street corner like you do the newer Elantras.
Make interior door handles so they don't break. Improve fuel mileage. Cup holder is a joke. Fix power windows. Doors ding easily. More power. Better build quality.
Purchased as Program Car with 25000 miles. Has been run both in city and hwy regularly. No problems with it at all. Just normal maintenance of oil changes, tires etc. Has over 100000 miles now and no sign of any problems. Gets good gas milage and great commuter car. Handles well in traffic. Highly pleased with price vs value.
The standard features of electric windows, power door locks, and cruise were no extra cost and have had no problems at all in operation. AC is powerfull for size car and does not affect performance of engine under load
I have owned this car for 5 years now and have no complaints about it. Obviously its not a sports car and should be driven as such. Its great for normal everyday commute and use. We drove it New York twoce in three years with no problems at all. The interior and exterior are holding up better than i expected and I have never had to use the warranty. Normal service and TLC does it. Very reliable, very down to earth, and extremely easy on the pocket.
Almost zero maintenance. Good Cruise Control. Shiny paint hasnt dulled one bit.
Cup holders could be better placed. No vanity mirror on the visor.