An undeniable bargain at first glance, the Elantra is a well-rounded economy car. If it turns out to be as reliable as Hyundai's warranty suggests, there will be few reasons to spend more on its Japanese competitors.
by hayleypow on Sep 27, 2012 Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Ok, so I got this car when I was 17 and never had a problem with it!
I've driven from California to Washington and back several times and seriously it drives great and is very reliable.
I know have 136K miles on it and did replace my clutch about 6 months ago.
It will probably need a few normal upkeep type repairs soon.
But I hope to keep driving it.
It still looks like a new car to me and I am so glad I got this car way back when!
by gijoemc on Sep 14, 2012 Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
This is my first car, and I bought it almost 2 years ago with about 133,000 miles on it. It is a great car and was a great value. I have had only 1 major problem with it: my alternator belt broke last winter when it got to about -10ºF out, but I still managed to drive it the other half of the way to school (with no power steering). That was the only thing that has broke on this car to my knowledge and now its at the 149,000 mile mark. Also it has a bullet hole in it, so this cars a trooper.
Aaaannd, a minor difference, but I'd say this is a 'girl' car but not a 'girly' car. Like how boats are always referred to as feminine, thats this car.
by kccoflbp on May 31, 2012 Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Bought used in 2008 with 26,000 miles for 5200 dollars. Still own it and love it today. Now has 126,000 miles and running strong. The only maintenance we have done is regular oil changes and timing belt change at 70,000 miles. Averaging 35 miles per gallon.
Hyundai has added a GT sedan to the lineup. It has the same price and equipment as the GT hatchback, save for a rear wiper, and it gets a body-color rear spoiler. The hatchback will wear a black rear lip spoiler, and both GTs will come with floor mats. Meanwhile, the value-packed GLS sedan remains unchanged, except ABS will be slightly more affordable, as it has been added to the Accessory Group 3 options package, which costs $925. Finally, Hyundai announced that it had misstated the horsepower ratings for all of the models in its lineup -- the Elantra is now rated at 135 hp, rather than 140, though the engine itself is unchanged.