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You get what you pay for
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By Matt
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2003 Hyundai Elantra GT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Not a bad car, but could use some work. The older it gets, the more cheap it feels. There are a lot of squeaks and rattles on the interior. Road noise is overwhelming, and makes it difficult to have a conversation. Simple parts are expensive and hard to find. Fuel economy is not as good as it should be for such slow acceleration. The paint is of poor quality, and easily scratches and chips. Leather interior feels and looks like vynil. Sun visor mirror covers broke without being touched, and driver's side visor will not adjust without making a horrible sound and feeling like it is going to break.


Best Features

Blue dash lights, relatively reliable (Only repair has been the water pump), decent ride comfort, good quality speakers, power everything, sporty look.


Worst Features

Use better paint, improve interior quality, lower road noise, improve gas mileage, update dash to look more modern, change the color of the leather away from the bluish grey color, make parts more accessible


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No problems at all
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By jd50i
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2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought the car new in 2003. 40,000 miles and no problems at all. Do all of the preventive maintenance, keep the car clean, including the undercarriage and under the hood, and you will have a reliable car.


Best Features

Price, gas milage, reliability


Worst Features

Brakes seem a little weak at high speeds above 70 MPH


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Would buy again!
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By DBiz
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2003 Hyundai Elantra GT 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Have put 45K miles on mine and it's been great. I have a small car ego: my main concerns are reliability and gas mileage. This car excels in both areas. Only corrective maintenance needed in 4+ years is to replace headlight bulbs and a blown thermostat (car overheated). The thermostat repair was covered by warranty and I got a free tow through the roadside assistance plan - no problems with either. I drive 50 miles a day for work, mostly highway, and get 32-35 mpg cruising at 70. It's probably closer to 20 mpg around town. Other mentions: Excellent storage under the hatch...good power and torque, you can pass easily on the highway...easy to use interior controls.


Best Features

Solid car all around. Outstanding gas mileage. Excellent power and control, good road feel. Good storage space under hatch. Reliable. Comfortable interior with all the standard features most would want.


Worst Features

It's hard to find too many serious things to complain about! I would make the light bulbs easier to change - unnecessarily tricky. Road noise is pronounced at high speeds, could use more soundproofing. Seats could use better lumbar support (that's a pretty individual assessment).


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Best car I have ever owned
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By Finetooner
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2003 Hyundai Elantra GT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Thus far, it does practically everything better than any similar car I have owned. It is loaded with amenities, has a huge backseat, is peppy, handles very well, and has been dead-reliable. It is an ideal commute car...very nimble, meneuverable, and squeezes into places other cars can't. Yet, it cruises the interstate with ease and is very steady and predictable. Drawbacks? Very few but here are a couple: It eats high and low beam lights. The CD player is inop and AM reception is poor. Wow, that's about it. A great little car and a great value.


Best Features

Loaded with amenities for a bargain price: driving lights, cruise, leather, moonroof, aluminum wheels, 4 wheel discs, air, good stereo, Adjustable steering, console, power windows, spoiler, etc


Worst Features

Move the trunk hinge or have the trunk open up higher because the hinge will flat tear your skull up where it sits.


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Could have been so much better!
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By Disappointed in PA
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2003 Hyundai Elantra GT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Let me start by saying that we liked our car(bought it new). It was a good deal, but gave us too much trouble-we just traded it in on an '07 Mazda3. It is a MUCH better vehicle for a few thousand more. Also-Hyundais don't retain their value well. A week after taking delivery a hose clamp fell off-car lost all its antifreeze. It was towed & fixed however that was merely the tip of the iceberg: -Driver seatbelt fell off into wife's lap! -Various trim fell off in 5 different places -Ongoing transmission problems -Climate control broke -Emergency brake "broke" & ruined the rear rotors -radio, clock, visor clip all broke All this is not acceptable in just 4 years and 39,500 miles!


Best Features

moonroof, styling, purple gaugues, handling, price


Worst Features

Build quality & fuel mileage both need to be GREATLY improved. Dealer service at 2 different places was HORRIBLE-the worst I've had in 16 years of driving. "Bumper-to-bumper" warranty DOES NOT cover everything - its on the verge of false advertising. Resale value is AWFUL!!


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