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Fun and Low Maintenance
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By Loopy
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2003 Hyundai Elantra GT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Looking for a fun commuter I was all set to buy a Civic until I found that it didn't offer leather or traction control or a $14K price tag. Fuel pump went 1st mo which was replaced by dealer same day. Oil change every 3K, replaced brakes once at 60K and now have 120K on orig clutch. 30-32mpg combined city/hwy. Upgrades include Tiburon rear anti sway bar and 17" wheels which make it very fun in the twisties. Don't try this at home but is very stable at 105mph. Recently have also replaced headlights every 6mo and found my first rust spot behind rear wheel. Excellent in the snow with winter tires. I, too, barely get NYC AM stations from 60 mi away. Very happy with this ride.


Best Features

high revving motor, grippy brakes, tilt or slide sunroof, leather, seats 5 adults, traction control, split fold rear seat, view from rear, low maintenance, good fuel mileage if you keep the revs down.


Worst Features

I'm 5-6 and would like the steering wheel closer, higher, smaller with fewer turns to lock. Seat could use more lumbar, more side support, longer for thigh support. Shorter, tighter shifter. Been meaning to get an aftermarket one but haven't yet. Longer headlight life. Tighter stock suspension.


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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)


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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)


Review

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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