Bought the vehicle in late 2005 with only 19K miles on it.
Was a good purchase.
Drove it for a year and the sold it to my teenage son for $2000.
Great inexpensive transportation.
Unfortunately car was totaled in a hail storm.
Fold down back seat.
Peppier engine, better suspension.
I think the new ones have these improvements.
Love it.I bought my 2003 Elantra 5-speed manual w/35,000 miles in March 2003 from the dealership; have 7000 more miles on it. (Hyundai is THE benchmark for customer service in this market!!!). I get 31+ mpg city/hwy and 33+ mpg on freeway travel from Chicago to Northern Ohio at 75+ mph.
Room enough for the single person or small family; great handling; heater brings up good heat in cold weather within 1/2 mile or so; front SIDE airbags.
A little noisy in the manual 5-speed. Runs remarkably smooth on mid-priced tires (Barum Tires).
Caution: It does take a crowbar and body builder to yank the tire off the wheel!
I would buy a new (and now larger) Elantra in a heartbeat.
Front passenger side airbags.
great gas mileage, great customer service (if you buy from the dealer), easy & solid handling, FWD is stable in snow & rain, feels solid like a more expensive car, wonderful stereo system for a car in this price range. great heat and A/C, never seems to be sluggish, runs in 5th gear at 2500 rpm - great for a 4-cylinder.
My wife bought this car used in 2006 after her 1999 Elantra was totaled. It had about 35,000 miles on it and we put another 85,000 on it. I put new brake pads on it one time, new plugs twice, changed the oil every 3 to 5000 miles, and we went through 1 and a half sets of tires. This car was super reliable and I would still be driving it at 120,000 miles if it had not been totaled recently. I have no doubt that this car would have made it to 200,000 or more miles. Was hit twice at high speed on a rainy day on HWY 210 and I walked away with no major injuries.
The car is a reliable, spacious and economical mode of transport. It is no looker and the interiors are dull and grey. Build quality is at par with industry average but surprisingly the car does not feel tinny. The 4 cylinder is very smooth but gets buzzy at high revs and power delivery is linear as expected from a compact sedan with economy in mind. The ride is neither too harsh nor too plush. It is somewhere in between. Handling is abysmal in tight turns though the steering is well weighted. Fuel economy is good. All electricals work seamlessly. It is very reliable and starts at the first crank every time. Cheap to own and run as well. Overall a perfect car on a shoe-string budget!
Cheap, Economical, Easy to maintain, Reliable, Spacious, Smooth engine at cruising speeds.
This car has been a great economy car since the day I bought it. I got 26 MPG around town and then 30+ on long highway trips. I put a K and N filter in and now it runs even better with even more efficient gas mileage. This car comfortably sits 4 people and can have a fifth if necessary.
Gas mileage, quiet engine sound, great sound system for price.
Slow for a "GT", needs a bigger boot, stock air filter is really restrictive.