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2003 Hyundai Elantra Hatchback

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Hyundai proven to have been a good buy
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By Happy Owner
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2003 Hyundai Elantra Hatchback GT 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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The Elantra Gt gave me what I wanted. Looks, utility ( thats why I chose the GT hatchback) dependability and price. In 76000+ miles the only things that have gone wrong are 3 low beam headlights bulbs, 1 battery, the thermostat and just recently the A/C compressor. The brake pads show little wear at this time. I was rear-ended by an 18 wheeler and took such a hit that the motor mounts broke. After the repair you would never know that the car was ever hit. Still rides and handles great. Excellent brakes; headlights are strong. All in all it has been a very good car in every respect. I will probably replace it with another Hyundai one day, if it ever wears out.


Favorite Features

Dependable, good gas mileage 32+ on highway. Body integrity. Handling. Looks. Can take a hit and survive.


Suggested Improvements

Reduce road noise.Not much else.


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ok for the money
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By jeff
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2003 Hyundai Elantra Hatchback GT 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Daily driver, the first year the car seemed pretty solid. After that you started hearing more noise. Too much maintance for such a small car. If you don't follow the schedule it will void the so called 100,000 mile warranty!


Favorite Features

stereo, moon roof


Suggested Improvements

A lot less maintainence


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Okay car, but I found better
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By Patrick
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2003 Hyundai Elantra Hatchback GT 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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OK car overall. Nice interior - instrument panel and blue lighting were nice, but pleather was cheap. POOR GAS MILEAGE! About 18 MPG - Lower than sticker. Brake pads had to be replaced constantly. The auto trans was not that good, never had any probs with it, but it coulda shifted smoother. Engine had a rattle to it when accelerating up hills - had it checked out, but was told that the noise was normal and didn't seem to effect performance. Also when turning steering wheel, it made a scratching noise. Overall, the car had a few rattles and noises that were minor which didn't effect the performance of the car, but were annoying since they were constant.


Favorite Features

Minimal road noise, quiet on the highway. Interior quality was nice, got many compliments on the interior, even the pleather upholstery. I liked the body design of this Elantra better than the most recent design. That is part of the reason I didn't come back to buy another Elantra -


Suggested Improvements

IMPROVE GAS MILEAGE! Lots of car for the money, but improve reliability & quality. Minimize Engine and cabin rattles and noise. I traded the Elantra in at 80,000 miles, I just didn't trust the car when it got more miles on it. Also did poorly on trade in value since Hyundais depreciate rapidly.


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Going on 5 years and 2 transmissions
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By Kim C.
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2003 Hyundai Elantra Hatchback GT 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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One month after purchasing brand new the problems began. Had to arrange multiple visits to dealership for various issues:1 month-check engine light repeatedly on 3 months- rotors had to be cut, new brakes warranty covered as per recall. 5 months-black around Windows and hatchback hinges needed to be replaced. All minor compared to the transmission exploding (pins blew out the side- pics avail) at 31k miles. Not covered in 100k mile warranty because I did not have trans. Fuel changed at 30k as suggested in manual. I compared w/ other vehicle manuals Toyota, Nissan and tran. Fuel change is suggested @ 50k miles. Suggested not required or car would stop running. Now 79k mi. And need new transmission.


Favorite Features

Can not think of a great feature. I suppose I could enjoy the rear view mirror is OK because it did not fall off yet.


Suggested Improvements

Motor / transmission / tire rods / rotors / paint / noise proof.


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A Bargain and Fun to Drive Too
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By Enrique
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2003 Hyundai Elantra Hatchback GT 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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It's been a joy to own and drive. The things you get for the price is hard to believe, even 4 years later. The hatchback styling is very Saabish and practical. The trunk is large (fits four tires perfectly) and with the seats folded, it's huge (10+ tires, full size desk, etc). The space, ride and quietness surprises everyone. Although the stock handling doesn't live up to the GT emblem, a Tiburon rear sway bar takes minutes to swap in. Reliability has been better than I expected - about one trip per year to the dealership and it's never left me stranded.


Favorite Features

Not any feature in particular but the LONG LIST of features. Rear seat space, trunk space, quiet ride, good brakes, punchy engine, traction control, styling...


Suggested Improvements

A stiffer rear sway bar for the GT, more durable paint... rear seat lighting is omitted with the sunroof. More power would be fun, but power is OK for its class already.


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