Bought this car in 2007, so it was 4 years old with about 70K kilometers on it. So far, there has been NO major work needed. This car starts immediately in -40 degree Celsius weather, a better track record than our 2005 Volks Jetta which needs to be boosted at least twice each winter. This car is pushed really hard with many road trips carrying full loads. Fuel economy is better than our other car, so we take this one on long road trips. There is no a/c, no power anything, but that means that any repair costs are much lower. We're having issues with the wiper motors right now, but we live spitting distance from freight trains, so there may be tons of dirt. Overall, I LOVE this car.
Favorite features? Everything! I would wish air conditioning and a tape deck on this car, but not much else. Easy clutch for the novice driver, spirited enough to get you out of the way if need be and more dependable than all of my other vehicles combined. I'd be happy to purchase another Hyundai.
It was my choice to buy this car with no frills, so I can't really think of anything they should have added to the base model of this car. If I had the choice now, I'd go for a sun roof, a/c and power everything, but that's because I've been spoiled with the Volks!
I seem to have had the same experience as Mrs Barrett. Bought @ 25,000, currently @ 85,000. I run synthetic oil, keep up all maintenance religiously, and overall take care of my car. About 1000 miles ago (2 month.), I was driving home from work and my radiator reservoir tank blew a leak. It scared me. I was on cruise control late at night and suddenly I hear a loud POP and I see steam escaping out of the back of the car. The next day, and $500 later, I have a whole new radiator (reservoir tank alone cannot be replaced w/o changing the radiator!).
It's small, it's neat, and VERY fuel efficient.
I wish the tranny could shift quicker-- no acceleration possible. 0-60 in 3 minutes :p. On the whole, VERY reliable car! No other major problems
I have had this car for a little over 2 years now. It has 98000 miles on it and have never had a single problem with the car. The gas mileage is excellent! I always average 31 mpg! I would recommend this car for anyone who doesn't want to spend a bunch of money with upkeep and gas!
Gas mileage Reliability
Nothing. You can't expect too much luxury with a car that cost me $4500.
I have 2 of the 2003s for my kids. Both are great and have one major flaw. You can't get the tires off if you get a flat. The steel rims rust to the hubs and needs a large rubber mallet to remove! This happened multiple times on both cars. Also, replacing front brake rotors....I couldn't remove them, and both cars the shop had to use a sledge hammer and bust the rotors off. They seize to the inner hub with rust.
i average about 30,000 miles a year and i have not had any problems with this car other then a thermostat at 75000 miles and oxygen sensor at 70000 miles, i live in the north east where we average five to six feet of snow a year and i never have had a problem in the snow till start driving in about a foot of it, and that's with two rear tires that wont pass inspection now
powerful engine for a 4 cyl, plenty of trunk space, in the door storage, heated mirrors
gas mileage, this car is worst 4 cyl i have owned on gas but i still average 28 city and highway mix in summer and around 25 in the winter