This is an OK car, nothing special
especially in terms of the materials
used. Car has many
squeaks/rattles/buzzes that the dealer
does not want to address. Car handles
well and the 4 wheel discs work well.
Seats are comfy and I fit, 6'5" 225lbs
nicely. Build quality is only fair due
to rattles and cheapness of interior
materials, seats are already showing
wear?? in 2 months... This concerns me.
Car can be caught completely flat
footed on hills where it WILL NOT
downshift, the lead tech told me this
was a KNOWN issue , he also said they
were not as well made as the Sonata,
Handling, Styling, Radio, Ergo's,
Seat, Room. Gets me to work and saves
wear and tear on my Iroc.
15-20 HP, this is a GT and its Heavier
than the Comp. Better Build Quality.
Make ABS Standard. Rattles and Buzzes
(Turn up the Radio), let the
transmission downshift when its
slightly above 30 on grades, just
bogs :0(Buy a Base Sonata you will
probably be happier
I've owned my GT Hatchback for 30 days
now. I have found it to be a fantastic
car. I realize there are a significant
percentage of buyers out there who will
not be satisfied unless they have paid
a lot of money for their vehicle. Try
as you might, you will be unable to pay
more than $14,000, so you folks will
need to look elsewhere.
I went with the hatchback vs. the sedan
trim based on the distinctive style. A
word of caution however; the hatchback
model with ABS/moonroof package seems
to be a pretty rare animal. Be prepared
to wait for delivery.
Peppy engine, moonroof, comfortable
leather seats, lots of front-leg room,
cavernous cargo area, distinctive
An overlooked quality of the Elantra is
the W-I-D-E back seat. My three sons
(ages 7, 5 & 3) are comfortably spaced
even with the youngest in a car seat.
I think performance can be enhanced,
with the same or better mileage
results, using a 2.3 liter engine that
delivers around 150 hp.
My quibbles are small compared to my
satisfaction. If you are skeptical
(hey, I was) but tempted based on
price, at least give it a test drive.
I just said goodbye to my 97 Elantra
and decided to go back with Hyundai.
The new Elantra is big, more powerful
and much more attractive. I got the GT
Hatchback fully loaded for $14K. No ABS
however. The leather (the real thing)
is very nice, the purple/red dashboard
illumination at night is very "cool".
The sounds system is quite impressive
for a car of this price. However i love
that it can play MP3 CDs. No one can
beat the warranty and you won't be able
to find another car with Leather,
Sunroof, impressive sounds systems,
Alarm, power everything for the price.
The ride is very quiet, even with the
sunroof open on the highway.. VERY
Dashboard color, Remote door
lock/openig, Radio, Seats are very
comfortable (I'm a road rep, that's
important) powerful A/C. Trip computer
is awsome and very practical.
The Radio could be less complex and the
buttons on it could be bigger. Power
window switches could be illuminated at
night. Outside temperature gage would
be a nice touch.
Amazig car, for any money. Maybe not
any money but Its worht at least 23-28K
and I got my GT Hatchback fully loaded
with ABS and Sunroof dont forget the
leather CD alloys great 5-door styling
unlike mazda and ford which are just
wagons for under 15K out the door.
The BEST ergonomics, minus the cruise
control, in this class. VERY
comfortable for long rides and great
storage capacity upfront and in the
More horeses can never hurt but then
again i say that about my Mustnag Cobra
too. Ditch the stalk cruise for
standard thumb buttons.
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