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Excellent workhorse for the price
By 4356pats on 01/18/15 23:00 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I've had this car since 2008, and have put it to the test. It has 112,000 miles on it, including a 6-day drive from the east coast to the west coast, back to Denver, and back to the west coast. Never driven a car that is this reliable. It's not fast, it's not flashy, but it goes and keeps going. It has literally never left me on the side of the road except once, for a punctured tire. Practical, perfect for a young person, perfect for a small family. It's likable, it has character, and it's surprisingly comfortable and sharp.
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My Elantra is a great car
By billbond on 08/31/14 07:57 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I bought my 2008 Hyundai Elantra brand new. I have never had a more dependable car. I have never had a tune up and I now have 145K miles on it and it runs great. Just got back from a 10 hour (each way) vacation trip and we had no issues.
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Has been a great car, bought used with 35k miles
By ksh1981 on 05/17/14 13:15 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Review

This car is a well-built machine. Solid, fun to drive, reliable, modest (well, very modest on gas), A/C and heat are great. I bought the car used from a dealership in 2011, with 35,000 miles. My jeep completely had died and I was desperate. But since then, (it is now May 2014).. no problems. None. I've driven long-distance, I commute to work Mon-Fri, and also worked weekends carrying people and 100s of pounds of equipment up to 2 hours away. In all weather, the car did great. This past winter, the battery finally went. 2 degrees F will do that to a battery! Took the car to Sears Auto..new battery...back to normal! If you think you are "settling" for a Hyundai...think again. Test drive one.
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Some Issues
By ocd4deals on 10/05/13 07:53 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I bought my Elantra brand new. Since owning it we have replaced each headlight at least twice and each foglight twice. We had to replace the first headlight on day 2 of owning the car. We had the dealer replace it whie it was under warranty but after 36k miles we were on our own. This was the most frustrating until we had issues with the brakes locking up the rear driver side tire. Upon doing a brake job we found that the brake bracket wasn't up to factory specs so when installing brake pads. the pads had to be filed down. With the seizing of the tire we have had to replace the hub assemly, bracket, and caliper. But other than these 2 issues the car has run great and we are at 78k.
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1 of 7 people found this review helpful
GREAT CAR OVERALL
By happy1989 on 01/22/13 12:03 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I elantra back in 2008 it now has 136000 on it iv only put one set of tires and breaks and one senser in it other then that just oil changes the car dose have a little bit of road noise but is solid i have to say i trade my chevy in for this car and im happy i did i will be keeping this car till it hits 300000 miles witch will be at my rate in 2 more years
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Great Car
By iraqwarvet on 03/25/12 10:06 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I bought my Elantra with 82,000 miles on it. It is still very solid, no rattles and drives great. And, the gas mileage! Oh so sweet! You could not ask for a better car!
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Good Car
By dhet on 01/20/12 10:55 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I purchased my 2008 Elantra GLS new. It now has over 62,000 miles on it. It has been a very good car for the money. I love mine. I plan on giving it to my grandson in a few years when he starts driving. Then I will buy a new one. But first the few cons: I would like just a bit better fuel economy. And the 30,000 and 60,000 mile service costs seemed to me a bit on the high side. I wish the trunk lid would pop just a little so that I could nudge it up with my hip when my hands are full. As it is, it is necessary for me to empty at least one arm to get the lid up. I can’t think of any more cons. -- I have not found engine noise on aggressive accelerations anything to complain about—it is there, but it’s not a big deal to me. I seldom accelerate hard. Now this is what I like most: The car has great road manners. It feels tight and solid even after 60,000 miles. Road noise is not excessive. The steering is perfect. The breaks are sure and smooth. Acceleration is good. Instruments are easy to read. Controls are easy to reach. In the cold the car heats up and clears the windshield quickly—unlike so many cars, it is the driver’s side that clears the fastest. A few other points: I have been driving cars for over 50 years and always apply good driving techniques: The original tires lasted 50,000 miles. The original breaks lasted 45,000 miles. I get the oil and filter changed every 3000 miles. I religiously follow the maintenance schedule to the letter. I have my tires rotated and balanced ever 5000 miles: I have never experienced a mechanical breakdown or anything in need of urgent car with this car. Of the many cars I have owned, this is the first one I can say this about.
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
About as good as it gets
By wiccanferret on 11/07/11 15:20 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

We've had this car since it was new and it now has 52k miles on it. Despite what other reviewers have said, you won't find a car that has lower maintenance costs. So far, the only things I've had to worry about, as per the owner's manual, were oil changes and an air filter. That's it. Oh, and the battery went out after 4 years, which is better than your average stock battery, especially considering the Texas heat this year. This car couldn't be cheaper to run, period. The gas mileage is decent (35 mpg) and the power and handling are phenomenal for this class of car.
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4 of 8 people found this review helpful
Time to trade in
By sweed2 on 05/28/11 10:23 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I bought the Elantra new in 08'. The windshield wipers were never connected. I found this out on the highway in a torrential downpour with no breakdown lane. A couple of weeks later I got a flat took it to Pep Boys and they asked when I had patched the tire? I never did I thought it was new. Recall after recall. Cd player stopped functioning, window was slowly going down, and we kept having the problem. We just received the airbag recall notice. I decided to trade it for a Volvo S60 with the premium package. I totally broke even with everything! The mileage (very low), price, and a good trade-in value. Now I have a safe luxury car that is awesome!
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
2.5 years owned, so far so good
By trunkmonkey on 02/19/11 19:33 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


Review

1st new car, bought July '08, after end of model year. MN driver, 38k+ ODO now. Good car, growly @35-45 MPH. Sluggish & rough when started in -10 to +5 degrees, until warm. Factory tires, got stuck in own driveway in 5 inches snow! Now new Coopers, we'll see. W/o ESC car would be bad in MN winter, with it pretty good. Handles fine in rain. Summer 36hwy/29city, winter 29hwy/24 city, better than my old Buick but still. Good ergonomics interior-have chronic back issues & no problem on long drives. Smooth ride at cruise speed, no trunk popping - mystified by that complaint. Spilled drinks, no electrical short-but not big spills. Trunk poor drainage on opening. Good cargo space seats down.
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