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Don't spill your drinks!
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By sls78
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2008 Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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I'm sure most of us have been there, accidents happen. So I had a drink of soda spill in my center console where you place your cups. This ended up being a very expensive accident, $1200 and some change. The liquid from my drink went through the cup holder and fried the main "nerve" of the electrical system according to the service department. So needless to say since I spilled the soda the bumper to bumper warranty didn't cover it. At this time I'm not going to have it fixed trading it in and Hyundai has lost a customer. Why would they put the electrical under the cup holders especially if the holder won't prevent liquid from damaging the wiring.


Favorite Features

Fuel economy, smooth ride


Suggested Improvements

move your electrical from under the cup holder


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Danger
1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By John D.
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2008 Hyundai Elantra Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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Be careful if You own one. My daughter drove 50 mph. into a guardrail head on and the airbags did not deploy. Thank God She wasn't hurt badly. Hyundai was not concerned with the problem. I will never buy another.


Favorite Features

Good on gas


Suggested Improvements

Look into safety problems


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Poor resale value/ costly servicing
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By unhappy
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2008 Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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The is car is fun to drive and comfortable for long distance driving. It has plenty of pep. Unfortunately, I have learned too late (as in before I bought it), that its at least $500 to service every 30K (almost 70K at 60K servicing since you have to shell out extra money for platinum spark plugs). I put on >25K per year so I am hitting these milestones quickly. I had it appraised and after 2 years and 60K miles, it is work only 1/3 of what I paid for it and it will only go down from there. Even more expensive cars cost less to service. I nthe long run, not worth the investment.


Favorite Features

Peppiness, room, decent mileage (although not the 35 mpg they advertised back then. They have since adjusted that claim)


Suggested Improvements

Lower the cost of maintenance. Comparable servicing elsewhere is cheaper.


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I love my car!
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By KA Seattle
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2008 Hyundai Elantra Sedan GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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I was so hesitant to purchase a Hyundai after owning a 1998 Honda Civic for 11 years. I absolutely love Hondas, period. However, I read all the reviews and did my homework and felt prepared to buy this little gem. I now find it now laughable that Honda and Toyota insist on charging a horrendous amount extra for AC, a sunroof, automatic trans., power steering, cruise control, IPOD compatibility, etc. A $12,000 2008 Civic gets you "maybe" 2 of the above items (read the fine print people!)I only paid about $12,100, 10Kmi, and got all of the above features and this car gets about 32 MPG with a warranty that knocks Honda out of the park. I may just be a Hyundai fan now for life. We'll see!


Favorite Features

Fuel economy, handling on road, body style, roomy, large trunk. Honda and Toyota are going to have some "tooth and nail" competition in the forthcoming years, undoubtedly.


Suggested Improvements

As others mentioned, a little loud when there is a need to accelerate quickly. Also a few times CDs get stuck in my factory stereo, but manage to come out a few days later. Going to get this looked at soon. Otherwise, no issues thus far.


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So far so good
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By charmeming
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2008 Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought this car almost 2 years ago. It has about 28,000 miles on it. As others have mentioned, I have experienced some instances of the trunk popping open seemingly on its own. I think that it may be because there is a button on the remote which possibly gets pushed, but can't be sure. Additionally, the ESC sometimes shuts off on its own especially when its rainy. I live in Columbus, OH where it ices rather than snows and the ESC did kick in a few times, works well when it's on and kept me from sliding into the curb once. I think that the interior is much nicer than other cars in the same price category. The trunk is roomy; it handles nicely; and is quiet compared to other cars.


Favorite Features

Blue lights on dashboard; electronic stability control (ESC); dashboard & eyeglass cubbyholes; 100,000 warranty; backseat cup holders


Suggested Improvements

Trunk fix so that it doesn't unlatch on its own (maybe Hyundai will get the message and give us all new latches); Faster acceleration would be nice


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