My father-in-law gave me this car
with about 100,000 km. It's not the
nicest car I've ever driven, but it is
VERY reliable. It has never broken
down on me. It starts up in the snow
and cold no matter what. So far, all
I've replaced has been a
battery, distributor cap, and plugs.
Getting work done on Korean cars in
Korea is dirt cheap, so that is a
plus. Same problem with power door
lock gremlins. They lock and unlock on
their own all the time. When I get out
without my keys, I make sure to roll
down the window first! It has 155,000
km. (nearly 100,000 mi.) on it now and
should be strong for much more.
All buttons/controls are where they
should be. Large trunk. 'O/D OFF'
button is nice on hills for a little
extra kick when the 2.0l 4cyl. engine
can't really cut it.
My model needs back seats that fold
down. More head room. I'm 6'1" and my
hair constantly brushes against the
headliner. Seats could provide more
leg support. Also, what on earth does
the 'ECT' button do? Can anyone tell
me? If so, please send to my email
Bought new and still driving 9 yrs
later. Fun to drive, especially at
190km/h. Had front crash at
80 km/h miraculously nothing happened to
us, car took all the impact and was
severed. Mechanically excellent and snappy.
Body mouldings rust inside and swell -
had to replace 2 times. Door locks rust
& freeze, takes time to get in - can
turn the key, however can't open.
Hardware falls apart (sunshades, door
knobs). Upgraded stereo to Hyundai CD
combo - far much better sound. A/C still
works well. Fuel tank rusted - had to
Manual tranny rebuilt in 5th year, wheel
Overall quite positive experience
Snappy 4cyl eng & 5 spd tranny.
Huge capacity - able to completely fit
Civic hood in the trunk, 12' 2x4s and
other building materials with seats
Handles well on turns and at high speeds.
Wheel covers are impossible to get lost
- as those are screwed down with wheel nuts.
Better hardware from stainless materials
should be used. Also black window door
posts should be made corrosion-free.
Better speakers would make a difference
too. Jack and wrench both broke as made
from cheap materials.
I bought the car at aroudn 50,000 miles
and now it had 100,000 miles the car
performed very well untill about 90,000
and then everythign just started
falling apart i spend maybe 3,000 on
repairs and currently my transmission
only has 3rd gear i will redline on a
highway at 90mph i cant take turns at
more then 25mph or it will skid out i
dont recomend buying a hyundai i would
rather have a civic then this car
handbreak doesnt work that bad so
burnouts arent bad
I bought this car because I had no
choice - it was the only one available
that I could afford. It has given me
nothing but problems - the brakes went
out (twice), it rattles terribly, it
stalls when the a/c is on (and
sometimes when it's not), and the
interior fogs up when the heat is on.
However, it does get good gas mileage
and it is comfortable. But I will not
buy another Hyundai.
The back seat is very well designed,
also the big trunk is nice. The sound
system is not great, but not bad.
Build these cars better - use better
parts, better workmanship, and FIX the
problems with the heat, the door locks,
and the door handles.
I had problems with my auto
transmission, I did not have the
transmission coolant flushed, so it
overheated eventually and killed the
transmission, bought a new one, still
going strong. Had a fault with the
auto door locks, sometimes they would
lock without warning when I got out of
the car, locking my keys in. The
brakes have lasted forever on this car,
confortable ride even on the worst
frost-heaved roads. My only complaint
has been expensive parts/
unavailability of parts. Right now I
need a valve cover gasket, and none of
the dealers can get it for me.
The trunk space is HUGE!! I have
carryied a 4' x 4' sheet of plywood
home in it, flip the seats down, and I
have brought home a 12' long roll of
carpet. The windshield is bombproof, I
have taken several rocks into it which
would have broken any other one
the air filter is a pain in the you
know what to change