I purchased this Hyundai as my first car
. Since then I've been using it for
delivering pizza. After adding over
40000km to it I have a few things to say.
The following has gone wrong:
Muffler fell off, $90. Shifter cable
snappe...on the freeway, $114. CV boots
tore off $40 (diy). Synchronizers shot,
$1800 to rebuild ... yeah right. $150
for a wreck and a weekend later ta da :)
It's actually a decent little beater.
Good on gas, has had only the problems
you'd expect for an econo import with
200k+ on it, no body rust, not interior
wear, and runs smooth as the day I got it.
Engine isn't half bad actually, for a
little 4 banger. Still, once you hit
4th it's gutless, and passing on the
highway can be tricky. And the handling
is awesome, very controlled cornering,
but you feel every pebble.
Road noise. It's pretty loud in there,
and at highway speed the engine revs
pretty high (close ratio no overdrive)
so it can be an ear ache. Alright for
commuting on the freeway to work and
back, but I wouldn't suggest a road trip.
This was the worst new car I ever
owned, and I never drove it hard. It
was at the dealership for repairs over
15 times in three years. It started
out with numerous electrical problems.
The 5 speed transmission was rebuilt at
15k miles. The throttle body went at
30k, the front end components at 40k.
There were many other numerous issues
also, too many to mention. Finally,
its timing belt broke at 50k miles,
which threw all of its exhaust valves
into the pistons. It was rebuilt, but
I was fed up with it at that point and
sold it. Way too much downtime. DO
NOT buy a 1992-1995 Hyundai Elantra as
a used car. They are horrible!
A good looking and comfortable car.
Hyundai did not address the timing belt
issues with these engines until 1995!
Three years to address obvious defects
is way too long. They finally admitted
there were problems with the gears the
timing belt drives after millions of
people were out thousands of dollars.