1997 Hyundai Elantra Consumer Review: Piece of Junk

1997 Hyundai Elantra - Consumer Review

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GLS Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Piece of Junk
By dksm on


1997 Hyundai Elantra GLS 4dr Sedan


I bought this car back in Apr of 02 and
it seemed like a good deal for the
price. Everything worked great at first
but then I started having some
problems. First I had to replace the
water pump in Jun-02, then a few months
later I had to replace the radiator
because the original one leaked in
about 4 different places. For about the
next 7 months I had no problems so I
was thinking that everything would be
ok, but then in Apr-03 one of the
radiator fans went out. About 3 months
later the AC stopped working because of
a leak in one of the hoses. The AC
worked for about month and now it has
stopped working again. There is leak
somewhere else in the AC system.

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They should build these cars more reliable. I would never buy another Hyundai and would advise anyone out there not to buy one.
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