Tight, well-built, and surprisingly zippy, the Elantra is a compact worth considering.
Interior fabrics are nasty.
No changes to the Elantra for 1998.
The Excel is long dead, and it's time to stop thinking of Hyundai as a second-rate automobile manufacturer. Several years ago, the Accent and Sonata provided a strong hint that this South Korean automaker was finally learning how to build a good car. This Elantra provides the proof. Larger and more powerful than the first-generation Elantra, this car offers quite a bit of bang for your buck in either sedan or wagon bodystyles.
Under the hood is a 130-horsepower 1.8-liter Hyundai-designed Beta engine, which produces 90 percent of its torque at 2,300 rpm, resulting in snappy around town performance. Riding on a four-wheel independent suspension, the Elantra features a longer wheelbase and wider track than the original model, which contributes to smoother, more stable handling. A speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering system communicates improved road feel to the driver. GLS models can be ordered with four-channel antilock brakes, which read each wheel separately.
Dual airbags are standard on the Elantra, housed in a two-piece dashboard designed to reduce squeaks and rattles. Adjustable headrests and seatbelt anchors are standard, and all models come with driver's side lumbar support and seat height adjustments. GLS models get a 60/40 split folding rear seat. Extensive use of sound deadening materials helps quiet this compact car.
Base price for a five-speed sedan is $11,499. This price includes five-mph bumpers, rear window defroster, dual remote control mirrors, rear seat heat ducts, remote fuel and trunk releases, tilt steering and speed-sensitive steering. Another $2,100 nets buyers a GLS model with a cassette stereo, power door locks, power outside mirrors, six-way adjustable driver's seat, split fold rear seat, power windows, four-wheel disc brakes and performance-oriented tires. Option Packages can add air conditioning, cruise control, and antilock brakes for less than $1,600.
Good value? Let's take a look. A Civic LX sedan equipped with air conditioning, automatic, and antilock brakes runs about $16,500. A similarly equipped Dodge Neon Highline comes in around $15,000, including ABS. A sporty Pontiac Sunfire SE sedan with a powerful 2.4-liter engine stickers near $16,000 and includes traction control. A fully loaded Kia Sephia GS will cost $13,500.
The Hyundai Elantra is much improved over its predecessor. But like other Hyundai products, once a few options are added, the value disappears. The Pontiac offers superior content, the Dodge superior performance, the Honda a better reputation, and the Kia better value. If Hyundai had priced the Elantra a bit more down market, it would make a compelling choice. We like this Hyundai, but as it stands, the Elantra is likely to be passed over by most consumers, simply because of the nomenclature affixed to the decklid.
Read what other owners think about the Used 1998 Hyundai Elantra.
I bought this Elantra with 76,000 mi. , now I have 172,000 mi. on it. I don't know if the first owner did all the fixing, but this car has been very reliable to me.
I use this car for long distance deliveries (courier), therefore, most of the mileage have been highway.
Besides regular maintenance (tires, fluids, brakes, tune up, etc), I had to change the crank shaft position sensor, slave cilinder, clutch, the AC fun that was out of balance and making noise, driver's inside door handle (switched with the same side back door, fits perfectly), did change the timming belt and water and that's it. My only complaint are the air vents that are very delicate (all broken).
Love this car!!!
4.5 out of 5 stars
GLS 4dr Sedan
I bought this car new in 1998 and my
wife loves it. She would rather keep it
than give it up. This car has the 5
speed that gives it some extra pep. I
enjoy driving it so I can race some of
the teenagers that think there civics
are fast. I usually blow there doors
off and I have nothing but stock..
The only issue that I had was regular
maintanance. Battery, brakes, wipers
3.5 out of 5 stars
GLS 4dr Sedan
Well up to a couple of months ago I would rant and rave about this car. I've had it for 7 years and for 6.5 of those years I also put no money into it, just the usual tires, brakes, battery, etc. I loved it so much and found it was so reliable I even named it. However the past few months have not been great, had to replace the spark plug kit and then last week the transmission completely stopped functioning (automatic transmission). 115,000 miles on it, but too expensive to fix so it's getting sold for parts :(
2.5 out of 5 stars
If only I had done some research
When I bought my Elantra, I was in need
of a cheap vehicle fast. I wish I
could go back and choose a bike, a
three-legged blind mule, or a good pair
of shoes. This was the worst buy. I
began to think the check engine light
was supposed to be on all the time. It
was ok, though, because of Hyundai's
warranty...right??? Well not if the
warranty department claims nothing is
wrong. It also liked to shift in and
out of gears at constant speed and
elevation, but according to the
warranty department this was normal
I will never buy a Hundai product again.
The Used 1998 Hyundai Elantra is offered in the following submodels: Elantra Sedan, Elantra Wagon. Available styles include 4dr Wagon, GLS 4dr Wagon, GLS 4dr Sedan, and 4dr Sedan.
Pre-owned Hyundai Elantra models are available with a 1.8 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 130 hp, depending on engine type.
The Used 1998 Hyundai Elantra comes with front wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic.
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