I bought this car in 1999 and we love it! It is still fun to drive after 6 years and we have had no major issues after 70,000 miles. All we do is change the oil. Still have original brakes, just changed the tires once. Great options, and the upgraded stereo system is great. Overall, we could not have asked for more from this vehicle.
This has been a dependable car. I bought this car at the 30,000 mile range. It's no good for comfort on long road trips. Seat's are uncomfortable if sitting in for more than a 1/2 hour or so. Overall for the price you can't beat it. It has over 80,000 on it now and not ready for brakes yet. Just normal oil and maintenance keeps you running in one of these Elantras.
Excellent gas mileage. Ice cold A/C.
Seating could be more comfortable. Seating is too hard.
I used this car for my 100 mile trip to Boston and surrounding area. I'm a lead foot and always beat this poor car every day. Now it has 250,000 miles and it still runs great! I have had allot of transmission problems. Other than that, all it's needed is a wheel bearing and an altornator. If you are a courier, buy this car! It's perfect for zipping arround the city, and it's more powerfull than I expected.
Purchased new in May 1999. Have over 80000 miles on it. For less than $13k, this a very capable car for commuters and first-time drivers. Nicely designed. Very reliable, no major problems or repairs. Good convenience and safety features overall, but compared to later models some drivers will want more. This car DOES require scheduled maintenance, like tuneups, oil changes, fluids, etc., in order to operate efficiently. Gas mileage has steadily decreased since when new. Stock stereo has fair sound quality. Road noise is loud for passengers and driver alike. Engine noise is quite loud at more than 50% throttle. OK for long trips. Overall, this car has held up pretty well over the past 6 years
Still the most powerful engine in the economy sedan class. Thru additional mods I've increased the efficiency of this engine to about 160 hp with more torque for greater driveability. Good handling for under $15k. Strong A/C keeps everyone cool. Regular maintenance will keep car running like new.
This car responds well to most tuner mods. It needs a tach, foglights, side air bags, splitfold rear seat, and power equipment. Road noise above 65 mph requires more sound dampening. Brakes, tires, shocks, and filters may last longer than 60k but are dangerous if not replaced on an economy car.