Well I just rolled over 200K with mine. Bought this thing in 2001 with just a few thousand on it ( demo car) and have never had any trouble with this car. Never put me on the side of the road ( besides a broken belt twice) and has given me great MPG even though i tend to drive fast. It has been wrecked 4 times and even with hard hits in the back all that was replaced was a trunk and back bumper. If your looking for a used car with great MPG ( almost 30 )and reliability then I highly suggest this model.
MPG and reliability , good trunk space for such a small car
Cup holders are in goofy spot as with drinks you can't get to radio and center console top broke off pretty quick and is very small.
I bought my Elantra in 2003 with just 38,000 miles on it. I thought I was getting a steal at just $5,000 for a 3 year old car...man it was a steal...stealing my money. In the five years I owned my elantra, I had to replace the engine (due to a bad thermostat), 3 different water pumps, power steering pump, alternator, and I had 3 of the power windows stop working. I fixed the driver's side door for a nice $500 chunk of change. I decided the rest weren't worth it. Gas mileage steadily declined from a nice 34 to around 20
As a newly licensed teen with not a lot of money I needed something reliable and safe. But at the same time I couldn't afford a big SUV with high gas-mileage or a newer car. Also, I wanted something cute, but most older cars look blocky and ugly. I got it all in my trusty 2000 Elantra for a low price. I just love my car and my parents actually like it too, so win- win. I've had it since July and haven't had any problems except I had to have the spark plugs and wiring replaced and a routine oil change. It's been a great car though.
Love the look and feel of the car. Very easy maneuvering so it's a great first car.
Pick-up's not so hot, takes a while to get up to speed so not great for interstate driving. Plain interior, no cupholders in back which is a pain since I frequently give younger siblings and friends rides.
I was the 2nd owner, and had it for miles 77K through 114K. During that time, I replaced: front rotors, cracked exhaust manifold (free recall fix), plugs and wires, window regulator, o2 sensor, washer pump, horn, wiring, transmission (OUCH!). The previous owner had replaced the mass air flow sensor and throttle positions sensor. The entire exhaust rusted out too-- salt is tough up here though. Still, that's a lot of repairs for ~30K! And I did the timing belt stuff and tires, which is routine-- but it hurts to do all that and then have the tranny go.
It was zippy, fairly roomy, and handles well. I liked its performance much more than the Corolla we have in the household. But it only gets 23-27 mpg, to the '01 Corolla's 30 (both automatics). And the Corolla is insanely reliable...
Hyundai has really improved this vehicle in subsequent years. Wish they still offered a wagon. Keep making hatchbacks! The newer models are much more efficient and seem to rate well in reliability (consumer reports for the '00 are fairly poor, btw).