This car has been awesome. Tight road handling, very reliable. at 207,000 miles and I have had it since about 80,000 miles. it is getting near retirement for it. Did not need any repairs until very near 200,000 miles, and then there have just been two, for about $650 each. It runs great, the leather seats look great, the Air Conditioning works well and has never had to be recharged. Only the after-market sunroof has an electric problem.
I bought my Hyundai new in April 2004. I now have 123,000 miles on and could not be more pleased. Besides replacing tires and brakes( front rotors one time) the only repairs have been Timing belt, water pump, belts, tune-up with plugs & plug wires and front struts all done at 100,000 miles. Runs as good as new with very little rattle. I did replace the hatch lid struts 2 years ago.I average 24MPH in city driving, 32 on a trip. Love this car. I will run it till it dies. I traded my wife's 2006 Elantra GT in on a 2012 Santa Fe. Don't regret it a bit. Another great vehicle.
We've had our car since (I think) Spring of 2004. It is a great little car! Nearly everything about it is excellent! Pick-up and go is good except for when the AC is on and you are trying to get onto the freeway. The seats are a bit uncomfortable for long trips (2+ hours) though.
Our CD player/faceplate is glitchy after all these years. If you press a button (even the off button) too hard it shorts out the faceplate and when you let go it turns back on. Sometimes it simply wont work unless you remove the face plate and put it back on.
Our car only has just less than 98,000 miles on it.
sport-tuned steering, look, leg room is great, large hatchback area, power everything.
Find ways to prevent rusting on hatchback, provide extra power when AC is on and the car is trying to get on freeway, make it so that you don't have to remove the battery to change the driver side headlight!!! We can't change our headlights ourselves due to this problem.
The 2004 hyundai elantra gt was my first car, I recently got in an accident on the freeway and my car was totaled. I only had the car for 6 weeks, but I loved it, it was comfortable to drive and got me where i needed to go. I have been looking for another car but have yet to find one that compares in my mind, i would definately recommend this car and i wish i could find another one.
I would suggest more cup holders, there was only 4, two in the center and two on the doors, the ones on the doors could not fit anything but a water bottle and the ones in the center could fit 2 water bottles, but not 2 large soda cups.