2008 Hyundai Elantra Consumer Review: Good Car

2008 Hyundai Elantra - Consumer Review

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GLS Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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Good Car
By dhet on


2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


I purchased my 2008 Elantra GLS new.
It now has over 62,000 miles on it.
It has been a very good car for the money.

I love mine.
I plan on giving it to my grandson in a few years when he starts driving.
Then I will buy a new one.
But first the few cons: I would like just a bit better fuel economy.
And the 30,000 and 60,000 mile service costs seemed to me a bit on the high side.

I wish the trunk lid would pop just a little so that I could nudge it up with my hip when my hands are full.
As it is, it is necessary for me to empty at least one arm to get the lid up.
I can’t think of any more cons.
-- I have not found engine noise on aggressive accelerations anything to complain about—it is there, but it’s not a big deal to me.
I seldom accelerate hard.
Now this is what I like most:
The car has great road manners.
It feels tight and solid even after 60,000 miles.
Road noise is not excessive.
The steering is perfect.
The breaks are sure and smooth.
Acceleration is good.
Instruments are easy to read.
Controls are easy to reach.
In the cold the car heats up and clears the windshield quickly—unlike so many cars, it is the driver’s side that clears the fastest.

A few other points:
I have been driving cars for over 50 years and always apply good driving techniques:
The original tires lasted 50,000 miles.
The original breaks lasted 45,000 miles.
I get the oil and filter changed every 3000 miles.
I religiously follow the maintenance schedule to the letter.
I have my tires rotated and balanced ever 5000 miles:
I have never experienced a mechanical breakdown or anything in need of urgent car with this car.
Of the many cars I have owned, this is the first one I can say this about.

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