1996 Hyundai Elantra GL Wagon 1.8
Best car value I've ever had; quite a contrast to the Tempo!
I had a sensor (top head sensor I think) fail in the third winter causing the 'check engine' light to flash and run on three cylinders. First time in, the dealer found and fixed the problem in two hours.
At 160,000 km, had a tiny crack in the manifold and a bent linkage in the rear, probably due to rough road conditions and pot holes you could lose your car into.
At about 100,000 km, the black trim around the windows and on the wiper arms peeled, probably due to the excessive road salt used here. No rust yet though.
Exceptional space found in the wagon model. I could put large objects in the rear with no problem. Four golfers, clubs and pull carts fit in the wagon. This was tested on numerous occasions.
Lots of long four to five hour drives at brisk 120 km/h speeds up and down hills. I should have got the upgrade on the seats though.
Reliable! Someone is going to get a fine working 6 year old car next week. I'm trading it in on a new GT! Never was towed and always started even at -40C without a block heater.
Was chiselled out of a block of ice up to the axles during ice storm and had a load of gravel dumped on it at 100km/h from a dump truck.
The dealer was incredible. Best dealer I have ever dealt with even though I bought the car in another city right before I moved. Downtown shuttle service, next day parts if needed. Mailed reminders for service.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th August, 2001