2005 Hyundai Elantra Reviews from North America

2005 Hyundai Elantra VE 2.0

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired17 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Piece of scrap metal

Faults:

Power window motor 2 times.

Rear wheel bearings 4 times.

Radio 2 times.

Window falling into the door 3 times.

Ball joints.

Tie rod ends.

Transmission.

Lighting.

General Comments:

Bought the car brand new, and the next day had to bring it back, because the turn signals stopped working.

Rear bearings went 4 times, radio kept shorting out, and the final straw was the trans was skipping out of overdrive on the highway.

That car reminded me of my ex wife; ran off with the mechanic and emptied my bank account.

Spent more than half the time at the garage, and service from the local Hyundai dealer was crap.

I made the mistake of getting rid of my Civic, because it had 259,000 km. Think I should've stuck with a Honda.

The estimate of fixing the car was 6400 for the tranny and front end, so traded for a Chevy, and over 160,000 km later, still no problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th January, 2013

2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hatchback 2.0 liter 4 cylinder

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 liter 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance59334 miles
Previous carMazda Protege

Summary:

Superbly reliable and versatile vehicle

Faults:

The catalytic converter failed three weeks before the warranty expired. The dealer & manufacturer covered the cost of repair. Beyond that, nothing. No rattles, squeaks, or buzzes.

General Comments:

I bought this car brand new in 2005, and recently traded for a 2010 Volkswagen Golf, as I've always been a VW/Mazda guy at heart. The Hyundai, though, definitely proved itself. I typically got about 28 MPG in the city, and close to 40 MPG on the highway (broke it a couple of times on longer road trips).

The Elantra handled fairly well -- not quite at the level of VWs or Mazdas I've owned, but noticeably better than the Hondas and especially the Toyotas I've driven.

Pick up was always good -- a very peppy car -- though it did require pressing the gas pedal pretty darn hard to get up a steep hill.

The front seats were comfortable and among the very best automotive seats I've experienced. The rear seat was as roomy as many cars a class larger. I had no trouble getting nieces and nephews and dogs in and out of the car.

The cargo area was excellent being a hatchback. The American public doesn't seem to realize how handy owning a hatchback can be. When your rear window is at the very back of the car, getting into tight parking spaces becomes that much easier due to having an improved sense of where the tail end of the car is.

The car seemed to be incredibly well assembled. I have to cross railroad tracks daily, so rattles have often appeared quickly in cars. I never got so much as one rattle out of the car. The plastic in the interior seemed cheap in places, but all of it held up incredibly well over time.

I strongly recommend Hyundais to everyone who inquires.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2011

2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.3? 4 cylinder

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.3? 4 cylinder Manual
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carHyundai Elantra

Summary:

The best car for the price I've ever had without a doubt

Faults:

I put on new brake pads on the front only. Not one other thing has ever gone wrong with it.

Amazing!

General Comments:

This is the best car I've ever owned. I drive 170 miles round trip per day, between 60 and 90 MPH all the way.

I should have replaced the timing belt at 60,000. I still haven't, and it's got 175,000 miles on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2011

8th Feb 2011, 17:25

You really need to consider changing the timing belt. You depend on that car so much that you put that many miles on it per day, why risk it?

2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0 16v dual overhead

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v dual overhead Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance138858 miles
Previous carHyundai Accent

Summary:

I'll buy my third Hyundai when I hit a quarter million miles on my second Hyundai

Faults:

I've changed oil, tires and brakes. Nothing has gone wrong with this car.

Original owner, bought new, now approaching 140,000 miles. I think I'll change the timing belt and clutch now.

General Comments:

Love this car.

Very tight (enjoyable) steering.

AM radio reception stinks though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2010

22nd Jun 2010, 11:53

I drive two hours a day to work and back, the car has been good, except the lousy am radio reception.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 22 reviews