2005 Hyundai Elantra

Summary:

Good except for the clutch

Faults:

At 40000 miles, I'm having the 5th clutch installed. Dealer and Hyundai state it's a wear item. I'm a woman and it was stated I don't know how to drive a stick and ride the clutch. My trade in was 2000 Honda Civic, which had 136,000 miles it. I do know how to drive a manual trans.

BBB got $500 for one clutch replacement. Dealer now wants $690 just to inspect. I believe there is a design flaw in this!

General Comments:

Great mileage. Poor clutch design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th January, 2010

13th Jan 2010, 12:33

"I'm a woman and it was stated I don't know how to drive a stick and ride the clutch."

Do these dealerships think they can treat customers this rudely and actually stay in business?

No Hyundais for me!

14th Jan 2010, 18:56

Sorry to say, but woman or not, 5 clutch replacements in 40,000 can only mean poor driving skill. I doesn't necessarily mean that she rides the clutch. Jackrabbit starts, downshifting to early, over heel-toeing, or just not shifting at the correct times can most certainly ruin a clutch.

2005 Hyundai Elantra

Summary:

Hope I got a good car!

Faults:

I have owned this Hyundai Elantra for 2 1/2 weeks. I failed to notice when I test drove it that there was no cruise control. Dummy me! I really paid too much for the car (NADA and KBB priced it about $600-700 below what I paid). But it had only 1 owner and low mileage, and I got the service history on it.

Since I bought it at a dealer, who supposedly checked it out, do I need to change the timing belt at 60,000 miles?

Also I have been averaging about 23 mpg in the city, which I am very disappointed with. My old '95 Corolla, 5 speed, gave me about 30 mpg in the city. It sounds like the synthetic oil would give me better mileage. Is that correct?

General Comments:

The car drives quietly, is comfortable (but then again I haven't sat in the back yet) and overall I hope I got a good car for what I paid. I keep my cars and drive until they die (Corolla had 246,000 miles on it when the engine went). Hopefully I can get 200,000 miles out of this Hyundai!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th December, 2009

18th Dec 2009, 14:34

Yes, definitely get that timing belt changed when the service interval of 60K comes up. The dealer can check out the car all they want, but they won't cover this when it goes, and it will be very expensive if it breaks. They tend to damage the engine pretty severely when they break. This happened to my cousin on an Eclipse way back 20 years ago, and it was $1,500 to fix it even back then.... now probably at least $2,500 depending on what gets damaged.

Also, the EPA rating on your car is 24 city, so you are pretty much on target with that one. You should really research things like that before buying so you know better what to expect. Synthetic oil can increase your mileage but probably only marginally and at a big cost increase. Try putting a K&N filter in (or equivalent) for improved air flow. It will increase your mileage and may improve performance too. They are expensive filters, but they last forever as you can clean them and reuse. Also replace your fuel filter. This may also be robbing you of a little mpg.

2005 Hyundai Elantra 4 cylinder

Summary:

I think the quality of the cars has gone down

Faults:

I am replacing the rear brakes for the second time in 14 months (total miles on car 59,200). I have never owned a car where the rear brakes went prior to the front let alone two sets of rear brakes. I had good luck with my first Hyundai, but this one is getting a little expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th June, 2008