1995 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8L DOHC 16 valve from North America
Only thing I have replaced on this car since buying it was the alternator (one week ago).
Idles high in park (since owned).
Possible coolant leak I cannot trace (since today).
Airbag light is on (two weeks ago).
The car is pretty much a generic version of the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. I have driven all three mid nineties models of these cars, and prefer the way the Hyundai drives over the ones I mentioned.
It has an amazing engine/transmission combination that manages quick acceleration when needed to get on the freeway or dart into traffic in sticky situations. It also achieves the gas mileage rating listed. It is no sports car though, but can compete with other vehicles on the road today.
The interior of this car is one of a kind to me. I usually never notice things about interior or even care for them really, but the interior is in great condition. The body looks horrible now, but that is normal for a near twenty year old car.
I really like this car a lot, but I believe Hyundai does not build their vehicles to last. I understand it is a used car and all, but it was maintained and there are service records to prove it. I did some research and found out there is a recall for the air bag, but Hyundai customer service says my vehicle is not affected by this recall. It could be a major disaster waiting to happen. I am not really worried too much about the other issues listed, except for the coolant leak I cannot trace. Summer is just around the corner and it gets really hot out here.
Hyundai made a decent car (as in the engine, transmission, and interior). However, it was not built to be durable in other areas. If anyone owns this car and can tell me what I should look for with my coolant leak, please comment. I don't think it's a head gasket or head problem either, because there is no smoke, or coolant and oil mixing together at all.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd March, 2014