A reliable car at a bargain price
The electric door lock on the driver's side, which controls all other door locks, sometimes fails to operate the other locks. I believe this is due to a loose or corroded electrical contact in the driver's door.
The idle speed somehow got out of proper adjustment and was very erratic for a few days. I took it to the dealer and they showed me where the adjustment screw is and after a quick turn with a philips head screwdriver everything was back to normal.
The material used on the steering wheel is wearing poorly.
The air-conditioner is rather weak and could use improving.
I was not happy at all with my previous 1989 Hyundai Sonata. I swore I would never buy another Hyundai. It happened to be the first year model of the Sonata and I've been told by others that first year models commonly have problems. It was definitely a lemon.
I have since changed my opinion about Hyundai. I am very happy with my 1995 Elantra GLS. No, I would not compare it to a Lexus, but for the cost to buy and operate, I feel that it has been money well spent.
I believe that Hyundai has realized that it needed to change its reputation in the American automobile market. Their vehicles needed to be more reliable and I feel that they are now proving that to be true.
Other than regular oil and fluid changes, one battery, and a set of new tires, the car has been very easy on my wallet. In fact, It still has the original brakes and clutch.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th July, 2002