1995 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8L 4 cylinder from North America


Blech, such a throw away car


The vehicle mentioned suffered a complete electrical breakdown on the way back from a trek up to Minnesota. This shows me that the Hyundais of the mid 90's cannot withstand a long-haul, whether it be the high RPMs coupled with the small battery capacity, or that the hyundai has shoddy electrical equipment, but just 2 hours before returning home, the entire electrical system blew. $1800 later I still had no RPM meter, and an acid spot on the inside of the hood above the battery. This should have been my clue to scratch off the serial numbers and push it off of a cliff.

2000 miles later rattling noises came from the wheel wells, and a $160 CV shaft was replaced. That was just for the part, of course replacing it involved a special large socket and a heavy duty torque bar that would have cost another $30 and 2 hours of a mechanic's time.

Now, a rotor bearing needs to be fixed which is a day project, which gave me the reason for going to this sight. Do not buy this car, unless you are buying it from me!

General Comments:

The car is a sardine can, with tilt steering seriously meant for people under 5 feet tall and 150lbs. If you are over 6 feet tall you will need the sunroof put in, and hope to goodness that it doesn't rain.

The benefit of the small car means everything is in reach.

If the car has an anti-theft radio, make sure you know the code, and write it down everywhere, because every time power is lost whether you leave the lights on so the battery dies, or a mechanic does work on the electrical system, you need to put in the code for it to work!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th March, 2002

11th Feb 2003, 08:44

Soulda kept your Chevrolet Celebrity (those are good cars)

1995 Hyundai Elantra 1.6 from North America


Gotta be rich to maintain this piece of...


More wind noise than a helicopter in a category 5 hurricane.

Sunroof leaked more water than a 3 year old full of kool-aid.

Engine is slower than a drunk turtle.

Bad suspension and alignment. Pulled so hard to the right that I eventually had to start driving with the righthand blinker on. New tires and alignment twice in one year, still couldn't drive in a straight line if you put it on train tracks.

Master cylinder broke at 33000 miles. Replaced twice, continued to leak constantly. Started buying bottles of brake fluid by the carton.

Had to buy new inside door handles every month.

Stereo so quiet you could play it in a library.

General Comments:

Styling not bad for something its size.

Engine is reliable but can hardly keep up with the rest at speeds higher than 50mph. When in 5th at 60mph, engine sounds very overstressed. Better off just using it for city driving. When I test drove it, I got it up to 80, but I was two states away by then.

I bought it because I thought it was good on gas and reliable. Hmmmph, I won't go there.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th February, 2001

12th Feb 2001, 13:14

I had a 1.5LS too and everything went wrong...

Engine management screwed (took a YEAR for the main Hyundai dealer to fix), gearbox broke down at 50,000 miles (due to very poor quality bearings), heater matrix leaked coolant (very expensive repair), ALL interior heater knobs snapped off (cheap plastic is brittle in cold weather), clutch connections sheared rendering the car immobile - and that's not the half of it!!

1995 Hyundai Elantra 1.6 from North America


Expenses waiting to happen


Sngine seized at 65,000. I am the only owner and have provided the recommended maintenance since I bought it.

General Comments:

I considered buying another, but now I will never buy one again.

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

Review Date: 30th January, 2001

1995 Hyundai Elantra 1.6 from North America


A big waste of time and money with no value


I had to have the front end alignment done and 4 new tires put on. The front end alignment was not precise. The mechanic did the best he could but said the car was not able to be completely realigned.

I had to change the timing belt that went on the car while I was 8 hours from home. Then on the way back it jumped time and I had to pay again to have it reset.

The trunk lock has been replaced.

The stereo had to be replaced.

Now the motor has to be replaced at 72,000 miles. What an expense and a rip off.

General Comments:

All buyers beware!!! The hyundai is worthless and really sucks. These car's are nothing but problems and a big expense. And if you presently have one and are trying to get rid of it, good luck. When trading these cars in they have very little value. They are in fact disposable cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th January, 2001

18th Jan 2001, 01:52

I would like to know how many kms were on the Elantra when the timing belt broke?

20th Jan 2001, 11:09

Maybe the mechanic didn't have the right tools? Was it a mechanic working in an alley or a tech working in a dealership. Son, in 72k you had one set of tires done? So where's the problem?