1995 Hyundai Elantra Basic 1.8 from North America


A waste of time and money


I have replace all the handles twice and still one door is closed solid and I cannot get it to open or come off. I have replaced the drivers door handle every year.

I have replaced the timing belt once at 28,000 miles, when we bought the car. It also broke at 60,000 and blew my engine that the warranty didn't cover.

The rear window brake light catches fire when it is plugged in.

All the part # for parts are always wrong and hard to find.

The frame inside car around the radio and accessories will not stay intact.

The doors have to be pushed in and lifted in order to open, which over time will cause a dent in the door, and almost every Elantra in my home town has the same dents on the back doors.

The transmission constantly need to be changed to keep from it jerking, and I use Hyundai oil.

The heater will never stay on.

The car's alignment will never ever go straight, I have replaced the tires 4 times, thinking that was the problem. I have had several auto shops and body shops try and fix the car and no one can tell me what is wrong and cannot fix it, even after adding kit after kit to make the alignment go straight, and after all the messing around to get the alignment fixed it will now alway shake really hard above 50mph. They do not know what they did or how to fix it.

So you tell me what has NOT gone wrong with this car.

General Comments:

This car sucks! I will never buy another Hyundai again! And have contacted Hyundai headquarters about my problems with no response, yet.

Never been able to get more than 300 miles on a tank of gas. I have spent more on the car to fix it and keep it running, than the car cost me at the beginning, which was $8000. And now it is worth well below the retail value now, because of all the problems.

Yes, I have put a lot of miles on the car and it has lasted me a long time, but I also have done a lot of maintenance on the car and then some to make up for all the miles. I had a VW that ran a lot better and it was jimmied in everyway you can think of, and it still did not have as many problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd November, 2000

2nd Feb 2001, 22:13

I also own a Hyundai Elantra and have also had problems with the handles breaking on all but one of the four doors.

Also the radio doesn't pick up stations worth a damn and the transmission doesn't shift when its supposed to.

The trunk release has to be pressed several times for the trunk to open and the lock on the trunk will bend your key if you try to use it.

It isn't constructed of the best material, everything breaks too easily and I too will never buy the piece of crap they call the Hyundai Elantra - I'm on the verge of blowing mine up.

8th Jun 2002, 21:12

Mine made it to 100,000 and then died. Transmission went and engine needs rebuilt. For what it'd cost to do that I could buy a decent used car with potential.

8th Jul 2002, 16:35

I have owned a Hyundai Elantra 1.6 station wagon / station car / estate with a manual 5-speed box for six months. The car is from 1996, bought and driven in Denmark. I have thrashed its little nuts off and put 10 000 kms on it and it is smooth, comfortable, economical (12 - 14 km per liter) and reliable so far. Time will tell of course, but so far I reckon it might be a reliable car...

4th Jan 2003, 18:53

The Elantra is one of the worst pieces of automotive mishap to ever exist. It must not get much colder than 30 degrees Fahrenheit in South Korea because these vehicles don't work in that kind of temperature.

13th Jun 2007, 13:17

I have a 1995 Hyundai Elantra 5spd my first car from 4 years ago, it was given to me and so far at 118,000 miles has only needed tires, a clutch, regular oil and filter changes and I am now looking for a new inside release for my door handle since it broke. The mileage has been descent when driving around 60 or below anything above that start looking for a gas station, the paint job on this car has to be the worst I've ever seen on any car, I'm very glad it hasn't given me any major problems and I'm hoping it will last until December so I can buy a car that I can really enjoy, and not have to hide it in the back. So any one want to buy a 1995 Hyundai Elantra green 5spd?