1996 Hyundai Elantra Wagon 1.8L from North America


Great Car


To date the repairs have been minimal and the car has never been into a dealer or even a mechanic. All repairs have been done by me.

2 sets of front brake pads (still running original rotors and rear brakes)

2 timing belts (get them BEFORE they break)

Clutch at 175,000km (slipped it trying to back into an uphill parking spot, my fault)

Replace starter brushes at 225,000km.

2 O2 sensors.

2 sets plug wire and plugs.

All in all pretty cheap ride!

General Comments:

This car is probably the best car I have ever owned. I am copier tech and cover a large area of northern Alberta. I carry a great deal of parts and require a lot of room.

The power of this motor is great and it holds up very well.

I get 600km to a 48l tank and its been that way as long as I have owned the car.

No oil leaks and it uses about 1l of oil in 10,000km.

Body is just starting to show its age and I will be doing a bit of touch up when the snow's gone.

Sure wish that Hyundai still made the wagon version!

This car will go well over the 300.000km mark with no problem.

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

Review Date: 6th March, 2007

1996 Hyundai Elantra GL 1.8 from North America


Just keep it maintained


Replaced inside drivers door handle twice. No big deal, cost me 15 bucks from a junk yard each time. I don't let it snap back when I release it anymore. Haven't broken another since.

Recall on the fuel tank. The dealer took care of it with no problem.

Removed the exhaust manifold and had a crack welded. ($20.00)

I don't like the fact that the front brake rotors must be pressed on or off. I replaced the rotors and wheel bearings at 83,000 miles. I use only high quality brake pads now.

General Comments:

Very reliable car. I have replaced the timing belt twice. At 120,000 miles the cam and crank seals are not even leaking! I've changed the oil right on schedule and treat it with duralube every other time.

A K&N Filtercharger helped a bit.

A few ounces of Mystery Oil to every tank of gas keeps the fuel system clean.

You must use ATF+3 fluid when servicing the transmission. Dextron will not last.

Overall, I'm very happy with this car. I was skeptical at first, but it made a believer out of me. Just keep it maintained.

I just bought a 2004 Elantra. I hope it does just as good. Wish me luck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2004

1996 Hyundai Elantra GLS from North America


Very unreliable, it spent more time in the shop than with I drove it


The Oxygen Sensor went out 4 hours after driving the car off the lot.

I bought the car in August, the transmission went out October.

In November the Starter went out.

In December my battery went, but that was not the Dealers fault.

General Comments:

High gas mileage.

Comfortable to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th January, 2004

1996 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.6 16v DOHC from South Africa




At 136000km I replaced the gearbox and 3 months later at 138000km I replaced it again.

Dif pinion keeps slipping out of place and sun and platenary gears fall out onto the road.

Everytime the car goes for a service it has to have a major repair.

General Comments:

On the whole I will never recommend this car to anyone and I will never by a hyundai again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th September, 2003

1996 Hyundai Elantra Base 1.8L from North America


Always being fixed


Check engine light is always on.

Transmission broke at 45000 miles.

Transmission gasket broke at 50000 miles.

Brakes went bad at 51000.

All kinds of emission sensors went bad.

General Comments:

The transmission is very weak.

Very noisy on the highway.

The brakes aren't powerful.

The dealership always takes it's time to do any kind of work on the car.

The car is always being fixed, even though it's kept in very good condition. The oil is changed every 3,000 miles. All other fluids every 10,000. Regular full tune-ups every 12,000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th August, 2001

30th Sep 2001, 13:01

Engine light is always on because Hyundai has faulty oxygen sensors and refuses to recall them. I owned my vehicle for five years and had the light off for a total of 12 months out of the 60. I have changed oxygen sensors, but unless the resonator or back sensor is also changed the problem persists. I am looking for similar complaints to force Hyundai to recall or face a class law suit.