1996 Hyundai Elantra Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1996 Hyundai Elantra GL Wagon 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired13 kilometres
Most recent distance167000 kilometres
Previous carFord Tempo

Summary:

Best car value I've ever had; quite a contrast to the Tempo!

Faults:

I had a sensor (top head sensor I think) fail in the third winter causing the 'check engine' light to flash and run on three cylinders. First time in, the dealer found and fixed the problem in two hours.

At 160,000 km, had a tiny crack in the manifold and a bent linkage in the rear, probably due to rough road conditions and pot holes you could lose your car into.

At about 100,000 km, the black trim around the windows and on the wiper arms peeled, probably due to the excessive road salt used here. No rust yet though.

General Comments:

Exceptional space found in the wagon model. I could put large objects in the rear with no problem. Four golfers, clubs and pull carts fit in the wagon. This was tested on numerous occasions.

Lots of long four to five hour drives at brisk 120 km/h speeds up and down hills. I should have got the upgrade on the seats though.

Reliable! Someone is going to get a fine working 6 year old car next week. I'm trading it in on a new GT! Never was towed and always started even at -40C without a block heater.

Was chiselled out of a block of ice up to the axles during ice storm and had a load of gravel dumped on it at 100km/h from a dump truck.

The dealer was incredible. Best dealer I have ever dealt with even though I bought the car in another city right before I moved. Downtown shuttle service, next day parts if needed. Mailed reminders for service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2001

1996 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.6 from Singapore

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired28 kilometres
Most recent distance79886 kilometres
Previous carFord Telstar

Summary:

Relatively reliable but expensive to maintain

Faults:

1. Poor paintwork. Paint peels easily.

2. Brakes don't grip well both in wet & dry conditions.

3. Gear shift is stiff and the throw is too long.

4. Fuel consumption is quite high.

5. Handbrake doesn't lock on a steep incline.

6. Windows & windshield quality leaves streaks even after cleaning.

General Comments:

In general, consumers planning to service their cars should not send it back to Komoko Motors, the Singapore dealer of Hyundai. Their workmanship is terrible & their staff are unprofessional. Also, they tend to dilute your coolant, overlook obvious defects & if you buy any aftermarket product from them, such as car alarms, they won't guarantee them if there's a defect.

Never experienced such unprofessionalism before.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th December, 2000

1996 Hyundai Elantra 1.8 Base Engine from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 Base Engine Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired112 kilometres
Most recent distance148000 kilometres
Previous carOldsmobile Sierra

Summary:

Great little commuter car

Faults:

1. Windshield wiper motor siezed - repaired under warranty.

2. Check engine light came on within the first 2 days - repaired crushed fuel vent line under warranty.

3. Car experiencing loss of power at highway speeds - repaired under warranty.

4. Number 3 recurred after the warranty expired - repaired under warranty (no further problems).

General Comments:

Very nice little car to drive. My wife and I log a lot of miles on the car as it is a 1 hour one-way drive to work.

Spacious interior and storage areas. Lots of standard options for the price range.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th September, 2000

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 8 reviews