1997 Hyundai Elantra Wagon 1.8 DOHC from North America
Economical and reliable, sporty handling
Engine burns a small amount of oil (after 200000km).
Front bumper cracked after small collision (cheap plastic bumper, very flimsy).
Gas gauge stopped working.
Rear suspension problems (unspecified).
Excellent car overall, purchased as second vehicle to drive around, very reliable, never failed me.
Excellent fuel economy, peppy engine, lots of zip, great sports style handling, fun to drive.
Rear fold down seats are a great design, roof rack is use full and sturdy, car is easy to park too.
My only problems with this car are comfort wise, the seating is just not as comfortable as the North American vehicles I have owned. Also the base model is lacking in options that should be standard in all vehicles, power windows, power locks, CD player.
I've owned much older cars with these features;
I wish car companies weren't so cheap with the options.
Other than that, this is an excellent car for someone who wants a reliable, economical, modest vehicle that is fun to scoot around with.
I would have kept it, but it was sold to a friend who needed a car, it's still running fine to date with over 230000 kms .
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st February, 2008