1997 Hyundai Elantra 1.8L from North America


The Hyundai Elantra far exceeded my expectations


Nothing went wrong.

I had scheduled maintenance on the car to replace the following at the appropriate times:

100,000 - new clutch

120,000 - timing belt

125,000 - alternator

130,000 - A/C motor.

General Comments:

This car was perfect. I got all scheduled maintenance completed, including: clutch, timing belt, alternator, brakes, oil changes, etc. I put 25k miles a year on it and it only broke down once, when the alternator finally died.

I have driven the car every day for the past three and a half years and it has started every single time, without fail.

I get 28-30mpg city driving and 38-41mpg highway driving. The majority of the miles I put on the car were highway miles, driving between Cleveland and Cincinnati. The car handled Cleveland's bitter winters quite well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2007

1997 Hyundai Elantra SE Wagon 1.8L from North America


An unbeatable car in all aspects!


Cracked exhaust manifold, expensive to replace.

Driver’s side window, does not close properly unless you put it up slowly while guiding it from the outside of the car.

Struts – car was used at one point for carrying heavy loads which killed the rear struts. After 300K, the front struts are also in need of being replaced.

The leather on the steering wheel and shifter handle is completely worn down, almost right through. This is purely aesthetic however, and is only due to the amount of use the car has gotten.

The roof racks are corroding which is causing the paint on them to peel, which is ugly.

The rear wiper sometimes ceases in very cold, wet weather (-10 Celsius or colder)

General Comments:

Car was bought for an excellent price, has lasted longer and better than any car our family has ever owned. It is excellent on gas, cheap on insurance, and is fun to drive! People can’t tell that it is almost 10 years old, and the distinctive “bullet nose” is really cool! The SE package also included the 14” aluminium rims and CD/tape player, adding to the overall effect of this great little car.

Proper maintenance was performed on it – oil was changed every 5000km, car was rust-sprayed every winter, tires rotated.

The manual transmission has lasted almost perfectly. It resists shifting into first sometimes, but is never a serious issue, and clutch is original. The rear brakes are entirely original, front brakes have been serviced twice.

There is no rust on the car’s body, the exhaust however has rusted somewhat and the manifold needs replacing, which if I recall correctly will cost $400 Canadian (~$450 US)

The car is perfect for all types of driving. It’s great in the city, but also has plenty of power for passing on the highway. It can carry huge amounts of cargo in the back, and we had a trailer hitch put on the car to tow even more cargo. This car recently did a trip from Toronto to Montreal and back without any trouble.

Unfortunately, the combination of repairs required for this car, combined with some body damage from a recent minor accident, will cost more to repair than the car is worth. It served our family incredibly well for the many years and hundreds of thousands of kilometres we put on it. It will be a shame to let this car go, but we have made it last longer than we ever imagined it would!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st December, 2006

1997 Hyundai Elantra GL 1.6 petrol from South Africa


Good value for money - reliable runner


One week after I bought the car I broke the driver side door handle.

After about another 40 000 km the water pump failed on me.

Replaced brake pads at 140 000 km.

General Comments:

The engine runs quite and the performance is more than plenty for a 1.6.

The air-conditioner is a very good in South African heat.

Road holding is excellent with the 185/60/14 tyres.

Very good fuel consumption.

The body is a bit to soft, as it dents very easy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2006