1997 Hyundai Elantra 1.8L 16v DOHC from North America


More smiles per dollar than any other car


Master cylinder in the clutch went at about 45,000 miles.

Now having a problem with the motor skipping at low RPM.

General Comments:

The motor skipping is a sensor from what I am told, and master cylinders can just fail. It happens occasionally.

The car accelerates very well even up steep hills and is very comfortable to drive for the most part.

My biggest problem is that I am 6' tall and the car is not built for somebody with long legs so my knees are in the steering wheel a lot.

Other than this the car has been my favorite car of a wide variety I have driven in my short time as a driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2003

8th Jul 2005, 16:29

My 1997 Hyundai Elantra motor skipped at 80,000 miles. Spark plug gap was wrong spacing. Car now has 118,000 miles.

1997 Hyundai Elantra Wagon from North America


A dangerous car, catches fire


The car caught fire in my driveway due to manufacturer defect and burned completely to the ground. The fire burned 3 other cars in the driveway, and nearly caught my house on fire. The neighborhood was evacuated. Hyundai refuses any acknowldgement whatsoever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th June, 2003

1997 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8 from North America


I love it


My Hyundai is a hell of race car. If you change oil and filters on time, everything will be o.k.

General Comments:

I was doing 125 miles per hour until the engine cut of the gasoline. Runs good and I bet many Honda Civics and Integras, and other cars. That power button on the transsmition makes the car fly. I changed the speakers and the receiver for about $700 and I love it. If the transsmition or engine brakes, I'll change for a new one. Hyundai power!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2003

1997 Hyundai Elantra from North America


Better off buying a bus ticket


I have had series of transmission problems. Overdrive decided it didn't want to work anymore either.

Paint is flaking off of front bumper.

Check engine light is always on!!!

Gas gage doesn't work.

No acceleration.

Common brands of air and oil filters do not fit properly.

Fluid doesn't come out of wipers. It's not clogged either.

Replaced door handles on inside. They broke again. I have super glue on one side and duct tape on the other side.

Alternator went after 2 months of owning it.

Poor service at the dealership.

General Comments:

The biggest problem I have had with this particular car is the transmission. I had that replaced within 6 months of buying it. After that it has continued to slip. I have taken it in several times to have this remedied. My cars newest problem is the overdrive. It bucks awfully when I put it in overdrive. So far it has only done it once without overdrive, but I cannot go above 50.

The paint has completely flaked off the front bumper. The back bumper is not looking so hot. Can you say plastic??

What is up with the check engine light?? I have given up on ever figuring that one out and have come to terms with it's omnipresence.

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

Review Date: 25th February, 2003

1997 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8L Dual Over Head Cam from North America


Overall a awesome deal


The transmission got absolutely destroyed by me because it was my first manual transmission.

The clutch goes very fast.

General Comments:

This car has been through a lot and keeps on kicking.

This car made it to 96000 miles and only one transmission and two clutches.

I used to race the car on the street and win therefore the car performs extremely well performance wise.

The inside is big, but after a while the seats get really hard and uncomfortable.

They come with a nice speaker system that has lasted 96000 miles without blowing a speaker.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2003

1997 Hyundai Elantra 1.8L from North America


Dare I say Hyundai's comparable to Toyota and Honda?


Nothing really, since I have the extreme base model, there are relatively little that can go wrong. I wish I had air conditioning though.

General Comments:

Great value; lots of car for your money. I have this one in manual transmission and coupled with Hyundai's Beta series engines, which produces 90% of max torque below 3000 rpm, this is a very fun car to drive. It has great mileage; I average about 30 miles per gallon, and I push the car too! Handling is "iffy" at mid to high speeds and during severe turnings. The rear sway-bars are the pencil thin; why'd they even bother to put them on if performance was so nominal? Well, I like the car nonetheless; powerful, quick, reliable, efficient, and great value. Now I'm thinking about the new 2003 Tiburon in V6!!! Stick shift, of course.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2003