1998 Hyundai Elantra SE 1.8L from North America
Great performance for the money!
Power steering belt was cracked and ready to go as soon as I got the car. However, the dealership was EXCELLENT about replacing this for me, for free! I still put the belt on myself, but I really appreciated the gesture!
The battery was also cooked, was replaced free of charge.
Very impressed with acceleration! I can beat stock civics in races NO PROBLEM with this car, it's quite fast.
Shifting of the transmission is quite smooth, very fun to drive.
Engine is in immaculate condition (*knock on wood*), the oil after driving for 2000km after changing still looked brand new. Now however (82000km) is showing signs of darkening.
Paint is in good condition, the clear coat on the spoiler is showing signs of pinholes... (paint lifting after rain) Otherwise is great.
The air conditioning! WOW, I could refrigerate food in this car in the summer if I blasted the air, quite comfortable to drive. Air conditioning robs about 10HP (estimated) when it's on, it's definitely noticeable when accelerating with AC on...
The stock stereo is great as far as stock stereo's go... CD player functions as it should, and radio reception is excellent. Bass from this system is above average (this is a good thing) it's very nice. I do plan on putting in a different deck and a sub though.
One of the very few problems I've encountered is the lights in the center console sometimes do not light (IE, for the heater, fan, air selector) I think there might be a broken wire somewhere, am looking into fixing this... The lights do come on if you whack the side of the console... :-)
I also think the power steering pump may be going... Other than that, I'm very pleased...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th November, 2002
29th Aug 2005, 16:24
I have a 1998 Hyundai Elantra and have experienced the same issue with the console lights. I have had it checked and the wires are fine. Both private mechanics and the dealership are unable to determine what the issue is. When I bought my vehicle it also did not come equipped with a head lamp relay.