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.

General Comments:

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.

1998 Hyundai Elantra GL 1.6L from North America


A very reliable, affordable means of transportation


Came with cheap tires I had to replace at about 60,000km. The front rotors needed to be machined in the first 10,000km. Dealer covered this under warranty.

General Comments:

This has been a very reliable car since day one.

The interior hasn't worn abnormally, in fact, when cleaned properly, looks brand new.

Engine noise is minimal and is responsive at highway speeds.

Well worth the money, and it wasn't too much. Hyundai just keeps getting better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th July, 2002

1998 Hyundai Elantra GL 2.0 gas from North America


Price Tag might make you wanna buy it, but believe me it'll cost a lot more


- Transmission skips and kicks and is ready to go to the big scrap yard in the sky.

- Major electrical problems, car gets stuck in park and brake lights fail almost weekly.

- Check Engine light coming on is almost a weekly event, I thought it should have it's own day of the week.

- Passenger door handle broke, loved opening the door by rolling down the window everyone thought I was cool.

- Paint is flaking off on the roof already and I wash the car weekly and take care of it.

- Rust is showing up in various areas already and it shouldn't be.

- Car has terrible body roll, if you would like to try and turn a corner quickly doing 50km trying to avoid hitting other cars because the backend is swinging out of control is a must.

- Car came with cheap tires that only lasted 30,000km.

- Have gone through 4 sets of Hyundai brakes which is very odd since I gear down to overdrive most of the time barely use them and I don't drive in the city too much.

- Mechanics are always lying to me about the car and it's problems, one of them told me that this was all normal.

- Hyundai warranty isn't all it looks to be, it's really all a bunch of lies. I took my car in at 97,000km telling them the transmission was acting strange they refused to fix it because they thought it was fine, and it really isn't, my friends 84 Honda civic with 300,000km on it sounds and shifts better then ours.

- Brake shoes fell off at 80,000km, was an interesting experience not to mention costly.

-Dash lights blew at 60,000km it's hard to read anything at night time.

General Comments:

- Car has a decent engine, better then civics I've driven.

- Gets looks since I have a really weird color (midnight purple).

- First 50,000km it wasn't too bad, but after that the problems just started poring in.

- Basically you get what you pay for is all it comes down to.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th May, 2002