1999 Hyundai Elantra Reviews - Page 6 of 6

1999 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0 Liter 140 Horse power from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Liter 140 Horse power Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired8100 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles

Summary:

A very good value for the money

Faults:

"Check Engine" light comes on if the gas cap is not screwed on tight enough.

My speedometer has been replaced because of the twitching.

Outside of the car gets dirty really fast. I take it to the car wash and as soon as I get home its dirty again. So I have to wash it by hand.

My spark plugs have gone bad, but the warranty covered them free of charge.

General Comments:

The car is great. despite the problems above. I love this car and I can't decide if I should buy another Elantra or a Santa Fe.

The car has really good power and moves quite well. I've driven it in the snow and all I have to say is wow. The car plows through the snow with now problem at all. We live up on a hill and the snow was at least 5 inches deep and the car crawled up with no problem.

The inside is very well laid out and roomy.

The warranty is great.

All in all I love this car!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2002

1999 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.6 16v from Barbados

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 16v Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired45 miles
Most recent distance12350 miles
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

An excellent car, price and value

Faults:

Radio went dead, replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

The car works well and accelerates quicker than most other similar class cars.

It handles well in corners, and feels solid, not light and spongy like our previous Corolla.

The cabin is pretty big, but the car does not drive that way.

Several admiring looks.

This car is up there with or surpasses the Corolla, it has more character. Also in Barbados, you won't look like everything else on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2001

1999 Hyundai Elantra GLS ? from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission ? Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired58 miles
Most recent distance21000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Disappointing

Faults:

First, it wouldn't run in the rain. No kidding. Stall out at a stop. It was the MAP sensor. This was replaced at 6 weeks.

Then, when you put the brakes on, the seat belt locks, and HARD. Was told this was normal.

Transmission delays and shifts weird. Gets hung in passing gear when the cruise control is on. Have to kick it down before the engine flies out of the hood. No problem found. Yeah...

Finally the transmission throttle position sensor was replaced at 8 months.

Did okay for 2 days, then back to the same old crap.

Now, when the car is on cruise control, or you are doing 65-70mph, the speedometer needle gets a "nervous twitch" and the car "lunges" back and forth. What the heck?

Minor annoyances are the squeaky steering wheel, and the paint wearing off of the window and door lock controls after just 2 months.

Add to that warped rotors at 15,000 miles and you've got a HyunDEAD.

General Comments:

Moral of this story: You get what you pay for. Cheap car, lots of trouble.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th April, 2001

18th Jul 2001, 07:47

I've had what sounds to be the same problem with cruise control. Mainly at higher speeds, the cruise will repeatedly cycle quickly between accel and decel to maintain a set speed. In general, the problem is subtle at 65 mph, worse at 70 mph, and at 75 mph the passengers will lurch inside the car in time with these surges. The most frustrating thing is that there seems to be no pattern, in that it will work fine for a while and then suddenly begin surging. Of course it has worked fine each time I've brought it to the dealer who of course cannot find an "error" code in the computer.

1999 Hyundai Elantra 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired24 miles
Most recent distance34000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Great warranty, however, didn't expect to have to use it this quickly

Faults:

At 33,000 miles had to have the transmission replaced. Took a week to get the car back, however, they did provide a loaner.

While the car was in the shop they said the front right wheel bearing needed to be replaced. That part took the shop 3 weeks to get it.

When I came in to have the wheel bearing replaced, they said the left front wheel needed replacement also. That took two more weeks of waiting. After this wheel bearing was replaced, had to bring the car back in for a rubbing sound. The wheel bearing needed to be adjusted.

Great warranty, I just didn't expect to have to use it this quickly. Now the car is making sounds like it is an aircraft taking off when I accelerate.

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

Review Date: 9th April, 2001

2nd Sep 2003, 06:12

If I were you I would find another dealership to service that car. First of all the wheel bearings on the front are A hub and bearing assembly, and they can't be "adjusted".

Three weeks for a wheel bearing? I live in Nova Scotia, on the eastern coast of Canada. The dealerships here all stock such items, And we're about as far from Korea as you can get.

As for the Transmission, get used to it. The Automatics are Junk. I've got a 5 speed 2000 Elantra, 70000 miles, It's been thrashed every day since I bought it Brand New in 2000. It is the Best Car I have ever owned.

Your "Owner Experience" has been greatly hampered by The treatment you receive at the dealership.

Most Hyundai dealerships offer much better service than you describe.

George Robson

Nova Scotia

Canada.

1999 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.6 from Luxembourg

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance64000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Colt

Summary:

Nice to drive and reliable

Faults:

Nothing until now.

General Comments:

My car is really nice to drive.

The 1600 engine is OK. It has power enough and the fuel consumption (under 8 liters per 100 kilometers) is acceptable.

The suspension really sticks to the road, especially now that I have put Michelin tyres on the car.

I'm really glad that I bought it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2000

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 23 reviews