2000 Hyundai Elantra GL 4 cylinder from North America

Summary:

Safer in an accident than I thought it would be

Faults:

The car was just in a front-end collision and both air bags deployed. My daughter is okay (face stinging from the air bags, ears ringing from the deployment) and the front end is finished, in fact the car is probably totaled. But she is OKAY. And that says a lot for a little car.

General Comments:

Spent $2000 to buy it, and spent $2500 to fix it up -- previous owner didn't even do a tune up before selling to us at 90,000.

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

Review Date: 10th September, 2011

2000 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0 from North America

Summary:

Reliable and good looking! Not so good on gas though

Faults:

Replaced the whole clutch system at 100,000 miles. Master cylinder and slave cylinder.

Paint has noticeable sun fade.

Back window seems to be disconnected from the motor that controls it, and goes down by gravity.

Seems to be a common problem with this generation of Elantras.

General Comments:

Love this car!

Cheap to run and comfortable! Super reliable, and has surprisingly good features for its price.

Gas mileage is not great considering it's a 4 cylinder 2.0 engine, but it's not terrible either.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2011

2000 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Modest, reliable transport that won't break the bank

Faults:

Original clutch and rear main oil seal replaced November 2010 @ 131000km.

Driver's front seatbelt replaced due to fraying May 2010.

Fuel pump replaced early-mid 2010 @ approximately 122000km.

Clock faulty and replaced under original manufacturers warranty.

General Comments:

I purchased my car in 2010, with 126000km on the clock, with two previous owners from the same family, and service history from new. During my ownership, this car has proven to be quite reliable, with little more than scheduled maintenance required.

The engine, while not a ball of fire, is generally compliant and quick off the line. It uses neither oil, nor coolant, between services, but has developed a brief rattle while cold, which I expect to be valve/rocker shims requiring replacement. The gearing is slightly high, and will see you sitting at 100kph on the highway at approximately 2700rpm.

The gearbox and clutch are this car's weaknesses. The gears clash and grind if you don't change at just the right RPM, with very little margin for error, and the clutch in general has little in the way of feel, and the pedal uptake is vague, which makes even an experienced driver appear novice at times.

The steering circle is average for its size, and the suspension doesn't appear to be any better, or worse, than other comparable vehicles of its age and size. However, I have noticed in other Elantras, though not my own as of yet, that the suspension struts can seize if the vehicle is left off the ground (eg. changing a wheel, working under the vehicle, etc.) for an extended period of time. At the moment, the outer CV boots appear to show signs of cracking, and will need replacement in the near future.

The paintwork seems to hold up okay, though it's not a particularly great finish. The interior, while quite dark, is generally hard wearing and the plastics and generally durable with the exception of the satin-type finish on the centre binnacle switchgear and around the electric window switches, which can stain easily.

All in all, for the modest price I paid ($4750), I am happy with the vehicle. And if there was any advice to part with, it would be to look for a well maintained model, with service history, and in that history make sure the timing belt has been replaced at 90,000km/5 years, and every 90,000km or less/5 years thereafter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2011

2000 Hyundai Elantra GLS from North America

Summary:

Runs good, but the windows are bad!

Faults:

Every window regulator has stopped working without warning. I am now facing replacing my fifth one. I bought the car brand new from the dealer March of 2000. The dealer repair center tried to tell me that this is normal for this model.

This car is also small on the interior. Floor mat on driver's side crawls under the brake and gas pedal. I will never buy another Hyundai.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th April, 2010