2000 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0 from North America

Summary:

Piece of junk, and please don't buy it

Faults:

OK, got the car at 65,000 miles and parted with it at 73,000 miles.

- Window motor in rear went 65,600 (cost $100).

- Interior started to wear badly and the black ink started to turn white.

- Water pump failed : replaced water pump and hoses (cost $200).

- Radiator exploded : replaced radiator and thermostat (cost $500).

- Air bad light on red : faulty safety system.

- Check engine light on : 02 sensors need to be replaced.

- Exhaust leak at the flex pipe.

- Exhaust system started to rot : replaced catalytic converter, muffler, piping (cost $300).

- Alternator failed, needed to replace it (cost $200).

- Starter motor failed, needed to replace it (cost $150).

- Car emblems and decals started to rust and come off.

- Car's front axle making a loud screeching noise : issues with suspension and steering.

- Body of car shows every scratch; very cheap paint and body work for a car.

General Comments:

OK, I knew it wasn't a fast sports car, but the power for the 2.0 is extremely slow. The car cost many repairs as I stated previously. The car was a free present, but has cost me nothing but money. There wasn't a warranty, so I paid everything out of pocket. The car didn't look so bad, but was a hassle.

I bought a new car at 73,000 miles and sold this car. If I had kept this car, I would have had to soon replace the timing belt and give it a tune up by changing the spark plugs and such.

All I did was fix issues that made the car undriveable. There was other maintenance issues like steering/suspension/air filter/fuel filter/ coolant and other that needed to be serviced.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd January, 2010

3rd Jan 2010, 08:51

All normal wear and tear items.

The root of the problem is: you bought a Hyundai with 65,000 miles. They are pretty much used up by then. What did you expect?

28th Feb 2012, 11:12

A car with 65,000 miles on is not used up by then. If that was so, why are all the car dealerships selling cars with that many miles on them, and some with over a hundred thousand, and they sell the car for over 8,000.00. Cars can last for 300,000 miles if they are well made.

29th Feb 2012, 12:09

Any person or family that buys a Hyundai older than a 2007 model, is playing Russian Roulette with their lives and their pocket book.

There are just too many other choices in the used car market. Please read your annual Consumer Reports Annual Auto issue that comes out in April every year. It will give you good reliable cars to buy.

But to avoid the lemons, abused cars, or cars that have been in accidents, have it checked out by a reliable mechanic.

2000 Hyundai Elantra from North America

Summary:

Love the car, hate the nickel and diming it though

Faults:

I have a 2000 Hyundai GLS, it periodically for no apparent reason would not start. The ignition would crank over, and never spark to start. Come back a few days later, it would start, it progressively got worse and worse. Turned out to be a very easy fix, it was the crankshaft position sensor in the front of the engine; it was about $60, and it's started ever since. Of course we had to rule out everything, starter, battery, etc. I looked all over the Internet for the first year I owned it and found nothing, but here it is. The information can be found in the repair manual available at any auto store.

Oh and the automatic windows are weak, and three out of the four went. It's pretty spendy to fix, but once you get them fixed put a rubber lubricant in the window seal to grease the top of the window. As you roll down the window, the more resistance the regulator and motors get pulling the window down, the more likely they are to break. So that suction you get at the top of your window when you haven't opened it in a while is a bad thing.

Check engine light, it's always been on, has something to do with the exhaust, replaced vapor canister, fuel filter, air filter, air sensor filter, yet it's still on. It's a pain in the butt, but black electrical tape over the light will make you feel better.

General Comments:

It's roomy, good gas mileage, great for road trips.

Nice roof rack, room for a full size spare, nice flip seats.

Love the car, hate some of the problems.

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

Review Date: 25th September, 2009