2001 Hyundai Elantra VE 2 litre from North America
It punched well above its weight !!!
The main issues have been the brakes, where the brake pads remain in contact with the rotors after you take your foot off the brake pedal. I'm on my 3rd set of rotors.
CD player stopped working after 5 years of use.
Park brake cables have finally seized at 270000K.
The car didn't like CV axles; the originals lasted 140000k, but the aftermarket replacements lasted as little as 20000k (always the lousy boots).
That's about it other than routine oil and filter changes, plugs and wires, valve cover gasket, timing belts every 100000K, tires, and wheel bearings at 250000k.
This car was a dealership demonstrator that was leased, and I bought it when the lease was about to run out for $6000 back in 2005... the car was 4 years old and had 69k on it. Now today in August 2015 I'm preparing to sell it to the scrap yard. I will drive it there with 290k on the odometer and everything still working. The car has rust and a blown steel power steering line, and I take that as my sign that time is up.
This car is an absolute warrior!!! I live in Snow Lake Manitoba, and I work shift work at a mine in Thompson Manitoba, which is 250 kilometers (2 hours 20 minutes) away. I have made this trip 8 times every month for the last 8 or 9 years, plus holidays elsewhere. Sometimes I drove in -40 degree weather in the winter. This car never once let me down! In its last year, as my winter car (reliable), we had the coldest winter in 50 years and I'm not kidding when I say it was -50 everyday for three weeks. My little car, battered from the road and starting to lose the battle against years of highway salt, started every morning at 5 a.m.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st August, 2015