2001 Hyundai Elantra from North America


Highly recommend it


There was one recall for a minor brake line adjustment/repair.

I have replaced the headlights and tires.

General Comments:

The car looks great, like a baby Lincoln Continental.

I am 6' 2" and have plenty of leg and head room.

I spend about an hour-and-a-half a day on the highway and find the seat very comfortable.

Not only was it the least expensive car in its class, but it had the most power. I drove a loaded rental Chevy Malibu around in California for a week. It was great to get back behind the wheel of my Elantra which felt like it had more power and tighter handling. Its revvy little engine never leaves me wanting.

There is a bit of torque steer when accelerating. This is my only performance gripe.

Although it handles great in the snow (especially compared to my old Toyota Tercel toboggan) I wish I could have gotten ABS with it. In Canada you get a CD instead which is nice too, maybe die to some good tunes. This is my only options gripe.

Actually I got the bare bones model, but in hindsight I should have gone with the electric windows because the car is so wide.

I have followed warranty maintenance, but I find the dealer is always trying to get me do unnecessary extras. They will say the fuel injector needs cleaning and the brakes need extra servicing, and I better replace the air filter, etc. When I take it to my mechanic he says "none of the above, the car is fine." And it has been. Absolutely reliable. Of course I found this to be the case (though not as bad) with my previous (Toyota) dealer. Also, I had Cdn Tire replace the 1st headlight to go. A week later I had the dealer replace the other when it went. The dealer replaced lamp burned out again three months ago. The Cdn. Tire lamp is still going strong.

The radio is incomprehensible with a zillion little buttons the size of tic-tacs. I nearly crashed the car leaving the dealer lot with it trying unsuccessfully just to turn it on. I can now, after three years, turn it on and off, switch back and forth from the CD, seek stations and adjust the volume. You take your life in your hands trying these while actually driving the car. The sound, however, is adequate, once found. This is my only miscellaneous gripe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th July, 2004

28th Apr 2009, 10:48

Very helpful/objective review. Thanks:)

2001 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0 from North America


Good economy value.


Clutch failed at 33,000 miles.

Gas gauge is inaccurate when full.

Had to have rear brakes replaced at 20,000 miles.

General Comments:

I am very displeased that the clutch went at 33k miles. I have owned 2 previous manual transmission cars for a total of 150000 miles and never needed to replace a clutch. This is a non warranty item and costs over $1000 to fix at dealers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd April, 2004

2001 Hyundai Elantra GLS from North America


A real


Had vehicle checked at the dealer when first purchased. Everything checked-out fine except for the power mirrors. Having electrical problems now. Took back to dealer and they replaced a fuse (I was told) and everything worked for a short time. Could not find a blown fuse anywhere. Perplexed as to the cause of these problems. It must be something simple that I've over-looked.

Power mirrors do not work.

(checked fuses...OK!)

Power windows do not function. (checked fuses...OK!)

Clock in dash; cannot be changed with the buttons, however, it is working!

General Comments:

Bought this car for my daughter (high school senior) to replace the 1991 Toyota Camry DX, which had 190,000 miles on it and had been in a minor fender bender a year ago.

Looks and runs good for a high mileage car, relative to the year built.

The remote door lock is comparable to those higher-end vehicles.

Steering wheel tilt does not go high enough for a person who is six feet or taller... rubs your legs as you enter the vehicle!

Has the CD player with the detachable faceplate that can be easily stored in its little box, in the glove compartment.

Great car for students with all the SRS safety built-in! Can replace car... but not kids!

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

Review Date: 4th April, 2004