2001 Hyundai Elantra GLS from North America


The best vehicle purchase I have ever made in my life!


The Gear Shifter Knob lost the "cap" that listed the gear positions, so the knob would slide off once the cap broke if you pulled up on it.

The Air Bag light was continuously on due to the sensors getting clogged. (We happen to live in a desert though, so this doesn't surprise me.)

The Window lever that controlled the passenger side window from the driver's side door started to be sluggish to respond.

General Comments:

Overall, I cannot BELIEVE the quality of this car. In the six years I have owned it, I have taken it to the shop a total of 3, yes, three times!

Once for the air bag light / sensor issue, once for the gear shifter knob, and once for the window control.

I have not had one single solitary problem out of this car. I have to admit, I was leery when my husband "surprised" me with it. I did not want another car, and least of all a Hyundai.

Now, I thank my husband every single day for the decision he made on this vehicle. The warranty is second to none. The service we receive has always been impeccable with no hassle at all.

A lot of the car looks somewhat cheap, with plastic everywhere, etc. I'm not a fan of the road noise, and sometimes it rides a little rough, but if that's the biggest complaint I have after six years, I'm one happy camper!!

I would buy this car again in a heart beat, and in fact have had two different family members purchase the same make / model after they saw how happy we have been with ours. They haven't had any complaints with theirs either.

The interior is a little cramped if you have a lot of kids, but this is one of the best "starter" cars around, and the gas mileage isn't bad either.

All in all, this is the best vehicle I've ever purchased for the money in my life.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2006

2001 Hyundai Elantra GLS from North America


You want cheap, you get cheap!!!


Shortly I purchased the car there was rattling sound. Of course I took it to the dealer and they could never find the problem. Second is when the AC is turned on, it smells like urine. I have heard of other who have this problem with no resolution. Aside from cheap parts when this car was built, I was pretty satisfied with the car. Now the check engine is coming on and I am losing acceleration when it comes on. It doesn't stay on and seems to happen when the AC is on. They have done a diagnostic and found nothing. Spark Plugs were changed, ignition wire, Air Filter and still the same problem persist. If nothing comes up on the computer diagnostic, than what is it? I am about to sell this car some other person and buy myself a more dependable Camry and let someone else deal with the headaches.

General Comments:

This car while peppy, very noisy

You will feel every pothole in this car.

Gas mileage leaves a little to be desired.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th May, 2006

29th Jul 2006, 01:50

Try closing the gastank cap well after fueling.

10th Mar 2007, 22:30

Not trying to discredit your intelligence, but sometimes the check engine light can come on for no reason at all other than a loose wire or something of that nature. Just because the check engine light is on does not mean your car is about to die. If nothing came up in the diagnostic test, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Keep checking on it - diagnostic tests are free at places like AutoZone so there's no reason why you couldn't.

Hope it works out for you!

7th Apr 2008, 03:12

If the check engine light comes on and you are losing power while driving, it may be an emissions related sensor, such as the EGR or O2, or even the exhaust manifold. The dealer IS able to gather info. from the scan tool if a code is stored, so I find it unlikely that they don't have any explanation whatsoever. If they aren't doing you any good, find another dealer or hook up the tool to read the code for yourself. You can rent them at auto parts stores. Also, the other comment was correct — you CAN trigger a CEL if you don't tighten the gas cap enough to hear it click.