2002 Hyundai Elantra from North America
Just say no
The clear-coat and paint are coming off down to the primer.
After one (1) year of driving, the paint on my 2002 Hyundai Elantra is coming off, leaving unsightly matted spots all over the hood, roof, and trunk. The car is still well under warranty, but our (friendly) dealership tells us that Hyundai does not honor this agreement, as has happened in many instances before.
Don't buy Hyinday,
Their warranty is a lie,
Ask me why.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 31st July, 2003
Thinking of buying a used Hyundai Elantra wagon with 23,000. The car looks brand new, rides well and seems like a great bang for the buck. Torn, because most folks think you get what you pay for. Thoughts?
We have a 2002 Elantra GT with black paint bought second hand a year ago. Indeed the paint was chipped a bit and there were quite a few scratches. However, we bought a 4 year old, 73k car for 7500 CAD. With leather, traction control and a sunroof! And if you read the reviews the paint chipping seems to be the only major problem...seriously, what is the big deal. You have a car that has proven to be above average in reliability with a lot of options on it for not that much money. We will just repaint it in a year or two depending on the speed the paint job continues to deteriorate at, so far the paint is still decent given its been 5 years... I knew very well when I bought the car that it would probably need to be repainted soon, but that is a small price to pay for the solid package I get otherwise. Otherwise the car has given us no trouble. I would suggest including the cost of a repaint when calculating the purchase price and if you still feel you are making a good deal go for it. I am very satisfied with the feel and performance otherwise and I do not feel at all that it is tinny, unsafe, unstable or lacking sufficient performance for day to day usage as some people said. Maybe they just switched from large sedans and this is their first compact? Once you get a new paint-job (if needed) done properly over the crappy original one the paint problem should be solved for good.