2002 Hyundai Elantra GSi 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Cheap luxury car



General Comments:

Well equipped reliable car.

Quiet and smooth running.

Stiff suspension though, and the handling is not as good as euro cars.

With its handling, I forgive it because it feels like I am driving a bigger car than it is, and also with its luxury spec, I feel like I am driving a big old Jag.

Its Mpg on the auto is not very good; about 25-30 mpg around town, and it's dear to tax in the UK at £215 for a 1.6. Thanks Mr Gordon Brown, you robber.

I like the car though, because it's different to everyone else. It looks fantastic from the back and sides, although the gaping grille at the front is not to everyone's taste.

Overall, not bad, and if you buy one, get a low mileage full history one like I did, and I paid very little for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2010

2002 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0 DOHC 16v 138HP from North America


5 years 100 000km reviewer... its OwKa


A bearing...

Rust on both front fenders (replaced both of them).

Another bearing.

Rust on rear fenders...

Rust bubbles.

Rear suspension squeaks like hell... also can no longer fit 3 people in back without the wheels touching the frame.

General Comments:

The clutch slips since day one, so I take it easy on it and it's still good.

Overall with the cheapness of the clutch assembly, you lose so much power.

Tranny is great, engine is not as efficient as a Honda, Toyota or Nissan, but it still gives me decent power and fair fuel consumption.

Drive hard and you get 350 to 420km on a 45Liter tank.

Drive easy on low RPM and you go up to 550km... so 10km per liter average.

The car is reliable, I love the look of it and it is pretty smooth.

Rust is the biggest issue with the car, I have rust inside my doors and my driver window falls off the track if I lower it entirely as the track is rusted at the bottom.

Also I have trouble selling it for $2500 so... no resale.

My recommendations...

LEASE A HYUNDAI for cheap, then move on.

Or buy it 4 year used or $2000 to max $4000 cash, so you have a decent paid for car for years to come.

Not bad, but since I like to buy, potentially my first and last Hyundai.

My next car will have to be a Subaru as I want 4 wheel drive or AWD.

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

Review Date: 9th October, 2009

2002 Hyundai Elantra GT from North America


Love it


I love this car, it is reliable, comfortable and the best kept secret. I have the GT with leather seats, and the seats look like new.

The tie rods just went at 115,000 miles, but other than that and usual brakes, tires, I've done nothing except keep up with the oil changes.

When I first purchased this car, we were so impressed with it, we purchased a second one for another member of my family. A friend of mine liked ours and purchased one for himself; his has over 200,000 miles on it. I then gave my 2002 to my son and purchased a 2006, which I love.

I know I sound like I work for a dealership, but I'm just happy with the car and all it offers at the very reasonable price I paid.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2009

6th May 2009, 13:29

I've heard and read a lot of good things about these Elantras. I've heard a few common bad things too, but overwhelmingly good things. They seem to last a long time in most cases. I bought a Kia (Hyundai's brother) and I'm loving mine too.

6th May 2009, 14:11

I, for one, am pleased when I read a review such as this.

It is good to see that there are other people out there, who are happy with their vehicles.

14th May 2009, 17:27

More than pleased with my 2003 Elantra GT, bought it new and am about to turn 200,000.This car has never had any engine work done except the required timing belt replacement at 60,000 increments. Don't know if it matters but I've always followed the maint. schedule and have used Mobil 1 from the first oil change. Will really miss her but have my eye on a 2009 Elantra Touring (hatchback).

Based on my experience would recommend Hyundai Elantra to those that want an inexpensive but reliable people and junk hauler.