2003 Hyundai Elantra Reviews

2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles

Faults:

This is the best overall car. I have only had to have routine brakes/rotors replaced and tires, and had only had to have the car serviced once, which was the serpentine belt.

General Comments:

Otherwise I have never had an issue with this car at all. I'm knocking on wood as I speak..

It gets great gas mileage.

I have taken care of the car; routine oil changes, and I don't beat on it. I take care of it, and it takes care of our family.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2011

2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Faults:

Bought the car in 05, and had to rebuild the clutch in 06.

Clutch failed again with less than 50k miles on the rebuild.

Have driven manual always, and NEVER had this much trouble.

Seems to be a chronic issue with inhibited throw out bearing travel.

Any ideas to isolate and solve this?

General Comments:

This car appears to have fatal flaw in throw out bearing travel.

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

Review Date: 15th April, 2010

2003 Hyundai Elantra from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

Great, well worth it

Faults:

I do approximately 600kms per week with no major problems until recently.

There seems to be an electrical issue; it has begun blowing the low beam head lights, about 1 a month, and at times massive electrical interference is heard through the MP3 player.

About once a week it just refuses to start. It’s like there is an issue with the immobiliser. The battery is good, you have power to dash, music and AC, but just dead when you turn the ignition. You can’t even move the car because it is locked in park. After 20-30 minutes it just starts like there was no problem. Have had the mechanics look at it several times; they just can’t find the problem. Looks like I'm going to have to buy a new car.

General Comments:

On the whole I love this car. I was a bit concerned down sizing from the 6 cylinder Ford, but this little car has performed brilliantly.

It handles the steep terrain where I live with ease, plenty of power. It took a little to get used to front wheel drive. It handles very differently when you hit the dirt. Next car will be Hyundai again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2009

2003 Hyundai Elantra GL Sedan 2.0 from Saudi Arabia

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 kilometres
Most recent distance290000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Good and reliable if you maintain it well

Faults:

The piston was cracked, so I had to rebuild the engine at 235,000 KM. And every 40,000 KM I have to change the shock absorbers; this could be because of uneven roads, but the Camry I had before had no problem with jumps.

I use to drive the car a lot on highways at an average speed of 160 Km per hour. The car performs very well and gives me more than expected fuel economy, but driving at high speed with the air-conditioning made the compressor weak just after several trips of 1000 km.

General Comments:

The 2.0 L engine feels strong enough for its class, and the handling is also very good.

No wind noises on the highway.

Unfortunately I have to change the engine oil every 2000 KM (1200 miles). This is before the engine rebuild and after. The oil burns very quickly, no matter which oil I use. The only oil that gave extra miles is Mobil 1, which should give me 10,000 KM, but still it gave me 4500 KM.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2009

2003 Hyundai Elantra GXL 2.0 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired60 miles
Most recent distance92500 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Summary:

I wish I would have bought a couple more for the price they were selling for in 2003-04

Faults:

Front strut broke at 45K, replaced under warranty.

Battery went dead after 5 years, $65 for replacement at Sams Club.

Replaced front brake pads myself, $30.

That's it, 92500 miles and other than gas/oil/tires, I've spent less than $100. No problem with the clutch yet, but when it hits 100K I'll probably break down and get the belts replaced.

I wish I would have bought a couple more for the price they were selling for in 2003-04.

General Comments:

If GM could make something like this for the price, there would not have been a bankruptcy.

Go Hyundai.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2009

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 34 reviews