2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS from North America
Cost efficient, fun to drive and packed with extras for very little money
The only problems I have had is that there was a switch in the clutch that needed to be replaced. If I didn't put the clutch to the floor the car would not start. The Hyundai "died" one day in a parking lot, but it turns out I wasn't depressing the clutch far enough and it had a defective switch. The only other issue I have had is that they had to replace defective front brake pads very early on. They were squeaking badly and I thought it was a bit abmormal (to say the least) since it had less than 2,000 miles on it when I had them replaced. Both were covered under warranty and were fixed with ease (and free of course) at the dealership.
I love this car. I owned the Hyundai for about a year when my mom determined her 15 year old Volvo (with over 200k miles on it) was becoming too much repair wise. With little convincing she bought an Elantra GTS (the hatchback) that is a year older than mine. She absolutely loves it. I will only drive five speeds (yes I'm an odd one! :) ) and it shifts great. The only issue I have had is it is occasionally difficult to get into reverse. Other than that the transmission is very reliable and easy to shift. I am very glad that I chose the Hyundai for my car. It's been very good to me, is very low maintenance, has excellent gas mileage and is very reliable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th August, 2006
6th Apr 2008, 14:11
I've owned my 2003 Hyundai since then, and my car has run pristine since. I've upgraded the exterior, interior and performance, and still have yet to come across any problems.
The only thing I need to worry about is maintenance with tires and oil changes etc... but other than that, there is a ton of aftermarket parts for an Elantra, and it's a different car that you don't see everyday all doped out, which is exactly why I love Hyundai.