2004 Hyundai Elantra 2.0 from North America


A reliable, unpretentious car that delivers


Replaced front and rear shocks at 78000.

Clutch at 97000, and this is Boston driving.

Still on original radiator, just replaced some hoses.

Timing belt at 74000.

Shift knob plastic wore out, so got the heavier one from 2006.

General Comments:

I tend to keep cars a long time (8 years for Acura, 11 years for my VW Fox). And so it is with this easy to work on Hyundai. Lift up the hood and it's not all clogged and cluttered like a Honda or Toyota.

The engine and drive train are solid, and the 5 speed tranny is fun even in Boston. Just. Have the clutch bleeding procedure done.

Add some good tyres and the handling improves. 26 MPG city/32 highway below 75 mph cruising.

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Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th October, 2013

29th Jun 2015, 04:01

I own the same car and it has been just beautiful to own. So far on mine it has been brakes and tires, oil changes and tranny service. It still has the original exhaust system in spite of all our Canadian salt on our winter roads.

I bought this car new and it has been the best car I have ever owned. I have never suffered a breakdown yet! I drive my car easy and I have only 135,000 km or about 84,000 miles on her at 11 years of age. I know the car body will fail before any major mechanical issue puts it off the road.

Now if Hyundai could make some sort of plastic car, they would be the car that lasts forever!!!

2004 Hyundai Elantra GT from North America


This car is a lemon


I have had this car since new, and now at 53000kms I am told that I will need a $1400.00 clutch job. My last car, a 1988 VW Fox had over 247000kms, and I never needed a clutch repair. The mechanic at the dealership said that it could have been the way I was driving the car, and that a clutch is wear item, so he was not surprised. I told the mechanic to put the car back together, as I was not having anyone there touch my car, unless they were dropping the price of the repair significantly.

53000kms is way too early for a clutch to need to be replaced. I can't say that I feel better reading the horror stories that other people have posted about Elantra clutches, but at least I know it is a faulty clutch design, and not the way I drive.

So far the dealership has maintained that there is not a problem with the design of the clutch. Useless.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th February, 2012

2004 Hyundai Elantra VE 2.0 from North America


Pleased with every aspect of this car


Stereo ate a CD - Dealer replaced under warranty.

Tires replaced at 80,000 KM.

Front brakes replaced at 80,000 KM.

General Comments:

Loaded for an entry level car. For $5000 less than a comparable Japanese car, I got air, power windows, cruise, and rear cup holders.

Car has proven to be a comfortable and reliable commuter car. Has started every time, even in -30 C weather without an engine block heater.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2010

2004 Hyundai Elantra from North America


This has been one great car for the price!


At about 115,000 a sensor went out that regulated the A/C, and that meant the fan was always on while the car was running. For a while, therefore, the A/C blew hot and cold.

General Comments:

This car is as good as any I have had, and I have had a Toyota Tercel, Dodge Spirit, VW Dasher and Rabbit, etc.

It has been EXTREMELY reliable, and continues to be so. Just recently at 118,500 or so, the engine light has come on, meaning some sort of exhaust issue, I suppose. Car does not run any differently.

Brakes well.

Shifts well.

Handles smoothly.

Adequate room for five kids/adults on short trips.

Gets about 32 mpg on highway. (My Tercel did better.)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2009