2004 Hyundai Elantra GS from North America


Poor opinion


At 69652 the car died at intersection and wouldn't turn over. Diagnosed by Hyundai service center and couldn't find anything. Car started up and ran the next day. So no repairs were done.

Less than a week later, the car died again. I had it towed back to the same service center. They found it needed to replace some faulty bearings, fortunately under warranty. They replaced it, and I authorized them to replace the clutch since they had opened it up anyway, and I just paid for the parts.

At 96500, I drove from my house to a local store. Soon after parking it, the car was on fire! Smoke was billowing from under the hood. I didn't open it in case there were flames. I had it towed to another Hyundai service dealer and will find out the problem.

Car has been maintained with every 3,000 mile oil changes, and a recent 90k maintenance check.

Loud idling.

General Comments:

With all the problems I've had, I won't buy another Hyundai again! I will pay a few thousand more for a more reliable vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th September, 2008

2004 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0 16v DOHC from North America


A good daily driver


Wheel bearings on front right wheel failed and needed to be replaced at approximately 70,000mi.

Brake rotors suffered premature warp that necessitated replacement (couldn't be machined) @ ~ 75,000mi.

Passenger seat belt tensioner jammed and needed to be replaced. ~ 45,000mi.

Ball joints have begun to pop when steering is in full right or left lock, yet to be repaired. Started ~ 80,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car has been a daily commuter that sees between 70-100mi daily. I've owned it for about three years, and for the most part, it has proven to be very reliable.

In terms of engine and transmission, both perform as well as they did when I bought the car. The 2.0 16v DOHC engine is solid.

The auto box, though, can be kind of annoying because it sometimes hesitates when you really want it to shift. I test drove an Elantra with the standard 5-speed, and that's the one to go for. Though in reality it's not much faster than the auto box, it feels so much better and it lets you play with the bountiful revs that the car can deliver with it's CVVT system.

The other reason to avoid the auto box is because at highway speeds (65-75mph) it'll be pulling at ~3k RPM in 4th gear. It can get tedious.

The Elantra has a pretty stiff suspension, which is a plus in my book as it makes it feel more lively and it takes speed bumps pretty well.

Interior quality is starting to show. The fabric on the center console is already wearing thin, and the rattles on rough roads seem to get worse as the car ages. Some of the plastic is very thin, and some of it on the B pillar cracked for no apparent reason.

But, all of that aside, I like it and the most important stuff, the drive train, is holding up well. I'd give the Elantra a thumbs up to anyone looking for a cheap commuter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2008

2004 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0 DOHC from North America


An inexpensive and resilient little car


The passenger side seat belt tensioner broke. It was just a defective part, and the warranty covered it.

Airbag warning light came on for no particular reason, it was determined that the airbags were still operational and only the light was lit. It was reset free of charge.

General Comments:

It has decent acceleration and braking performance, on par with other vehicles within this class.

There is significant body roll in turns, however. The suspension is somewhat soggy, which contributes to this, and it's noticeable even in regular driving conditions. In more extreme conditions, the amount of roll is highly exaggerated.

The interior is made up of various gray fabrics and plastics, but there is enough variety to prevent it from being completely boring and depressing. It's tolerable. The cheapness of the fake aluminum/chrome accents on the a/c vents detracts from an otherwise pleasant interior. However, given that the car is as cheap as it is, there aren't any horrible plastic seams in sight.

The standard stereo system is actually quite good, and has lots of bass considering it just has standard size speakers. A thoughtful touch on Hyundai's behalf.

The exterior styling is simple and inoffensive. Panel gaps are actually fairly small and consistent, a positive mark for an inexpensive car such as the Elantra. The trunk line and tail lights emulate those of the more expensive Nissan Altima.

The trunk is quite spacious and the seats fold down to make for even more space. I can fit my BMX bicycle in there with the rear seats folded down, which is perfect because I enjoy taking it to the university with me. The materials in the trunk, however, are quite cheap and have suffered moderate damage from me simply loading and unloading the bike.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2007