The clutch had to be replaced, just a few kilometers past the warranty - from other car forums, clutches are a 'wear' item and not covered under the warranty. Like many other owners, the dealership put the blame on me for my faulty driving habits (my Mazda 323 had 485,000 kilometers on it when I sold it, and, the original clutch. I have been driving for 40 years, and have always driven a standard shift).
Since it was off warranty, I took it to an independent garage, where I was given a 2 year parts and labour warranty on an off-brand clutch - the dealership's warranty on a Hyundai clutch was one year or 20,000 k). I kept the clutch and I'm waiting for the class action suit. Because of Hyundai's history with problem clutches and class action suits, I specifically asked the question before I purchased. Since this was not the first year for this model, I foolishly believed the dealership when they denied any clutch problems. Shame on me for not checking the internet forums, as clutch problems have shown up on the Elantra and other models as well.
This is not my first Hyundai - I did own a 1985 Pony, which had an excellent maintenance and repair history, and which I sold in order to buy the Mazda 323.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th July, 2009
21st Sep 2012, 08:13
I am going on to my second clutch in less than 140000 km. The first one went at 65000 km. Going to look at an aftermarket one this time. Otherwise the car has been great.
2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0 Inline 4 from North America
A great car. Runs perfect. Another success on Hyundai's part
Nothing has gone wrong with the car. I bought it used and it wasn't certified, but nothing has gone wrong. I drive about 700 miles a week and its run perfectly everytime.
I have the 5-speed manual version. It shifts quite nicely and has a good feel to it. It really should have a 6-speed; on the highway the engine can be a little bit loud and you can feel it labor a bit. I average about 40 mpg.
Its handling isn't anything special, and the steering is a little vague, but nothing unbearable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th July, 2009
22nd Aug 2009, 20:08
Original reviewer here! I'm up to 54,000 miles and I'm still loving it! There are some things I forgot to mention in my original review that I would like to add.
First of all, I bring my dog around with me a lot, and I've never had a car with an interior that is so easy to clean! My dog sheds a lot and sheds all the time, but getting the hair off the seats is as easy as vacuuming it, no hair sticks to the upholstery! Plus my seats get stained a lot because of my dog, and getting the stains out is a snap! I just use a little carpet stain remover and a scrub brush and the stain is gone! In my previous vehicles it would take hard scrubbing and multiple times vacuuming to get the stains and hair out, but this upholstery is so durable and easy to clean, I love it!
I'm also very happy with how long my brakes have lasted. In my Ford Focus I owned before this, I went through brakes every 30,000 miles or so, and I don't make short stops and brake hard. I always come to a controlled stop and I never went to fast. I'm a very responsible driver I think, I almost never exceed 55 MPH on any highway and highway driving is what I do mostly, my cars almost never get driven around town, my Elantra doesn't and my Focus rarely did either. So the fact that I didn't have to replace brakes so often was a huge plus! Overall, I'm also more happy with the build quality in my Hyundai than any of my domestics. After driving this Elantra, I now see why domestic vehicles are in decline and the Big 3 are going bankrupt, they just don't hold up as well as these imports.