2006 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0 petrol from North America
Where am I going to park my other new Elantra when I get it?
Poor reception over the AM/FM CD system. Haven't yet made it back to the dealer to have it looked at. It seems like someone forgot to plug in the antenna lead.
After reading several reviews on the Elantra I was afraid the automatic transmission would affect performance in a very negative manner. The "off-the line" performance is there in an instant. I chose the automatic over the manual for convenience for my job and I am not disapointed at all. It is much more lively with the automatic than the reviews will lead you to believe. Don't be afraid of it at all.
It seems the "delayed down-shift when passing" problem has been cured with the 2006 model year. Shifts were smooth and quick when I simulated passing maneuvers on country roads. 50-70 passing times were shocking. You can really feel yourself being pressed back into the drivers seat when you step into the accelerator pedal.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th April, 2006
Follow up to above.
I purchased the mentioned Elantra with hail damage. In repairing the hail damage the dealer disconnected the antenna cable at the mast and forgot to re-attach it. The dealer repaired this within minutes of my return to have them look at the radio problem. Since then no problems.
Enjoy your Elantra. I have a 2005 GLS Hatchback and while I was somewhat skeptical upon first considering Hyundai, I have been extremely pleased so far and wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone.
I am pleased with my 2005 Elantra GL hatchback. The only criticisms I have are that it is very difficult to exit from the passenger front seat, and I find it hard to read the odometer.
I too have poor reception problems with the radio in that the radio often locks on to weak stations in seek mode when it should by-pass them. Perhaps I'll have the dealership take a look. Other than that, I'm pleasantly surprised with my '06 Elantra - well screwed together and fun to drive. Also, I've read that automatic version may be slow to down shift. Not so with mine. Engine and transmission seem well matched.
Locking onto weak radio signals is a GOOD thing. It is a sign of a quality (sensitive) tuner.