I hope you didn't spend more to replace your Merc than you're saving on gas with the Hyundai...
I wouldn't have got rid of the Merc if it wasn't for the transmission problem, and other small mechanical things that needed repairing as well. The cost to fix everything became too much in the end (and I haven't even mentioned the rust on the doors!) I got a good deal on the Elantra so I bought it. The fuel problem eventually went away after the recall, so it's running really sweet now.
My 2008 Elantra has a vibration at 35 to 38 mph. the hyundai service department told me it is a characteristic of the car. I think its the transmission.
I agree with 00:25. Take your car back and DEMAND that the vibration be fixed. The Hyundai is a very well built car and it should be smooth at all speeds. If they balk at fixing it, go to your local Better Business Bureau. They can often encourage unscrupulous dealerships to do the right thing. I don't own a Hyundai but I have friends that have a Sante Fe, an Accent and an Elantra. All of them are great cars and my friends have had no problems with them at all.
Well it's 17 months and 25K kms since I first took ownership, and I'm more than pleased. I switched to synthetic oil after 10K kms and really notice how quiet the engine has become. The car works like it's supposed to and I have no complaints. I recently installed a remote starter (Nu Start) so together with the Michelin Ice 2 winter tires I purchased last year (very noisy though), I'm ready for our cold Canada winter. I would recommend this car to anyone who needs a solid reliable vehicle!
Coming up to 2 years now!! What else can I say about this wonderful little car. I turn the key, start and go! I was originally looking to buying a Civic, which my ex-wife bought at the same time. She has had no problems with her choice either, so I guess we are both pleased. I've never liked the front snub nosed shape of the Civic, plus it's got that odd multi-tiered dash. Anyway that's just me...
Thank you for the "ownership updates". Very useful. I hate it when others post reviews of their cars the day they bought and say "no problems so far"... Cheers!
OK, so June will be 4 years now since I bought this little gem. It's an amazing vehicle and is so quiet. The only problem that was fixed under warranty was the rear brake cylinder failing. Everyone in my family wants it, but I'm keeping it until I get bored and want something else. One of the best car purchases I've ever made!
Sold it in June 2012. I have to say it was a wonderfully reliable little car. Quite boring though, and that's why I probably wouldn't buy another one. A lot of people can live with that if it means reliability, which this car definitely was. My only complaint was the trunk lid bent a little when I put a bike rack on it, due to the weight of 3 bikes.
Overall a good experience, and would definitely consider another Hyundai.