I have to disagree. We bought a 2001 Elantra in February and it has been excellent. No complaints here. As with anything you will get your share of bad ones and when that happens some unlucky person ends up with it. Looks like you were the one. I'd give Hyundai another chance.
I purchased my 2001 Hyundai with 14K miles on it. The dealer let us drive it around town and then took it to change the oil and check fluids. Once we got on the road home (a 2 1/2hour trip) The car started misfiring and spitting. It was in the shop for 33 days in which they changed the fuel system, the O2 sensors and a multitude of other fuel system related items. A month later the Air Bag light came on and stayed on. Again it was towed to the dealership. The whole dash was replaced and the car was gone another 2 weeks. Recently I had clutch problems. The car is under warranty and I was charged to replace the clutch to the tune of nearly $1000. As soon as I drove away the clutch made the same humming sound only louder as it made before the service and I took the car right back. The service dept. said it was a throw out barring. We ended up paying $3000 for a new transmission and was without the car for 3 1/2 weeks. Now the car is back and the thermostat is out as of today! This is a horrible car : (
I'm very happy with my Elantra, but you must realize all manufacturers make lemons from time to time. I recommend giving Hyundai another chance.