Thanks for the history of the car, I greatly appreciate it.
It was a good read.
I owned a 2002 Elantra GT from 2004 to 2010.
No problems at all for 6 years. On the 6th year, every little thing... mostly due to rust as I live in Montreal, 6 months of winter and salted roads. Elantra's rust.
I got a Civic after that, now selling the Civic to buy a 2006 Elantra 5dr for 7500$.
The Elantra always treated me well in the past, so I hope my new one will last me a good 3 years until I can afford better.
Original Reviewer again.
My Elantra now has 91,000 miles on it. My company moved even farther from my house, and my commute is now 130 miles round trip, 5 days a week. I've switched to synthetic oil because of this. Now I can go much farther between changes (which I need, because if I was still changing it every 3,000, I'd constantly be changing the oil!)
The whine it was making in gear mysteriously disappeared. It just stopped making it completely shortly after writing my last comment. No real problems with it since my last update either.
I will not be taking this car to work everyday for much longer however. My son has a '96 Toyota Corolla that actually gets much better gas mileage than my Elantra (the Elantra usually gets 33 MPG, while the Corolla averages 41 despite being an automatic). Because it will not cost me anything to simply switch cars, this is actually going to be a huge savings in gas each week. I'll still report back on the Hyundai on this thread obviously.
My Elantra now has 96,400 miles on it. My son has been driving it, and it hasn't given him any problems. He has wanted a standard transmission car for some time now, and so he is very happy to be driving it.
Only issue to report about it is my fault anyways. Backed into a parked pick-up truck (oops...). Put a very small dent in the trunk lid and a small scuff on the bumper. Not worried about it. Not going to fix it.
Original Reviewer here for another update.
My Elantra now has 101,467 miles on it. Stills runs like the day I drove it off the lot. I haven't had any issues with it since my last report. Clutch feels like the day I bought it, and I imagine I will easily get another 50-60,000 miles out of it.
Original Reviewer again.
Well my Elantra is up to about 110,000 miles now. It will be needing brakes and tires again very soon. I'm beginning to notice a few rattles here and there, and the suspension seems to be making a lot of noise. Overall, this car has not aged quite as well as I expected it to. While the engine and trans. are still solid, the body and interior already seem tired and worn out. Perhaps I have just been spoiled by my Honda's of the past, which didn't start to feel like this until 300K miles. Or maybe Hyundai still has some work to do. I'm not getting rid of this car too soon, but will probably replace it within the next year and a half. Not sure if my next vehicle will be a Hyundai.