21st Sep 2010, 13:33

I have a 2003 Elantra GT with 180000 kms with absolutely no problems with the clutch.

I even taught my 2 teenage sons to drive a standard transmission in this car. Yes, it has been abused and driven hard will no ill effects to date. I live in a city with lots of steep hills and stop and go traffic.

I did do the timing belt at 100000 km, just because it is a good thing to do. The A/C compressor had to be replaced at 140000 km and the fuel pump at 150000 km. I finally put a new battery in it for the first time. This car survives the harsh Canadian winters and hot humid summers.

Absolutely no complaints... reliable and fun to drive.

1st Nov 2010, 07:52

I own a 1998 Elantra, it has 198.000 KM on it and the clutch was never done. But on the other hand I'm having trouble with the crank shaft sensor.

30th Jan 2011, 19:48

Hello there, I own a 2003 Hyundai Elantra GT. It has a 2005 engine (Elantra GT). I just changed the gas pump, but there's a little problem; I have trouble starting the car always, even when it's hot. What can it be? A sensor, maybe the cam or crank. Well when I start the engine, the car hesitates and stalls. I close the switch and try it again, same thing happens. I have to do it like 3 times, so the engine can run. What can it be???

15th Aug 2011, 23:30

Buy a decoder box at your local auto parts store. Connect it to the built in connector under the dash near the steering column. Read the code. If it's an emission code, buy a new leakproof gas cap. After you reset the codes, it will take several cycles of driving to see if the problem reappears.

The next likely reason for the check engine light is the oxygen sensors near the cat. Then replace the solenoid valve that purges the carbon evaporative control canister.

I first noticed my check engine light on after getting a fill up. After removing and replacing the gas cap, the problem went away. Later I purchased a new gas cap. Problem cured.

Now at 244000 miles, the emissions check engine light is back on. I purchased a new solenoid purge valve and will install it before winter, or may have to buy a new gas cap as well. Although Hyundai recommends changing the timing belt every 65000 miles, mine lasted to about 220000 miles.

Regards, Jim.

20th Sep 2011, 16:51

I bought a 2002 GT, and drove it with no problems, except at 30 below in the winter, if the car is cold and you open the door with the lights on, the lights start to flash on and off.

The clutch started slipping at 112,000 Klm when going into 2 gear. I took the car in for assessment, and was told many things needed repair or replacement. The fellow that services my cars fixed everything for about $2000.00 less than the dealership. A used car salesman owns the dealership; tell you anything?

27th Dec 2011, 23:33

I have (had) a 2007 Elantra, I had the same problem, but the dealer wanted at least $3500 to fix it; I had 59k miles on mine. He told my husband it had gotten hot, like I didn't know how to drive it. I am 48 years old and have driven a stick since 1986. I do not have any teenagers driving my vehicles (my children are grown). The dealership never even contacted Hyundai, they stated that they had fought for other problems, and were denied any use of their warranty. Did you have any retribution at all through Hyundai, or were you just ignored as I have been? Suz.

3rd Mar 2012, 23:10

I own a 2003 Hyundai Elantra GT, second owner, made the purchase in 2004, when the car had 4k on it. Fully loaded.

At 25k, noticed transmission slip, dealer took care of it electronically, was slipping at about 35mph, not impressed with gas mileage.

At 60,000 the radiator went, as well as the driver's side window regulator.

At 74,000, I changed the flex pipe, misc. belts, not the timing belt yet. Of course the brakes, rotors, and tires and regular oil changes, transmission fluids etc have been maintained.

The problem now is back to the transmission. It's slipping again at 35 mph once the car warms up, and of course the window regulator is an issue.

The car as mentioned for its time is fully loaded, has been dependable, rides well in the winter. Disappointed that the dealer didn't mention 2nd buyers don't receive full warranty even with low mileage. No rust on this car, minor interior defects, mirror covers.

Leather seats look great, but I wonder why you can never smell leather in a Hyundai. What type of hide are they using?

Will keep it until it as long as I can, as a second car.

4th Mar 2012, 23:52

"Leather seats look great, but I wonder why you can never smell leather in a Hyundai. What type of hide are they using?"

Most likely "simulated" leather, not the real stuff.