1999 Hyundai Lantra Special Lean-burn 1.5 DOHC from South Korea
Great car, if not for the rust
This model is called the Hyundai Avante in Korea.
I have purchased this car as used car, at 600,000KRW (approximately 580USD / 400EUR). It was about to be scrapped, but someone listed it on the board of open-market.
The domestic (in Korea) versions are very vulnerable to ust, because they are not galvanized with zinc. Mine is also suffering from rusting of the rear wheelhouse and side-seal. This is chronic in domestic Korean cars manufactured before 2009.
Nevertheless, it certainly is value for money. The only problem that required maintenance was one CV-joint, so I replaced it.
Except for this, no problem was caused at all, the engine is so reliable and economic (average consumption is around 14KPL).
Just for the maintenance, I replaced the rocker arm gasket and trivial parts.
Since it has got a lean-burn engine (I think this lean-burn system engine is not equipped for the export models), well this can make the movement quite sluggish when the system is on, but in urban areas, it isn't really annoying. When driving on the motorway, except for the up-hill sections, or sudden acceleration, the power is enough.
The only drawback is the rust problem (only for the domestic Korean models).
Except for this, this J2 Lantra (Elantra/Avante) is the perfect car still, nowadays. The parts are very cheap, easy to obtain and fix. The design of this car is still not that old-fashioned.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th May, 2014