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2000 Hyundai Elantra

2000 Hyundai Elantra

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Love this car - no... LOVE this car!

by from north TX on July 30, 2010

This is the Elantra GLS wagon, bought used in 2003 with 67K miles on it. Presently, it has 112K. Except for mostly routine issues like a few blown lamps and a dead starter and then oil changes, we ha...
This is the Elantra GLS wagon, bought used in 2003 with 67K miles on it. Presently, it has 112K. Except for mostly routine issues like a few blown lamps and a dead starter and then oil changes, we had absolutely no problems with this car at all until about three years ago when it hit 90K, give or take. The radiator blew while I was going down the highway. Despite having to pilot the poor thing about 1/2 mile off the highway and into a parking lot, billowing white smoke all the way, the engine remained rock solid. We replaced tires and corners and the battery the next year. Other than that, this car has endured all we've done (and not done) to it. The A/C needs some love but it's Texas and we don't have a garage and it's black so really, is there any hope? :) The ride is relatively stiff and the steering is spry and responsive. It handles well and I can turn around and fit in places that don't seem possible. The acceleration is really good for a 4 valve engine - surprisingly peppy - but the A/C definitely drags it down so we're in the habit of pushing the A/C button to turn off the system when we get to on-ramps and such. It makes an audible difference and you can definitely feel the engine's gratitude at not having to drive the compressor, too. The interior is in decent shape and has held up to innumerable dogs, several kids of varying ages and sizes, car seats, groceries, you name it. A visor broke during very cold weather and a door pull was cracked when we bought it and finally gave out. The fuel economy is amazing and makes me sad, too. This car is 11 years old and gets better gas mileage than more than half of the brand new cars produced. That's just wrong. I average 21 mpg, mostly in-town driving, some highway, and even including all the 0mpg time spent leaving the engine running with the A/C on while I wait for someone to get out of work or go through a drive-through or listen to Car Talk. The cargo space is amazing. It's a TARDIS of a car. I've shoved things in the back that logic would dictate could not possibly fit, usually without having to drop the seats. My husband's wheelchair is not a problem to fold and chunk in the back. The seating capacity is limited to four people, two front, two back unless you're really mean or really desperate and then you can cram three people in the back seat but they will hate you for life. The problems we have with this car are mostly age-related and neglect-based in terms of the interior and body. Mechanically it is outstanding, thanks to its original construction and the fantastic mechanic we finally found. I'm hoping for another 10 years if the highway gods are willing and the paint don't rise!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Over 130k Miles and it's still going strong

by from San Diego CA on May 13, 2010

I purchased this car used over 4 years ago, and I have to say that I am so so so impressed with this little car!!! It is surprisingly peppy, and for a little tiny commuter car, it is really pretty com...
I purchased this car used over 4 years ago, and I have to say that I am so so so impressed with this little car!!! It is surprisingly peppy, and for a little tiny commuter car, it is really pretty comfortable. The back seat is a tight fit though. My husband used this car as a work vehicle for about 18 months, and I am actually surprised that this thing is still running well after constant driving onto construction sites! I am really tough on all my cars.... let me rephrase that, I am HORRIBLE to my cars. I commute to work (often in stop and go traffic), I am terrible at keeping up with oil changes, 99.9% of the time it is filthy, and I am notorious for putting off much needed minor maintenance. This car has never given me any major problems, and honestly, I am SHOCKED! Aside from some cosmetic interior part going bunk (understandable seeing it's over 10 years old) the engine, transmission, and everything that counts when you need a dependable car is still going strong. I would rate this car with 10 stars for reliability if I could! Before I happened upon this car I would have never thought of buying a Hyundai, however after owning this car, I will certainly buy from them again! The Elantra may not be much to look at, but I have to say, this car surprised the heck out of me!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Drove It Till A Drunk Killed It!

by from Indianapolis, IN on January 23, 2010

I drove this 100 miles round trip 5+ days a week from March 2000 till last week when a drunk crashed into it in my driveway(go figure, but at least no one was hurt!). It had 290K miles on it and until...
I drove this 100 miles round trip 5+ days a week from March 2000 till last week when a drunk crashed into it in my driveway(go figure, but at least no one was hurt!). It had 290K miles on it and until 3 months ago, I had never done more than basic maintenance/wear items. It is easily the best car I have ever owned.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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GREAT AND RELIABLE!!!WORTH EVERY PENNY!

by from angola, ny on February 9, 2011

I paid about $3400 for my elantra with 97k miles on it. It now has 150k miles on it and no major issues. This car has been great to me and is work every penny!!! Very reliable.
I paid about $3400 for my elantra with 97k miles on it. It now has 150k miles on it and no major issues. This car has been great to me and is work every penny!!! Very reliable.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Don't Overlook

by from CT on May 28, 2010

I bought this car, because the price. If I compare the highest and this car price I ever pay, It worth every penny of it. People associate "name" with status, WRONG!!!. Look into your pocket, don't mi...
I bought this car, because the price. If I compare the highest and this car price I ever pay, It worth every penny of it. People associate "name" with status, WRONG!!!. Look into your pocket, don't missjudge what you see out there. Overall this is a good, reliable, fun car to buy. Just need to take good care. Once thing I changed the radio, does NOT bring CD player. That's it!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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very very easy car to live with

by from on April 19, 2012

this car has been in my family now since 2000, i'm guessing it has maybe a year or two left in it before we decide to move on to something a little more up to date but I have to say... this car has be...
this car has been in my family now since 2000, i'm guessing it has maybe a year or two left in it before we decide to move on to something a little more up to date but I have to say... this car has been flawless, it is amazingly reliable and cheap to run. thats mainly down to a lack of umf in the power apartment but it really does make the best of the horses it got, and its pretty light too. very good transmission, feels slick and it's surprisingly fun and easy to drive. it's not a looker, inside or out (but it sure looks better than the 3rd gen). AND it doesn't hold its value well, in fact it pretty much drops like a fly but thats not really the point. it will last, and service costs will cost peanuts. so if you're after a cheap alternative, which also handles pretty well on twisty roads its not a bad option. i'm guessing the prices are now so low it's almost a no-brainer (you buy it, run it untill it says "NO MORE!" and move on) unless you are very aware of what brand of car you are driving and only want upmarket motors. well, you wouldn't be here then would you.. :) I think me and my family would recommend it to anybody who wants a cheap reliable car, it's weird how a car grows on you. I will be sad when it ends up in the crusher one day..
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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FANTASTIC

by from Wisconsin on May 12, 2009

I bought this car new knowing I would be driving 60 plus miles a day, 5 days a week. Now, this car has been great and I have not had a problem yet. I think the value, quality and reliabilty is just gr...
I bought this car new knowing I would be driving 60 plus miles a day, 5 days a week. Now, this car has been great and I have not had a problem yet. I think the value, quality and reliabilty is just great. I put in a new CD player though.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Good then bad

by from Mississippi on April 21, 2011

Bought this car new. For the first 100,000 miles it was terrific. Then at about 103,000 miles it all fell apart despite my responsible regular maintenance. It developed an electrical short so that the...
Bought this car new. For the first 100,000 miles it was terrific. Then at about 103,000 miles it all fell apart despite my responsible regular maintenance. It developed an electrical short so that the headlights and brake lights would not turn off ever, even with the car turned off. The clutch in the automatic transmission began to slip. Driver's door window motor pooped out. Windshield washer stopped working. Sun roof failed. Rubber trim buckled. What was my best friend suddenly became an unreliable money pit.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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180,000 Miles Later... Still Running Well

by from Rochester, NY on June 12, 2007

Lots of miles in these cars and it shows. They're fairly sturdy and very dependable. Styling isn't amazing, especially now in 2007, but it's better than you might expect from an older car. I don't car...
Lots of miles in these cars and it shows. They're fairly sturdy and very dependable. Styling isn't amazing, especially now in 2007, but it's better than you might expect from an older car. I don't care for the interior but thats a matter of personal preference I suppose. Headlights always seem a little dimmer than other cars, even after a change.
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Road Warrior

by from Colorado Springs, Colorado on May 31, 2006

Great little car. Average 31 miles per gallon. Great pick-up, good handling, fun to drive. My only complaint is the excessive road noise on the highway. It's very reliable, it has 131,000 miles and st...
Great little car. Average 31 miles per gallon. Great pick-up, good handling, fun to drive. My only complaint is the excessive road noise on the highway. It's very reliable, it has 131,000 miles and still drives great.
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