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post Jan 13 2015, 06:27 PM
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Pretty solid in my experience. Had a 2002, now a 2006 GT.

O2 sensor(s) can go and they'll result in poor fuel economy.
Radiator and heater core can get clogged; have a full flush done.

I've heard the front end tends to be picky for alignment and balance. (uneven front brake rotor wear can cause what seems like an out of balance wheel)
High pressure power steering line is in a spot where it can corrode fairly easily. Leaks in this can lead to strain and failure of the power steering pump.

The scary one is the timing belt. If it lets go, the interference engine will eat itself. Get it changed, religiously, every 96,000km (60,000 miles).

They can rust pretty good if not protected. Wash your car regularly, especially in areas that get road salt. Have the frame and undercarriage oil-sprayed to help inhibit rust.

Paint can chip and scratch. Touch it up as needed.

Google for more but I honestly feel the Elantras of this vintage (2001-2006) represent the best value in used cars. Other cars (Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Ford) all cost more and offer less. Each have their own quirks. (Corollas of that vintage are known to burn oil, despite being "fine" in other aspects and they aren't nearly as comfortable as the Elantra) Hyundai offered just about everything as standard equipment - air, cruise control, ABS etc. TCS and automatic transmission didn't add much to the cost.

Two ways to view that: "Hyundais don't hold their value well," or "Hyundais are a bargain on the used market."

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Only options my car came with was air, power windows, and a manual trans... Somehow missed the ABS and cruise.


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2003 GLS with 217k miles.
Auto. (no cruise / ABS), power windows, mirrors, heated mirrors, cloth seats

Still a DD, and a beater / spare.
Only failure related mechanical repair is radiator replacement.
Everything else is factory.
Uses zero oil, and starts and runs great, engine is smooth.
A/C and all power stuff still work well, (except for power door locks sometimes won't work on rest of the doors when locking driver's door.)
Got new front struts recently - rears are to be done soon.
front steel wheels were replaced with better used ones a few yrs ago (they were bent a bit)
Regular stuff like brakes, timing belts, oil changes, ATF changes etc. but probably less often than recommended.
Will replace spark plugs/wires soon.

Current goal: 300k miles smile.gif

Only current issues:

Dash has a crack. (never parked in a garage)
Rear brakes (drums) squeak.
Front CV boots are torn, but joints themselves still ok. (no noises)
Paint on hood/roof/trunk faded

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I am looking for one as a daily driver to keep the miles off of my Mustang and am seeing a lot of cars with 200K-300K. The most I saw was a still running one with 368K. I am looking for one in the 85-115K mile range since prices are so cheap.


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