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> Shockingly disappointing test drive, horrid shaking
Georgeandkira
post Sep 10 2016, 07:26 PM
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Hello, It is with sadness I report this.

Today my wife and I went to Liberty Hyundai in Mahwah, NJ to test drive a new 2016 Elantra GT.
I dropped in yesterday and made an appointment for a test drive with the salesman, Ray.

The car was ready and poised to roll right out the apron to the state highway. I stepped on the gas and a rhythmic wobble shook the car.
The engine, which sounded louder than I had expected, had dropped itself into a low gear and was winding its guts out.
The wobble didn't subside until I removed my foot from the pedal. The car then drove OK. We scooted about the windy roads of the Ramapo River Valley.

My wife took the wheel and she experienced the exact same wobble upon accelerating onto the same highway in an unrushed situation.
I will extend to the car the assumption that my horrific downshift was, possibly, exacerbated by the car being cold.
Neither me nor my wife experienced such a rowdy downshift after the first one. I also assume we learned instantly not to slam the pedal hard.
Neither one of us is a harsh driver.

The salesman suggested that the tires had developed flat spots during their time on the lot. When my wife's wobble came 'round I suggested that the tires had had time to heat up.

We said thanks to the clean cut lad and left.

The test drives of both Mazda3iTourings (2 dealerships) went much better.

A wise man (Mitch-the founder of this board) mentioned to me that the next generation of the Elantra GT will be based on the i30 platform and will be better and likely worth the wait.
We need a car kinda soon. If the buyer of our 2005 Saab 9-5 Aero wagon backs out of the sale (60 hours from now) I'll consider putting the purchase on hold.

What a sobering and disappointing adventure.

Caveat emptor, Georgeandkira





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post Sep 10 2016, 11:06 PM
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So you just tried the one Elantra and 2 Mazda 3's? I would have tried another Elantra on the lot to see if it did the same thing.

I have heard good things about the Mazda though.


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post Sep 11 2016, 04:05 PM
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The salesman acted like a stunned puppy. I am a firm believer in trying another anything but...being that the lad and I hit it off chatting the day before I'd bet there was no capacity for bull fertilizer between us. Maybe we should give him a few years to develop his deceptive skills (Ha-Ha).

Even my wife (the most mechanically disinclined person in the world) noticed he had no input.
She even thought he should've drug out another car. You know how unrealistic that would've been to do? A crowded car lot and those "perennial pigs" (car dealers) being asked to do something. Heck, I SCHEDULED a test drive because I know a crowded parking lot is challenging.

The GT is an inch this way or that from any corresponding measurement of the Mazda...the price is basically same...the GT's mileage is lower by 15% to 20%.
I didn't go to the dealership with a lot of analytical oomph in the first place.
Maybe tomorrow I'll sneak over to another Hyundai dealership and try another.
But then I'd wonder if the product was weak. My sister's Mazda3 feels solid after 4 years.

I think the kid knows they wobble. Georgeandkira

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