2003 Hyundai Elantra User Reviews

2003 Hyundai Elantra Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 21 reviews

  • Performance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Appearance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Overall: 3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 11 reviews
"ride" 9 reviews
"reliable car" 7 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"brakes" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 21 2003 Hyundai Elantra reviews.

Steven writes:
2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS Review
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5

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Hated how it drove for 2 years until i figured out how to modulate the light pedals and get the feel for the handling with the light steering wheel response.

Revised- Sept 2012

Great car now that exhaust manifold nuts have been properly torqued down to spec. Stated before that getting acquainted with the vehicle driving dynamics was an issue and took time. Correcting the exhaust manifold nut torque will correct this issue.

Cons

Dealership car preparation before sale. Sold to us without rear brake operation leading to an accident. Also Quality control from the factory regarding engine exhaust manifold nut torque being improper. That or the Glendale,California dealership sending my mom out in the desert after complaining about an issue with the car stalling to a halt ocassionally. When on the way to Las Vegas the car had the same problem and was towed to Planet Hyundai. Suspecting the fuel pump was the problem we asked them to test and replace it. They claimed that was not the problem since they could not replicate it. It took 3 days of waiting until we asked them to replace the fuel pump immediately.

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Reliable, Cheap, And Eventually Fun To Drive — Cheap brake pads cause rattle when worn. Handling style is great if you figure out how it can be driven. Acceleration is adequate for daily driving. Gas is 25mpg. Could have a stronger blower for the heating and air conditioning Revised- September15, 2012 105,000miles Found spark plugs to be worn on 2 particular plugs and replaced the whole set or 4. MPG rose to 27. Engine power and throttle response increased through the whole range. Also replaced the air cabin filter. Improved ventilation system function dramatically. 108,000 miles Found exhaust manifold nuts to be loose and were causing build up in the engine bay. After correcting the problem found that the car drove completely different. Performance affected by this problem involves overall driving dynamics. Handling and ride over bumps became more predictable and correct on feel. Tracking on road became linear instead of feeling darty left to right. On center feel of the vehicle shifted changed. Brake pedal response through the whole stroke became more responsive. Engine power and acceleration changed through the whole rpm band. Transmission operation of shift points and smoothness of shifts corrected from variable and inconsistent to proper timing engaging smoothly instead of a bit harshly. Believe the car was like this since new and over time nuts either came loose or were loosened by someone at the dealer. If these issues were addressed or never occurred my mother would not have purchased a Toyota instead. Revised 6/13 Did a transmission fluid service and the car runs much better. Also replaced an axle with a bad boot. Throttle response has improved as a result and handling has changed due to the axle replacement. Revised 4/13/14 After changing the timing belt at 127k miles the car runs and handles completely different. The dartiness I felt at 108k must have been related to the timing belt as well since now the car tracks thru a corner with less steering effort and concentration. I have reason to believe the 60k timing belt service was no done correctly at the same Glendale dealership now... Never thought something like this would effect ease of steering or handling on center feel so much. This and a set of great tires on the back wheels transformed the car. Not sure why the braking performance as degraded but may be due to need for factory pads and/ or some new drums and rotors that are out of spec or are just warped.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Savanna writes:
2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS Review
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Fast, Good gas mileage

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Maintenance

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Ok — I have mixed feelings about this car. Sometimes it accelerated quickly, but other times it would take forever to get going. It had great brakes, they worked perfectly, and I didnt have to even think of replacing them the whole time I owned the car. It handled pretty well, but it was kinda of stiff going around sharp turns. It was a nice looking car, but it wasnt stylish or sporty. The interior was nice, kinda cramped in the back for a sedan though. It had great gas mileage which is the only thing I really miss about it. The one bad thing that I hated about this car is that it kept sqealing almost every time I started the car. I replaced the altanator belt twice and took it to a mechanic like 3 or 4 times. They told me the last time it was my timing belt and that they fixed it but not even a mth later it was back to squealing again. It was pretty fun to drive it went pretty fast too.

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Chris writes:
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Pros

Got good gas mileage and was pretty comfortable, engine was solid - never had any issues over 100,000 miles.

Cons

Terrible handling and loose accelerator.  The A/C sucked.

85

Ugh... Horrible Thing — Drove it for 2 years, you get them up to 60 mph and they shake due to a design flaw with the front axel (supposedly fixed in a recall). Smoothed out past 80 mph though!

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version writes:
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price and durability

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cheap cosmetically interior, slow pick up,

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Highly Reccommended In That Price Range — for the price it seems an excellent value, and I would buy another if needed. Good safety ratings, runs smoothly, decent gas mileage, and quite reliable.

Owner for 1 years, 3 months

Miles Driven per Year:10,000

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mandigom writes:
2003 Hyundai Elantra GT Review
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4

Pros

Good gas mileage, reliable, handles well, has some power

Cons

doesnt look too sporty

mandigom
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Overall A Good Quality Car — I like a lot about this car. It is great for commuting back and forth from work. It gets good gas mileage. Reputable make and model. Good car for someone who doesn't want to pay a lot in repairs. Very reliable and rides well. It has power and gets you from point a to point b with a piece of mind.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ray writes:
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Pros

Very reliable, haven't had to put much into it. No electrical or stereo problems still runs quiet. Love it!

Cons

Car uses a lot of power to run air conditioning. Cheap inside door handles.

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Not A Racecar, But Good For The Long Haul. — I recommend it or any other Hyundai for that matter, they make fantastic cars.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Rhonda writes:
2003 Hyundai Elantra GT Review
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good car

Cons

small, repairs take alot of work

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Good Car, Just Keep Up On Matinence — its small but a gas saver. brake system is good, handles well. replecing the thermostat is a job!!! lol i get 38 miles/gallpn with mine, i have heard of some getting better, some worse. i love my car its fun to drive just small.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Brian writes:
2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS Review
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Good MPG, Great ride and suspension. Very reliable, very well put together

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none

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Great Car! — Great Car, good quality, very reliable. Handles great, good gas mileage.

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william201523 writes:
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3

Pros

great MPG!!!, Purple neon lights

Cons

tiny scratches on , only 2 owners

william201523
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Awesome — Car is fun to drive at night because of neon lights.!! Smooth Handling Recent Brake check Excellent suspension 2 owners Fantastic commute car Acceleration is average, V4 engine. 5 seating capacity shiny silver hub caps!! Reliable vehicle MPG 23/30, good on highway.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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eazyeafro writes:
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Great gas mileage, comfortable

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Not a winter car

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Great On Gas, Low On Acceleration And Driving In Snow — I like the good gas mileage, the good standard speakers and radio. It gas nice set up in the car on how the dash panel is displayed and organized. Its got good size cup holders and the car runs nicely.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Reviews

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