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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"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.

Karabo writes:
2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS Review
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3

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fuel mileage

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none

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Yes I Wud — i luv da cars sound system n 2 thnk dat its standard 4 a 1.6 da cars realy performes wen it gts on da road n its reali fuel efficient,yea da service plan iz nt ova yt so m stil njoyn it witowt it gtn 2 problemetic on ma xpens

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Rhonda writes:
2003 Hyundai Elantra GT Review
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good car

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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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mandigom writes:
2003 Hyundai Elantra GT Review
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4

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

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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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Chris writes:
2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS Review
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Got good gas mileage and was pretty comfortable, engine was solid - never had any issues over 100,000 miles.

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

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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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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.

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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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Katie writes:
2003 Hyundai Elantra GLS Review
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styling, braking, lots of room

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acceleration

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Love This Car — i just started driving this car, but it is definitely a lot better than my old one!

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eazyeafro writes:
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Great gas mileage, comfortable

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Not a winter car

eazyeafro
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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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Amber writes:
2003 Hyundai Elantra GT Review
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5

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Stick, 6 cyl., gets up and gos!

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A broken light and scratched up bumber!

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Up To Date — I simply love my car!! Its gets me where ever I want to go and it a Stick!! Which i blieve is most amazing when I girl can drive a stick!!! And the car only cost me to 7000 and it is so fun to drive!!!

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

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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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1992 Hyundai Elantra Reviews

Very Good For A Vintage Korean By olepAL

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1994 Hyundai Elantra Reviews

Was A Good Car By Jeremy

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1995 Hyundai Elantra Reviews

Takes A Beating And Still Runs! Amazing By Cody

I bought it for 300 dollars.. and its been running good. ive added 20xxxkm onto it.. Read More

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1996 Hyundai Elantra Reviews

Buy Something Else. By Ben

Everything about this car is very 'meh'. It's acceleration isn't too bad. The 1.8 litre DOHC 4 cylinder engine can get you from 0 to 100kmh in about 12 seconds, which isn't horrific for a small/med se... Read More

Nice One To Drive. By Belybeth

It was black, comfortable, economic, had enough of space for people and cargo. Read More

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1997 Hyundai Elantra Reviews

Runs Great By sdiaz81594

This car runs great look ok has a great interior. This car has great tires and a strong engine for a little car. Everything's in great working order. The car goes fast for s little old car. Very relia... Read More

Most Successful Car In Hyundai's History By Philip Jin Hyup

it was my second car. I liked it a lot bcuz it could go fast enough, and at the same time it had good gas mileage. I didn't spend much money on the car but it always gave me good performance. I think ... Read More

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