2004 Hyundai Elantra User Reviews

2004 Hyundai Elantra Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 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: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 17 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"reliable car" 5 reviews
"big space" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"paint job" 3 reviews
"style" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"traction" 2 reviews

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2004 Hyundai Elantra GLS Review
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It's fun, for what it is. It's not a penalty box like a lot of cars its size, and very communicative when driving about road condition, if you're about to lose traction, etc. And it's as dependable as a brick wall, most everything I've had to do has been routine maintenance.

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The 4-speed automatic
body roll
needs more power.

jah5783
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Good First Car — It's fun, for what it is. It's not a penalty box like a lot of cars its size, and very communicative when driving about road condition, if you're about to lose traction, etc. I've driven a couple more expensive cars and the feedback through the pedals and steering wheel was really mushy compared to this car. And it's as dependable as a brick wall - most everything I've had to do has been routine maintenance, the rest was my own fault (hit a ditch in snow, needed a new front bumper). The bad part: Well, it's 11 years old right now, mine's an 04. It's good for what it is, but there are tons of ways it could be better. The 4-speed automatic is purely uninspiring and won't always downshift when you'd want it to just because there's only 4 gears, the car could use less body roll, and could use a bump in power.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Nice small 4 door car; with great gas mileage,

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None...no standard cruise was a bummer

ebarber7
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Pretty Good Family Car — Overall good purchase, had the car for 8 years until the catalytic converter needed replacement and traded. Plus needed a truck or SUV type vehicle for more room. 04 Elantra served its purpose. I would definitely recommend this inexpensive gas saver especially during low gas prices..

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Great gas mileage, low maintenance

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Kind of gutless, simplistic styling

zukiguy
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Cheap, Reliable Transportation — This car was purchased used and had been in a pretty serious accident. It was repainted and the driver door and headliner replaced along with a few other bits an pieces. I took a chance and got it cheap. Best $5000 I've ever spent. Over the years I've had to replace tires, change the oil, and the regular wear items. All 4 struts were replaced about 2 years ago and most recently the clutch (just over 100K). For the money I've spent in service and replacement parts this still comes out to some really cheap transportation. My particular model doesn't have cruise control and that really stinks on long trips. A few of the interior trim pieces have started to come apart (sun visor mirrors, fan controls, etc). Other than that I plan to drive this car until the wheels fall off and then maybe buy another much newer but still used Elantra or Sonata.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Reliable, fuel economic and as generaly speaking for hyundais, lower price tag than the competition.

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If you want to make a ricer car, this is not the car for you. Performance parts for elantras are rare and few.

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A Reliable Car That Gets The Job Done At A Lower Price Than The Competition. — First off, I am the only owner of this car, I purchased it new on the Hyundai lot in Sept. 2004. As of right now it has approx. 179000 KMs on the odometer (Apr. 20, 2010). Over 90% of the mileage on the car was done on the highway. I am also the only driver of this car. Performance wise for it's class this car is pretty good I find. I find the 5 speed manual transmission has a really good gear ratio that gives it a better acceleration that I would expect from a car of it's class. I also sometimes tow a trailler that weights in loaded at approx 900lbs along with some passengers and the engine can always keep the car up to posted speeds unless you are doing highway speeds going up a hill where it will lose 10-20 km/h by the time you get to the top while using 4th gear and a have the accelerator pedal pushed at least half way down. Keeping in mind that this is a small car and I'm putting it through paces normally you would use a truck or SUV to do, I'm very satisfied with how the engine performs. Braking on the car is decent but could be a little better in my opinion. I find once you start adding weight into the car (passengers, objects or trailer) it doesn't stop as easily as it should. As for handling I very much like this car since it does not have fancy traction control systems like used on most newer vehicle. I like to have full control of a car as this way you get to know it's limits, traction controls just hide these from you and I don't like that idea whatsoever. As far as quality goes I can't complain. Following the recommended maintenance schedule definately keeps a car in good shape. I've had both O2 sensors and the fuel pressure sensor replaced under warranty for being defective. Other than that I've had two bad luck incicent. The first one involved a rock flinging through the front grill and hitting just the right spot which busted one of the pipes on the air condenser unit (I believe that's what it's called) which drained all of the freon in the AC system. Had to replace the unit and get new freon put in the AC system. The second incident totaly my fault, I jacknifed a trailer into the left side of the car which dented the quarter panel and bumper. Both these unfortunate incidents dinged me about 500$ CAD each to fix. As far as gas costs go it's in the same ballpark as other cars of it's class. I have not noticed any fuel mileage increases over time. Having a 45KM one way commute to work I do notice a difference of between 5 and 10$ of gas used up in a week if I drive faster on the highway (in the 130-140 km/h range, pretty much whatever the flow of traffic is going in the passing lane). Maintenance I find is a bit pricey but I am still taking it to the dealership as I find they treat me right and don't feel the need to risk going to one of those sometimes shady looking private shops to get my maintenance done. As far as appearance and fun factor goes, those are not things I care about all that much so I will not spend much time on them. For appearance as long as I don't find a car ugly I would consider owning one. As for fun factor, I regard my car as a tool to move my rear end and whatever gear I need from location A to location B. If you want a car to have fun with, get a fuel guzzling sportscar.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2004 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Review
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mileage, seats are relatively comfortable

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Icky clutch

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Good, Reliable Car For An Old Person (or A Young Person That Drives "uber" Slow) — I hate 4 cylinder cars. The clutch is designed for a grandma, meaning it was initially built with a plate to prevent "stalling" but really just prevents you from shifting/accelerating any quicker than 1gear/minute. Gas mileage is "ok" (35 highway, 27 in town) but remember that it only has 4 cylinders. I always get scared when going over mountains. It is 5yrs old and has over 300,000 miles on it and has had 3 clutches.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2004 Hyundai Elantra GLS Review
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necessity

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style

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Decent — Like the fact that it has held up well-I have driven it to hell and back...It has made many trips across the US and all over NC. It is maneuverable, good on gas, and handles well in excessive speeds.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Beautiful styling, drives awesome

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None:)

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2004 Hyundai Elantra — Love this car! Had it for over a year, Im the second driver. Car works great, had to put new brakes on it and fix a window but thats just minor wear & tare. Beautiful white exterior with no rust, Grey interior with wood panelling dash. Gorgeous car! Paid roughly $7000 for it and its worth every dollar. Great gas mileage, drove from Miramichi, NB to Cornwall, On (about 1000kms) for aprox. $70-$80 bucks!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2004 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Review
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Inexpensive to own

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Not a fancy car unless you get the upgraded package

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Decent, But Want To Upgrade — This car has almost no pickup. The good parts of it are that it has lasted me a long time and is cheap to own (roughly 28mpg). It's not very fun to drive, nor is it something that looks classy, but it gets me from point a to b relatively easily.

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its a stylish and economical P plate vehical

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it does cost a bit to buy and good second hand one and even harder to find a good second hand one

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Great Car — i love my bumblebee:) its fast off the mark, great on fuel, its only dont 60,000 km, 2l engine, new types, great aircon and heating in winter. it can tow and because it bright yellow everyone can see me coming lol

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reliable

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not fun to drive,not powerful enough, not economical,

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Normal And Boring Car — the car is realiable but has a really big lack of power in acceleration and it doesn't even make up at being economical but at least its cheap to buy and to repair, just a daily normal car to drive nothing exciting.

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