2004 Hyundai Elantra User Reviews

2004 Hyundai Elantra Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 25 reviews

  • 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" 16 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"ride" 7 reviews
"big space" 4 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"paint job" 3 reviews
"style" 2 reviews
"traction" 2 reviews
"interior" 2 reviews

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Denis writes:
2004 Hyundai Elantra GLS Review
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5

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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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Rick writes:
2004 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Review
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4

Pros

Tons of room, good on gas, excellent ride, fantastic brakes, tremendous value

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Underpowered 2.0L engine, some handling quirks

75

Hyundai Elantra Rocks! — Great little car with tons of room inside. The hatchback design allows me to fold the rear seats into the floor and get all my telescope gear into the back with no fuss. The leather interior is comfortable and quiet. The ergonomics are well thought out, and the ride is relatively tight and rattle free. The 2.0L petrol engine is a bit underpowered, but performance is decent. Handling is nicely neutral until 8/10ths, at which point understeer comes into play. It does have a tendancy for throttle-off snap oversteer - so be careful! The four wheel disc brakes with ABS are fabulous. I did some hypermiling with the car and got approx 45mpg over a 160 mile trip, which is fantastic! Bottom line: it's a roomy, fuel efficient car that is well built and has enough fun in it to be interesting. For the price ($19,500 in 2004) you can't beat the value.

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christto writes:
2004 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Review
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5

Pros

The hatchback, the seats, the sunroof, its a nice car for the money. I test drove quite a few different cars. Certainly a better value than a Nissan Sentra.

Cons

Had to buy the manual online - no Haynes or Chilton's available.  The ride is rougher than I am used to, but I guess that is the GT stands for. You need to be near a Hyundai dealer to get parts.

christto
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A Great Car With Some Style-needed A Hatchback, Love The Leather Seats, The Sunroof And The Cruise — I have been driving high mileage cars for a long time - spend a thousand or 1500.00, run it for a year or so, replace it. I am a musician, so I love the hatchback - really don't want to waste the gas on an SUV. I am 6'4" tall and 270 pounds - the headroom is a little tight because of the moonroof, but the seats are very comfortable. Took a 5 hour drive - the seat is adjustable and made for a pleasant ride. 80 MPH most of the way, the car handled it nicely. (It has 75,000 miles on it.) Car now has 140,000 miles on it. At 90,000 took it from WI to Washington and Portland and back. Absolutely no problems, and handled the Montana and Idaho mountain curves VERY well (was driving 10 - 20mph faster than posted speed limits). This past year, strapped 2 kayaks to the roof with a cheap roof rack, added a trailer hitch for a two bike rack, and went camping several times. I just found out it needs front end work, (tie-rod ends, a wheel bearing and a new radiator, but I think thats to be expected at its age.

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Steven writes:
2004 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Review
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4

Pros

volume, standard features, appearance

Cons

some cheap materials, must have Traction Control

105

Value! — The Elantra hatch was a carbon copy of the old Saab 900/93 5 door (see my previous review). Since this car replaced the Saab, I have found many areas of comparison. The Elantra is similar in looks, build quality, driveability, and the Koreans even attempted to replicate Saab's excellent dash. The value for the dollar is unbelievable. This is a fully- loaded car with an excellent warranty that listed for $15,900. As with the Saab, the hatch is cavernous. The car is comfortable for long trips, and gets very good mileage on the highway. I highly recommend Traction Control on this car. The 5-speed mated to the 2 litre, 16 valve motor produces wheelspin with the slightest amount of moisture on the road. Suspension could be taughter, too. The car rolls a bit in curvy conditions. Still, with the list of standard features as long as it is, you'll feel like you're riding in a car that cost twice as much. I'm willing to overlook what few shortcomings the car has. A shame that the current Elantra lineup no longer includes a hatch.

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dgood writes:
2004 Hyundai Elantra GT Review
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4

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Good gas mileage, like my six speaker music system, comfortable ride and good pick up.

Cons

In 35K miles, I have replaced two headlights and now need to replace the parking lights. Paint is almost as thin as nail polish

dgood
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Like The Car Not The Dealers — I think it is a very good car for the money. Good gas milage and little "extras" that I couldn't afford in other cars.

Owner for 3 years, 6 months

Miles Driven per Year:10,000

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Candace writes:
2004 Hyundai Elantra GLS Review
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5

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Beautiful styling, drives awesome

Cons

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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Stephen writes:
2004 Hyundai Elantra Review
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3

Pros

Inexpensive small family sedan

Cons

Avoid it if you want to avoid  vehicular mediocrity.

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The 2001-2006 Elantra Were Good Enough, The Newest Model Is Way Better — The 2001-2006 Elantra sedans are relatively inexpensive, they provided good value for the money in the small family car market. Build quality was above average but not quite to the world class levels that Hyundai has reached with its latest lineup. Performance was alright, the car really does everything fine, but not brilliant at any point.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Derek writes:
2004 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Review
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5

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Performance, Style

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Could use more legroom in the back,

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My Car — My car is well built. Doesnt use lots of gas. Hasnt had any big problems. Timeless design. Strong engine lots of power. Wide powerband that isnt to high end. Excellent handling. Comfortable seats on a long drive.Powerful headlights for night driving. Excellent low end torque if kept in the powerband. Great handling if you use performance tires. Forgiving suspension for quick manuevaring that make the roads much safer.

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Gabriel writes:
2004 Hyundai Elantra GLS Review
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4

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Good gas mileage, comfortable, nice look to it

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Not as powerful as I would like

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Very Good Economy Car! — The car has average performance thought it was not built for speed. It handles very well and has good brakes. While Korean cars had gotten bad raps in the past, they have come a long way as this car is very well built. It has a reasonable interior that is comfortable with a nice flow and the exterior is kind of sleek as well. It has been easy to maintain with no problems yet to report. It gets very good gas mileage both in the city and on the highway, ~25/30, and is enjoyable to drive. I got it due to the rising gas prices and my explorer wasn't going to cut in Seattle and I don't have any regrets about buying it.

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Jon writes:
2004 Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback Review
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3

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holds a fair bit of my stuff.

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fuel economy and trim pieces falling off.
Tranny issues with this model. even suggested extra tranny flushes didnt help. :(

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A Basic Commuter Car, But Poor Economy — Its a fairly good looking piece of basic transport. (black with dark tinted windows) Tinting the windows really helps this car. I have had a lot of issues with trim pieces falling off, all minor stuff but annoying. The fuel economy is terrible. I cant recommend this car and would probably by a golf hatch or something similar instead next time. Just lost the tranny (auto) 140 000kms approx. 3k to fix...

Primary Use: Family transportation

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