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I love my Hyundai Elantra

Updated on September 17, 2013

Can a person really love a car?

I am here to say yes and I will tell you all the reasons I love my car. I guess you could say that I have had a monogamous relationship with Hyundai Elantra over the past 13 years. The first one I owned was a lovely shade of cranberry, aproximately a 1993 model which I bought it used from a dealership. In fact it was the first car that I ever negotiated for myself. I can honestly say that I probably got screwed over big time in that deal because I had no idea what I was doing which made me pretty defenseless against the big bad car sales woman. Anyway, I digress. I owned that one, a first generation Elantra, for 5 years. If it were now I would have never purchased that first generation Elantra as none of the kinks had been worked out of such a new model car. I recently said no to buying some 2008 cars because of this factor. It was more like I stumbled into that first Elantra rather than making an educated decision to buy it.

I owned that car for five years. One of the major problems I had with it is that I had to replace the transmission at around 150,000 miles. Shortly thereafter is when I decided that it was time to buy a new car and so having become a more savvy car buyer I scoured the internet for as much information available to guide me in the purchase of my first brand new car. To my surprise the Consumer Report rating coupled with the price of the car and its warranty convinced me that the Elantra once again was the car for me (for real this time). I also got a really good percentage rate on the loan because I went through my credit union to get it. I paid in the ball park of $13,000 for a brand new Elantra in 2000 (not including financing). 124,000 miles later, I am here to say that this car served me well. Not once did it ever break down on me and only required minor repairs towards the end of my ownership. I passed the 2000 on to my daughter and it continues to serve her well.

Now in 2008 I had the opportunity to purchase another new car. With gas prices being what they are and all I was pretty sure that I was going to go the route of the Prius. Whatever car I would end up with would be good on gas. So off we went to kick some tires. I don't know how it happend, perhaps it was the fact that I could get it for under $19,000, the Hyundai Elantra is now Consumer Reports' top-ranked 2008 vehicle amongst 19 other compacts and subcompacts, 33 mpg highway/25 mpg city and the, 5 year/60,000 mile Basic warranty, 5 year unlimited mileage roadside assistance, Drivetrain 10 yr/100,000 miles warranty plus 7 year rust warratny. Besides all of these facts I have a 13 year relationship with the car and the last 8 have been excellent. It kind of ended up being a no brainer for me. I had to go with the Hyundai Elantra once again. The new model also has some fun upgrades including standard cd player, remote control locks/alarm (also standard) and we got the dealer to add leather seats for no extra cost.

Do you have a car that you love? or any thoughts you would like to share.

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      rulesforrebels 5 years ago

      i have a 2011 hyundai elantra. im pretty happy with it. gas mileage is great. i love hte design both inside and out. one complaint is it has no power like i cant pull out into traffic and get going quick.

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      john 5 years ago

      I too love my Elantra, Bought one new in 2000. was a great car !25000 or so miles. Passed it on to Grandaughter & bought a new 2012 Elantra limited.Had some squeaks but were repaired.NOw love this one too.Even though milage is not as advertised. About 26 mpg local driving which satisfies Me.Love it another great car.Now have 3600 miles on it

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      Marie Seibel 6 years ago

      I too love my Elantra. I purchased it new in 2000. For the first eight years, I drove around 30 miles each day round trip to work but the last four years only 10 miles per day round trip. I maintain it religiously, but it hasn't seen a repair shop (except for maintenance) since 2008. Not bad for a car with nearly 147,000 miles. It still looks good, but the mileage has dropped from the around 25mpg in town to just above 20mpg. One day, I'll hopefully buy a new one (and it WILL be another Elantra!)

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      Leah 6 years ago

      Just got my Elantra today! My very first new car and I am

      seriously in love with it. Outdoes Honda Civic by a very,

      very, VERY long way.