I've only had my 2006 Elantra for 2 months/5000 miles. I think it is a
great car for the money. A also have a 2002 Accent that has gone
105,000 miles with no problems at all. It has all original parts except
normal wear items( oil, filters, breaks, tires, wipers, bulbs, spark
and timing belt).
If she is going to take a bunch of stuff with her to school, she might
I have an 03 and an 05.Both are GT's. I don't think the 06 is much
different. The two I have have been very good. Totally reliable.
DO NOT BUY THIS CAR! If you read about the many problems, you'll find
that Hyundai is building junk. My 2005 Elantra just had a clutch
replacement at 17,000 miles, and Hyundai won't cover it. My
investigtion reveals that this is a common problem, along with many
others. Get her a Honda.
Seamus J. Wilson wrote:
Nope, But I didn't read where he spec'ed a Manual or auto for his
Blanket statements of "Car bad" don't tell the story of clutch abuse etc..
These are value priced cars.....not sports cars with Super heavy duty
Hard driving will eat clutches........In my 2nd VW bug w/1900cc bus engine I
destroyed bunches of clutches, Drove the poor thing real hard.
It got to the point a clutch,Throw-out bearing,Bearing arm took me only 1.5
hours to change in the street...with only my girlfriend helping.
True, but few folks that have an automatic transmission repaired are
that specific about what was repaired inside the auto trans. Sure, it
may have been a clutch pack in an automatic, but I'd venture to say that
99% of the time when some says they had a clutch failure, they are
talking about a manual transmission vehicle.
Yes, that is why my response asked a series of questions. It may have
been a failure due to a defective part, but most likely was due to poor
driver technique. I've driven standard shift vehicles for 30 years and
have NEVER worn out a clutch. I've had several vehicles go well over
100K miles and still on the original clutch.
That is true, but you can drive pretty hard and still no wear the clutch
apppreciably. The main wear on the clutch is startin from a stop, or
downshifting without blipping the throttle to match rotational speeds of
the engine and input shaft of the transmission. I drove OTR trucks for
several years so I got fairly good at this, but most folks don't even
know they should do this.
Probably the biggest abuse I see of clutches is from people who use the
clutch to hold position on a hill while waiting for the light to turn
green, rather than using the brakes. That will eat a clutch in a hurry.
I had two VW Beetles and few cars made before or since are as easy to
work on! I could pull an engine, overhaul it, and re-install it in one
day, assuming all parts were on hand. :-)
However, I drove mine hard and still never had a clutch or t-bearing
failure in the 100K+ miles I put on both of them.
What had failed? Clutch disk worn out? Pressure plate worn? Springs
weak? I'm just curious as 100,000 miles is on the short end of what I
consider to be decent clutch life. I hope my Sonata lasts much longer
than that. A couple of friends have gotten over 200K on the OEM
clutches in their Corollas. I have 145,000 on a 1995 Jeep Comanche and
92,000 on my Chevy pickup. I put 145,000 on a Chevette and have never
yet kept a car long enough to wear out a clutch!
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