I said I'd come back with an update, so here goes.
I brought the 05 in again yesterday. They did extensive testing and
decided it needs a master cylinder (which is what I thought all
along). Unfortunately it was late in the day and they could not fix it
yesterday as they did not have the part there. I am bringing it in
Monday to replace the master cylinder. They "may" be able to give me a
loaner car for the day. Funny thing is, they own a Chevy delaership
also. They have two loaner cars from the Chevy dealership. Both cars
are Fords! I found that kind of funny. The service manager has been
very good about the whiole thing. I believe it was a case of a bad or
just lazy employee originally.
ALSO, I bought a new 07 Elantra SE on Wednesday. I have not had time
to put it through it's paces, I think I still like the 03 the best of
the bunch. I looked at other cars, but when it came down to it, the
Hyundai was still the best value out there all things considered.
Thanks all...I'll let you know the final outcome next week!
They put in the master cylinder and then said they needed the
proportioning valve which they don't have and won't be able to get for
a few days. I was ready to explode when the service manager told me to
come pick up my loaner...a brand new (7 miles!) Sonata. I told them to
take their sweet time fixing the car. I'll post back when it is all
On Wed, 25 Jul 2007 11:09:55 -0500, "Rev. Tom Wenndt"
Well, my wife has the Sonata. She is only doing about 30 miles per
day. If we still have the car Saturday, we will be going about 200
miles with it. That's it. I probably should take advantage of the
situation, but it's not in me.
---------------- ELANTRAS -- Problem Cars? --------------
I've come to believe so.
I HAVE A 2004 ELANTRA GLS, AND THE BATTERY IS almost impossible to
replace and service!
Hyundai DOESN'T want you even try to:
1) Check the fluid level in the cells.
2) Check the body and terminals for corrosion.
3) Remove the old battery and install a new one.
These tasks are almost impossible for the average motorist BECAUSE THE
BATTERY SITS IN AN ENCLOSED, SEALED CASE! You can't see much less
inspect the cell fluid levels. And half of the bolts under the hood
on the driver's side have to be removed to free-up the battery.
See, Hyundai wants you to go to a HYUNDAI DEALER, where a battery
costs $90, plus up to $50 more to install it. And at most Hyundai
dealers I know, you have to leave your car for an entire day -- then
hope it's ready when you return in the late afternoon or early
"Aw, we're sorry, but you see we got real busy and couldn't get to
yours. But tomorrow!"
AdvanceAuto Parts, AutoZone, Olympic Auto Parts, and Batteries Plus
sell the same battery for $52 to $69, some including free
Only problem? They can't get a sufficient supply of them to keep 'em
And that's what your conniving, inscrutable Hyundai folks want -- to
force you to spend more on a new battery than a normal car owner would
expect. Parts companies list the Elantra batteries as "special." And
that they are!
Additionally, the OWNER'S MANUAL has neither a diagram or instructions
for accessing and servicing your Hyundai Elantra battery. Just a one-
paragraph entry that says, in effect, Be careful when servicing the
I've had my 2004 Elantra GLS for 3 years and the battery is already
shot. Needless to say, with problems also with the air bags, brakes,
power locks, and engine noise and vibration, I've bought my last
My advice to Hyundai? Hold up on building those factories in the
U.S. Too many one-time customers could make for sluggish, then
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