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: First Car 2001-2003 Sonata or Elantra



arom5000
07-24-2010, 01:40 PM
I'm looking to purchase my first car before September.

I can get a 2001-2003 car with around 100'000km is fine.

I like the size and look of the Sonata, but I like what I've been reading about the Elantra in terms of reliability and handling.

Does the Sonata run as well as the Elantra?

What is the best Sonata forum?

Thanks

Qyn
07-24-2010, 03:01 PM
What year Elantra would you be looking at? How much are the prices on Sonatas in your area? What is your budget? I'd be inclined to steer you towards the 2004-6 Elantra instead of the older Sonata honestly.

hyunelan2
07-24-2010, 03:04 PM
IIRC, the 4cyl versions of that Sonata suck. It is the old non-Beta 4cyl. The v6 engine is the Delta engine, which is mediocre. A v6 Sonata = a 4cyl elantra in performance when talking about that era.

basically, do you want a bigger or smaller car?

SuperGLS
07-24-2010, 10:36 PM
What he ^^^ said.

Also, you can probably get a 2004-2006 for fairly cheap, you might not have to limit yourself to the 2001-2003 models.



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arom5000
07-25-2010, 07:04 AM
What year Elantra would you be looking at? How much are the prices on Sonatas in your area? What is your budget? I'd be inclined to steer you towards the 2004-6 Elantra instead of the older Sonata honestly.

I like the 2001-2006. My budget is $5000 Canadian, but I may like to spend $3000 and open an account for gas and maintenance.

You guys are right! Edmunds.com had this to say about the pre-2006 Sonata:


Pre-2006 Sonatas remain a risky used-car proposition even though depreciation means they can be found at a bargain-basement price. Only in recent years have we seen the kind of build quality and structural integrity that might portend long-term durability.

They praise the Elantra and named it the best used car bet in the compact car segment:


If you're looking at older used Hyundai Elantras, we recommend you choose one from 2001 or later to be on the safe side. The previous (third) Elantra generation was produced from model years 2001-'06 and represented a considerable step up from the earlier cars. The sedan was bigger inside and out, and revised sheet metal gave it a more upscale look. Reliability and overall quality were also much improved. The standard features list was generous for the car's price, and included amenities like air-conditioning, full power accessories, side airbags, 15-inch wheels and an AM/FM cassette player. The 2.0-liter engine generated 135 hp (138 after 2003) and was mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.

I really like the Elantra GT (the Hatchback). 2002-06. Although it's less available here in Toronto which is inflating the price a little bit.

arom5000
07-27-2010, 01:59 AM
Yesterday I liked the hatchback, today I like the Sedan! I think I just want those leather seats :)

But now that I've decided on an Elantra, where can I look besides kijijii and eBay? I live near Toronto but wouldn't mind traveling a little bit. (By that I mean anywhere in Ontario or upstate NY).

hyunelan2
07-27-2010, 07:51 AM
You can get a GT sedan that has the leather seats you like, starting with the 2003 model year.

Do you have autotrader.com in Canada?

arom5000
07-27-2010, 10:05 AM
You can get a GT sedan that has the leather seats you like, starting with the 2003 model year.

Do you have autotrader.com in Canada?

autotrader.ca, thanks.

---------- Post added 07-27-2010 at 10:19 AM ----------

I think I prefer the price and look of the 2003 sedan. I don't like the backside of the GT sometimes.

I like this look:

https://www.elantraxd.com/cotm/dec09.php

or this,

https://www.elantraxd.com/cotm/aug08.php

Since it's my first car I think I should stay closer to $3000 than $5000. And just throw on some pleather seat covers.

BobMs_wht2k2
07-27-2010, 10:26 AM
kEEP IN mind: that vintage sonata eats rear wheel bearings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You WILL be replacing them at some point.

that year of elantra you will likely be due for some major services (trans service, timing belt, plugs/wires) so make sure you keep money in the budget for that as well.

UrbanerMezei
07-27-2010, 10:27 AM
The early 2000 version of the Sonata was ***.

Spectre
09-06-2010, 12:20 PM
I'm glad you decided on an Elantra. I was faced with a similar choice between a 2004 Elantra and a 2004 V6 Sonata. The Elantra was superior in nearly every way.

arom5000
09-26-2010, 12:56 AM
Guys, I need some help. I'm ready to buy the car. The limit of my budget is $3000 Canadian before taxes.

Here are three good ones that I found online:

a. 2003 Hyundai Elantra GT Sedan
Transmission: Manual
Mileage: 126,265 kms
For Sale By: Dealer
Price: $2999
Highlights: Lowest km, GT package?, sunroof, heated Seats, anti-lock brakes.

b. 2001 Hyundai Elantra GLS/VE Sedan
Transmission: Manual
Mileage: 166,000 kms
For Sale By: Owner
Price: $2500
Highlights: New timing belt, front wheel bearings and brakes replaced in June 2010, 4 winter tires included.

c. 2001 Hyundai Elantra GLS/VE Sedan
Transmission: Automatic
Mileage: 155,018 kms
For Sale By: Dealer
Price: $1995
Highlights: Price.

What is in the 01-03' GT Sedan package as opposed to the 01-03' GLS/VE? The 03' GT Sedan doesn't even have leather seats? Is it the heated seats, sun-roof and anti-lock brakes?

What are your thoughts on 01' vs 03'? A manual Elantra vs automatic? The mileage, Dealer or Owner? and the prices and "highlights" of each car.

Thanks