I disagree with the "own the car" point. There were many great Elantras that were COTMs back in the day, but some have died prematurely. It wouldn't be right if there were better cars of the last decade that lost to a lesser car due to an accident.
I'm also not sure about the active part. There were people who contributed more and won COTMs than 90% of the active community now, but for one reason or another are not hugely active. I think the activity of the user would weigh on people's minds when they were voting, but I don't think it should be a requirement.
While it may be one of the most modified and looks fairly well done, it totally looks like it came straight out of the fast and the furious. Is this really the image we want to portray when we declare a car to be the best of the past 10 years? What does that say about the elantra community?
uh tommy i dont think this is the right place for personal opinions on specific people and their cars....
I agre in waiting till the end of the decade to declare a COTD. But i have to say the member should still be an active member. even if they show up here and there it should be someone that hasnt shown up in the last 6 years, thats just not fair to others.
What about someone like Xtrawld? She had one of the most drooled-over XDs, and was a COTM winner. She hasn't really been active here for a couple years - but her last board activity was within the last 2 weeks. Is that "active?" I'd think her car needs to be in the running for a COTD. Not sure she'd win, but at least in the running.