When did Hyundai, start making good cars, and when did there 10/100 warranty start?

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  1. coolred

    coolred Diamond Member

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    Well my '89 Olds cutlass Ciera is showing its age, and mileage (168,000+). It is in need fo some pretty hefty repairs, which i don't think it is worth the cost to fix it.

    So I am looking for a cheap car that can last me at least a year or 2, until I either get a better job or start making more money and can afford soemthing better.

    I am not limiting myself to Hyundais, but I found a 2000 Elantra with 98,900 for just under 3000.00 dollars. It is from a local dealer, and they are offering a 6month/6000 mile warranty on it. I am thinking the Hyundai warranty probablly doesn't transfer, but wanted to be sure.

    And also wanted to find otu when Hyundai finally started showing some quality. I was thinking it was closer to 2001-02, but thought maybe it started in 2000.
     
  2. ub4me

    ub4me Senior member

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    You can see customer reviews HERE.
     
  3. ShotgunSteven

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    The warranty transfers but is cut in half, if I recall correctly.
     
  4. Chrono

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    Hyundai's are pretty good nowadays. I"d say they started becoming good in 2001 ->
     
  5. Lord Zado

    Lord Zado Senior member

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    Funny you should ask! Just got my Hyundai Elantra out of the shop yesterday. I paid $2500 for a new transmission. Warranty for 2nd owner is 5 year/60,000 miles. Mileage on my car? 64,000. Ouch!
     
  6. BD2003

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    If you want something cheap, and still reliable, get a dodge neon. Theyre good cars, and their resale value is low. I'd stay away from an elantra, especially with that many miles.
     
  7. nakedfrog

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    DOH!
    Reminds me of our first (and only) Packard Bell, where the hard drive ate itself about a month after the warranty expired.
     
  8. Papagayo

    Papagayo Platinum Member

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    ROFL.. Someone is recommending a Neon...

    Wow..

     
  9. DainBramaged

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    lol
     
  10. Stark

    Stark Diamond Member

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    resale on a hyundai is almost as bad a a neon... go used either way and you should get a cheap deal. a focus might be another good option.

    just not new.
     
  11. JeffreyLebowski

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    Hyundai can bite me. They refuse to fix my moms car. It burns about 2 qt's of oil in 3000 miles. They say it's normal. I took it up there and asked if it's normal for a new car to belch out smoke out the tail pipe. Their answer. "some cars do that" Once my mom starts her new job, I'm gonna drain the oil and drive the car around for a few miles untill it locks up. And call them up.
     
  12. funboy6942

    funboy6942 Lifer

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    I used to manage service departments and little advise I would call and bitch at hyundai. You would be amased what can be done when you call and bitch.

    When I got hurt and quit doing that kind of work my wife's neon's trans went out for the 4th time. I took it in only because she was smart and bought the extended warrenty. The dealership told me they couldnt get their hands on the trans for atleast a month if not longer. I aslo did not get a loaner car either and I was pissed so I did what some of my customers did to me and I called dodge and got a higher up and threw a fit. It was the 4th trans the car would get under 40K miles! Needless to say I got me a brand new not rebuilt crate trans sent direct from Dodge in two days and the service advisor was pissed but hell whats good for the goose is good for the gander no :)


    Anyway back to my point. If you call and bitch that it was just out of 2nd owners warranty good chance (if they want to keep you as a customer) they will send you a check for the trans.

    If they do I want 10% for my telling you what to do :)
     
  13. funboy6942

    funboy6942 Lifer

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    UH I would take it to another dealership or call hyundai. Also what you think about doing draining the oil will cause you to be at fault and will get you no where except a car that will not move and will never get covered.
     
  14. mitaiwan82

    mitaiwan82 Platinum Member

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    does not compute

     
  15. LordUnum

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    That sucks, Lord Zado. Looks like you got a lemon. Follow the suggestion above: bitch, bitch, bitch... and bitch some more. Their cars have undoubtedly come a long way, but I find their dealers still suck, at least the ones around me.

    Don't know when exactly when they started producing 'good cars' on the whole, but they definitely started putting out some decent cars in 1996. My family has had a mostly pleasant experience with our '96. I've replaced various interior door handles on the car a good 4 or 5 times so far, which is not a horrible ordeal at $10-15 a pop. Having an aftermarket sunroof installed was a major hassle (thanks to the dealer), and it also did need an auto transmission rebuild ($1000) at about 90k due to my continual abusing of the car as no rental car ever deserves to be treated. It was my first car after all...

    At over 110k miles, it shifts as good as new and its original engine runs and sounds as smooth as when it was driven off the lot brand new. That Beta engine ('96-'99?) of Hyundai's was solid and perhaps the first good indicator of a proper change in direction for the car company. I still do all the maintenance, and make sure to do it properly and timely as I do on all our cars. That has probably been key to extending the life of the car.

    With its mags, it still looks better than any Neon (IMHO ;) ). Having had to previously deal with the pains of owning and continuously repairing a Pontiac and a Caravan, our family would much sooner consider another Hyundai than any domestic when it comes to econoboxes.
     
  16. feralkid

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    Good plan.
     
  17. PingSpike

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    I have a neon. At 66k miles its starting to really run like a pig. And its already had a major repair for a serious oil leak/head gasket problem.
     
  18. funboy6942

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    Yup typical Neon. Again we better not let Chinese cars come to this country for they might suck and not be reliable at all like the neons, ford escorts, dodge caravans with the 3 speed trans, ford windstars, and several others. Amaerican cars are sooooooooo much beter :roll:
     
  19. coolred

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    Man actually with that huge 1750 rebate on the 2005 elantas, a brand ne wone isn't looking too expensive at all. Hmmm....
     
  20. Cawchy87

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    used toyotas are where its at.
     
  21. BD2003

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    No one is saying the neon is the greatest car. But compared to a hyundai, and for the price they can be picked up, theyre certainly a good choice, as long as we're talking about the second gen.
     
  22. Otaking

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    I'd go with either a used Focus or a Toyota. Both are good choices for reliability IMO.