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Old 19th December 2009, 18:07   #16
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Well . Nice review mate and its helpful for me too. Mine has clocked around 53000 kms only and pete's installed (purchased from fellow BHPian ) . The car is a breeze to drive in the highways and never feel tired. Touched 190kmph many times with ease .
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Your car seems to be really neatly maintained. Looks nice!

3-4 years back, I had encountered an Elantra CRDi somewhere near Solapur on empty winding road. We had a bit of "fun", during which, there were 2-3 distinct occasions, when the car had to brake and its rear end skidded bit out of line. I could notice that, the driver gave up on pushing the car after 3rd incident.

I don't know if that is characteristic of Elantra (heavy diesel nose?) or was it just that, that particular car had very poor rear tyres leading to loss of grip.
@.anshuman, what is your take?
Thanks, Elantra's rear does not swing out that easily, pressing Clutch mid corner is one easy way to do it. Otherwise its a very stable car, Grip levels are very good and so is stablity under braking.

In comparison my previous car Accent was a master of poor dynamics.


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Lovely report there! Brilliant car for Indian conditions. You seem to have maintained it very well. Looks good to run a lot more!

Got your reasoning for not Peting this car but what about the Punto ;-) ? Any particular reasons for not plugging the chip?
Thanks a lot, This is a easy to maintain car, Its just regular servicing and defensive city driving. Tuning box for Punto will be bought soon.


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Great report. You have taken good care of the car. Elantra remains one of my fav cars. The lovely diesel engine, the stability at high speed, if only it was marketed better. I'm sure the car will serve you well for a long time to come.
Thank you, I plan to keep the car for atleast another 30k kms, i am sure this car can go on for much much more kms but its more than 2 years now, i have started considering other cars already. The latest one was Cruze TD. here is my take: Post # 438 http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...review-30.html


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Well . Nice review mate and its helpful for me too. Mine has clocked around 53000 kms only and pete's installed (purchased from fellow BHPian ) .
Thank you Sir, You must have bought the box around diwali, I was in negotiation for the box you bought, i dropped the idea later.
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Hey Anshuman, your Elantra does look very well maintained and seems to be in great shape. Hope youenjoy many more miles on bliss on the beauty

BTW could tell me what was the OTR price of it when bough new.
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Hey Anshuman, your Elantra does look very well maintained and seems to be in great shape.
BTW could tell me what was the OTR price of it when bough new.
Thanks a lot, This car was bought for around 9Lakh rupees exshowroom after discounts, add around 10K for road tax and registration + Insurance.
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Lovely read, I always liked the elantra. And you've kept yours in stonking condition.
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Mind you, the Elantra Diesel (except the Decontent version) came with Traction Control and this shouldnt have happened!

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Thanks, Elantra's rear does not swing out that easily, pressing Clutch mid corner is one easy way to do it. Otherwise its a very stable car, Grip levels are very good and so is stablity under braking.

In comparison my previous car Accent was a master of poor dynamics.
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I have read a lot about Elantra's abilities on several threads.

3-4 years back, I had encountered an Elantra CRDi somewhere near Solapur on empty winding road. We had a bit of "fun", during which, there were 2-3 distinct occasions, when the car had to brake and its rear end skidded bit out of line. I could notice that, the driver gave up on pushing the car after 3rd incident.

I don't know if that is characteristic of Elantra (heavy diesel nose?) or was it just that, that particular car had very poor rear tyres leading to loss of grip.

@.anshuman, what is your take?
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Old 21st December 2009, 13:30   #22
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Anshuman, thats a beatifully maintained car. I have a Elantra but the petrol version . I am glad to know that there are quite a few admirars for the Elantra. I love the power and feel of the engine. Thast one reason why i bought this one even after it was discontinued. Happy revving buddy.
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Old 21st December 2009, 14:10   #23
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Mind you, the Elantra Diesel (except the Decontent version) came with Traction Control and this shouldnt have happened!
1. Even the base diesel variant had ABS+TCS.

2. TCS just checks excessive wheel spins, ESP takes cares of stability on curves.

3. Even cars with ESP when driven improperly can lose control, ESP can help till an extent but its your Flying Angel who should be responsible if you cross the limit.
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Old 23rd December 2009, 14:32   #24
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An absolutely wonderful driver's car; good handling and a stonker of an engine; especially the crdi. Mate it with the pete and its driver heaven.
the only sore point for me is the low seating. ingress and egress can be a pain.
But a well maintained Elantra is still a delight to drive.
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Thanks for the superb report Anshuman ! I am infact looking at buying a second hand Elantra CRDi myself. The thing holding me back is the question on the spares. Is it an issue ? The car is being sold by a Hyundai showroom in B'lore and will come with a one year warranty.
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A very nice report on a very nice car Anshuman. I had a Elantra CRDi which had done 80K on the odo, when I bought it. The car was an absolute gem, even after the previous owner really abusing it. Had to sell it when I left the country for long term. I personally dont think there was a better car than this in India, for the price, especially the prices now in the used car market.

@Brat, check with fellow tbhpians owning Elantra in Blore for the parts availability. I had issues procuring some parts after an accident in Trivandrum, I did get the parts, but the wait was too long. May be the scene in Blore is different, be sure before you buy, especially if this is going to be your only car. The car is an absolute gem.

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I am infact looking at buying a second hand Elantra CRDi myself. The thing holding me back is the question on the spares. Is it an issue ? The car is being sold by a Hyundai showroom in B'lore and will come with a one year warranty.
Most spares are readily available off the shelf at most showrooms, Even sourcing the ones rarely required is not a hassle. If you like the car go for it with your eyes closed. 1 year warranty is a good offer.
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Nice review. I liked Elantra a lot, and still cant believe why it didnt do well!!? Such a well made product by Hyundai. It seems to me the reason lies, in the fact that most of the car buyers in our country arn't discerning buyers. Majority buy thier cars thinking what others bought or by the sheer number they see of a particular car of a particular brand. The downside being well made car's like Hyundai Elantra and Hyundai Embera CRDi are not noticed and are unable to get the kind of attention they should get.

Notwithstanding, the meagre number of Hyundai Elantra or for that matter Hyundai Embera we see on road. I still consider them to be much better than other car's of other car manufacturer's in this segment. By the bye, this korean Auto Giant Hyundai--I do have predilection for Hyundai cars, i state beforehand-- is the only car manufacturer who has given an eclectic spread of Diesel engine's for our indian market. Consider, the 1.4L of i20 or 1.5L of Verna, 2.0L of embera and others like 1.8L of elantra that we dont see much. All this means well for Hyundai and will do good to her sales. One believes, that this varied spread of Diesel engine's on offer by Hyundai for our india market is one of those trump cards that Hyundai has, that 'll enable her to trounce Maruti Suzuki , for good. Yes, Hyundai is still number 2, but i vehemently believe that days -- or to be realistic , years--are not far behind when Hyundai will be number 1 in India -- atleast for year to year sales basis. To take this one aspect of what diesel engine's have maruti suzuki to offer in comparison to Hyundai's: Only the 1.3L M-Jet , and that too licensed from FIAT-- I don't intent to doubt its popularity, though.
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Old 26th January 2010, 14:26   #29
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@ritedhawan : Elantra never came with 1.8litre diesel, it had a 1991cc diesel. The upgraded version of this same engine with a VGT was plonked in Sonata Embera CRDi (sold as Transform now).

Hyundai diesels are no doubt brilliant engines. Though they have distinct turbo lag but they are free revving and remain peppy till redline compared to most of the competiton. The Engine latest diesel by Hyundai, the 1.4L CRDi engine offered is much better engine compared to the multijet which has a very narrow powerband.

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I'm looking for a used car in Trivandrum. I saw a mid-2004 model Elantra CRDi which had done around 78K. It belonged to a jewelry shop owner, and was most likely chauffeur driven. Car looks good, no shunts, it seems. The last service was at 73K.

What kind of expenses can I expect? I will cover about 8-9K a year, mostly on highway and I'll likely be keeping this for about 5 years. Will the engine hold? How costly is a routine service, and what is the service interval? How long will the tyres last? Are there any particular issues that I should watch out for? The price asked is 4.5L, which I feel is too expensive. What would be a realistic price so that I can bargain? Not concerned about resale at all, but maintenance should be low.
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