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Pros: Too many to name....like how comfy the seats are
Cons: not all the lights are the same color. Dash are purple, clock & stereo green
Advice: I would definately buy this car. It would also make a good first car.I really wanted the Santa Fe because I love trucks (have owened 2), but wanted the convience of a car (seats more than2, trunk, etc). My first car was a Saturn SL. I didn't really like it...sat too low, very small, stroller barely fit in the trunk and the carrier car seat did not fit properly in the back set. I was at the dealer looking around at the Santa Fe's when I saw the Elantra GT and really liked the way it looked (and I don't like hatchbacks). I left that day, thinking about it. The choice came down to a used 2000 Camary, Oldsmobile Alero & the GT. I bought the GT and love it. I love how quick it is, how fun looks, the leg room (even in the back seat), the trunk room. Just about everything about it. I get a lot of compliements too. People are always asking me about my car. I have yet to see another one on the road in the San Frnacisco Bay Area, which is a rareity. I bought my car in August and am still really happy with it. I recommend this car to anyone. It's sporty and practical.
Cons: low wing
Advice: make sure you check the paint as well.I bought a 2003 tib gt v6 and have had only one issue with the seat not locking all the time on the passanger side. I am hoping this is not normal for this type of car. But otherwise the car handles the road extremely well and gives me enough power.
Pros: I thought it would ride like a smooth sedan and not like a truck..
Cons: loud sound from passenger's sidestepping on gas pedal, when excelerating makes a loud grinding sound and steering wheel fibrates. Does not drive smoothly at all.The lumbar seats are very unfortable and can not be adjusted properly.
Advice: I would not buy a Santa Fe. They spend more time on advertising 100,000 warrenty then they do on their engineering.I test drove this car before purchasing and it drove fairly smoothly. That is why we purchased the car. We were pressured in making a choice immediately. We are VERY DISAPPOINTED in the performance in many ways. From the noise from the passenger side window, the exceleration witrh it's loud grinding noise and the vibration in the steering wheel. The radio works very poorly. Hard to see out of back rear view mirror, etc. I will never buy a Hyundai car again. First and last time. Have brought it to my dealer and they recognized the sounds and problems and they informed me it is a ENGINEERING problem and can not be fixed by them!!!!!
Pros: Lots of power, leg room, GREAT stereo
Cons: Wish that the handles above the passenger windows weren't so loose.
Advice: Check this car out before you buy a Corolla or Civic, better bang for the buck.I have owned three Toyotas, 2 of them, a Corolla. The Elantra GT is a fast, quiet car. This has a lot more leg room than any compact car I have been in. The quality in the Elantra GT is top noch, very clean looking. Super stereo system, way better than I expected. I drive freeway most of the time, I get 33 mpg with this car, which averages 400 or so miles to a tank of gas. I have 12,000 miles on my car already, and it has been just fantastic. A very fun car
Pros: The whole package!
Cons: filling the gas tank
Advice: Hyundai's built a great SUV - go for it!I love the Santa Fe, it's a great SUV. I got it in August and it has been trouble free for 8500 miles so far. There are only a couple of little things to complain about - the engine could be slightly more powerful and filling the gas tank is an annoying process, depending on the pumps at different gas stations. I have to really work to fill the tank completely. Everything else is great - comfortable, great features for the price. A great value. Ignore the bad press about engine problems - that was old news about a problem that's already been fixed in the first few months of production.
Pros: CD player
Advice: This car is a great deal all around! Get a lot of bang for your buck!Smooth handling and power make this car a great one to drive. Power steering and cruise control are two features I didn't have in my previous car, and I'm growing to love them!
Pros: The V6 and the Shiftronic Transmission
Cons: Front seat backs are a little stiff for me (just a nit)
Advice: Go and drive the SonataI have owned this new Sonata for about a month now and have driven it 1800 miles. This car is a great vehicle, very quite, many features, the V6 has plenty of power for me. My wife saw the Sonata after driving the Elantra and fell in love with it. The styling is great, all the body panels fit nicely, the rear seat room is great, and the interior is attractive. Great sound system. The front seat backs seemed a little stiff at first but either I am getting use to them or they are softening up some. The engine compartment is layed out very well, all the fluid containers are clear so fluid levels can be inspected without cap removal. The 'Shiftronic' transmission feature is also a lot of fun! The quality of this Hyundai appear to be outstanding. No problems so far just fun! This car drives very nice! With the great warranty that Hyundai offers, that helped me put some faith in the 'new' Hyundai Motor Company.