Hello, My name is Mark and I hate my 2012 Elantra Limted sedan, but I am trying to patch things up between us. I feel the only way to make this possible is some serious thoughts into suspension. I traded a Bullett Mustnag for this car as a cheep family get-around car. Cheap, great mileage, and good sized interior. I missed spirited driving of the Mustang, however I tried to make myself feel better with being a responsible adult driving the "2012 North American Car of the Year."
Later I got a divorce and much more money, so I bought an MX-5 for autocross and summer driving. Now it's cold and I am reminded how much I hate driving the Elantra, but love the heated seats and solid roof when it is 20F outside. I know this thing will never handle like an MX-5, but I need to make it a bit less of a punishment before I drive it into a lake for insurance money and buy a Mazda3 or a Focus.
I am disappointed there is such a small aftermarket for these cars. I cannot throw a rock in a parking lot without hitting an Elantra, surely someone is autocrossing or modding these... Anyone? So far on this form I have found that KYB rear shocks are a magic bullet, and also the only suspension mod. Are there any other competitors? KYB isn't a bad name, but I was hoping for something firmer or adjustable. Are there any swaybar options for this vehicle? Larger bars from similar models in Kia or Hyundai? I found people buying Swaybars on this forum from Ebay, I try to stay away from Ebay parts, usually (always?) ends badly. Any other suggestions on making this vehicle a little more fun to drive? ****, if I can make it handle descent, I might even Autocross it if (when) I break my MX-5.
PS. Don't get me started on how my 22/28 MPG MX-5 play toy gets better real world mileage than my 28/38 MPG (corrected) Elantra gas mileage car. Sore subject.