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Hey all,

My first post here. I'm planning on buying my first car in the coming months, I've been relying on my grandpa's little old v6 Toyota pickup (5-speed manual) which isn't good for longer trips/more passengers, so I need something safer and roomier. Oddly enough the 2019 Elantra SE 6mt is my 'dream car' and I ended up finding one in blue for a really good price that I'll be able to afford. It has 50k miles which might reason the price, but I'm not too picky on miles. I remember Korean cars where viewed as unreliable cheap cars in the 90s and 2000s, but I definitely know they've come a long way. I like the Elantra much more than the Civic and Corolla mainly because the SE is pretty no-nonsense and pretty basic for a new car of the size, I love that. I like the interior layout, it felt really cozy and spacious for the size when we rented one in Florida last summer. I love the manual transmission too, drove to how I like it when I test drove one. Clutch had a comfortable release point and wasn't crazy light, nice solid shifts too. I'm no huge sports enthusiasts with cars. Anyways, you can tell how much I like this car, so to the question!

Are the new generation Elantras pretty reliable? Have you only done basic maintenance. Do you think long term reliability would be good? It's a simple engine, so I would think it would outlast the new turbo Civics and such without too much crazy maintenance. Please let me know your experience so far! Thanks
 

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Hey Gabriel! I have a 2020 Hyundai Elantra Value edition I bought brand new back in February, I have not had any issues until I ran over a deer a couple weeks ago. I have put about 16k miles on the car since I bought it. No complaints yet, you shouldn’t have any major issues! Hope this helps!
 

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Bought my 2017 Elantra GL in Dec 2016 and its been fantastic... Only had one issue which was a software issue.. which was the ECT software update.. Other then that.. its been fantastic...
 

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Thanks for the responses! I've read that many korean cars tend to start failing around 60k miles, but they're mostly 2010 or older. They've come a long way, so I doubt it'll give up around there. The SE doesn't come with front collision warnings, do you know if it's possible to install it after? I'm pretty attentive, but I've had a close call when traffic suddenly slowed when I was merging. California on ramps are the worst!
 

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I had a 2018 Elantra . Was a great car. I was tboned by a ford pickup. The safety equipment saved my bacon. The car was totaled. Yes, I went out and bought a 2019. No problems with either.
 

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I had a 2018 Elantra . Was a great car. I was tboned by a ford pickup. The safety equipment saved my bacon. The car was totaled. Yes, I went out and bought a 2019. No problems with either.
Hey dadoojo, do you have aftermath photos? Also what speed. I'm always curious. Would be very useful. If you don't want to post publicly, please DM me. Thanks much in advance!
 

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I have a 2018 Elantra SE (2.0 L engine and 6-speed automatic transmission) with 32,000 miles on the odometer.

So far, I have had absolutely no problems with my 2018.

My previous vehicle was a 2010 Elantra, which I parted with after around 120,000 (relatively) trouble-free miles. I gave the vehicle to my niece and she is still driving it today.

For 2019, Hyundai replaced the 6-speed automatic transmission with an IVT (CVT) transmission. I can't comment on the reliability of the IVT but the 2.0L engine should be fine.

I would not hesitate to buy another Elantra.
 

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Hey dadoojo, do you have aftermath photos? Also what speed. I'm always curious. Would be very useful. If you don't want to post publicly, please DM me. Thanks much i
Hey dadoojo, do you have aftermath photos? Also what speed. I'm always curious. Would be very useful. If you don't want to post publicly, please DM me. Thanks much in advance!
I believe they estimated his speed at 45 or 50. He blew through a red light. I was pushed through the intersection and spun around. These Elantras have reinforcements in the door and frames. Airbags all over the place. crush points.
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I believe they estimated his speed at 45 or 50. He blew through a red light. I was pushed through the intersection and spun around. These Elantras have reinforcements in the door and frames. Airbags all over the place. crush points.
That's very impressive! Thank you for helping me feel more secure. I may be taking a trip the following weekend to take a look at it. It is quite far, but good price!
 

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I had a 2017 Elantra Value Edition, and I LOVED that car. I had it for about 3yrs (2yrs 11mo 25days) before I rear-ended a Dodge Ram 1500. Let me tell you, my poor Elantra didn't stand a chance. I caught the trailer hitch 1mm above the lip of the bumper at a sliding 15-20mph. Sadly, it ended up totalling my car with 88k miles on it (in less than 3yrs, mind you), so you know I drive a LOT. It never went in the shop, and never had any issues. I ended up getting a 2020 Elantra Sport late last year, because I wanted the front collision detection and other safety features that would have saved my old Elantra. If I had to pick again, I would have gone with the Limited, though. I HATE the DCT on the 1.6T. The paddle shifters are good, but it is seriously a lazy transmission when it comes to Stop-->1st gear. If anything, it also feels like my old 2.0L was quicker off the line, too.
 

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Sorry to hear about the accident jwilli. I would like the front collision warning too, but the SE of 2019 doesn't get it and I want a manual gearbox. And the sport is too expensive for me!

I headed 600 miles to see a really good deal, I'm probably going to drive home with it tomorrow!!! If it's mechanically sound of course, which I'm sure it is. Wish me luck!
 

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Update: I bought the Elantra!

It's a blue 2019 SE with a 6 speed manual. Bought it with 51k miles, MOSTLY in good shape. A bit of rear bumper damage and the dealer wasn't the best but nice people. Couldn't beat the price though. I drove it all the way from Utah to California, very stable along the way. Heat didnt spike other than a steep uphill pass, i was passing a semi, but only very slight heat increase after the 15 minute hill. I averaged 50mpg the whole way! Very fuel efficient, I love it. I'll do a proper review once i settle in a bit.
 

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Lots of praise for vehicles 2-4 years old. Check back at 5-8 years. Sadly, Hyundai engines simply don't last. Google Hyundai engine replacement and you will see. Hyundai dealerships will always praise the latest model and their warranty. Two years later, the dealership will say that model had problems but THIS model is much better... and so on... and so on... Good luck with the warranty. I had a bad strut the dealership replaced at 40,000 miles under warranty. Yep, they replaced JUST the one strut. When I asked if they would ever recommend just one and not a set replaced... they said, "no of course not, but the warranty only covers the bad one." Now I have a car with uneven handling characteristic. You can't make this stuff up. Avoid Hyundai, I wish I had.
 

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Been driving them for awhile now
2001 Hyundai Accent L, drove it from 2001 to 2011 with ending mileage of 263,000 miles (differential died).
2004 Hyundai Sonata GLS, drove it from 2010 to 2021 with ending mileage of 248,000 miles (crankshaft issues).

I now have a 2018 Elantra SEL, purchased used with 73,000 miles. Runs like new, I have no concerns about how long it will last... the 2.0L hyundai engines are pretty much bullet proof.
 

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2018 Elantra SE 6speed manual here. Bought it in January with 25k miles. Couple weeks ago I got popped by a Camaro running a red light. Bounced him through the intersection but I got minor damage I’m repairing myself. I got faith in it
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I bought a 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback with only 33,000 miles a few months ago. Based on my experience with this car, I would not recommend a Hyundai. The car has left me stranded twice because of an intermittent problem with the starter. This should not happen with a car that has this low mileage. Even though the car is still under warranty I have not found the dealership or the manufacturer to be very helpful. I need to pay out of pocket for a rental and wait for the dealer to fix this issue and then for the manufacturer to reimburse my rental costs. This is on top of the hours I've wasted on the phone with roadside assistance and customer service. I would not recommend buying a Hyundai.
 

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Warranty work gets tricky when you’re not the original owner. Cuz there’s no telling what abuse the previous person did to the car. Also depends what kind of dealer you went to
 

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I pulled the starter today to see what is going on. It looks like the wire going from the solenoid to the starter is corroded. The battery cable contact on the starter was corroded too. This may explain the intermittent issue with the starter.

There is a splash guard underneath the engine, but there's also an access hole for the oil filter. Unfortunately, the starter is located directly above the oil filter, and that wire can easily get wet and corrode over time. This is what my starter looks like after only 34,800 miles of New England driving. This is a design flaw with the Elantra. Probably not a good car for Maine, but you may do fine if you live some place drier with no snow.

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