Elantra or Corolla

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by pachap, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. pachap

    pachap CANNOT RIDE

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    Time for a new one. I have been trying to avoid it since last fall, but I have to buy another vehicle now. Transmission is about to go on the ol' 2004 Mountaineer, and it feels like the rear is "binding up" on it... that is about the best I can explain it.

    I've done my due diligence as far as looking at all the vehicles similar to the ones in the title, and I've narrowed it down to those two. I like them both. I had a 2003 Corolla, but sold it because I needed a work truck. The Corolla comes with two years worth of oil changes, but I can get the Elantra about $1500 cheaper here.

    FWIW, I will be buying new. I have had so much bad luck buying used vehicles in the past that I will never do it again. Yeah I know I'm eating a ton of depreciation...

    Also, I am not considering a Honda Civic. I had a 2005 model that gave me way too many problems.
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  2. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I wouldn't wish a Corolla upon my worst enemy. I think you die a little bit every time you sit in one.

    Did Hyundai bring the Elantra hatchback this year? I'm a sucker for some cargo space. Seems they make a decent car these days, while Toyota gave up ten years ago.
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  3. pachap

    pachap CANNOT RIDE

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    I like hatchbacks, but I really like the regular 4 door Elantra. Did you have a bad personal experience with a Corolla?
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  4. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Only sitting in friend's cars and driving rentals wanting to be anywhere else. Eight shades of beige, numb steering - hell, 'numb' describes the whole thing.

    Drive them both. I haven't driven the Hyundai but it seems nigh on impossible it could be that bad.
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  5. emerson.biguns

    emerson.biguns All idiot, no savant

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    Your thought process is not quite right.


    "Bad luck buying used vehicles..."

    Learn how to buy a used car. Buy it from a new car dealer with a warranty. DON'T eat the new car depreciation.


    "Two years worth of oil changes..."

    That adds up to about $200 savings. Now that's a deal. :lol3


    "2005 Model gave me too many problems..."

    2005 was possibly a crappy year model, so they all must be? :scratch



    Research reliability ratings in Consumer reports.

    Pick the vehicles and years that are the best and meet your criteria.

    Find your options on new car dealer's used lots, not the standard used only lots that will finance anyone. Use the web.

    Buy at the end of the month. Be willing to make it an all day affair. Learn about the 4 Square before you go.



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  6. aceluck

    aceluck Been here awhile

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    This.

    I test drove the new elantra and was very impressed. Hyundai and sister Kia have come leaps and bounds in recent years, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy either one. Toyota and Honda have been sitting on past laurels, and now make boring, bland, and boring appliances.
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  7. blackfriar

    blackfriar Been here awhile

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    I have had good luck with Toyotas. I have had a 94 Corolla, 5 Camrys and drive a 2010 Tacoma now. The Corolla is not the most exciting car, and mine was in fact beige, but they all have been dead reliable for me. The Hyundais look like good cars though, so I go along with those encouraging the test drives. The money difference you are talking about isn't that great over a period of years.
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    I have a friend who's uncle's sister's kid had some issues with a 1992 VW Golf. Don't buy a Volkswagen.
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  9. rdtrvlr

    rdtrvlr Been here awhile

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    262000 on my 90 corolla. other than rust zero issues. normal maintenance. kind like a PC800, gas @go. boring? probably. but it is reliable a hammer
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  10. TexBiker

    TexBiker Been here awhile

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    I have no experience with the Corolla, but I rented a 2013 Elantra last week and put about 300 miles on it in a mix of interstate and city traffic. I'm 6'5" and it wasn't uncomfortable. Decent power for a little 4cyl. Interior was laid out quite nicely. Got just over 36mpg. Very quiet on the highway. It thought it was a pretty nice little car.

    It was the first Hyundai I'd driven since the old '91 Excel my girlfriend drove in college. That thing was a POS. Seems like they have gotten much better in the last 22 years! :)
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  11. BerndM

    BerndM Shiftless One

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    Well, let's think about this logically, shall we....

    Which one of these 2 otherwise similar vehicles has the

    10 YEAR 100,000 MILE WARRANTY ????????

    Elantra----YES

    Corolla-----NO

    There, it's settled :D

    Now, wasn't that easy? :evil
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  12. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Tire Squarerer

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    Fixed. Too harsh?

    I had a new Elantra this past weekend. Decent enough appliance. That anyone with even the tiniest hint of mechanical or vehicle-dynamic enthusiasm would even consider buying one just boggles the mind.

    The Mazda3 is a far, far better car.
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  13. ride4321

    ride4321 Long timer

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    I own an 07 Corolla and recently drove my friends Elantra. The Elantra is much quieter, has a better stereo and handles better. I wish I'd looked at one before buying the Corolla but I don't drive it much and just need a good reliable car to drive my kids around in when they visit. I'd recommend the Elantra if you drive a lot.
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  14. Chi-Ha

    Chi-Ha soft-handed crime fighter

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    I know you mentioned just the two models, but have you thought about an Imprezza? Hatchback and back seats are bigger plus the all wheel drive are a plus. I know a base Imprezza will have its shortcomings too, but just a thought:norton
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  15. NikonsAndVStroms

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    OK seriously, the Elantra is boring to drive, the Corolla is a step above a painful death to drive.

    Buying new only makes sense if you plan to finance and the rate kicks ass. VW was running a 0% for 66 months....so I have one.


    New the corolla is 3.63% right now though 60, Elantra is 2.9%, neither is amazing.

    A Hyundai certified used car might be the ticket:

    https://www.hyundaiusa.com/financial-tools/certified-pre-owned.aspx

    Lower price tag AND cheaper financing. Just load the thing up with a huge warranty and you still come out on top.

    The Cruze is 500 off AND 1.9% new (48 months), it's probably my favorite car overall in the segment.

    VW is still kicking everyone's ass with their financing, a Jetta is .9% for 66 months. They're trying to become a big volume seller here in the US so there's a huge push with the rates.
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  16. pachap

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    I test-drove a Cruze. I really liked it and would have bought it on the spot, but they didn't want to deal. Checked around with some other Chevy dealers and it was the same story. I can get an Elantra for $2k less.

    With that kind of financing, I will definitely check into a Jetta.
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  17. pachap

    pachap CANNOT RIDE

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    Yeah.... you wrote the book on buying a car didn't you?

    Any used car that I have purchased has been no more than two years old with low mileage and plenty of warranty left. I have even purchased CPO's. Never really worked out for me. The hassle that I have got from used cars is worth the depreciation on a new one. And I don't really swap vehicles a lot. Our last 4 we have had for at least 6 years. The one I have now I've had 10. So the depreciation doesn't bother me. And yes, I buy at the end of the month if at all possible.
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    pachap CANNOT RIDE

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    Yeah, I think this is going to settle it for me.
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  19. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    It's not as good as it sounds, you'll still want to get the bumper to bumper part extended to the full 100k (that's the shit that's likely to go wrong and also can be pretty expensive with how complex they're making cars). The automakers usually throw in free loaner cars and I got roadside assistance as well with my VW.
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  20. glynb

    glynb Relentless Underachiever

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    It's a shame you had that experience with that civic. I've got a 2006 Civic EX coupe that I've owned since new, and have had not one single problem with it. it's been a great, sporty little car.
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