Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Indianapolis, IN
2011 Elantra Touring SE/MT. 1973 MGB roadster
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30K miles on my 2011 ET
Twenty-six months and 30,000 miles into ownership of a 2011 Elantra Touring SE/MT, I'm happy with my purchase. No serious problems with the car. The cargo space has proven its value many times. Gas mileage has consistently averaged between 27 and 28 overall, with a bit over 34 on the highway.
The only warranty work has been replacement of the steering wheel, which had defective leather skin. The original wheel alignment proved to be off spec, which probably accounted for the premature wear of the Kumho Solus tires at 25,000 miles. They were replaced with Cooper Zeons,which seem to be beefier and less noisy.
The original carpet floor mats wore out quickly and were replaced with all-weather rubber mats. I also added the rubber cargo tray in the rear, the bumper protection strip and the roof rail cross-members.
After about 20,000 miles, the car seemed to lose its rough edges. The clutch and engine became smoother and (maybe because of the new tires) quieter. I've really enjoyed the five-speed. No rattles or squeaks from the body.
There's more wind noise than I'd like and the leather seating always seems cheap compared to the seats in other cars. The Bluetooth telephone system works well, but it's not as nifty as the Bluetooth integration into audio systems that were available on other models at the time.
Here in Indiana, I can go weeks at a time without seeing another ET on the road. I have to admit I like driving something a little exotic.
What a day for a daydream.