QUOTE (willmore @ May 9 2011, 12:12 PM)
Can you tell me if the engagement point on the clutch is the same for all gears? On my wife's 1997 Civic, it's at a different point for first gear than it is for 2-5. The cluth feel is a bit soft, but it's not bad. I prefer a stiffer clutch.
Welcome to the forum!
If you prefer a stiffer clutch, you'd love my husband's '98 Accord (he has 2 Accords right now). That clutch feels like it's on an old, thick rusty spring. It's awful.
It's funny, Butler is the only dealer around here I haven't been to. I did call them just to see what they had on the lot, and the woman said she had to go physically check (like they can't just look at a computer). Three days later, they finally got around to calling me back. I've had much better luck with Indy Hyundai down on E. Washington working with Alex. They include 5 years of maintenance with purchases--oil changes, car washes, etc. Also visited Skillman west and south. South told me they'd gotten ONE M/T in some time ago. It appears that Skillman is seriously padding their prices, though, as they have GLS's listed for over $23K! You can add all possible options and barely get it over $20K on Hyundai's site. Indy Hyundai doesn't do that, though you will pay slightly more for Korean built ones, but that is true everywhere. I just got a $1000 coupon from them, so you might want to get on their radar.
I think there's an update that causes the transmission to shift smoother, though in three test drives and one rental, I've only had smooth shifting ones. We're hoping to hold out to try a manual, but I'm not going to be disappointed if I get the A/T, and may opt for that anyway. Did you try the "manual" shift feature of the A/T? I couldn't bring myself to do it, because I was afraid I was going to ruin it without a clutch!
A couple weeks ago Avis in Castleton had an GLS A/T to rent, if you want to spend more time with it. It only had the popular package (which means it was bottom of the line A/T). I thought it was awesome. The Elantra comes already loaded with so many standard features that even at the Popular Package level, it's still a great car. I actually prefer the way the GLS drives as compared to the Ltd.
You can go to www.hyundaiusa.com
and put together the different packages and see what is in them. Let me know if you find that M/T. I promise not to snatch it up before you do, because we're waiting 'til about December to buy anyway!