My father owned a 96' Elantra, gave that to my brother after it was paid off, and he's been driving that car constantly between Toronto and Nova Scotia. It already had a pile of miles on it.... er.... Kilometerage? It had a lot on it before he got it, and he didn't have too many problems with it, until he drove it up along a guard rail a month or so ago and destroyed it. But it took many accidents before that too.
My mom as well as myself drove a 98' Accent, and those were awsome, cheap little beaters. Standard transmission, no power steering, and I took the bugger off road all the time. After a couple of years, the last inspection, all that was required was two front new tires as they were bald.
Sice then, my dad has a 2001 Tiburon, and my brother picked up a new 2008 Tiburon, all decked out to replace the Elantra.
Quite honestly and overall, those cars are really good, esspecially for their price. Even the Stock Sterio System is kick ***.
I find it pretty stupid that now finally Hyundai is pumping out competative vehicles at a lower price and equal quality, that now we're getting complaints about their imports.
Pathetic and there's no need. If they want more money coming back to Canada, get more factories here opened up to build them.
Some would say that it'd cost too much to hire Canadians to build them and sell them here.... but how much does it cost to ship the completed vehicles here, plus the cost of building them over there in the first place?
Quite honestly, the next car I'm getting is either a new Accent or a new Tiburon... I YouTubed a few street and drag races with both Accents and Tiburons in them, and all of them I seen beat out the other cars.... ie: Acuras, Subarus, Honda's, etc.
If I can get a car that's faster and cheaper, you bet I will.
What's the good of capitalism when you got people in the government making sure nobody gets out ahead of another? If Hyundai and Kia are doing better at lower prices, then that's not their fault.