I bought a Hyundai Lantra 2.0 GSi in May 2001 after having a disastrous Ford, and wanting something altogether more reliable. In five weeks I have covered 2,500 miles of very varied driving, and I believe the car to be excellent. The automatic gearbox is excellent with a nice feel and the ability to switch overdrive on or off, and to be able to switch from economy mode to power mode as well . The steering I find to be very positive and confidence inspiring,being positively able to follow a given line through most bends at most speeds, and there are a lot of nice touches such as internal boot and petrol flap releases, electric sunroof and windows /mirrors, coffee cup tray, electric aerial and numerous little cubby holes . When I took it to France for a duty paid run, it ably coped with a massive amount of lager and wine and was comfortable in the bargain. The economy is about 27 mpg, which is good considering most of my motoring is in Central London. Wish it had a trip computer, cruise control and leather seats, but the looks with front and rear spoilers make up for some of that. There are comments that can be made of the appearance, but I took a lady friend with me when I was buying it and she said how nice it looked. Should I change the lady or the car ?? One minor comment so far is that there is a reasonable amount of road noise, so that motorway driving requires that volume on the radio to be increased . On my first service I will see if some level of sound deadening can be made . There is a dealer very close to my house which is handy for the 10,000 service intervals . The nearest Ford dealer is at least 5 miles further away , and so I will not always require time off work for such necessities . As an update, as I have now covered 4,000 miles, it has been extremely reliable, only having needed one 99p bulb replaced and used no fluids of any kind, except petrol of course. The boot is not qu ite as large as I would ultimately require , but does swallow 12 crates of lager regularly. Finally, the air conditioning has been absolutely perfect and essential recently. Also , although I like the appearance , I am not totally committed to the wheel trims and would always specify alloy wheels given the option. Standing proud of the tyres always makes them liable to damage on kerbs. As of 29 August I will undertake my first service at the main dealers, this will be in the region of £500 as the timing belt should be replaced, so I will give a further update then. At present the only minor niggle to have surfaced now that I have covered 6,000 miles is that the front brake pads have started squealing, indicating that a change may be neccessary. As promised, here is the result of that service, the 40,000 mile service being a major one which I decided was best to be undertaken at the main dealers, Premier Autocentres of Sidcup, Kent. The following items were checked:- Brake and clutch pedal travel and free play. Parking brake travel and operation. Horn, wipers and washers. Brake pipes, hoses and connections. Drive shaft gaiters and boots. Engine and transmission fluid leaks. Exhaust system condition. Steering linking and PAS hoses. Rear brake pads. Front suspension and steering bolt torque. Front suspension ball joints. Fuel line and connections. Rear brake assembly, linings and cylinders. Rear suspension bolt torque. Rear wheel bearings. Clutch hydraulic fluid. Windscreen washer fluid. Crankcase vacuum, ventilation hoses and PCV valve. Fuel hose, vapour hose filler cap. Radiator hoses and connections. Battery connections. Tyre tread depth and pressures. Road wheel nut torque. Front whhel alignment. Locks and hinges. Headlamp alignment. Operation of all lights and indicators. Climate control, refrigerant charge. All mi rrors. Seat belts. Engine cooling fan. Road test, and exhaust emissions. The following items were replaced :- Engine oil. Engine oil filter. Automatic transaxle lubricant. Front brake pads. Fuel filter. Air cleaner element. Brake fluid. Spark plugs. Timing belt. Drive belts, coolant, alternator, PAS, A/C Comp. The toal cost of the service was approximately split 50/50 and came to £469. The car does of course now feel like brand new, but they advised me that the gearbox sump has a slight leak which will cost £80 to fix, there is slight wear on the discs, and the tyres will need replacing shortly, but before I do that.. at work we will soon have the opportunity to drive our cars at speed around Goodwood, and as I've haven't yet used the gearbox on fast mode, I'm going for it !! Lovely car, and luckily the next service is mainly inspection, the only parts requiring statutory replacent are the engine oil and filter. I have since replaced four tyres at a cost of £380, this price was because they are low profile, but apart from this the car is still entirely trouble free and has covered 47,000 miles.
I had the automatic version. It was a nice car-but didn't want a second one! It was roomy, especially in the front , rear passengers had plenty of leg room and very comfortable. The boot held loads of shopping, luggage etc and there was a cover you could pull over that hid goodies from sight, which I thought was a nice feature. Petrol consumption was average for an auto. I liked its shape and in the three years I had it i don't think I saw more than 3. In fact I often confused it with the almera estate till I saw it from the back. It held the road well and I felt quite safe driving it. If there's one criticism I just think it's transmission could have been smoother.