really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,405 miles

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problem #11

Dec 042009


  • 72,000 miles
My husband and I are the owners of a 2002 Hyundai Elantra GT, and are the only owners of record and have maintained the vehicle in a reasonable manner. On Friday, December 4 2009, I was driving the vehicle at approximately 30 mph approaching a left turn light, when I needed to stop suddenly to avoid hitting a car that stopped abruptly in front of me. When I applied the brakes, I heard a loud noise and the car began to pull to the left, placing my vehicle into the on-coming traffic lane. Fortunately, my vehicle did not hit any other vehicles or roadside obstacles. After coming to a full stop, I managed to negotiate the left turn, in order to move the vehicle out of a 5-point intersection and into a safer area. Once the vehicle was engaged in the turn, I heard metal grinding against metal. I pulled the car off of the road immediately into the first available turn off, which happened to be a church parking lot. Upon inspection of the vehicle, it became apparent that the vehicle was no longer in a serviceable condition and would need to be towed. The lower control arm on the passenger side of the car was significantly torn between the shock mount and the ball joint. The corrosion damage is significant on the interior of the arm. It looks as if it blew up. There is still a small portion that is still attached but it is completely immobile. The tire is pushed up against the wheel well. We are very concerned about the lack of cooperation that we have received from Hyundai corporate office recall division. They have not agreed to fix any damage to the car as a result or reimburse expenses incurred due to the incident. To make matters worse, they claim the reason we didn't get a notice about the recall is because they didn't want everyone to come in at the same time so they are spacing it out! it's completely irresponsible of them to not notify the consumer of this defective product! I am 6 months pregnant and often drive my 2 yr old!

- Abington, PA, USA

problem #10

Jan 152009


  • 120,000 miles
Brake rotors feel as if there warped when vehicle sits for 2 or 3 days without driving. When driven after that time period described above, when brakes are press to stop vehicle, the vehicle gets a very noticeable pulsating feel in the foot petal. Possibly causing the vehicle not to stop. A definite stopping control hazard.

- Delavan, WI, USA

problem #9

Jun 012002


  • 0 miles
Since the purchase of my car (I bought it new), it has a problem in which in cold weather (below about 35 degrees fahr), the brakes are very tight and do not work properly for the 1st 2-3 minutes. As the car warms, brake function returns to normal. An internet search showed multiple owners of Hyundai's and other vehicles with similar complaints, and your office issued a recall of Saturn sky and Pontiac solstice vehicles in 2008 for an identical problem (recall number PE08016). Please investigate--it appears to me that Hyundai Elantras such as mine should receive a similar recall.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #8

Feb 222006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,888 miles
: the contact stated while driving down a hill at 60mph in icy conditions, the brake pedal was depressed. However, the vehicle did not slow down and as a result, the vehicle struck a guard rail with minor damage sustained. The police were notified and a written report was provided. The vehicle was towed to an impound yard to await inspection from the insurance company. Additionally, while attempting to use the latch system, the seat belt covered the latch bracket.

- Fairfax Station, VA, USA

problem #7

Jan 072004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,568 miles
Brakes wore out at 5,568 miles. Dealer stated that it was normal procedure. The consumer heard a rattling sound in the rear of the vehicle when the brakes were applied. The dealer's technician resurfaced both rear drums and adjusted the brakes.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #6

May 212003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
While driving at any speed and when pressing the brakes consumer felt vibration in the pedal. While driving out of a parking space brake pedal was depressed and vehicle started moving back and forth erratically. Consumer lost control of the vehicle and collided into the side of a building. Two people were in the vehicle sustained whiplash and head bruises. Vehicle had been in the dealer's repair shop five times for brake problems.

- Holland, OH, USA

problem #5

Mar 142003


  • Manual transmission
  • 8,800 miles
Knocking noise from rear brakes. After the following repairs I am now being told it is general maintenance and since I live in maui it is not abnormal to have dirt on the brake pads and for it to make the knocking noise. This general maintenance is at my cost and has been happening for months. Could end up a monthly expense. I don't believe this is the problem if so why are more cars having the same problems. 3/2003 front pads glazed before I got home the knocking 3/2003 knocking noise and window pillar around windows 5/2003 found -improperly formed brake shoes- replaced 5/28-29/2003 shoe & lining-improperly formed brake shoes 6/5-6/6/2003 bad seals -rear wheel cylinders ordered 6/23/2003 replaced bad seals -rear wheel cylinders ordered 7/14-7/18/2003 painted door frames due to warping of door trim 10/13/2003 cleaned brake pads 10/14/2003 noise is back

- Kihei, HI, USA

problem #4

Sep 052003


  • miles
Brake problems, consumer doesn't exactly the problem, but will provide further information.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #3

Aug 172003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Brakes locked up and skidded for approximately 50 ft. At below speed limit causing rear end collision. Car bumper was punctured by tail pipe of vehicle in front and air bags did not deploy.

- Roslyn, PA, USA

problem #2

May 122003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,200 miles
When the brakes were applied, the vehicle experienced extended stopping distance. On several occasions, while parked the engine revved up, which caused the consumer to hit another vehicle.

- Hanoverton, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 232003

(reported on)


  • 5,000 miles
Vehicle brakes continuously squeal, when they are depressed. The brake pads are not worn per the dealership. The dealership replaced the master cylinder, cause the brake pedal was going all the way to the floor. The cause of the squealing noise is unknown.

- San Antonio, TX, USA