really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,556 miles

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problem #4

Nov 032005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,225 miles
On 11/03/05 I had an accident where I rear ended another vehicle. I did not realize exactly what happened at the time of the accident, but did tell the police something was wrong with either the brakes or the tires. I just had a very uncomfortable feeling when attempting to stop! I felt as though the vehicle was coasting. The damage to my vehicle was $1,385 and I have no idea of the damage to the other vehicle. I subsequently discovered, after duplicating the incident, my foot was on both the brake and accelerator. The brake pedal, on the Hyundai Elantra, is 2.25 inches from the accelerator. A similar incident resulted in a 424,000 vehicle recall and correction by Ford Motor Co. In their case the relationship was 1.95 inches this distance to the accelerator, on the Elantra, was not the major issue, the brake pedal is only one inch above the accelerator and when fully braking the brake is one inch below the accelerator. When you combine the two the end result may be devastating. I have a second vehicle, a Hyundai sonata, in this one the brake is 3.25 inches from the accelerator and also is 2.25 inches above the accelerator. Upon braking the brake pedal remains.50 inches above the accelerator. No problem!

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #3

Dec 082003


  • 180,000 miles
Consumer is hearing a whistling noise while driving the vehicle. Vehicle would not accelerate, and had to be towed. Vehicle has been in several times for the same problem.

- Garden City, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 142003


  • 18,000 miles
The accelerator pedal became stuck, which caused the vehicle to accelerate faster.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 052002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake/gas pedals are too close, causing driver to push gas/brake at the same time.

- Austin, TX, USA