really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,512 miles

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problem #11

Mar 012010


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Elantra. While driving at speeds of 10 mph, one of the tires disconnected from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the front lower control arm was repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 81,000.

- East Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #10

Dec 102009


  • 132,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Elantra which was purchased in June 2004. He heard a popping noise coming from the right front end of the vehicle. The contact made an appointment to have the vehicle diagnosed, however before he could take the vehicle in for service, while driving at speeds of less than 30 mph the right front wheel component fell off the vehicle. The vehicle swerved and caused him to crash with a cement curb. The vehicle was taken to an auto body mechanic where they repaired the front right lower control arm and other unknown repairs. There was an open recall on the vehicle (NHTSA campaign id number: 09V125000) however he did not receive notification until weeks after the incident. The failure and current mileages were under 132,000.

- Boyertown, PA, USA

problem #9

Feb 102009


  • 70,000 miles
I have a 2002 Elantra that I've already replaced one control arm on. I have the arm and pictures if anyone is interested. Car has had frequent underbody washes at the car wash and was purchased new by us. I've found many people with complete failure online, many causing serious accidents. Fortunately, we caught ours early. Ours has just over 70,000 on the odometer. Please feel free to contact me for more info or pictures. Thanks. Updated 04/22/09.

- South Charleston, WV, USA

problem #8

Mar 282009

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 69,692 miles
2002 Hyundai Elantra with 69,692 miles, original owner; driving in school parking lot, the driver-side lower control arm broke in two, subsequent inspection shows it to have rotted through. Tire was perpendicular to the vehicle. Towed to Hyundai dealer in natick, MA. Have not heard back from dealer yet, but obviously need a new lower control arm and at least an inspection of passenger-side lower control arm. I have pictures of the damage. I expect this to be covered under 100,000 mile transaxle warranty; we'll see. This would have been catastrophic at highway speed. Updated 04/22/09.

- Milford, MA, USA

problem #7

Dec 172008

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
2002 Hyundai Elantra has a rust problem with the left front lower control arm.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #6

Jan 282008

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact called regarding a 2002 Hyundai Elantra. The contact is a professional mechanic and stated that the front passenger side lower control arm was rusting and corroding. The failure caused the suspension system to fail. He has repaired two vehicles with the same failure. He notified the manufacturer, but they would not acknowledge any failure. However, they offered to repair the vehicles as a free remedy. The contact has pictures of the failed component. The failure and current mileages were 40,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 142008

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,909 miles
Backlick road in springfield va. I gently pressed on the brakes because of slowing traffic, my car immediately slid to the left and with out warning came to a sudden halt. Called 911 for police assistance in directing traffic and also aaa for towing. The car was towed to a service garage and was informed that the right control arm of my Hyundai Elantra 2002 was completely rusted through and broke off jamming itself into the wheel of my car causing it to not move at all. Ironically, my car was just serviced by my dealership 6 days prior to this happening for an oil change, tires rotated and alignment. They never mentioned a rusty control arm. Hyundai was going to charge $400 to have the control arm repaired. Then I asked them for pictures of the control arm and was told that they could not do that because the camera belonged to Hyundai and they did know how to get pictures to me. I told them that I would like to come in and take pictures of the control arm myself. With in minutes - they told me not to worry about it because they are going to have it covered under warranty! they did cover it under good will warranty and the part was replaced. Never did the dealership acknowledge the severity this could have turned into had I been traveling on an interstate at that time. I picked up my car on Monday 2/18. They brought out the rusted control arm from my car but they also brought out another one that was replaced on Saturday, just as rusted through as mine had been. I took pictures of the one from my car. They would not let me keep the part because they said it had to be sent back to the manufacturer. When I called to report this problem to Hyundai of America (via 800 #) they said they were closing my case because the dealership had resolved the problem and that I should be grateful for the goodwill service. I'm expecting a call from a supervisor w/in the next 24 hours.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #4

Jan 232008

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,342 miles
Front right lower control arm rusted and broke. This caused the vehicle to become unable to steer. Vehicle was towed to local dealer and repaired. No charge to owner because we had purchased extended warranty at time of purchase.

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #3

Jan 132008

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,685 miles
2002 Hyundai Elantra hatchback, driver side control arm rusted through causing it break in half, no body was hurt, no collision with other vehicles occurred. The damage came to over $1,000. The control arm on a car should never under normal circumstances fail. It should last the life of the car. This is very dangerous. If we had been on a main highway when this happened it would have been very serious. The control arm metal is extremely thin making us think it may be a defect from Hyundai.

- Vandergrift, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 052007

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle lost steering control and swerved left on a one way street. The failure was caused by the lower control arm. The contact was able to stop the vehicle without a crash. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the front lower control arm was completely rusted. The VIN and purchase date were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 95,000. Updated 02-01-08. Updated 02/01/08

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 242006

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
I own a 2002 Hyundai Elantra. While driving in a neighborhood my daughter hit her brakes to avoid a dog. Upon braking the left lower control arm of the vehicles suspension broke and as a result the left front tire was thrown into the back of the wheel well. If this had happened on the highway my daughter would have most certainly died. Upon notifying Hyundai I was told with 92,000 miles the car was out of warranty and they would do nothing to fix it. I then tried to present them with the failed part and was told that the Hyundai representative would be at the dealership during the week of Jan. 1 and I would receive a call. To this date (Feb. 8) I have heard nothing. My calls to the dealership have gone unreturned. I am concerned that someone else driving a 4 year old vehicle may be killed by an unexpected rust through of a 4 year old part.

- Crestwood, KY, USA