Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Hyundai Elantra body / paint problems

body / paint problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2001 Hyundai Elantra:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2001 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 272016


  • 120,000 miles


Car started swerving due to frame rusting and rear suspension became detached.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #6

Dec 032014


  • 161,000 miles
Turning onto main street when a large oak tree fell from left side of road, catching lower drivers sidefront fiberglass bumper and tow bar. Making the car stop abruptly. Air bags deployed, passenger side shattered windshield and ripped dash area on passenger side. The bag hit my wife's right arm and shattered all the bones from her elbow to her fingers. We are 74, and 75 yrs of age. As driver my lip was split open. I was able to drive the car to my home 5 blocks away looking through a shattered windshield. But the wife had to spend 5 days in hosp. And two surgeries to put her arm back together. The air bag did all of the bad damage to my vehicle and my wife. All attempts to have legal help has been turned down saying not enough to take to court. Can you help. The air bag almost killed her. They are supposed to help not mame...thankyou

- Magalia, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 032014


  • 90,000 miles
Took 2001 Elantra to dealer as a result of low brake fluid. Dealer discovered vehicle unsafe to drive and irreparable due to corrosion of rear cross member and/or "spud". it is our understanding that this corrosion occurred in the area where brake fluid was leaking. It has been suggested that the problem is due to road salt. However, we also have a (lower-mileage) 2005 Elantra which we keep parked in the same garage as the 2001 Elantra and which, to the best of our knowledge, shows no sign of corrosion.

- Mentor, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 052013


  • 147,000 miles


I was making a U turn when I heard a loud noise, I was unable to control my car seem to be drifting to one side until I hit a curb... when I got out of the car to see what happen I notice that my wheel was turned inwards and the control arm was broken and the axle had popped out... no one was injured however my daughter was shaking up about what happen... I took several pictures of the wheel and rusty part.. it amazed me how metal could rust that bad and break in half... I thank god I was not on the highway when this happen no telling what could have happen...I called Hyundai dealership to explain what happen also to find out if there was a recall on that part and was told there was no recall on 2001 Hyundai Elantra...

- Capitol Heights , MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 012003

(reported on)


  • miles
The vehicle experienced a paint defect. Mr scc

- Ventnor, NJ, USA

Search for these popular complaint phrases...

problem #2

Jul 012002


  • miles
Consumer states the vehicle's paint is peeling down to the primer. Consumer is very concerned about health hazards associated w/paint components.

- Beverly, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012001


  • miles
Air bag light on instrument panel is illuminated. Dealership examined vehicle for this problem, and determined an unknown fluid from cup holder caused an electrical short in an unknown component for air bag system. Please provide any additional information / documentation. Abl.pco

- Cocoa, FL, USA

Not what you are looking for?