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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,174 miles

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2001 Hyundai Elantra engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 162009


  • 73,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra with 73000 miles. The contact was driving about 10 mph when he noticed the engine had started knocking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was told that the engine had failed. The contact also stated that he had to replace tire on the front passenger side several different times.

- Pittsburgh, MA, USA

problem #3

May 082006


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 30 mph, the brake pedal extended to the floor when it was depressed. The brakes were pumped several times before the vehicle came to a complete stop. A small amount of smoke appeared underneath the hood. The air bag and engine warning lights illuminated intermittently on the instrument panel. In addition, the contact exerted more effort to turn the steering wheel as if there were no power steering. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they replaced the power steering hose. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and current mileage was 98,000.

- Hyde Park, MA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012001

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
- the contact stated that the 2001 Hyundai Elantra had stalling problems. While driving at 55-60 mph on the freeway the vehicle lost power. She stated that in January 07 while driving after dark the vehicle jerked hard and the dash oard lights came on as the vehicle stalled. The contact's vehicle 'barely missed getting struck by a school bus. The contact stated that when she tried to start the vehicle it will not always start.

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,694 miles
It is back at earnhardts, for the elec. System again 4th time. It started in 3/02 and went out again last fri. 6/6/03 but they don't consider it a problem. Because I filed a lemon law on the previous accent and replaced it with the Elantra 2001 and I filled out a survey saying they had bad customer service, the normal use of a rental while they fixed it for days was not granted. I am so upset I spent a day out in the AZ sun waiting for a tow of 205 miles to the next dealership and they tell me I have a bad record with them and don't deserve the courtesy of a rental car. This is my second hyndai and I have had nothing but trouble with it and the dealership. I have sent letters to the attorney general, three on my side, hyndai and earnhardts dealership. I want out of this car and don't feel safe in it any more. I was going down the salt river canyon (if you are not from AZ picture going down the twisting road to the grand canyon) without any power steering, brakes and trying to keep control of the car with kids in it. And they tell me I shouldn't be excited! 1 1/2 hrs in the sun waiting for the tow, the next dealership 200 mi away, no rental cars authorized, so my husband has to drive up and get me (198) miles from my house and go back so he could be at work in 3 hrs. No sleep for him. The dates are 3, 4, 6 of 2002 and now 6/6/03. The mileage is 27,694. The cost is theirs because it has the 100,000 warranty. Just the mental and physical anguish and inconvience of another car that won't work right now.

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

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