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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,062 miles

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2001 Hyundai Elantra steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 092004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles


At highway speeds approaching 65 mph, steering wheel begins to shake. I was originally told by the dealership that the tires were out of balance or out of round. Had tires professionally inspected and balanced, and checked various times.... it is not the tires. I have lifetime balancing and alignment so the tires are balanced and aligned every 3 to 5 thousand miles. Replaced original (poor quality) michelins with high end firestones at 43,000 miles and vibration persist. You have to go above the speed limit, or way below, to stop your arms and hands from being shaken ridiculously...... service manger at dealership and regional service manager told me the vibration was normal. The vibration might be normal for a paint mixing machine but not for a car. Called the 800-633-5151 number and was told by barbara that since the regional service manager had determined it was normal vibration there was nothing she could do.

- Cornelius, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 222003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 12,237 miles
This vehicle is hazardous to be on the road. It has front end steering and suspension problems. It has a terrible vibration from 35 mph and up. If traveling on the highway the wheel shakes so badly that your hands go numb. I have had the vehicle in for service and repeated time over a two and a half year period, and the dealership has done nothing. I have also spoken with the manufacturers on several occasions, and have done nothing. It has gotten to the point that I had an accident, because of these problems. I now have a permanent injury that I will live with for the rest of my life, and they still do not care. I have 2 small children, and I am afraid every time I leave the house that something will happen with this vehicle, and one of my children get injured. Fortunately, with my accident I was alone. In my accident my steering locked and I hit a stone embankment at about 40 mph with the front end and my air bag also did not deploy. Unfortunately I am stuck driving this vehicle, when it is unsafe, and unfit to be on the road. It is a hazard to my family, and all others on the road with me. I sincerely hope something can be done to these dealerships, and manufacturers to ensure they are selling our consumers a safe and reliable vehicle.

- Shickshinny, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 252002


  • miles
At highway speeds approaching 65 mph, steering wheel begins to shake. Have been told by several dealerships, tech reps, selling dealer, that tires are out of balance, or out of round. Had tires professionally inspected and balanced, and checked (off the vehicle), various times.... it is not the tires. See tsb 01-50-008, because others have had problems with this. That tsb blames it on the "radial variance" of the tires.... these are the stock michelins they put on the car, when purchased new..... it their tsb is correct, they put the wrong tires on their new cars (it has not been proven to me that this tsb is correct, and that the radial variance problem is causing this). Please call 1-800-325-6604, to get them working on this. It is dangerous to drive this car on the highway (which we purchased it for).... you have to go way above the speed limit, or way below, to stop your arms and hands from being shaken ridiculously..... this causes a hazardous condition for other drivers on the highway. Please help.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The breakaway bolt in the steering column had not been seated during assembly as a result steering was not prevented after the ignition key was removed as per the vehicle's owners manual, the bolt was replaced with a new one and the steering function worked as described in the owner's manual.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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