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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,910 miles

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2002 Hyundai Elantra body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 172009


  • 210,000 miles


I was coming up on a traffic light and was slowing down when the left lower control arm broke in half. Lost all steering, car had to be towed.

- Eaton, OH, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Nov 292002


  • 5,039 miles
The driver side door leaked when it rained. The vehicle has been to the dealer four times for this same problem, but the water still leaks into the vehicle. The manufacturer is not aware of the problem.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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