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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,397 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.

2002 Hyundai Elantra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 232007

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 79,000 miles


I had the vehicle inspected on March 3, 2007, it passed inspection. On March 23, 2007 lost the brakes. Upon dealer's inspection of the brakes, they found the pads came completely detached from the shoes. Also, the wheel cylinders were leaking. The brakes and wheel cylinders were fine 3 weeks prior to them blowing apart. Now I am out hundreds of dollars and am very thankful this occurred on a back road and not on a highway. Someone could have been easily killed.

- Harmony, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 182003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,794 miles
The contact stated there was a thumping noise coming from the brakes. This occurred after driving the vehicle for a while. The vehicle has been to the dealership three times. The first time they replaced the cylinder, turned the rear drums, and rounded out the letter. The second and third times the dealership rounded out the letter again. This was a temporary solution, and the noise came back every time the vehicle was repaired. Updated 02/07/06.

- Fort Meyers, FL, USA

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