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5.2

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,367 miles

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2002 Hyundai Elantra electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #3

May 052007

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,100 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving in the rain the door light and door chime came on for no reason. Went into the ditch trying to find what was happening. Every time I washed the car or drove in the rain the same things happened. Had to disconnect the battery and wait a day or two until something dried. Heard that Hyundai had a manufacturing flaw in that they have not sealed the pillar and fender area, thus water just ran to the electrical wiring. It shorted out the battery, which I had to replace, and could not drive in the rain or wash the car.

- Crivitz, WI, USA

problem #2

Jul 302005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have replaced the headlights and/or flood lights 7 times, within the last 3 years. I've questioned the service representative repeatedly, believing there was a short in the car. Finally, the last service representative admitted that there was a defect particular to this make and model car. I've researched to see if there was a recall, as I believed this was a severe safety hazard. If this was a common occurrence to this car what guarantee was there that both headlights won't go out at the same time. Found several references to other owners having similar problems with the electrical system. I have found information of a recall.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #1

May 092005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Elantra has been blowing bulbs since the car was 2wks. I have replaced all bulbs in the car appox. 40times. Hyundai has replaced bulbs and now even charges me for bulbs I have been fighting this for 3 years now. Hyundai says there is no short. Meanwhile my trunk alarm has never worked. Manfrediy where I bought the car new said the factory installed alarm does not alarm the trunk. Guiffre Hyundai said the trunk was alarmed and just doesnt work. Give me a break, it doesnt take a rocket scientist to know that there is a damn short in the car. The regional office did nothing and did not even meet with me. I was told to call an arbitation comp.more time lost I ssent them $350 in bills that I paid on the out side to replace bulbs and thats not counting the bulbs that Hyundai had the nerve to charge me. Now today I get a letter that my car is too old to go through arbitration. Hyundai just jerked me around and I will be stuck with the bills and continue to pay for bulbs. I cant think of anything else to do except go to the media. If you have any help you can give me. I would greatly appreciate it.Hyundai also expected me to make an appointment everytime a bulb or bulbs blew. They would have had the car more than me if that was the case. They have insulted my intelligence. And have lost me for a future customer. And the problem is, I really love my car and the way it drives. If only it would not keep shorting out

- Staten Island, NY, USA

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