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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
83,625 miles

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2002 Hyundai Elantra suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Aug 192008


  • 80,000 miles


2002 Hyundai Elantra front right lower control arm snapped while driving. Dealer told us it was not covered under 10yr/100,000 warranty and that there is no recall. Called Hyundai directly and told the same thing. Also left side lower control arm is rusted through and needs to be replaced also.

- Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #6

Aug 012008


  • 75,878 miles
Lower left control arm rusted through and was very weak and had to be replaced on my wife's Hyundai 2002 Elantra gls.

- Mocanaqua, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 232008


  • 85,000 miles
The right lower control arm bent in half while stopping my 2002 Hyundai Elantra GT, and the left lower control arm on my wife's 2002 Hyundai Elantra gls began to sag. Both had to be replaced in the last 90 days.

- Mocanaqua, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 032008


  • 78,000 miles


I have a 2002 Hyundai Elantra gls that has been garage kept since I purchased it brand new off the dealer lot. I am currently having my mechanic repair a right (passenger side) suspension control arm for my from wheel. It was rusted almost completely through and according to my mechanic would have caused a catastrophic failure where I would not have been able to control my car. I noticed this yesterday while changing my oil in preparation for taking my wife and 2 young daughters on a 1400 mile round trip vacation from cincinnati to minneapolis. The chances of my entire family getting killed in a car wreck on this trip would have been extremely high. I checked some internet forums and found several people complaining about this same thing. Of course, Hyundai claims no responsibility for this. I have 78K miles on my car.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #3

Apr 172007


  • 95,000 miles
On my way to work one morning, I applied the brakes for stopped traffic. I heard something crack, and the car swerved to the right. After backing, and checking under the car to see if I hit something, which I didn't I proceeded, and it seemed normal until I hit the brakes again to have the same thing happen. I called a tow truck, when he arrived he looked under and told me that my lower right control arm had broken. I had it towed in at a cost of $61. The repair shop called and told me I was lucky I hadn't been on the turnpike, as I could have had a serious accident. The lower control arm had completely rusted through, and they hadn't seen this before. The repair cost $324.85. I called Hyundai, and they issued me a case#3271798. After faxing them the bills, I waited about a week, when they called me back, they denied the claim, saying (a) the car was some 30,000 miles and a year and a half out of warranty, and (B) that this was normal wear and tear. Imagine how I felt with that statement when my wife and son also are driving Hyundai's. until this happened I would have bought 10 more of them, they have been great cars, but I have searched other complaints, and I T seems to be a problem that Hyundai has not addressed. When mine was repaired, they looked for a used part, and were told this they were all in the same shape, and when buying the part from the dealer they had several on the shelf, indicating a problem. I would have been satisfied if they had reimbursed me, but they chose to ignore the problem. Was this the only year it affects"or are there other potential accidents out there waiting to happen"

- Wells, ME, USA

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problem #2

Jul 022005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
2002 Hyundai Elantra, consumer took vehicle to a local garage for an inspection, on 6-20-05, and mechanic rotated/ balanced tires, and replaced two tires with new ones. Also, replaced fuel injection system/ replaced a gasket/ front wheels were aligned/ steering wheel was centered, and they checked caster and camber angles. Then mechanic told consumer that vehicle passed NY state inspection. The consumer started traveling from NY to va on 6-30, and on 7-2 vehicle stalled, check engine light came on, vehicle had completely stopped although engine was still running, oil gauge warning light came on, it went up to highest point. This was first time vehicle stalled. The consumer had the vehicle towed to a mechanic who ran a diagnostic test on the vehicle and told consumer that he should take it to a dealership because of the warranty. Dealership ran a diagnostic and then replaced radiator and radiator pump. They told consumer that was reason for vehicle overheating and stalling. This was after consumer was told by dealership that vehicle was safe to drive. So consumer traveled back home, roads were wet and it was late in da. The check engine light came on again. As soon as light came on the speed reduced but the engine itself was still on but, the vehicle was not able to move at a safe speed and stalled. Consumer's and his family lives were in dangered although there were no actual accidents. Vehicle was towed to the dealership. They told consumer that problem was with transmission. There was a hose not connected properly which caused vehicle to leak transmission fluid.

- Middle Village, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 212003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
The steering wheel and front wheels shake above 65 mph which can also be felt throughout the front of the car. I feel the excessive shake could lead to a loss of control of the vehicle.

- Tribes Hill, NY, USA

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