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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,833 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.

2004 Hyundai Elantra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #3

May 242006

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 31,000 miles


: the contact stated while turning left at low speeds there was a grinding noise that came from the rear of the vehicle. The dealership was unable to determine why the rear brakes had failed. The vehicle was taken to a local independent repair shop. The mechanic determined the rear brake sensors were bent and both rear brakes were replaced and the rotors were turned. The manufacturer has been alerted.

- Flagstaff, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jan 242005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Vehicle caught on fire in the engine compartment while driving 40 mph. The local fire department arrived to extinguish the fire. Dealer and the manufacturer were notified. The consumer stated that she smelled smoke coming through the vents while driving. The engine light came on and the vehicle lost all power. Vehicle brakes went out. The consumer stopped the vehicle and her and the passengers got out of the vehicle within seconds of flames.

- Rhinebeck, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 092004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying the brakes pedal went to the floor. Vehicle continued to accelerate and rolled back when on the flat surface. Consumertook vehicle to dealer for inspection.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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