really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
218,167 miles

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2001 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #6

May 152014


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for an unrelated issue where they informed the contact that the entire rear sub frame was rusted and corroded. The dealer informed that the vehicle was unsafe to drive and beyond repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- West Springfield, MA, USA

problem #5

Nov 052012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact noticed that the vehicle had begun to fish tail. The contact inspected the rear sub frame and discovered that the frame was fractured and exhibited excessive corrosion. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 12/04/12 Hyundai agreed to pay for the parts only. The consumer paid for the labor. The consumer believed the corrosion was not normal, especially since the vehicle was garaged kept. Updated 12/05/12

- Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #4

Feb 022010


  • 950,004 miles
Unable to control front wheel direction when car started to slide into oncoming traffic, was unable to control car to turn in opposite direction, happened without warning. Received motor vehicle recall on 3/9/2010 about possibility of this happening. Hyundai Elantra 2001. Also side door air bag did not inflate.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 242009


  • 99,000 miles


While driving with my infant granddaughter I hit the brakes to avoid hitting a deer. I was going 35-40 miles and hour and the whole control arm in the front of my 2001 Hyundai Elantra snapped. It was all rusted out. I did some research and discovered this is a safety recall which I was never notified about. There are 26 other cars at the dealership with the same problem. We could have been killed had I been on the highway!! Hyundai failed to properly notify consumers of such a dangerous situation. I also had to have my car flatbed towed an hour away to the nearest dealership at my own expense where I am still waiting for the parts to come in from Hyundai. No eta on that. Hyundai wouldn't pay for a rental until I threatened to contact the media and the BBB. Two days later, I was approved for a rental. I still feel that this needs to be made aware to the public so anyone else driving this vehicle knows to get the repairs done so you don't get stranded at night or almost killed like we did!!

- Copake, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 272009


  • 60,000 miles
The lower control arm to the sub-frame assembly completely detached from the wheel while driving the vehicle. Thankfully, the vehicle was only traveling at apprx. 15 mph when this happened. The car came to an abrupt stop and had to be towed from the middle of the road. My husband was seconds from turning onto the highway and had decided to bring the car home to check for a problem, as the car seemed to be swaying. If this failure had happened on the highway at 65 mph, he may have been killed. The detached wheel turned outward and wedged into the wheel well, there is damage to the wheel housing and quarter panel from the detached wheel.

- East Sandwich, MA, USA

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problem #1

Jan 152009


  • miles
On 2 different occasions there has been catastrophic failure of front suspension (lower control arm) for my 2001 Hyundai Elantra, and loss of control of vehicle. One incident in which the drivers side control arm had rusted from the inside out causing it to snap, happening about 7 months prior to this incident happening last night. The car then spun in the road causing endangering to traffic and a near head on accident. This new incident, (same problem) the control arm snapped on the passenger side of the vehicle causing the vehicle to spin out of the road. While operating the vehicle, I experienced sudden loss of control of vehicle without warning and nearly experienced a roll over while driving. From research, I have found there are numerous people with the same problem with Hyundai and this seems to be a defect. I also noticed that the NHTSA has an ongoing investigation on the Hyundai sonata for the same exact problem, lower control arm suspension failure with rust corrosion. I am afraid this is an ongoing problem with Hyundai and is going to cause someone to get severely injured or killed. As far as I'm concerned this is a design flaw and should be corrected with a recall of both lower control arms.

- Onset, MA, USA

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