definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,053 miles

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2001 Hyundai Elantra electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Air bag warning light, on dashboard, continues to remain illuminated. The paramus Hyundai dealer has supposedly repaired this problem 4+ times. I was told that while this warning light is on, the airbags would not deploy in the event of an accident. Abl.pco

- Fairview, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 042004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,700 miles
Airbag light keeps turning on. On March 4, 2004 my car was serviced by Hyundai for this problem. The service rep. Told me that the wires that run under the seat have a tendency to become disconnected. This past week, I moved the seat forward to vaccum the interior and the aribag light is back on. I moved the seat back and the light turns off. Also, the same issue seems to be causing an electrical short circuit in the radio's wiring as the radio no longer works. Abl.pco

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 202005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,513 miles
1. daughter driving car on highway when electrical components such as radio, door locks and interior lights stopped working and door chime rang continuously. On Jan 22, 2005 she started car, driver's side rear window went down by itself and electrical windows and other interior electrical components stopped working. An acrid burning smell then developed as well as wisps of smoke from the door and dash. 2. as a result, and due to safety concerns about possible fire and damage to vehicle, the car was undriveable and had to be towed to repair shop. Overriding concern was that possibility of fire and further damage existed. 3. inspection and investigation by repair shop indicated that the main electrical harnesses running through both front doors were corroded, shorting out and one had evidence of scoring and melting. Further investigation revealed that the manufacturer, Hyundai, had a technical service bulletin, #03-90-009 (which superseded #01-90-004) that addressed the condition that water could get up into the area of the wiring harnesses and cause corrosion and shorts. Repair required replacement of four wiring harnesses, two on each side, and sealing the area in the car structure where the water could enter in the first place. Repair completed per the manufacturer's tsb. The old wiring harnesses were kept by owner.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #1

Jun 192001


  • miles
Everytime vehicle has been started engine check light would come on and remain during duration of driving. Been in contact with dealership, and was informed a ground wire in chassis was causing the problem.

- Peabody, MA, USA

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