really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,582 miles

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2001 Hyundai Elantra electrical problems

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2001 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 252012


  • 160,000 miles


The brake lights stayed on all night after car was put in park and engine was turned off, causing battery to lose all power. This could be caused by a faulty brake/stop light switch. A recall was issued for brake/stop light switch on different years and models of Hyundai vehicles. My 2001 Hyundai Elantra gls was not included in the recall but probably should have been.

- Scottsmoor, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 292011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 102,783 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 -45 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where they advised her that the failure was caused by a faulty wire. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 102,783. Updated 5/7/12 the consumer stated the dealership tried three times to repair the vehicle. Updated 05/14/12

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #7

Feb 012008


  • 55,456 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the instrument panel indicators were constantly blinking. She was unable to drive the vehicle at night because the fog lights blink as well. The vehicle was taken to the dealer sixteen times and they stated that open wiring at the instrument panel wiring harness was the cause of the failure. The dealer performed a wiring repair in the instrument panel wiring harness, but the failure persists. A report was filed with the manufacturer and advised her to take the vehicle back to the dealer. The contact stated that she would take the vehicle to another dealer. The failure mileage was 55,456 and current mileage was 170,000.

- Tampa , FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 122006

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles


Car accelerated beyond control to ~90 mph before steering lock and car went into jersey barriers. According to tsb from Hyundai this is an electrical component know issue call a tps(throttle position sensor) for 2001 Hyundai Elantra's with a "1" in the 10th position of the VIN number. The tsb number is 01-36-027. Before we contact Hyundai, I wanted to see if this was on recall or safety check and I was not able to find any info.

- Oxford, CT, USA

problem #5

Aug 212004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle commenced to overheat while driving at 30 mph. Vehicle was towed to a repair shop, and mechanic determined that the problem was cause by a bad thermostat. Vehicle was towed to a dealer, who informed consumer that the problem was not the thermostat, but it was an electrical problem.

- Latham, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 012004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 17,000 miles
Check engine light came on three different times first repair was engine manifold, second repair was oxygen sensor, third time the dealer could not find the problem. Dealer probably unplugged the light all repairs were under warranty but dealer suggested I get the service done since they had it in the shop. Both sun visor plastic clips that hold the visor in place broke off and on the passenger side the visor is broken at the swivel arm. All of the small plastic door plugs have fell out. Remote gas tank door will not open on cold days. Vehicle pulls to the right and wheel shakes at speeds 35 and above. Small scratch in paint goes down to the primer.

- Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 062003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


When the consumer rolled down the windows, they failed to come back up, the consumer was informed the wiring harness from the window regulator was bad, and there was extensive electrical wiring damage which had corroded over time. Also the rear defroster was inoperative.. the consumer also noticed the dash lights no longer worked and the headlights did not flash when the door was locked with the key pad.

- Blackwood, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 012003


  • 61,000 miles
The electrical harness failure caused air bags to fail, power door locks to jam, and the windshield wipers, radio and clock work intermittently. The vehicle also emitted a burning smell at times.

- Lincoln, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 012000


  • miles
I have had some electrical problems from the day I purchased the car. Tried to resolve these with Hyundai but they said unless they were currnetly happening when the car was brought in there was nothing they could do about it. The mirror will sometimes move on its own and sometimes the electrical in the car will all go on without the car being on. The malfunciton light lights up here and there also. Also I have a problem with my front end suspention being very shakey and my brakes shake when stopping at higher speeds. I have only had the car a year. One more problem that it has is a major bolt in the front suspention went bad a month after I bought the car and so the dealer fixed that but they said it came off the assembly line that way. The electrical problems started a month after purchase. I bought the car new. I hate my car.

- Hayward, CA, USA

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