really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,919 miles

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2001 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #12

Jul 202009


  • 78,000 miles


2001 Hyundai Elantra both of the control arms snapped took to dealer told it was due to the age of the car, (7 years) could have been killed had it happen at a greater speed. Hyundai Canada has a recall for this very problem. Someone is going to get killed. Please look into this before it happens, if it hasn't already.

- Belmont, MA, USA

problem #11

Sep 152007


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 15 mph on normal road conditions, the contact heard a noise coming from the front end of the vehicle. Suddenly, there was a loss of steering control and extreme difficulty in operating the vehicle. The driver pulled over and called roadside assistance. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for inspection and the technician stated that the failure was related to the driver's side lower control arm. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 60,000 and current mileage was 83,000.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #10

Sep 152007


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 15 mph on normal road conditions, the contact heard a loud noise coming from the front end of the vehicle when a turn was made. The steering wheel became difficult to turn and then completely failed. The driver safely pulled over to the side of the road and the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician stated that the failure was related to the driver's side lower control arm. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 60,000 and current mileage was 83,000.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #9

Sep 152001


  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,847 miles


After 1 1/2 months of driving this brand new car I began having problems with the steering. The car would wonder in different directions on the road and freeway. I also had steering wheel shimmy. They have aligned my car at least five times on different occasions and forced balanced the car twice to no avail. In March of 2003 an independent service evaluated my car and found both tie rod ends (outers)were extremely lose and needed to be replaced. Because of the faulty rods both the front tires are now cupped on the outer edges and the dealership refuses to replace them. Hyundai performed the work and the problems got a little better, but have since gotten worse again. I am so fed up with this car and need help! I have filed complaint with Hyundai customer service, but the problems still exist!

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #8

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

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problem #7

Nov 062003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
As with others that I have read the steering wheel vibrates over 60-65 mph and stops at higher speeds. The vechicle also pulls to the right. I have the original tires and have had my car since new. I have had 2 wheel alignments, 2 tire rotations and all tires balanced. All temporary fixes. The pulling gradually returned as did the vibration on the steering wheel. I don't feel safe driving this car.

- Harrison, NJ, USA

problem #6

Apr 222003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 12,237 miles


This vehicle is hazardous to be on the road. It has front end steering and suspension problems. It has a terrible vibration from 35 mph and up. If traveling on the highway the wheel shakes so badly that your hands go numb. I have had the vehicle in for service and repeated time over a two and a half year period, and the dealership has done nothing. I have also spoken with the manufacturers on several occasions, and have done nothing. It has gotten to the point that I had an accident, because of these problems. I now have a permanent injury that I will live with for the rest of my life, and they still do not care. I have 2 small children, and I am afraid every time I leave the house that something will happen with this vehicle, and one of my children get injured. Fortunately, with my accident I was alone. In my accident my steering locked and I hit a stone embankment at about 40 mph with the front end and my air bag also did not deploy. Unfortunately I am stuck driving this vehicle, when it is unsafe, and unfit to be on the road. It is a hazard to my family, and all others on the road with me. I sincerely hope something can be done to these dealerships, and manufacturers to ensure they are selling our consumers a safe and reliable vehicle.

- Shickshinny, PA, USA

problem #5

Dec 182002

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,672 miles
During the winter of 2002, I began to experience a vibration in the steering wheel, along with the vehicle pulling to the right. I brought the vehicle to the local dealer who, after charging me for a balance and rotation to "identify the problem" told me that the problem was with the tires and alignment. The dealer insisted that there was no problem in the front end. In June, 2003 I had the factory Michelin's (which had about 32,00 miles when the problem started) replaced with new tires and a four wheel alignment. The pulling is gone, but the vibration remains. It is particulalry noticeable at highway speeds.

- Salem, NH, USA

problem #4

May 232003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
ODI id number : 10010329 ODI id number : 10016373 please add me to the list of Hyundai Elantra owners who have severe steering wheel shake at speeds above 60 mph and Hyundai has no idea how to correct the trouble. This has occurred since the vehicle was new and numerous attempts to fix the trouble have been fruitless. Unfortunately the problem is getting worse with mileage until the steering or tires are going to fall off at 65 mph.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 012001

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
Steering wheel vibration and shimmy since new. Takes place only at speeds above sixty miles per hour. Hyundai is aware of the problem and has not offered an actual solution to the problem as of yet. Numerous other Hyundai owners have the same complaint.

- Oak Forest, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 252002

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
At 20,000 miles, the rear tires were worn badly and unevenly. Was told by a Michelin dealer it was unsafe to ride on tires. Was told by 2 dealerships (who did not look at the car) this was a rotation problem, even though the front tires were fine. Dealership finally realigned rear wheels, both were out of toe to the same degree. I complained the manufacturer should replace the tires since it was a problem with the factory setting and not due to negligence in maintenance. They finally agreed to pay half the replacement cost of the tires.

- Hiawatha, KS, USA

problem #1

Jul 172002

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,887 miles
The vehicle has a moderate to severe steering wheel vibration that occurs at freeway speeds. The vibration can, at times, shake your hands back and forth as the wheel is gripped. Other people I know that own Elantras complain of the same problem. I have contacted the dealership and Hyundai customer service several times, but nobody seems to have any solution to the problem. The date provided is the first time I had the vehicle in to have them look at the car for the vibration. I first reported it during the 12 month/12,000 free adjustment period. Since then, the car has been to two different dealerships to attempt to fix the vibration. The last service done to try to correct the problem was a radial force balance. This seemed to help slightly, but the vibration still persisted and remains entirely unacceptable.

- Germantown, WI, USA

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