hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,788 miles

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2001 Hyundai Elantra suspension problems

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2001 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 212011


  • miles


2001 Hyundai Elantra. Consumer states failure of front lower control arm on the front left and the front right side. The consumer stated the vehicle had to be towed. Due to the failure of the control arm, the consumer had to pay for a new axle, stabilizer link, a wheel balance and an alignment.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #10

Dec 092009


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra which was purchased in October 2009. While driving at speeds of less than 20 mph and proceeding down a hill, the vehicle came to a violent screeching halt. The front passenger's side wheel had completely broken off of the vehicle. The driver of the tow truck stated that the front control arm had rust on it and corrosion from the vehicle. There was a recall campaign for the front control arm (see NHTSA campaign id number 09V125000) however her VIN was not included in the recall. The failure and current mileages were under 60,000.

- Worchester, MA, USA

problem #9

Jun 032009

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 140,865 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 10 mph, the front passenger side lower control arm failed and caused the steering column to lock. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the wheel was not positioned in the wheel well and there was visible rust within two inches of the ball joint. The contact is in the process of repairing the vehicle himself and notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 140,865. Updated 05/06/10. Updated 07/19/10

- Utica, NY, USA

problem #8

Apr 052009


  • 102,000 miles


I made a right turn off of M59 in howell, mi on to N old us hwy 23. I slowed to almost a stop, yielding for oncoming traffic to make a left turn into kroger. Upon turning the wheel to the left and trying to drive forward I heard something break and the car would not move. Upon investigation the lower control arm was broken near the ball joint. It was not a ball joint failure, the lower control arm either fatigued or sheared, maybe due to corrosion. The drivers side halfshaft was pulled from the transaxle at the inner cv joint. The car was towed to a friends house in the area and it sits there pending a change in the weather so that repairs can be made. I live in lansing which is an hour away from where my car is. I plan to take pictures and investigate more when I get the parts and return to repair it, if possible. Updated 04/22/09.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #7

Feb 062009

(reported on)


  • miles
Ltr from congressman murphy on behalf of constituent who is requesting an investigation an automotive failure with her 2001 Hyundai Elantra. Without warning, the front suspension broke apart; the lower control arm broke in two separate spots which caused the front wheel to separate from the suspension. The end result was the front end of the vehicle fell onto the pavement.

- Unknown, DC, USA

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problem #6

Jan 152009


  • 108,000 miles
Just came off int. 95 applied brakes at red light and lower control arm broke off. Sent car into curb and had to have it towed. Shop showed me the damage and the control arm is completely rotted. Still there waiting on parts. Updated 04/22/09.

- Natick, MA, USA

problem #5

Nov 142007

Elantra 6-cyl

  • miles


Replaced lower control arms left and right sides.

- Fanwood, NJ, USA

problem #4

Aug 242007

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,800 miles
When applying brakes at 30 mph, vehicle went out of control and was nearly involved in a crash. Passenger side control arm was determined to be rotted away. No other signs of visible rust on the bottom of the vehicle. Dealer was impressed by the failure and took photos to email to Hyundai district representative who denied any defective parts or blame on Hyundai's part. Dealer is replacing the control arm at my expense. Part is being saved.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 202007

Elantra 6-cyl

  • miles
Driving at a speed of about 25mph, I stopped quick to avoid a car coming out of side street. After stopping the car would not move. When checked by a mechanic he said he had never seen anything like this. The lower control arm on the left side of car had rotted away at one point, and the metal was paper thin. He than told me it was good that I was not going at a high rate of speed when this happened, or I would have had a serious accident. I was lucky, but if this defect is on other cars someone may get killed. This was on a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. I'm now waiting for the part to replace it.

- Barrington, RI, USA

problem #2

Feb 242007

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 25 mph and applying the brakes the contact heard a loud sound and the vehicle veered to the left, and he was unable to steer the vehicle to the side of the road. The contact observed the steering wheel to the right and noticed that the lower control arm was crumbled and the tire was pushed into the inner fender. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, who confirmed that the lower control arm was damaged. The current and failure mileage was 160,000. Updated 10/31/07

- Ridge, NH, USA

problem #1

Jul 232005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
The consumer stated that the lower control arm on the front passenger side rusted and resulted in the wheel falling off. The vehicle had to be towed. The front driver's side control arm also rusted. The dealer told the consumer that the same thing is likely to happen again with the other side. Dealer suggested they should contact the manufacturer. The manufacturer called the dealer, and the district manager said that the part was not defective and denied the claim. The cost of repairs was $1,500. A complaint was filed by consumer's son in law. Also pictures were available.

- Saint Petersberg, FL, USA

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