definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,235 miles

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2003 Hyundai Elantra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 252006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles


The brakes on my 2003 Hyundai Elantra began grinding at only 39K miles. I contacted the dealership and was told brakes were not covered by my extended warranty. I took the car to midas because of the lifetime warranty and the brakes were not failing due to normal wear and tear. The front pads had a metal plate on the outside which had come lose and was cutting into the hub. The mechanic said this was a defect in the brake pads that occurred when they got hot and the adhesive came loose. During the inspection, they also discovered that the cylinders on the rear brakes were leaking. I ended up with over $600 in brake repairs.

- Farmers Branch, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 032006

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,470 miles
: the contact stated prior to the brakes failing, an odor of brake fluid was noticed. After the vehicle was towed to the service dealer, the problem was identified as leakage of the rear wheel cylinders, which were replaced. The vehicle was taken to an out of state service dealer for scheduled service and the contact was informed the brakes needed adjustment. When the vehicle was taken to the service dealer, the contact was informed the rear brake cylinders were leaking again, after only 8118 miles and 13 months time. The manufacturer was not alerted.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

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