really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,160 miles

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2003 Hyundai Elantra electrical problems

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2003 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #7

May 012005


  • miles


Issues with pumping fuel, I don't know what to call it, but while pumping gas I can pump 15 +/- cents and the handle cuts of ass if the tank is full, takes forever to put $10 in. 2nd issue is the electrical, each time I bump the dash at the radio area the lights either comes on or goes out and 2 weeks ago the radio quit working (not the fuse) I have also had to replace both front axles, motor mount broken, these issues have been since day one that I purchased the vehicle, I have also had to replace the plastic piece behind the brake pedal.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #6

Jul 132016


  • miles
Replaced sensors because the check engine light came on, now the car won't pass inspection. The diagnostic tests won't read any malfunction and the airbag light won't go off

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #5

Feb 222016


  • 91,785 miles
I had to replace struts in front

- Athens, AL, USA

problem #4

Jul 012015


  • 146,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled and all of the warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road, where it was restarted and resumed normal operation. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 146,000.

- Taylorsville, UT, USA

problem #3

Mar 252010


  • miles
Headlights burning out. I have replaced 10 driver side headlights and 2 passenger headlights since I bought the car in 2003. The dealer says they do not know what is going on.

- Lima, Oh, OH, USA

problem #2

Jun 012005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. The contact noticed that the air bag indicator light kept illuminating. The dealer repaired the failure and diagnosed it as the air bag sensor. Approximately 60,000 miles late, the failure recurred. Also, currentl ythe electrical system failed. The contact stated that the radio activated automatically, the volume increased, and certain lights inside the vehicle, such as the air conditioner controller lights, failed to illuminate. The contact had the radiator replaced. In addeition, the tires were constantly wearing out, and she was about to purchase fourth set in less than two years. She has not spoken with the manufacturer about the failures. The current mileage is 73,000.and failure mileages was 45,000. Abl.pco

- Rockville, UT, USA

problem #1

Sep 092003

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,333 miles
The vehicle was taken to the dealer four times because it was not stopping when braking. On 9/9/2003, while trying to stop at a stop sign, the brakes failed. The vehicle hit a truck and the front air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained injuries to the pelvic area and bruises on the upper legs. Front passenger's head broke the windshield, and passenger suffered seizures. Child in the rear, age 11, sustained arm bruises. Driver and passengers were transported to the emergency room for treatment. The vehicle was assessed by a repair mechanic, who determined air bag sensors were impacted, and the brakes failed. The vehicle would tremble, the A/C did not work, the engine light was intermittent (go on and off), and the seat belts were inoperative. (which occurred 2 weeks after purchase)

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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