hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
118,315 miles

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2003 Hyundai Elantra suspension problems

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2003 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Nov 292017


  • 178,000 miles


Recall # 03V257000, 09V125000, 03V496000 severe rusting and corrosion under my car which they claim was "fixed" under the recalls. They did not fix this! the front driver side axle is completely corroded and breaking - they claim they sprayed it with anti corrosion compound but this did not stop further corrosion and rust. The brakelines were also sprayed but this also did not work! my brakeline rusted out and all my brake fluid went out while driving. Hyundai is now refusing to correct the problem which by federal law has to be done!

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #22

Nov 292016


  • 208,000 miles
The whole rear metal beam holding the rear suspension rusted out and fell off while driving sent csrd into a spin before we got it stopped could have been killed driving on interstate 70 from warrenton to wentzville mo yesterday mourning at 5:30 am.

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #21

Nov 152015


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that there was an abnormal noise coming from the front driver side tire. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact was informed of NHTSA campaign number: 09V125000 (suspension) however, the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

- Commerce Township, MI, USA

problem #20

Jul 012015


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. While driving, the rear of the vehicle shook violently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was discovered that the rear cross member was corroded. The mechanic stated that the vehicle was unsafe to operate. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Frackville, PA, USA

problem #19

Aug 162012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 36,573 miles
As my wife was exiting our driveway the right front lower control arm broke. The vehicle was not operable. It was taken to malloy Hyundai in woodbridge, va. I was not advised of any recalls. The vehicle was repaired for $1353.52 out of pocket. I recently learned about the recall on the suspension. Excluding northern Virginia drivers places us at risk. It was fortunate my wife was not on interstate 95 and was not injured.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

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problem #18

Sep 012014


  • 100,000 miles
My daughter was driving home from school and the strut/axle broke and caused her to skid off the rode, luckily she was not injured and was able to come to a stop in an empty lot. The tire was ruined and the fender was also damaged. We were able to get this fixed at the repair shop, for just under $500, however now the vehicle will not pass inspection due to the subframe being deteriorated. Upon researching the cost to replace this, I found that the vehicle has had several recalls, and wow both of these were on the list. My concern is that the vehicle is 2003 and we are not the original owners. I am concerned now that the other recalls may also affect their vehicle. The safety of my daughter and grandson is top priority. What can you help me with. Can we still use the recall to have the vehicle repaired?

- Bloomsburg, PA, USA

problem #17

Jul 012014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 220,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated while driving approximately 30 mph, she noticed the suspension malfunctioned which caused her to lose control of the vehicle without warning. Also, the contact mentioned that the steering wheel became hard to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician stated the passenger side front lower control arm fractured between the ball joints due to excessive corrosion. The contact notified the manufacturer and they informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V125000 (suspension). The approximate failure mileage was 220,000...updated 08-28-14 the vehicle was repaired. Updated 09/11/14

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #16

May 222014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
The right side lower control arm suddenly complete broke in half close to the ball joint causing the tire to dangle and loss of steering and movement. This happened at a very low speed pulling out of our driveway. There was visible rust and corrosion on the inside of the boxed stamped steel control arm near the ball joint. This failure was exactly like NHTSA action number : PE09011 described. This vehicle was registered in va so the car was not subject to that specific recall although other states around us were. We received no notice of this recall in the mail or the potential problem even though we use and travel often to the states that did have the recall and they do put a lot of salt on northern va roads.

- Nokesville, VA, USA

problem #15

Jun 092014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
Front passenger side control arm fractured, allowing wheel to turn 90 degrees to the right resulting in an uncontrolled slide down the highway. This also blew out the tire and separated the axle from the transmission, spilling transmission fluid. Vehicle was uncontrollable, and once stopped immovable, and so stranded in the middle of the highway.

- Middletown Springs, VT, USA

problem #14

May 032014


  • 141,000 miles
In 2009, a recall was issued for rust/corrosion of the front lower control arms of these vehicles (recall 091 per Hyundai). We found out about this and took it to our local dealer in 2011. Holes were drilled and the car "passed" without need to replace anything. A "protective coating" was applied. On Saturday, May 3, my husband was driving and pulling out of a parking space. He heard a grinding noise as he backed out, then heard something break and the car wouldn't move. We couldn't even push the car back into the parking space, as the tire/arm appeared to be detached. We found out the right control arm had rusted through completely, also causing damage of the axle. The car was taken first to our mechanic and then the dealership and it was determined the same recalled part had rusted through, causing the break. The car was fixed by Hyundai, including replacement of both control arms. I'm just very concerned that this could have occurred while driving and caused a crash and serious injury. We had no idea of the risk, although we did have a bad winter with a lot of road salt used so I'm not surprised. I am surprised, though, that it was never advised to return and have this re-checked. I called Hyundai's care management dept and the person I spoke with ([xxx]) denied this issue was related to the recall and said it must have been repaired only as a courtesy. I strongly disagree by what I heard from the mechanic. I wanted to make you aware as I'm sure the safety of many is at risk if this a result of a recalled part and they are un-knowingly at risk after this bad winter. Thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Runnemede, NJ, USA

problem #13

Apr 012014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 94,032 miles


On April 1st 2014 the front right lower control arm broke off when I applied the brakes in order to avoid hitting a Canadian goose that was sauntering majestically across the road (the goose was unhurt). The right front wheel was rotated about 60 degrees to the horizontal and was moved backwards enough to damage the right fender. Some two years ago, Hyundai recalled this model to inspect for possible corrosion in the front suspension components. At that time the local Hyundai dealer stated that there was no corrosion detected in this vehicle. While it is easy to blame this break on potholes, I would like to state that I am meticulous about avoiding them and I wonder if the suspension components were not weakened by poor quality corrosion protection and gave way when I braked. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Oakland, NJ, USA

problem #12

Feb 012014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
Thankfully no incident, my mechanic pointed out to me during normal maintenance on the car, the lower control arm had severe corrosion damage that its almost split he advised not to take it on the highway until it was fixed. He printed out the recall notice of the problems with the front lower control arm. Hyundai is giving me push back on taking care of it because im not in the salt belt. I am not in a salt free state they salt hear at the threat of flurries. That kind of damage is not normal wear and tear on a car that's under 60K miles. I don't want the world I just want them to fix the defective product, more important than that had my mechanic not pointed it out I could have put myself or others in danger if this snapped and I lost control of the passenger side wheel. I cant be the only one outside of the salt belt that is having this issue and may be in danger if it separates. Thank you for taking the time to listen.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #11

Sep 302013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 128,542 miles
I was behind two vehicles at a traffic light, the light turned green and we all just started to proceed forward when the front vehicle slammed his brakes on. The vehicle directly in front of me slammed his brakes on and I slammed mine also. I felt the front end give a little so I made a right turn and slowed down to around 5 mph. I proceeded to my home about 500 feet away and turned into the driveway. I got out of the vehicle and found the right lower control arm broken just past the ball joint. I forgot to say there wasn't any contact between any of the vehicles, no one was injured.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #10

Apr 232013


  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. The contact was driving 20 mph and completed a U-turn when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle continued to veer into oncoming traffic and the contact was unable to regain steering control. The contact was able to coast to the shoulder, where the vehicle was towed to a local mechanic. The mechanic advised the contact that the front driver's side lower control arm was fractured. The driver's side lower control arm was replaced by the mechanic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V125000 (suspension: Front lower control arms rusting), however the manufacturer advised that the VIN was not included in the recall campaign. The failure and current mileage was 123,000.

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #9

Apr 262013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
During a rapid stop at low speed the passenger side control arm snapped rendering the vehicle unsteerable. Had this occured at higher speed it is likely that serious personal injury would have also occured.

- Fairfax Station, VA, USA

problem #8

Jan 042013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 140,434 miles
As I was driving out of parking spot at work the front right side of car dropped. Got out and found that the right wheel had folded under car. After further checking found that that control arm had broken and fluid pouring out from under car. Was informed by fellow worker that this car had a recall on control arms.I checked into problem and found that the recall had been addressed but the arms were not replaced.I am the second ower of this car. The arms were waxed and drilled but it looks like it didn't take care of the problem.mileage on the car at time of waxing was 113,715 miles.im just glad that I wasn't out on the highway at the time. Will Hyundai take care of this for me and how many more cars are out there with same issue?

- Freeport, ME, USA

problem #7

Dec 032012


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 50 mph, the contact attempted to stop the vehicle on the shoulder because the steering wheel became slightly uncontrollable. The front driver's side wheel was bent inward, causing the vehicle to slide off the road and into a ditch. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact inspected the vehicle and discovered that the front driver's side control arm was fractured. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 09V125000 (suspension:front:control arm) and was treated with rust proofing material. The contact stated there was already rust present but the dealer refused to replace the front control arm under the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #6

Jun 102012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 127,500 miles
As I was pulling out of a stores parking lot to enter a main street, I turned left at the intersection, and as the car was about one fourth in the intersection I heard a noise, such as when a car hits a road hole, and the car stopped but the engine continue to run. The main street was double lane, and the car coming towards my driver side was able to stop. I believe that if he had come faster I would have been hit. The car did not move further, neither forwards or reverse. So I stepped out and saw the passenger wheel pointing to the right instead of the left, and so a piece of metal frame torn apart. Later that night I understood that it was the passenger side control arm.

- Walhalla, SC, USA

problem #5

Jan 222012


  • 135,000 miles
I was backing out of the driveway when I heard a noise and felt my car jolt. I got out and my passenger side tire snapped off the car.

- Estero, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 272011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 95,033 miles
8/11/2009, my daughter and I were driving a 2003 Hyundai Elantra down a small street in Chicago when the passenger side front lower control arm fractured at the ball joint attachment. The tire then came away from the assembly and was rendered inoperable. In October of 2009, I became aware of the recall regarding this and filed a complaint here and Hyundai motor America reimbursed me for the replacement of the control arm. I then took the car to my local Hyundai dealer who simply "added a plug kit and rust preventative." An inspection of the subframe did not occur at that time; which should have occurred since a control arm had already fractured and the recall C/091 calls for this inspection, as well as repair and. Or replacement of any parts attached to these assemblies. On 3/28/2011, while having some brake and tire work done, a local Goodyear dealers service department noticed severe corrosion on the drivers side control arm as well as the subframe. I immediately had the control arm replaced due to my near fatal previous experience. I have the original control drivers side control arm in my possession, as well as several photos of my subframe. Please pass this complaint along to Hyundai for review.I have already spoken to the attorneys in the cirulli, D'elia case #[xxx] and they urged me to try to discuss this with Hyundai. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wheeling, IL, USA

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