hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,214 miles

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2005 Hyundai Elantra electrical problems

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2005 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 282014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 85,600 miles


When I arrived home that night I thought I had left my lights on because my brake lights remained on. I checked my light switch and all my lights were off except for my brake lights. I looked up on the internet to see if there was any way to fix it and I found the recall on this particular item.

- Arenas Valley, NM, USA

problem #6

Jan 142014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
My car stalls. This first started happening while at a stop light, my car would stall but would start right up. Now it is happening when I turn into parking lots or making a turn onto another street. My car stalls, I put it in park and it starts back up again. The most frightening time was a few weeks ago when I was driving down a busy street about 40-45 mph and my car just suddenly stalled. I was very scared that someone would rear-end me. The problem is it happens intermediately. The mechanics can't find the problem because they can't get it to replicate the problem. I don't know what to do except trade it in which I don't want to have to do.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 252009

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
I bought it from Hyundai dealer on Dec 16, 2009 which only had 31000 miles then. It stalled three times within one week just one week after I brought. One stalling happened when backing up and one time happened when coming to a stop and one time when leaving a stop. I brought it to dealer on December 31,2009. Their report indicated that they found a code for random miss fire and they replace spark plug wires. Things temporarily went well after that. Then the car totally died on one morning, around Feb 10,2010. Then the car was towed to dealer service and dealer changed the battery. But the stalling problem came back this week and it had happened twice. One happened when turning around at parking lot and another was happened when turning around on local road. I am going to give dealer for another fix tomorrow.

- Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 292009


  • 113,400 miles


The car was parked and turned off for about 7 hours. The left taillight and bumper area as well as the front left wheel well burst into flames. There is fire damage to the windshield, windshield wiper, wheel well, front left tire, left taillight, bumper, trunk lid and spoiler. The strip that runs along the left side of the roof from the windshield to the rear window and the wire under it has damage by the rear window.

- Felton, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 152008


  • 53,000 miles
Battery charge keeps draining in a 2005 Hyundai Elantra, have replaced the battery 3X, alternator works well but if the car sits without starting for longer than 24 hrs it will drain the battery, the battery has not been frozen and holds a charge when tested independently, vehicle is used only for paved driving, and we do not use salt on the roads here during the winter, all other electrical systems have tested fine but I cannot afford to bring the car in to a shop for a full diagnostic at this time, this issue began back in October 08 with no warning and has continued through the winter and now in spring. Is there any possible explanation? I am not a mechanic and so would not even consider doing any work besides minor maintenance.

- Vernal, UT, USA

problem #2

Aug 102006

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
With the A/C on the headlights will dim briefly at different times just for a moment. A couple of times the have gone all the way out briefly. The lights will dim enough that people think I'm flashing my lights at them. This problem only occurs with the A/C on, the cause of the problem is when the A/C compressor cuts on it takes a lot of voltage to turn it on, and the headlights dim briefly. Depending on the weather this problem can happen every half mile. This problem has been on going. Took the car to the dealer, and the said every thing checks out ok, its just the nature of this brand of car.

- Blacksburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 292005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles
The contact stated car caught on fire. The vehicle was parked for approximately three hours prior to the fire. The fire department stated this was not arson. The car is at the dealership and has not been inspected either by the dealership or insurance company.

- Columbus , OH, USA

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