really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,293 miles

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2006 Hyundai Elantra brakes problems

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2006 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 302014


  • 68,500 miles


On this date I experienced the 4th of 5 incidences of unintended acceleration in the 8 years I have owned this car. I was driving in daytona beach approaching a red traffic signal. There was a car stopped in front of me. When I applied the brakes, the car lurched forward and the acceleration revved the engine. I had to turn off the key to stop the car in heavy traffic. I pulled off the road and removed the floor mat as had been suggested by the service technician the last time I had taken it in for this issue. I drove it home safely, but the next morning in a grocery store parking lot when I applied brakes to stop, again the car lurched forward almost hitting a BMW. I again drove it home safely, parked it and called the dealership. I made arrangement to take it in on July 7th to have it looked at again. Out of fear for the safety of myself and others I had the car towed to the dealer. They kept it for 2 days, drove it 240 miles and once again could find no issue. The car is parked in my driveway out of fear of killing someone or damaging property. When I told them I had found multiple instances of this happening with Hyundai online, they claimed to have no knowledge of such a thing. One article stated that the manufacturer fixed this problem in 2012. While I cannot afford to purchase a new car, I am afraid to drive this one, and would not want to sell it to anyone else because of the safety issues I have experienced.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #6

Jan 072012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 23,650 miles
While backing up in reverse, the brake did not work. Instead the car accelerated and the engine reved up to what seem to be a very high speed. The car stopped when it smashed into our other car, which was about 4 feet behind it. It was about 5 pm on a dry road. My husband was wearing work boots at the time. There was only a few scratches on the rear bumper. The hood of the other car was pushed in. Our mechanic could not find computer codes or any other problems. The Hyundai dealer also said there were no issues he knew of. Other acceleration problems with Elantras we read about make us think the brake and accelerator design on these cars are too close together. They seem to be only about 3- 4" apart, where other makes are at least 6" apart. We believe his boot may have gotten stuck on the gas when switching to the brake. This also happened last winter when our 2000 Hyundai Elantra was backing up and would not stop. It was stopped by a snowbank. My husband was also wearing snow boots at the time.

- Salem, MA, USA

problem #5

Dec 012010


  • 67,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 25 mph, the brakes were applied but the vehicle would not stop. The vehicle rolled to a stop and was pulled over. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic where the contact was informed that the master cylinder failed. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the master cylinder failed due to a manufacturing defect. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 67,800 and the current mileage was 68,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 252009


  • miles


First time I was parking the car and it just accelerated making the car jump. The next time I was stopping at a stop sign and the car accelerated on its own and I almost ended up in the intersection. This has happen at least 6 or 7 times when I was parking or stopping at a stop sign. I never know when I stop or park the car if it will accelerate on its own. I have come so very close to hitting a vehicle in front of me, sliding into the intersection and/or jumping a parking bumper. I have also had a problem with the windshield wiper washer. I've had it corrected at the dealership a couple of times only to have it stop working within a few days. This problem has existed since I bought the car in February 2006 and needless to say is still not working. The speed on the car is wrong. It shows me going faster than I'm actually going. For example, it shows I'm going 57 mph when I'm actually going 54 mph.

- Weirsdale, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 102007


  • 20,000 miles
I had an accident when I first purchase the car which I have always felt the car should have stop sooner. The brake did not stop right away and it only stop when I hit the truck which very little damage was done to the truck but my hold front was damaged. The car has been repair but right now today the brakes do not stop sometime like it is suppose too. I can put on the brakes and get that same thump that I felt when I had the accident and it will take a while for the car to stop. I sometimes pull closer to the curb in case it don't stop so I can hit the curb instead of another car. Also the car does not heat up after warming up it takes almost a half an hour before the heat kicks in when you put in on heat but it will heat up when it warms up if you turn the dial to the air conditioning sign.

- Capitol Heights, MD, USA

problem #2

May 162008

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 15,051 miles
Dealership had to repair my rear brakes on my 2006 Hyundai Elantra at 14000 mi.. they said this was a common problem with Elantras. If this is true maybe this is a problem that Hyundai should need to address. Maybe this could cause a braking problem down the road.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Jan 062007

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,053 miles
- on 01/05/07 the contact took the vehicle to dealer in danville, Virginia because the brake pedal was getting stuck on the floor, and the dealer replaced the master cylinder. The contact stated that on 01/06/07 while driving 35-40 mph H applied the brakes, but the vehicle continued to accelerate, causing the vehicle to crash into a tree. The contact could provide pictures of the vehicle, as well as an accident report.

- Danville, VA, USA

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