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Hyundai Elantra Engine Problems

1122 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Hyundai Elantra. 194 of these members (17.3%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 334 engine repairs to Hyundai Elantras--an average of 0.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Chart based on 1159 repairs.

Hyundai Elantra engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 234 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2008 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Sedan

138-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

3000 mi   Canister valve need to be replaced.  

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2008 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Sedan

138-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

5000 mi   Fuel pump replaced as car stall while driving on highway at 65mph. 
1000   08 Elantra SE was recalled: fuel pump replacement. Since then, car continues to fail to start (cranks but won't turn over) when sitting for ~2.5-4 hours. When it sits for 8-9 hours or more, it starts fine. Dealer will repair in Nov 2008. 1006 ttl miles. 
1000   This was the third fuel pump in a vehicle with less than 1400 miles. Third time is a charm. Orig pump was bad, recall caused replacement with another bad pump, third pump was good - finally. I sleep better knowing it now starts reliably. 
1000   Oil Control Valve had to be replaced. Fuel pump was replaced. Although this is a recalled part, car was losing power / running rough. Felt like it was about to stall. Technician indicated diagnostic code revealed OCV was causing this. Fuel pump replaced also due to recall at same time. 

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2007 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Sedan

138-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

8995 mi   TSB 040-10-010. Recalibrate Speedometer TSB campaign. Speedometer was off by 8 mph. HMC reprogrammed the TCU to accept the speedo cluster in the car. Clusters in the automatic equipped v vehicles are conflicting with the TCU software showing inaccurate sp 
14000 US $150 Replaced/rerouted auto transmission cooler lines to/from external cooler. 
20000   TSB for intermittent cluster illumination flicker. TSB instructs tech to replace BCM with a new version. Part ordered.  BCM was replaced.  
20000   Car is presently in the shop again for gear selector flicker. Dealer is unable to figure out what the problem is. 
21000   Diagnosis and inspection by BBB autoline per lemon law dispute. 

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2003 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Sedan

135-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

61000 mi US $500 AC went out, turned out that the car was running hot which caused the computer to turn off the AC. Replaced thermostat, upper and lower hoses, added coolant and recharged AC. 

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2003 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Hatch

135-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

150 mi   Coolant hose re-attached (leaked, overheated) and sunroof rails lubricated (noisy). 
85000   Valve cover gasket oil leak (minor). 
96000 US $550 Radiator cracked catastrophically. 

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2002 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

89000 mi US $70 Exhaust noise / leak. Replaced flex pipe. 
103000   replaced throttle position sensor Replace idle actuator assembly 
124000   failed emission test, bad catalytic converter = replaced  bad throttle position sensor = replaced 
128500   replaced clutch 

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2002 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Hatch

140-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

122760 mi C $125 Rocker cover gasket and rubber washers which hold spark plugs were replaced. 
124620   Front pipe at the manifold is coming loose causing an exhaust noice on start up. Wheel bearing driver front is worn and beginning to make noice. Tires were loud - uneven wear, weather cracking. Tires replaced. Other work not done. 
128340   flex pipe had rotted out. it was replaced 
137640   Replaced timing belt. 
140740   the seam on my radiator blew and the car leaked antifreeze 
174840   Front pipe leak at manifold when sold. 

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2002 Hyundai Elantra 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

56000 mi   Replaced timing belt,and water pump.....mech. said tensioner was ok 

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