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2003 Hyundai Elantra Engine Problems and Repair Histories

89 TrueDelta members own a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. 32 of these members (36%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 45 engine repairs to 2003 Hyundai Elantras--an average of 0.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2003 Hyundai Elantra problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2003 Hyundai Elantra problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2003 Hyundai Elantra problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2003 Hyundai Elantra repairs by problem area

37% of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra repairs were to the engine, 12% to the transmission, 18% to the brakes, 14% to the suspension, 8% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 6% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 123 repairs.

2003 Hyundai Elantra engine repair cost distribution

Of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 22% cost less than $100, 57% between $100 and $499, 15% between $500 and $999, and 7% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 46 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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Repair costs are in local units.

2003 Hyundai Elantra

Engine not specified

Hyundai Elantra in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 124000    
124620 199 Flex Pipe was damaged. Engine light was on with Error code for SLow response at O2 sensor at lower stream. Hyundai said to replace whole pipe including catalytic converter, too expensive, flex welded at Midas. 
134540 1600 Oil was leaking from top of engine (rocker Gasket was leaking.) 
 

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2003 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Sedan

135-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Hyundai Elantra in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 112000    
113000 50 Oil Leak. 
 

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2003 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Sedan

135-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Hyundai Elantra in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 71000    
74000 0 car was making an exhaust leak sound, then I got a check engine light. I brought the car to Midas they said that the flex hose had a break and that was causing the exhaust leak. The flex hose was covered under the Hyundai Warantee. 
82000 144 Replaced leaking radiator. 
97000  
Hyundai Elantra in Alaska, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 120000    
129000 300 Car would drive fine for a while then go into "limp mode" Also, noticed that the speedometer would go crazy every once-in-a-while. Replaced O2 sensors, spark plugs and wires. Problem persisted. Replaced input speed sensor. Problem gone. 
130000 90 Trouble starting and hesitation/studdering when accelerating. Engine would sometimes go into "limp mode". Wouldn't go above 15mph. I replaced the ISS, didn't work, so then I replaced the fuel filter and fuel pump. Runs perfectly. 
 
Hyundai Elantra in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 105000    
105000 960 Oil leak.  
Hyundai Elantra in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 60000    
61000 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. 
 
Hyundai Elantra in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Fuel Pressure Regulator replacement. Replaced under warranty. 
0 Fuel Pressure Regulator replacement. Dealer replaced as a precaution, I had not experienced any problems. Replaced under warranty. 
69000 150 Replace MAP sensor. 
91000 95 Replaced Canister Purge Solenoid (for P0441) 
 

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2003 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 111hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Hyundai Elantra in Great Britain
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2010 163000    
166000 0 Diesel pump had a slight leak which made starting the car difficult in the mornings. Removed pump and took to a diesel engine specialist who replaced all the seals. Hyundai dealer had told me I needed a new pump at $1200! Pump now refitted. All OK 
 

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2003 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Hatch

135-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Hyundai Elantra in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
350 Timing belt and water pump change. Sparkplugs and coolant. 
0 engine would not fire, but would crank over. Ground issue with coilpacks. Cleaned contacts and re-ran battery ground 
111600 75 rear engine mount torn 
125240 300 radiator leaking at top, small leak. replaced radiator and fluid 
 
Hyundai Elantra in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Coolant hose re-attached (leaked, overheated) and sunroof rails lubricated (noisy). 
85000 0 Valve cover gasket oil leak (minor). 
96000 550 Radiator cracked catastrophically. 
 

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