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2003 Hyundai Elantra Engine Problems

90 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. 31 of these members (34.4%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 57 engine repairs to 2003 Hyundai Elantras--an average of 0.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Chart based on 159 repairs.

2003 Hyundai Elantra engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 50 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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2003 Hyundai Elantra

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124620 mi C $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   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

113000 mi US $50 Oil Leak. 

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2003 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Sedan

135-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

74000 mi   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 US $144 Replaced leaking radiator. 
129000 US $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   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. 
105000 US $960 Oil leak.  
61000 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. 
12000   Fuel Pressure Regulator replacement. Replaced under warranty. 
20000   Fuel Pressure Regulator replacement. Dealer replaced as a precaution, I had not experienced any problems. Replaced under warranty. 
69000 US $150 Replace MAP sensor. 
91000   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

166000 mi   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

60140 mi C $350 Timing belt and water pump change. Sparkplugs and coolant. 
69440   engine would not fire, but would crank over. Ground issue with coilpacks. Cleaned contacts and re-ran battery ground 
111600   rear engine mount torn 
125240   radiator leaking at top, small leak. replaced radiator and fluid 
150   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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