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2003 Hyundai Elantra repairs by problem area

Engine (35%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (12%)

Brakes and Traction Control (18%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (9%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 164 repairs.

2003 Hyundai Elantra repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (16%)

$100 - $499 (57%)

< $100 (16%)

Chart based on 74 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

Engine not specified

Hyundai Elantra in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2009 - Jun 2011
Nov 2009

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. 
Feb 2010

134540 mi

C $1600
Brakes were making noise - took for check up. Needed to replace caliper.  Oil was leaking from top of engine (rocker Gasket was leaking.) Cv boot replaced for right side. Master cylinder for brake replaced. Brake fluid Flushed. 

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2003 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Sedan

135-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Hyundai Elantra in Texas, United States
Dec 2004 - Mar 2010
Jun 2004

50000 mi

US $120
Brakes replaced because of the failure of a shim. Shim did not lower braking performance anyway, just made a noise as it slide along the non-friction area of the rotor. Part could not be purchased by itself so a brake job was performed. 
Jan 2009

113000 mi

US $50
Oil Leak. 
Hyundai Elantra in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2008 - Dec 2015
Jan 2009

57000 mi

US $150
Rear brakes locked as a result of improper bad/caliper alignment. Brake pads replaced as part of repair due to excessive burning. 
Dec 2010

68000 mi

US $978
Locked right rear caliper, followed by a locked left rear caliper. New pads/rotors due to damage from locked rear brakes. Blown right rear strut. 
Mar 2012

74000 mi

US $523
Failed Air Intake Control Valve (AICV). Vehicle would shut down after two minutes at idle. Difficult to diagnose for technician--no codes. Part not in stock. Parking brake cables had been binding and rear brakes would remain locked. Obtained new cables for both rear disc brakes. Removed center console and rear wheels to facilitate repair. 
Hyundai Elantra in Indiana, United States
May 2008 - Jun 2011
Jun 2008

50000 mi

US $539
brakes failed while driving to Chicago. pedal went to floor. Hyundai said 2 back wheel cylinders need to be replaced, and a "flush". brakes were spongy and failed again brake pedal all the way to floor took car to local hyundai shop (indiana) claimed no problem found! Shop bled brakes 3 times drove it 32 miles, put $20 gas in tank, and I paid $62 for second time in shop. 
Jan 2010

57000 mi

US $115
last year Stephens Hyundai told me "could not detect problem" rarely drove the car for over a year. Brakes squish, & when braking from 55mph, severe vibration. took for alignment but mechanic said not alignment problem New rotors on front fixed prob problem with clutch pedal too high, clutch slow to engage - Stephens Hyundai told me "no problem existed" Friend told me clutch needs replaced soon, common probl in this year and make  

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2003 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Sedan

135-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Hyundai Elantra in Illinois, United States
May 2006 - Mar 2015
Nov 2006

28000 mi
Windshield wipers stopped. The wiper motors burned out. Warranty service replaced the wiper motors and fixed them free including parts and labor. 
Feb 2008

41425 mi
Check engine light with code P0455 Evaporative Emission Control - Purge valve fault. Purge valve is replaced under the warranty. 
May 2009

51000 mi
Moonroof made rattling noises when closed. I re-tightened the screws and the noises are gone. 
May 2011

68000 mi

US $50
Whirling sound from front axle when fully steered. Diagnosed as a worn high-pressure power-steering hose. Replaced and the noise is gone. 
Feb 2012

75000 mi

US $300
E-Brake cable rusted and snapped. Rear calipers were damaged as I've ignored the symptom for two winters. Rear calipers and e-brake cables were replaced. 
Mar 2013

88000 mi

US $300
Two catalysts toasted. Removed the first and replaced the second with aftermarket Noticed CV joint leaking 4 years ago and finally they are gone and replaced with reconditioned. 
Oct 2013

97000 mi

US $250
A damper pulley was cracked and replaced Front lower arms Front stabilizer links 
Mar 2014

100000 mi

US $200
Strut mount cracked. Replaced front struts. (the whole strut) 
Hyundai Elantra in Texas, United States
Jan 2009 - Feb 2009
Feb 2009

105000 mi

US $960
Oil leak.  Electrical system issues randomly prevented car from starting. Fixed. 
Hyundai Elantra in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2004 - Aug 2012
May 2004

12000 mi
Fuel Pressure Regulator replacement. Replaced under warranty. 
Jun 2005

20000 mi
Fuel Pressure Regulator replacement. Dealer replaced as a precaution, I had not experienced any problems. Replaced under warranty. 
Apr 2009

69000 mi

US $150
Replace MAP sensor. 
Dec 2010

91000 mi

US $95
Replaced Canister Purge Solenoid (for P0441) 
Hyundai Elantra in California, United States
May 2008 - Feb 2009
Jul 2008

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. 
Dec 2008

65000 mi

US $220
Drivers side CV axle boot was torn, entire axle was replaced.  
Feb 2009

65000 mi
needed paint (oxidized) Door locks broke. Also needed $800 60k service. Sold car because couldn't afford repairs. 

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2003 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Hatch

135-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Hyundai Elantra in Virginia, United States
May 2003 - Jun 2011
Jun 2003

150 mi
Coolant hose re-attached (leaked, overheated) and sunroof rails lubricated (noisy). 
Dec 2003

6000 mi
Shift knob replaced. (Peeling) 
Sep 2005

39000 mi
Axle seals replaced (leaking). 
Sep 2006

58000 mi
Passenger vanity mirror cover replaced (broke). 
Oct 2006

59000 mi
Rear wiper bolt trim cover replaced (fell off). 
Jan 2007

62000 mi
Transmission rebuilt (input bearing noisy) 
Jun 2008

85000 mi
Valve cover gasket oil leak (minor). 
Nov 2008

90000 mi

US $400
CV Boot replaced. 
Apr 2009

96000 mi

US $550
Radiator cracked catastrophically. 
Hyundai Elantra in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2003 - May 2013
Aug 2003

54560 mi
Issue with shifting reported. Clutch assembly replaced under 30day warranty. Transmission still has synchro issue - not dealt with. 
Aug 2007

55180 mi
Transmission axle seal leaking after clutch replacement. Seal replaced under warranty. 
Sep 2007

60140 mi

C $350
Timing belt and water pump change. Sparkplugs and coolant. 
Apr 2008

69440 mi
engine would not fire, but would crank over. Ground issue with coilpacks. Cleaned contacts and re-ran battery ground 
May 2008

73160 mi

C $50
investigating standing water in spare tire well and hatch wheel well. Re-applied hatch seal with silicone. 
Oct 2008

C $25
Found leak in body panel seam above hatch. Added rocker guard paint over seam gap. 
Dec 2008

88040 mi

C $75
Lower control arm bushings replaced along with mod of strut/springs.  At the time rotors and pads installed on front. 
Feb 2010

109120 mi

C $75
Passenger-side Tie Rod End loose, replaced. Also changed driver side. Valve cover gasket leaking. 
Mar 2010

111600 mi

C $75
rear engine mount torn 
Dec 2010

125240 mi

C $300
radiator leaking at top, small leak. replaced radiator and fluid 
Jun 2012

150040 mi

C $200
Drove through standing water, shorted out alternator. Was suspecting alternator failing before. Replaced alternator 
May 2013

167400 mi

C $50
CV boots broke, axles worn. Control arms rotted, engine subframe bolts broken. 

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2003 Hyundai Elantra Repair Histories

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