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2003 Hyundai Elantra Problems and Repair Histories

89 TrueDelta members own a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. 45 of these members (50.6%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 127 repairs to 2003 Hyundai Elantras--an average of 1.4 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

36% of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra repairs were to the engine, 13% to the transmission, 18% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 9% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 6% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 127 repairs.

2003 Hyundai Elantra repair cost distribution

Of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 18% cost less than $100, 55% between $100 and $499, 15% between $500 and $999, and 11% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 65 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

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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 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
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. 
113000 50 Oil Leak. 
 
Hyundai Elantra in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2008 55000    
57000 150 Rear brakes locked as a result of improper bad/caliper alignment. Brake pads replaced as part of repair due to excessive burning. 
68000 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. 
74000 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. 
82000  
Hyundai Elantra in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 50000    
50000 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. 
57000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Windshield wipers stopped. The wiper motors burned out. Warranty service replaced the wiper motors and fixed them free including parts and labor. 
0 Check engine light with code P0455 Evaporative Emission Control - Purge valve fault. Purge valve is replaced under the warranty. 
51000 0 Moonroof made rattling noises when closed. I re-tightened the screws and the noises are gone. 
68000 50 Whirling sound from front axle when fully steered. Diagnosed as a worn high-pressure power-steering hose. Replaced and the noise is gone. 
75300 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. 
88000 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. 
97000 250 A damper pulley was cracked and replaced Front lower arms Front stabilizer links 
99000  
Hyundai Elantra in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 105000    
105000 960 Oil leak.  Electrical system issues randomly prevented car from starting. Fixed. 
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) 
 
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. 
65000 220 Drivers side CV axle boot was torn, entire axle was replaced.  
65000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Coolant hose re-attached (leaked, overheated) and sunroof rails lubricated (noisy). 
0 Shift knob replaced. (Peeling) 
0 Axle seals replaced (leaking). 
0 Passenger vanity mirror cover replaced (broke). 
0 Rear wiper bolt trim cover replaced (fell off). 
0 Transmission rebuilt (input bearing noisy) 
85000 0 Valve cover gasket oil leak (minor). 
90000 400 CV Boot replaced. 
96000 550 Radiator cracked catastrophically. 
 
Hyundai Elantra in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Issue with shifting reported. Clutch assembly replaced under 30day warranty. Transmission still has synchro issue - not dealt with. 
0 Transmission axle seal leaking after clutch replacement. Seal replaced under warranty. 
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 
50 investigating standing water in spare tire well and hatch wheel well. Re-applied hatch seal with silicone. 
25 Found leak in body panel seam above hatch. Added rocker guard paint over seam gap. 
88040 75 Lower control arm bushings replaced along with mod of strut/springs.  At the time rotors and pads installed on front. 
110160 75 Passenger-side Tie Rod End loose, replaced. Also changed driver side. Valve cover gasket leaking. 
111600 75 rear engine mount torn 
125240 300 radiator leaking at top, small leak. replaced radiator and fluid 
150040 200 Drove through standing water, shorted out alternator. Was suspecting alternator failing before. Replaced alternator 
167400 50 CV boots broke, axles worn. Control arms rotted, engine subframe bolts broken. 

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