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2003 Hyundai Elantra repairs by problem area

Engine (51%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (0%)

Brakes and Traction Control (13%)

Suspension and Steering (17%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (13%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (6%)

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2003 Hyundai Elantra repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (12%)

$100 - $499 (46%)

< $100 (34%)

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2003 Hyundai Elantra

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Hyundai Elantra in Alaska, United States
Mar 2010 - Nov 2010
Oct 2010

52000 mi

US $1191
Check engine light on because vehicle needed new catalytic converter. New spark plugs. Replaced alternator belt myself. Needed new CV joints. Replaced them. 
Nov 2010

52000 mi
Driver side rear door handle cracked and partially gone but still functional. Not replaced at time of loss. 
Hyundai Elantra in Virginia, United States
Jul 2012 - Aug 2012
Aug 2012

36000 mi

US $1400
c/v assembly rusted out and broke tire dwell panel needs to be replaced 
Hyundai Elantra in Alabama, United States
Apr 2014 - Sep 2014
May 2014

122500 mi

US $800
Engine light with difficulty accelerating/shifting. Spark plugs/wires changed, problem fixed for ~1 week, returns now with transmission issue and cracked catalytic converter. 
Sep 2014

123000 mi
Engine locked up while driving on interstate. Req's new engine - car is being sold for scrap. 
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. 
Hyundai Elantra in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2010 - Jul 2011
Aug 2010

74000 mi

US $200
Replace downstream oxygen sensor. 
Jul 2011

81000 mi
Rear brake cylinder corroded 

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2003 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Sedan

135-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Hyundai Elantra in New York, United States
Jun 2010 - Dec 2013
Sep 2010

125000 mi

US $550
Catalytic converter had failed sometime in last 8 months. Replaced. $1100 OEM 
Dec 2010

127000 mi

US $253
Starter stopped working. Had to rebuild it. 
Nov 2012

143500 mi

US $1800
Starter that was repaired 2 years back started showing the same problem again. Replaced. Replaced struts on one wheel. Replaced worn out tires. 
May 2013

145000 mi
Recall repair. One of the repairs related to control-rod and suspension could not be completed because the sub-frame was too rusted and would require a major repair according to the dealer. Control-rod was already replaced at a third-party 
Sep 2013

148000 mi
Recall repair completed. 
Dec 2013

148000 mi
Replaced exhaust because it was rusted. Replaced timing belt and power steering belt 
Hyundai Elantra in Texas, United States
Dec 2008 - Mar 2010
Jan 2009

113000 mi

US $50
Oil Leak. 
Hyundai Elantra in Florida, United States
Apr 2010 - Jul 2011
Jul 2011

80000 mi

US $1100
clutch came apart for the second time 
Hyundai Elantra in New York, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2011
Dec 2011

110000 mi
Intermittent starting issue 
Hyundai Elantra in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2013 - Dec 2016
Jan 2014

71700 mi

US $250
power steering line connection - replaced part gasket leak 
Nov 2015

89000 mi

US $575
replaced left axle half shaft after clicking noise appeared. Boot had been worn previously, so shaft was exposed to dirt, etc. 
Mar 2016

92000 mi

US $200
caliper 
Oct 2016

97000 mi

US $150
leak in fuel line, line replaced where needed 
Hyundai Elantra in Kentucky, United States
Aug 2012 - Jan 2014
Dec 2013

140000 mi
Replaced cracked radiator. 
Jan 2014

140000 mi

US $242
O2 sensor... 2nd sensor I've replaced. 
Hyundai Elantra in California, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
May 2010

90000 mi

US $855
New CV joints needed. New oil pan due to oil shop tearing the aluminum oil pans threads. 
Hyundai Elantra in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

60760 mi
Rear bumper had separated, rust clips still an issue 
Hyundai Elantra in Indiana, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
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
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  
Hyundai Elantra in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2017
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 $125
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. 
Jan 2016

94300 mi

US $103
Replaced battery. Existing battery died with no warning. 
May 2016

95700 mi

US $200
Oxidation and loss of clearcoat on roof. Sanded, primed, and repainted with VIN matched paint. 
Mar 2017

100000 mi

US $20
Failed clutch safety interlock switch behind clutch pedal. Attempted adjustment first, no correction. Removed switch and jumped circuit while waiting for part. Hyundai OEM part ordered and installed per ALLDATA. 
Hyundai Elantra in Wisconsin, United States
Jun 2010 - Feb 2011
Jul 2010

131700 mi

US $70
The driver's side door locking mechanism needed to be replaced. It cost $70 and a friend of mine is a mechanic, who did not charge me for labor. 

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2003 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Sedan

135-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Hyundai Elantra in District of Columbia, United States
Jan 2014 - Jul 2016
Jan 2016

155300 mi

US $250
Replaced Half shafts, $50 each, 1.5 hrs labor in the shop 
Hyundai Elantra in Florida, United States
Jul 2015 - Apr 2016
Jul 2015

56000 mi
replaced all four struts. It bounced along the road before the replacement 
Hyundai Elantra in Texas, United States
Oct 2014 - Nov 2015
Jan 2015

161300 mi

US $460
Timing belt and oil leak 
Hyundai Elantra in New York, United States
Oct 2013 - Jan 2015
Oct 2013

185000 mi

US $600
master cylinder 
Nov 2013

185000 mi

US $225
door lock 
Feb 2014

185000 mi

US $325
steering noise squelch , had power steering pump replaced and new belt installed. problem repaired 
Mar 2014

185000 mi

US $375
not holding road well. replaced front struts and front wheel alignment 
Jan 2015

190000 mi

US $790
rack and pinion replaced left and right plus new bushings 
Hyundai Elantra in Missouri, United States
Apr 2013 - May 2013
May 2013

129000 mi

US $50
The engine was stalling when coming to a stop. Mechanic couldn't figure out why. It was severely low on coolant and after adding coolant, the problem worked itself out. It never showed a sign of overheating until the mechanic looked at it 
Hyundai Elantra in Virginia, United States
Feb 2013 - Oct 2013
Mar 2013

108000 mi

US $230
rack & pinion linkage, boot leaking steering fluid 
Jun 2013

113000 mi

US $25
driver's side window glass came out of track / door panel removed / glass inserted & tightened back into lifter track 
Oct 2013

116000 mi
All 4 struts & shocks needed replaced. 
Hyundai Elantra in New York, United States
Sep 2010 - Jan 2012
Oct 2010

101000 mi

US $300
replace rear struts 
Hyundai Elantra in Florida, United States
May 2015 - Jun 2016
Jan 2016

74300 mi

US $25
Replaced passenger side headlight bulb and fixed windshield wiper for free. 
Hyundai Elantra in Illinois, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2015
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 $80
High-pressure power steering hose was leaking, which had incurred weird clicking noise while steering much (e.g., parking). 
Feb 2012

75300 mi

US $300
Parking brake cable got heavy rust and snapped during winter and the rear brake calipers were almost dead. (Ignored the sympton for 2 years...) Rear calipers and parking 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 Ohio, United States
Feb 2014 - Mar 2015
Jul 2014

113700 mi
Dashboard brake warning light would come on during acceleration. Brake fluid found to be low. 
Hyundai Elantra in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2008 - Aug 2012
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. 
Hyundai Elantra in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2010 - Jun 2011
Sep 2010

145700 mi

C $150
Alternator died 
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 New York, United States
Oct 2009 - Sep 2012
Dec 2009

71000 mi
Lower control arm was rusted through. The crossmember was also replaced due to rusting. Subject of a recall. 
Mar 2010

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. 
Dec 2010

82000 mi

US $144
Replaced leaking radiator. 
Hyundai Elantra in Alaska, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

129000 mi

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. 
Jul 2010

130000 mi

US $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 Oregon, United States
Jan 2009 - Dec 2016
Jun 2014

55000 mi
rear tire cupping badly, have not found problem yet. 
Aug 2016

69000 mi

US $20
driver's outside door handle broke off, owner painted new part and installed 
Hyundai Elantra in New York, United States
Jun 2013 - Mar 2016
Jul 2013

128300 mi

US $150
Thermostat failed in the closed position and caused the radiator to blow. 
Dec 2013

129000 mi

US $1096
A hose was leaking and fluid drained over a 2 week time frame and was the most likely the cause of a catastrophic failure. Another transmission issue prior to this was a harsh shift from 1st to 2nd gear, so there may have been a defect. 
Mar 2015

145000 mi

US $120
Front end calipers corroded shut. I replaced both calipers, one rotor, replaced brake pads with ceramic ones. 
Mar 2016

151000 mi

US $129
Flex on exhaust was replaced due to holes in it and surrounding pipe. 
Hyundai Elantra in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2008 - Dec 2011
Jun 2010

74400 mi

C $250
Alternator and battery were replaced 
Dec 2010

81840 mi

C $200
Brake fluid leakage from the proportional valve- master cylinder. Brake light goes on at the time of acceleration. 
Jan 2011

83700 mi

C $240
radiator exploded 
Mar 2011

86800 mi

C $75
Engine check light. Replaced gas tank cap. Replaced suspension part. 
Dec 2011

99200 mi
brakes line, rear brakes, master cylinder leakage torn rubber membrane on steering system leaking engine cover gasket, needed timing belt. all of these would have cost $2,000, got rid of car. 

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2003 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Hatch

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

Hyundai Elantra in Great Britain
Jan 2010 - May 2011
Feb 2010

165000 mi

£150
Windscreen wiper linkage broke. New linkage sourced from Hyundai dealer. Cost $150. Only 6 bolts and 15mins to change so did it myself. 
Mar 2010

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

Hyundai Elantra in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2011 - Apr 2013
Dec 2011

90000 mi

US $420
check engine light on, poor acceleration. O2 sensor replaced cracked serpentine belt. Replaced 
Jan 2012

90000 mi

US $1500
clutch slipping. replaced timing belt replacement outer left tie rod end seized. replaced 
Feb 2012

90000 mi

US $410
Emergency brake cables seized and had to be replaced 
Hyundai Elantra in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2008 - May 2013
Dec 2008

88040 mi

C $75
Lower control arm bushings replaced along with mod of strut/springs.  
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. 
Hyundai Elantra in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2009 - Dec 2010
Sep 2010

159000 mi

US $200
Parking brake cable replaced. Original rusted out.  
Hyundai Elantra in Ohio, United States
Jun 2012 - Sep 2014
Jul 2014

110700 mi

US $1100
Replace clutch, brake pads, oil change.  Front left axle replaced 
Hyundai Elantra in Virginia, United States
May 2008 - Jun 2011
Jun 2008

85000 mi
Valve cover gasket oil leak (minor). 
Apr 2009

96000 mi

US $550
Radiator cracked catastrophically. 

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2003 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Hatch

135-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Hyundai Elantra in New York, United States
Feb 2012 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012

145000 mi
evap system code p0445, large leak in evap system. can't find leak. replace tubes with hose. still same code. 
Hyundai Elantra in Rhode Island, United States
Dec 2011 - Aug 2012
Aug 2012 Controller knob for changing positions of ventilation not working. Can be switched to windshield or face only when taping to in between positions. 
Hyundai Elantra in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2011 - Mar 2016
Sep 2012

50000 mi

US $300
Catalytic converter rusted and needed replacement. 

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2003 Hyundai Elantra 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Hyundai Elantra in New Jersey, United States
May 2012 - Jun 2012
Jun 2012

89000 mi

US $304
catalytic converters 

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