2nd Generation (1997—2000) Elantra Problems

This generations ranks 18th out of 52 Hyundai generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the windows (26%), electrical (17%), and the fuel system (13%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Won\'t Start 4 complaints at an average of 100,250 miles in the 2000 Hyundai Elantra.
  2. Shifts Into Neutral When in Overdrive 1 complaints at an average of 109,000 miles in the 1997 Hyundai Elantra.
  3. Plastic Window Track Breaks 4 complaints at an average of 64,925 miles in the 2000 Hyundai Elantra.

What Elantra Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Hyundai model years.

Watch out for the 2000 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2000 11 1 26 2.22
1999 5 2 40 1.1
1998 3 0 32 0.68
1997 4 3 48 1.17

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