3rd Generation (2001—2006) Elantra Problems

This generations ranks 40th out of 52 Hyundai generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (18%), fuel system (18%), and the transmission (8%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Missing or Stalling When Driving 17 complaints at an average of 48,389 miles in the 2006 Hyundai Elantra.
  2. Transmission Slipping 5 complaints at an average of 60,830 miles in the 2001 Hyundai Elantra.
  3. Overheating 3 complaints at an average of 80,628 miles in the 2002 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 2006 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2006 39 1 9 15.87
2005 11 4 18 4.5
2004 13 5 31 1.95
2003 11 5 43 3.85
2002 15 6 52 6.95
2001 18 6 79 8.02

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