Although well-equipped, the Elantra is largely basic transportation. The ride is comfortable, especially on the highway and the cabin is quiet. Handling is secure, but neither agile nor sporty. Fuel economy is unimpressive, but acceleration is on par with other small sedans. This version of the Elantra's IIHS offset-frontal-crash-test score has improved to Good and its overall crash protection is average.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Hyundai Elantra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Brake caliper ceased. Was an original caliper so not a surprise failure with the amount of miles on it"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rear brake caliper froze so was replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper on the left rear locked up, causing wheel to drag on pavement. Had to be towed using a flat bed tow truck. Replace wheel cylinder not under warranty."

Eta H., PA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Created by issue with parking brake"

Anonymous, AL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Developed a grinding noise. brake pads replaced. Still a grinding noise. Replaced both front rotors and brake pads"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes squeeked when brake pedal was depressed"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Again just routine maintenance. Had pads & 2 rotors replaced"

Glenn Y., NV (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was just time to change the brakes on the car due to mileage and USge. I try to keep up with my maintenance schedules"

Lavera P., NC (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have a Routine Break check. ( NEW break pads and rotors.)"

Janice A., NY (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Parking brake cable needs to be replaced. Creates premature wear to rear brake pads. Rear brakes lock in extreme cold if parking brake is engaged overnight. Too costly to repair"

Anonymous, AL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"One parking brake cable snapped; It was best to replace both cables which ended up being a $450.00 dollar job. Each brake cable was $95.00"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"same as previous answer"

Lavera P., NC (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"Intermittent check engine light"

Anonymous, ND (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Just had to replace the airflow and O2 sensors"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace"

Gilbert W., NC (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on. Shop said O2 sensor was broken. Fix cost about $375. Took 2 days"

Robert K., WI (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light failure, cannot pass inspection"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"1 failed sensor of 2"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Both O2 sensors had to be replaced. Mechanic said it was most likely due to the low mileage. Although it IS low mileage, it is mostly HIGHWAY driving. The cost was almost $500"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"I replaced the CV joints & axles due to wear"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"At about 74000 control arm bushings were cracked and I heard and felt it and saw it myself. This apparently had been happening for awhile and until it got louder and easier to demonstrate, dealer could not find problem. It was repaired free under the"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rear struts are leaking"

David E., AZ (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Vibration from uneven tire wear due to struts"

Pierre C., FL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"required replacement earlier than expected"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"They were leaking oil and suggested a replacement around 150,000"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Had to replace both front axles"

Gilbert W., NC (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"I had the drivers side headlight burn out and needed to go to the dealership for it to be changed"

Karen B., FL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"My key fob did not work anymore. When I opened it to change out the battery, the locking mechanism broke. I needed to purchase a new key fob"

Karen B., FL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"alarm gos off when car sit by it self. Some times will not start"

Robert B., MD (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"speedometer stopped working, had to guess speed I was travelling"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Check eng light came on. says replace sensor. replace all and light came on"

Robert B., MD (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"needed a special canister - windshield washer fluid mechanism wouldn't activate. part was expensive according to my son in law (a mechanic for GM) who had to order part from Hyundai"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

"Passenger mirror fell off the sunshade"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The electronic switch to open and close the sun roof stopped working"

Karen B., FL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"hard to lock"

Pearl B., AR (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Remote control (or Key control) stopped locking or unlocking. New power cell did not help. Must use manual lock and unlock"

John C., FL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"2 of 4 power windows are no longer working. They were not used all that much, so it's irritating, but more importantly, it's what i want to know when I want to buy a used car"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"The clear coat peeled from the bumpers, mirrors and spoiler and the paint faded on the bumpers, mirrors and spoiler just after 50,000 miles"

Karen B., FL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint chipped very easier on area near trunk opening. Air foil on trunk is not metal and has totally discolored from original blue"

John C., FL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"paint is peeling"

Pearl B., AR (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Top of car and other surfaces are fading very badly"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is fading, peeling off and discoloring where it is peeling off"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"clutch master cylinder fail"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch pack was defective slipped on even the slightest incline"

L C., CA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch pack would slip and burn"

L C., CA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"Clutch slipping"

G H., PA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch pack burned out. Resulting slippage and smoke"

L C., CA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch pack slipped and failed to engage fully on an incline"

L C., CA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"top cap of radiator started leaking. Replaced radiator, upper, lower and bypass hoses. Problem resolved. Not that expensive, but did need to be resolved to have a reliable vehicle"

Brian S., IN (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeeling belts, noisy ride"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"As the car has gotten older, the road noise has become a much larger problem"

P F., WA (2005 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"I replaced the radiator due to leakage"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"spent $880 on new radiator and thermostat"

David R., MA (2005 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Antifreeze leaks

"Coolant lines were leaking and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MS (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

"I had to replace the flex pipe"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Flexible coupling between engine and exhaust pipe directly under the engine leaked. Replacement not under warranty"

Eta H., PA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"At the beginning of last year I replaced 1 motor mount, then in December was told that i needed to replace all 4"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

"Actually, after almost 170,000 miles the timing chain wore out and one of my secondary belts broke. They had never been replaced and this was the first time I had to do anything other than standard maintenance on this car it has been a phenomenal vehicle so far and I hope to drive it for many more miles"

Laura B., VA (2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

"Radio comes on when starting car"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Hyundai Elantra GT 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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Recalls
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EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Jul 21 2009
ANY OF THESE MALFUNCTIONS COULD LEAD TO A CRASH.
Summary:
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING 3,011 MODEL YEAR 2005-2007 ELANTRA, TUCSON, SONATA, AZERA AND ACCENT VEHICLES. A MALFUNCTIONING STOP LAMP SWITCH MAY CAUSE THE BRAKE LIGHTS TO FAIL TO ILLUMINATE WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED OR MAY CAUSE THE BRAKE LIGHTS TO REMAIN ILLUMINATED WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS RELEASED. A DEFECTIVE STOP LAMP SWITCH MAY ALSO AFFECT THE OPERATION OF THE BRAKE-TRANSMISSION SHIFT INTERLOCK FEATURE SO THE TRANSMISSION WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BE SHIFT OUT OF THE "PARK" POSITION. IT MAY ALSO CAUSE THE ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL (ESC) MALFUNCTION LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE, AND IT MAY NOT DEACTIVATE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE STOP LAMP SWITCH FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI OF PUERTO RICO CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-787-999-4310.
For more information:
HYUNDAI OF PUERTO RICO RECALL NO.91B026.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V280000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3011
AIR BAGS
Oct 17 2005
THE POSSIBILITY OF MISCLASSIFICATION OF A CRS AS AN ADULT MAY ALLOW THE RIGHT FRONT AIRBAG OR SIDE IMPACT AIRBAG TO DEPLOY IN A CRASH AND COULD RESULT IN INJURY TO THE RIGHT FRONT OCCUPANT.
Summary:
CERTAIN VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AN ADVANCED AIR BAG SYSTEM. THE OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (OCS) INSTALLED IN THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT OF THE VEHICLE MAY MISCLASSIFY A CHILD RESTRAINT SEAT (CRS) AS AN ADULT. THIS MAY OCCUR IF THE CRS IS INSTALLED AFTER AN ADULT HAS BEEN SEATED IN THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT. IF THERE HAS NOT BEEN A 'KEY ON' ' KEY OFF' CYCLE WITH THE RIGHT FRONT PASSENGER SEAT EMPTY PRIOR TO INSTALLATION OF THE CRS.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE VEHICLE'S OCS ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT (ECU) TO REMOVE THE FEATURE THAT MAY CAUSE THE CRS TO BE RECOGNIZED AS AN ADULT. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 15, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI OF PUERTO RICO AT 1-800-981-0188.
For more information:
HYUNDAI PR RECALL NO. 073.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V479000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2105
AIR BAGS
Sep 12 2005
THE POSSIBILITY OF MISCLASSIFICATION OF A CRS AS AN ADULT MAY ALLOW THE RIGHT FRONT AIRBAG OR SIDE IMPACT AIRBAG TO DEPLOY IN A CRASH AND COULD RESULT IN INJURY TO THE RIGHT FRONT OCCUPANT.
Summary:
CERTAIN VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AN ADVANCED AIR BAG SYSTEM. THE OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (OCS) INSTALLED IN THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT OF THE VEHICLE MAY MISCLASSIFY A CHILD RESTRAINT SEAT (CRS) AS AN ADULT. THIS MAY OCCUR IF THE CRS IS INSTALLED AFTER AN ADULT HAS BEEN SEATED IN THE RIGHT FRONT SEAT. IF THERE HAS NOT BEEN A 'KEY ON' ' KEY OFF' CYCLE WITH THE RIGHT FRONT PASSENGER SEAT EMPTY PRIOR TO INSTALLATION OF THE CRS.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE VEHICLE'S OCS ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT (ECU) TO REMOVE THE FEATURE THAT MAY CAUSE THE CRS TO BE RECOGNIZED AS AN ADULT. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 31, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI AT 1-800-633-5151.
For more information:
HYUNDAI RECALL NO. 073.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V395000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 231160
STEERING:LINKAGES:TIE ROD ASSEMBLY
Apr 28 2005
IF THE INNER BALL JOINT ASSEMBLY WAS TO BREAK AS A RESULT OF THE INTERNAL CRACK, THE TIE ROD END ASSEMBLY WOULD NOT LONGER BE ATTACHED TO THE STEERING GEAR BOX. THIS WOULD PREVENT STEERING CONTROL OF THAT FRONT WHEEL BY THE SEPARATED TIE ROD WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Summary:
CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN BUILT WITH THREADED PORTIONS OF THE STEERING GEARBOX ASSEMBLY'S LEFT AND RIGHT INNER BALL JOINT ASSEMBLIES THAT CONTAIN INTERNAL CRACKS IN THE MATERIAL STRUCTURE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE STEERING GEARBOX ASSEMBLIES ON THESE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. OWNERS WERE CONTACTED BY TELEPHONE BEGINNING ON APRIL 8, 2005, AND INSTRUCTED NOT TO DRIVE THEIR VEHICLES. HYUNDAI WILL ARRANGE TO PICK UP AND RETURN THEIR VEHICLES AFTER REPAIR. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI AT 1-800-633-5151.
For more information:
HYUNDAI RECALL NO. 069.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V187000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 277
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