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The Elantra SE is a well-rounded package with a roomy cabin, a comfortable ride, nice fit and finish and a quiet interior. It provides excellent braking and very secure emergency handling, aided by standard electronic stability control. Fuel economy is respectable at 27 mpg overall. Acceleration is adequate, if not breathtaking. A wagon version is also available.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2007. Side air bags standard from 2001. Head protection air bags standard from 2007. ESC available from 2008, standard from 2011.
Road Test

The Elantra SE is a well-rounded package with a roomy cabin, a comfortable ride, nice fit and finish and a quiet interior. It provides excellent braking and very secure emergency handling, aided by standard electronic stability control. Fuel economy is respectable at 27 mpg overall. Acceleration is adequate, if not breathtaking. A wagon version is also available.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (138 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (132 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Hyundai Elantra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“Alarm would would go off when parked. Repaired by installing new spacer”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“For no specific action that I can determine, sometimes as I'm ready to leave the car, it acts like it's being stolen. Alarms go off, the car won't start, the emergency flashers go on, and I can't disarm it. The Hyundai dealer told me it was a defec”

Elaine R., DC (2009 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“car wouldn't start on occasion. Anti theft device didn't recognise key. Cost almost $900.00 to repair, still occurred, finally deprogrammed keys, seems to be O.K. Not happy. Tail lights were burning out, provided fix under recall”

Jim K., ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“3 headlight bulbs have burned out in one year. 2 2 days apart following an oil change. It requires a mechanic to take out the battery and windsheild wiper fluid dispenser to replace them. Each "bulb" costs $22. It will end up costing apx $100 to replace 2 lightbulbs. In the 1970's it cost $1.50 and I could do it myself”

Anonymous, MN (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The drivers side headlight assembly developed some condensation and I bought a replacement from Amazon and installed it myself. The total cost was $81.00. I also replaced a fog light bulb this year”

John S., KS (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I am 71 years old and have owned approximately 12 different automobiles and I have replaced more light bulbs on the Hyundai than on all the other cars combined. And this includes all ext. lights”

James W., TN (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Side marker, brake, license plate, and brake lights burning out”

Jim L., MN (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“at least 3 different exterior lights seem to burn out every 6--9 months”

R L., MN (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Brake light switch needed to be replaced”

David F., NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Taillight blinkers”

Richard H., OR (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Tail, brake lights burning out. Recall provided fix. Seems to be fine now”

Jim K., ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I had a fog light bulb burned out. I bought a replacement from the auto parts store and replaced it myself. I also had to replace my third brake light (center one) which I replaced myself”

John S., KS (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I am 71 years old and have owned approximately 12 different automobiles and I have replaced more light bulbs on the Hyundai than on all the other cars combined. and this includes all exterior lights”

James W., TN (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dashlight (some not all) are burning out - LED should last much longer”

Anonymous, TN (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“doors lock/unlock randomly, and trunk opens randomly-including 3x while driving. 3 dealers have not been able to consistently fix the electrical "ghost"”

David D., IA (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
USB port

“I don't think it ever worked”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“Brake lights didn't work, covered by recall”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Warning light on emissions system came on -- service was unable to explain why”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Last year this car only cooled when it was in motion. When stopped, like at a traffic light, it blew warm air”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“need to replace at an estimate of about $1000”

E S., VA (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“The fan and A/C compressor would not run at the same time, making interior cooling difficult. Replacing a fuse solved this problem at minimal expense”

Anonymous, MB (2009 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It basically stopped working entirely about one month ago”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The AC will work sometimes and then other ties it will only blow hot air. Its not the coolant or anything else I have checked”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The blower randomly shuts off during use. The problem has persisted since the first year of ownership. The dealership claims they cannot generate the problem and won't fix it”

Alexander B., TX (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“Every year including this car being under warranty, freon has had to be added to the cooling system”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I'm not sure it was a leak as much as normal decline in the refrigerant in a car that is 8 years old. Hyundai replaced refrigerant and checked for leaks but couldn't find any (so far). AC appears to be working over last month. Test will come this summer”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“slow ac leak”

Arthur G., NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The condensor coil was punctured by a stone or related item”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

“Hole(s) drained refrigerant, so AC did not work at first attempt to use it in spring”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“leak due to corrosion”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“AC control module”

Anonymous, FL (2009 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

Bushings

“Hit a large pothole. Needed bearings, front top plates and linkage assemblies replaced at the dealer. Lost a snow tire at the same time”

Robert S., QC (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“left rear bushing failed early”

T R., MN (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Rear shocks failed early on; replaced front this year”

Gerald M., OH (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Just normal wear and tear on a car with 200K+ of mileage”

Roma N., NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I used to work in the aftermarket and we didn't see problems with shocks and struts below 100K miles, but I am told that now people do. I was surprised to find that my shocks are going so quickly at under 100K when I don't run the vehicle hard”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Live on a very rough road. Wear where the shocks connect at the top of the strut”

Anonymous, NS (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

“Simple plastic part cost $250 to replace”

Ian W., FL (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Steering wheel vibrates on exceleration around 40-50 MPH. Was told that it was the engine, nothing can be done”

Anonymous, OR (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

“Had to change 2 of them”

Anonymous, QC (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“See previous explanation”

Robert S., QC (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“hitting pot holes will cause alignment problems. other then that car runs great”

Anonymous, AR (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The electronic power steering does not work. Steering becomes very stiff. This seems to happen commonly in hot weather when the car has been parked outside. Hyandai are now doing a recall to fix the problem”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

“Sticking caliper. Destroyed new brake pads. Dealer did not discover bad caliper when installing new brake pads all around. (I had even mentioned brake noise before initial service!) Ended up replacing both rear calipers at service advisors recommendation. Another $1,000 out of pocket! Now I know why they cost less than Hondas and Toyotas”

Gerald H., VA (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the drivers side front caliper got stuck in the "brakes released" state, with ZERO wear on the pads, causing ALL the front brake wear to the passenger side ONLY. those pads were completely gone and the steel backing plate itself was gouging the rotor”

Matthew S., WA (2009 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“An intermittent chirp turned out to be the seizure of one of the rear brake drum self-adjusters. Repair was cheap and also took a lot of slack out of the parking brake”

Anonymous, MB (2009 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear brake pads and calipers needed replacing yet the fronts were still good. This is a bit unusual as usually the fronts need replacing first”

Albert D., NJ (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“just normal wear and tear on a car with 200K + mileage”

Roma N., NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Normal brake wear requiring replacement of rotor & discs”

Jake T., BC (2009 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“suggested replacement of brakes and rotors”

Anonymous, NL (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“Brakes last 28000 miles”

Steven B., IL (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“same problem. the passenger side brake pads were so damaged that during the drive to the shop that they actually failed and locked up because the pads had dropped out of place and wedged the rotor/and caliper, until i removed them from the brake area”

Matthew S., WA (2009 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“sorry, don't have time”

Anonymous, VT (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver's side rear caliper and rotor both worn completely out. Passenger side was normal wear”

Willis M., BC (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“when changing brake pads also have to change rotors. rotors rust/wear when pads wear”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 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

CD player

“Just stopped working”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio eats cd disk”

William H., SC (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“operates intermittently. most of the time the cd player will not discharge the cd that has just played, not will it allow me to play the cd again. this has been a problem since the first week. gave up on dealership fixing it”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“External interface to radio from ipod/mp3 player failed”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Electrical short in blue tooth. Unit had to be replaced (new radio) not repaired”

Dennis V., CA (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“Radio cuts out. XM radio cuts out and not able to get back. Even after radio was replaced, same problem”

Anonymous, OR (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“XM radio quits after about 5 miles of driving. Cancelled subscription”

Richard C., NC (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The power goes off and on. The radio (CD player, AUX input) will not work for extended periods of time. Dealer charged $120 to diagnose and found a short circuit in system, requiring complete replacement ($650), which I declined”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Would not receive AM signals, only static. FM channels worked fine”

Larry R., WA (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“About 25% of the time, radio functions but no sound comes out of speakers. Have to restart car to get them to work. Has happened since car was purchased, just never got it fixed”

Patryk P., IL (2009 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

“Chrome cracking and peeling off of door handles and shifter knob. Dealer has replaced these items free of charge, but the problem happens with the new ones as well. My wife and I have suffered minor cuts”

Charles L., OK (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Interior handles replaced due to chrome like finish. It was a recall and they have been replaced”

Anonymous, ME (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint quality very poor with orange peel. Clear coat faillied in less than two years”

William H., SC (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the clear coat over the paint began peeling within the first few years of ownership and the paint under it fading”

Margaret S., KS (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The clear coat is peeling off the side mirrors and door handles”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“heavy oxidation on roof and hood”

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The car has been waxed twice a year with Nu Finish liquid car wax, and washed bi-weekly at a minimum. The clear coat on the roof, and both bumpers should not be peeling”

Mark M., FL (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint has faded and chalking sooner than normal”

Randolph H., AZ (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint is fading and oxidizing (I live in Arizone and the car has been here since day 1) all over. Handles, roof, hood, etc. The interior trim is also all fading”

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Bird poop ate through paint job in 3 days”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 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

“outside door handles fell off, x2”

Pamela J., NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The drivers side power lock works only occasionally”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Latch on hood - apparently wasn't closed tight as the alarm would go off at all hours. FInally disconnected the horn so it woudn't piss off the neighbors”

Anonymous, MN (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“tailgate does not stay up”

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“Driver's side window regulator failed and window dropped into the door frame and could not be raised”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The electric window switches only work on some windows and some switches only roll up or roll down not both One window won't go up at all when using the door switch or the driver master switch”

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver window controls do not work on any windows but the drivers window”

Anonymous, UT (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Electric windows on BOTH sides failed”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Window would not roll up or down”

Anonymous, WA (2009 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

Rough shifting

“When very hot, troubles shifting DOWN VERY intermittent”

Gerald M., OH (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission shifts erratically. Sometimes up and down for no reason, and will happen without notice. This has been going on for three years. The dealer recommends a new transmission”

Karl X., CA (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine races momentarily between gears, not every time. Hyundai dealer could not make it happen. Still in warranty, so waiting for problem to either get better or get worse”

Betty S., MS (2009 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

“Transmission has been slipping for 3 years. The shifting is erratic. Three years ago, The dealer said I need a new transmission. The transmission slips erratically. It is always inconsistent. I haven't rebuilt the unit, and won't until it fails completely. The tranny in this car is a piece of garbage, and should have been recalled!!”

Karl X., CA (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer couldn't identify problem before lease ended. But repaired under my purchased extended warranty”

Richard C., FL (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

“Not sure if leak comes from oil or transmission. Started right after recent 120000 service by dealer”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Minor, but it ended up getting me a fresh transmission installed because of the requirements to repair”

Darin W., TX (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“Gears froze. Needs a new clutch every 3 years or so because SOMEbody insists on riding the clutch”

Pamela G., NS (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch was slipping and not providing enough drive power to the wheels”

Ron P., ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“This was actually done because the minor leak I mentioned was only fixable if they pulled the transmission to get to the problematic seal. Since they were going to do that, they decided to put a newly rebuilt transmission in. It was completely covered by warranty and was done quickly while they Highly recommend. I can't imagine another company turning a transmission change into a positive experience”

Darin W., TX (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission intermittently slipped at startup or on grades. Hyundai replaced it under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission was slipping. Dealer replaced it under warranty”

Enoch B., CA (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission was slipping so took it to the dealer and they replaced the transmission under warranty without issue”

Kathleen M., PA (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Bought the car at 55,000 M. Noticed problem in shifting at low speeds. Required warranty replacement of the transmission. 30K later I noticed some tranny probs and then it FAILED. Got dealership to replace for free even tho outside warranty”

Anonymous, NM (2009 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 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

“The car just has a rattle in the back sometimes. Don't know why, could be weather related”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Noise coming when turning the steering wheel. Don't know the cause yet”

Anonymous, QC (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“on rough patches car tend to squeak and rattle. the noise seems to come from doors and sun visors”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Was a clunking sound, believe it was the drive shaft butunsure”

Anonymous, MB (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noise is high. Holding a conversation at high speed is difficult”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Hose clamp missed positioned caused leak”

Larry S., MS (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 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

“Required a replacement module”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

“Went on line for engine error code and found new gas cap solved problem”

Ian W., FL (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Two O2 sensors failed at around 97,000 miles and potentially caused catalytic converter to fail soon after”

Michael P., OR (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“Fuel pump making noise after 75000km and though this model had history of problems, dealer nor hq would cover any portion of cost. Very disappointed”

Anonymous, NS (2009 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Car wouldn't start occasionally”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“At this time, not sure if leak is from oil or transmission started right after recent 120000 service by Hyundai dealer”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The oil pan rusted and was replaced”

Donald M., NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the oil pan rusted out and I lost $40 worth of oil over the period of time I was waiting for a new oil pan”

Jon L., MD (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Loose sump plug following oil change”

Diana C., VA (2009 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Accessory belts or pulleys

“Transmission began soft shifts @ 40k miles, sliding into gear rather than solid. Began upshifting during accelleration, then eratic. Dlr finally agreed it was failed and replaced it under warrantee. Now excellent ever since. AC Tension pully bad”

Roy S., TX (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Dealer replaced both front axles”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
CV joint

“Heard rattle and felt vibration on acceleration”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 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

Head gasket

“Car has been regularly maintained; this came as quite a shock. The total repair bill was $1100”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

“Driver's door window regulator replaced under warrantee at 35,000 miles; now needs replacement again. Learned they were having timing belt failures at 60k miles (90k=sched), so had mine + water pump, belts changed at 60k”

Roy S., TX (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“Had to replace catalytic converter, possibly because two O2 sensors failed previously. Paid for O2 sensor replacement. To Hyundai's credit, they paid for replacement of catalytic converter under 100,000 miles emissions warrant”

Michael P., OR (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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

Engine Cooling

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

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