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 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.

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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 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

12V power plug

"One of two outlets was dead"

Ron S., ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle has shown problems with the electrical system - the power plug has malfunctioned as and the manufacturer installed alarm goes off when it is windy or if the hood is not slammed down. Dashboard lights go off too. I've had the problems fixed but they are annoying. Mechanically the car is excellent. At 10 years old it still has great pickup. I just drove it from NYC to Virginia Beach and back with no issues."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"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 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)

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

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

"Interior door lock button on driver's side became harder to use. Couldn't lock door from inside without punching the autolock button a number of times."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"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)

"Side marker, brake, license plate, and brake lights burning out"

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

"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)

"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)
Interior lights

"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)

"Problems getting the electronic door system to synch with key fob and manual switches. Doors & trunk would unlock/lock spontaneously, including having trunk open while driving or while parked (including at malls, parking lots, in the rain). Problem was also connected to 1 door window system. Finally got the systems connected and functional, although do have continued clicking noises (as if the system is trying to automatically lock doors-already locked-while driving); have had intermittent recurrences of doors spontaneously locking but not issues with trunk opening since the repair."

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

"One of the 4 doors no longer consistently responds to the keyless device."

Nicholas D., VA (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Continuing problem with erratic operation of door locking and unlocking, trunk unlocking & opening. Has been to 5 dealers (one 4 times) in 3 states; nobody seems to be able to keep it fixed. Trunk unlocks opens randomly (including while driving or while parked and away from the vehicle), doors lock without anybody around, and doors do not reliably lock with use of door lock switch or remote key fob lock. Have had the trunk area soaked 2x in rainstorms after it opened by itself while away from the vehicle."

Anonymous, IA (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"the light is always on but there is nothing wrong with the tire pressure."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 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)

"Turn signal/flasher module wore out. Easily replaced."

Robert S., QC (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

"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)

"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)

"CD jammed and still has disc in it. Player is out of warranty and obsolete and dealer wants $2,000 to install a new one. I am getting by without a CD player."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 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)

"The interface is for an older protocol, which does not seem to have kept up with current phone protocols. The connector is proprietary, so only Hyundai can update it. They have not."

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

"USB interface in center console stopped working."

Michael A., GA (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)

"Bluetooth pairing for hands free doesn't work anymore"

Anonymous, 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 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"xm radio cutting out off and on"

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

"Radio volume popped and would cut in/out, also static -- ended up replacing radio which solved the radio issue, although sometimes the speakers still pop. I think the wiring has a grounding issue."

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

"Sometimes radio will not respond to controls: won’t turn on, or off, or change station, or respond to volume control. Was once replaced under warrantee years ago, for same reasons"

Robert B., MB (2009 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The has electrical problems. The USB port, radio and speakers do not work. Replacement would be expensive and there is no guarantee that the underlying electrical problem would be repaired. Also, when it is windy the factory installed alarm goes off - the solution is to lift the hood and slam it down then lock the door with the key and not use the alarm. There is something slightly off with the connection to the alarm. The car is mechanically sound but because of the electrical problems I would probably not purchase another one."

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

"For an unknown reason, the radio portion of the sound system just stopped working. The best information i could get suggested a problem with the antenna which was deemed to be too expensive to investigate and repair."

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

"The speakers tie in with the other electrical problems noted. The underlying cause has not been determined and Hyundai will not include the repair in the warranty."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra 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

Calipers

"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 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"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 caliper stuck and wore through the brake pad and scored the rotors"

George M., PA (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"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 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"suggested replacement of brakes and rotors"

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

"I think the brakes needed to be replaced prematurely"

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

"Brakes were getting noisy, not stopping quite like it used to."

Roy S., MA (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After 60,000 miles the brakes began to make a whispering sound. I took it in to my mechanic and he replaced the front brake pads and turned the roters. He charged $132.00 which I believe is quite reasonable. No more wispers."

Don S., MO (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"At about 152,500 kms. the FRONT caliper pads and rotors needed to be changed. At the same time, the REAR brake slides had only to be cleaned, lubricated and adjusted."

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

"Front pads were not wearing evenly on the rotors. Wear was sooner than expected. This was the second set of pads and rotors so was not original equipment."

Anonymous, SK (2009 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"has not worked since 4-5 years old, seems unfixable"

Anonymous, ON (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 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"sorry, don't have time"

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

"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)

"I think it needed to be replaced prematurely"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 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 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

Alignment

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

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

"car seems to lose wheel alignment quickly"

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Hyundai Elantra)
Ball joints

"Right front lower ball joint had to be replaced on account of a run-in with a pothole in the road."

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

"left rear bushing failed early"

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

"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)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"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)

"The steering motor coupling was making a clunking sound. It was covered under a TSB. The dealer replaced it FOC and it's fine now."

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

"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)

"Rear shocks failed early on; replaced front this year"

Gerald M., OH (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering linkage inside of steering wheel was loose and needed to be replaced"

Brent S., CA (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Something has happened with the power steering system. I have not had a chance to diagnose it yet, it is still safe to drive. This is an electronic power steering unit as opposed to older hydraulic models."

Carey C., NC (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"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)

"Steering vibrated very bad at 60+ miles an hour. Took to mechanic and he said the bearings were worn and about to render the car undriveable. Had to wait 5 hours in the shop . Finally parts and everything was fixed."

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

"Simple plastic part cost $250 to replace"

Ian W., FL (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 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)

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

"A/C stopped working/blows hot air. Recharging the refrigerant did not fix the problem."

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

"this is probably the same cause as the other, fan motor problem."

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

"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

"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)

"pretty sure they are all the same problem but, the cabin vent blower motor stopped running, and due to that, the A/C won't run... also, i recently had V-Belt squeals so i had both belts (alternator and A/C compressor) changed with new, but even after i had both belts changed, the squeals persist on start-up and at random times even after the engine is warm, usually during acceleration or cornering. i have checked that they are tight, so it might be a bearing starting to go."

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

"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 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)
Refrigerant leaks

"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)

"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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"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)

"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)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"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 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)

"There has been some paint fading on the factory antenna."

Brent S., CA (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car had an accident and repaired including repainting of the damaged body. The repainting by the dealer wasn't as good as we expected, and small amounts of rust started to show up. The dealer repaired it again without any charge."

Martha C., NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"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)

"10 year old car, not garage kept in the Florida sun - of course the clear coat began to peel. No rust, 2 door dings to repair, serious renovation to the horizontal surfaces on the plastic bumpers. $1,100 total for those repairs, mask and repaint. My wife was happy again."

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

"See my prior description under paint issue due to accident"

Martha C., NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 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

Air or water leaks

"Hose clamp missed positioned caused leak"

Larry S., MS (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Sunroof drain holes got clogged causing water to leak into the interior."

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

"Car has a leak that causes water to pool on rear floor during heavy rain."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"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)

"The belts started to squeak, scream is more accurate. But the car had 100,000 miles on it. Replaced the belts, the squeaking stopped."

Robert W., PA (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"New drive belts squeal, now have to return a third time to dealership to get problem addressed"

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

"Worn tie rod caused a lot of rattling and had to be repaired."

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

"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)

"I have had a body rattling that hasn’t been found in the last year."

George M., PA (2009 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has a rattles in the suspension that started when new, apparently unfixable by dealer"

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

"Wind noise is high. Holding a conversation at high speed is difficult"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 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

Doors or sliding doors

"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)

"Didn't close correctly anymore"

Louis D., QC (2009 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Door handle fell off"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"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

"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)

"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)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"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 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Slightly burned transmission fluid and delayed shifting from 1st to 2nd gear and sometimes delayed shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear."

Frank T., NY (2009 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"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)

"Put into reverse, car didn't move when throttle applied. Thought maybe I missed reverse and had it in neutral, but that wasn't the case when I looked. In that moment there was a disturbingly loud CLUNK and the car suddenly jetted backwards. Now there's a quiet little ping every time we shift into reverse. Very excited to be getting rid of this car this year, especially now that the warranty expired. Last year was a full engine rebuild and seems like the transmission is shaping up the same way..."

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

"Occasionally the automatic transmission seems like it's lost between gears, then it will WHAM into the next gear. Also sometimes fails to downshift-- stays in too high a gear for the speed and lugs the engine. Blipping the accelerator pedal fixes it."

James B., OH (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"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)

"I think the transmission is slipping. It does not stop us from driving the car, but it feels like a slip going up hills, not going right away from stop lights. We had the transmission checked out, the mechanics said it was fine. So, meh"

Robert W., PA (2009 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"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)
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

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

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

"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)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

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

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

"Transmission became inoperable, Hyundai replaced free under 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty"

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

"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)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

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)
Engine computer

"An oil sensor reading in the cylinder head caused the Check Engine Light to come on. A solenoid had to be replaced."

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

"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 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"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)

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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"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)
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 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car wouldn't start occasionally"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 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)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine starting making chunking noise. Thought it was valve adjustment, but dealer called back with warranty-approved engine replacement. We were surprised. This is the THIRD engine issue this car has had in 70k miles - the other two were problems with oil leaking from the valves. This car would have been a huge expense if not for Hyundai's 10 year warranty."

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

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

CV joint

"Heard rattle and felt vibration on acceleration"

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

"Dealer replaced both front axles"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring 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)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Check engine light came on. No other symptoms. Thermostat replaced and coolant flushed. Problem has not recurred."

Anonymous, MB (2009 Hyundai Elantra 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

What Owners Say

Battery cables

"I have noticed in the last 3 or 4 years difficulty in starting the car in cold weather, progressively getting worse over time. Even though I've replaced the battery twice, it had gotten to the point where it would not start at all in the cold weather. I ended up removing the starter motor. There was a build-up of corrosion where the battery cable connected to the solenoid and also on the cable that connected the solenoid to the starter motor. After using a combination of a wire brush, sand paper and a metal file to remove the corrosion, coated the contact surfaces with dielectric grease then reassembled the connections. No more starter problems since."

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

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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
Feb 04 2020
An electrical short within the ABS Module may cause an engine compartment fire, even when the car is turned off, increasing the risk of an injury.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2007-2010 Elantra and 2009-2011 Elantra Touring vehicles. On February 21, 2020 Hyundai expanded the recall to include 46,425 model year 2007-2008 Entourage and 2007 Santa Fe vehicles. Moisture may enter the Anti-lock Brake (ABS) Module and result in an electrical short.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will install a relay in the vehicle's main junction box to prevent the risk of an ABS short-circuit while the car is turned off, free of charge. The recall began April 2, 2020. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 188.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V061000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 476111
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Feb 23 2015
If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2008-2010 Elantra vehicles manufactured June 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010, and 2009-2010 Elantra Touring vehicles manufactured November 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010. The electronic power steering (EPS) electronic control unit (ECU) may sense a discrepancy in the steering input signals and, as a result, disable the steering power assist.
What should you do:
Hyundai will verify the proper operation of the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) and update the EPS control unit, free of charge. The recall began April 14, 2015. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 127.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V100000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 204768
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT
Apr 01 2013
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of Park without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Accent, model year 2007-2011 Azera, Sonata and Sante Fe,2006-2011 Tucson, 2009-2011 Elantra Touring, 2007-2010 Elantra, 2008-2011 Veracruz, 2009-2011 Genesis, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, 2007-2008 Entourage, and 2006-2008 Tiburon vehicles. Originally, in April 2013, Hyundai recalled 1,059,824 model year 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, model year 2007-2010 Elantra, model year 2007-2011 Santa Fe, model year 2008-2009 Veracruz, model year 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, and model year 2011 Sonata vehicles. In September 2013, Hyundai informed the agency that it was adding more vehicles to this campaign, representing an additional 652,512 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 1,712,336. In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake transmission shift interlock feature, preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. The safety recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 110.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V113000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1712336
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Mar 15 2011
THE FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAG COULD DEPLOY IN CRASHES IN WHICH IT SHOULD NOT DEPLOY, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY TO THE SEAT OCCUPANT FROM THE DEPLOYED AIR BAG.
Summary:
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 ELANTRA VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 14, 2006, THROUGH NOVEMBER 1, 2008. THE FRONT PASSENGER SEATS IN THE VEHICLES CONTAIN A WEIGHT SENSOR DESIGNED TO DEACTIVATE THE RIGHT FRONTAL AIRBAG WHEN OCCUPANTS OF CERTAIN WEIGHTS OCCUPY THE SEAT. THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR FOR THE WEIGHT SENSOR IS LOCATED UNDER THE CENTER CONSOLE, BETWEEN THE FRONT SEATS. UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES THE CONNECTOR COULD BECOME CONTAMINATED AND MALFUNCTION SUCH THAT THE FRONT PASSENGER AIRBAG WILL DEPLOY REGARDLESS OF THE WEIGHT OF THE OCCUPANT.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A PROTECTIVE COVER OVER THE WEIGHT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM CONNECTOR TO PREVENT CONTAMINATION. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTING TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI'S CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-633-5151.
For more information:
HYUNDAI'S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 099.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: 11V143000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 188697
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