2002 Hyundai Elantra from North America


This car is reliable and drives nearly perfectly, it hasn't let me down


Headlights and tail lights tend to blow out more frequently than most cars, I've had it about 7 months, and I've had to replace the headlights twice and the tail lights once.

Some models of the 2002 Hyundai Elantra GLS have recalls for the subframe and airbags, which the dealer replaced.

However, the dealerships are HUGE hassles. I took the car to the one in my area to have the recalls done, and the entire time I was constantly harassed by the serviceman trying to tell me there is thousands of dollars worth of fixing that needs to be done with my car, or it won't pass inspection, when there isn't. They made me wait about 45 minutes while they decided to do a little "inspection" on my car (that I didn't ask for) while checking out what was being recalled. He came back and told me my car has been leaking oil and steering rack fluid, and that my rear brakes are currently at a 3 and my front brakes are at a 4. When it comes to cars, I don't know everything, but I know enough from my father who worked as a car mechanic for 6 years. My car hasn't been leaking anything. I would have noticed if my car was leaving puddles. And I had just had my rear brakes changed the week before, they should have been at a perfect 8. Basically, they have no problem lying straight to your face. At first I thought it was just my dealership, but when my parents visited the Hyundai dealership in their area, they experienced similar hassles.

Other than the dealers and normal little expenses for a 9-year-old car, such as leaking gaskets, nothing has gone wrong, and I'm the 3rd owner.

General Comments:

This car has yet to let me down, it already has 127,000 miles on it, and I think it will definitely see 150,000.

Accelerates well, is great on gas, and has comfortable seating.

But whatever you do, DO NOT have it serviced at a dealer, unless for a recall. And if your car does have a recall, be aggressive. Do not let them jerk you around and wait two weeks to have airbag cables and a rusted control arm replaced, and don't fall for their scams.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2011

2002 Hyundai Elantra 2.0 from North America


Good, but dangerous


Problem with the speed gear to shift correctly for 3 speeds of the transmission.

Major problem was that one front wheel broke while I drove, and I lost that wheel with all the suspension that it is on; the rack was broken too, and the gimbals got out of the transmission. The car was in perfect condition before this tragic day, but after, the damage was too important and this car finished in the scrap yard. The problem was the accumulation of the salt in the suspension table, that with the time, this part rusted and suddenly broke.

General Comments:

Good car if you don't have the dangerous problem of the wheel like mine. Good motor and good fuel consumption, but the suspension is too soft.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th May, 2011

2002 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.6 from South Africa


I love my Hyundai


Had to replace clutch kit, overall wear and tear.

Fitted 4 new tyres.

General Comments:

Looks nice, and handles like a dream.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2011

2002 Hyundai Elantra from North America


Decent until 100,000 miles


After 100,000 miles, the gas tank started spitting out the gas I pumped. It now takes me ten minutes just to pump ten dollars worth of gas.

The brake pads had to be replaced, as well as the tires (multiple times).

The paint is cheap and comes off in small patches.

Before I got to 100,000 miles, I brought it in for an oil change and they put it on a lift, causing me to pay for new struts. They told me that Hyundais don't fare well on lifts, and this often happens to the struts.

After 100,000 miles, I needed a new battery. The pissers don't work, even when filled up with cleaner.

A few months ago, the car overheated and leaked colorful fluid. They said it needed a new thermostat. Also, I had a leak somewhere that cost me over $100.

General Comments:

I've had a lot of problems, big and small, with this car, but do I chalk it up to the mileage? The majority of problems happened after the 100,000 mile mark. I just want a car that will last. I drive a lot. I commute on the highway daily, and when I went to school, I drove about 50 miles every other day for a year. I always brought my car in for oil changes and tire rotations, so I was hoping that the car would hold up past 100,000 miles. I guess I was wrong.

The seats are bad for your back - no support. I sit with a pillow behind me. The headrest comes out too far. When I have my hair in a ponytail, the knot hits the seat, and I end up just taking my hair down and putting it back up when I get out of the car.

The ride is not very smooth or quiet. Recently, I've been hearing squeaking and my CV joints need to be replaced. This car is about done.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th December, 2010

6th Dec 2010, 13:40

My roommate has an Elantra. Cheap on gas, but expensive on repairs!

The front end is very cheap, he has spent over $2000 on front end parts in the last 2 years alone.

The worst part is, when they replace the front end, it's with the same cheap parts that were the problem in the beginning, so it's almost not even worth fixing.

The Chevy Cavalier is a much better car in the same price range, they will run much higher mileage than a Hyundai.

6th Dec 2010, 17:46

"Before I got to 100,000 miles, I brought it in for an oil change and they put it on a lift, causing me to pay for new struts. They told me that Hyundais don't fare well on lifts, and this often happens to the struts."

This sounds like a hosing from an incompetent mechanic. They obviously damaged the car in some way and stuck you with the bill for it. These cars use the same strut setup found on nearly every car out there. I have never heard of any car that couldn't be put on a lift without damaging the struts. There would have been a major class action suit by now over that!