1996 Hyundai Elantra Base from North America - Comments

10th Dec 2001, 06:48

I have a '96 Hyundai Elantra.

My check engine light is always on, sometimes it blinks at me. It has been on for the whole year I have had it.

The first week I bought this car, I had to replace the transmission and a new clutch.

I paid over $1,000.00 to fix my heat in the dead of winter.

I constantly have a problem with my fuel system. Where foreign substances get in my tank, causing my car to uncontrollably buck, and eventually stall out. I found out there is a recall issued for my model/year, and Hyundai refuses to fix it because my vin number just falls a little too late.

All in all, I will NEVER buy or let any friends buy a Hyundai again.

17th Aug 2002, 17:39

I Have 1997 Hyundai Elantra. The Car is on 67000 miles and I haven't had any problems except Oxygen Sensors. I can't get it passed on inspection test. I think Hyundai Motors America needs to recall 1996-1997 models on oxygen sensors for free replacement.

19th Sep 2002, 16:20

I have a 1997 Elantra. The car engine light has been on since the second year I had the car. I was told to loosen my gas cap and it should make it go off. Tried that, but didn't work. Have been told not to worry about the light since there is nothing wrong with the engine at this time. The transmission has been fixed 7 times. The dealer refused to replace it just kept fixing it. Will never buy another Hyundai.

21st Oct 2002, 10:27

I have a 1996 Hyundai Elantra GLS, and the "Check Engine" light has been lit on and off for the past few months. The very 1st time this happened (April 2002) I went to the dealer, and they said they couldn't find any reason as to why the light was on and they turned it off. 2 weeks later the light came back on again and I returned to the dealer. The dealer in turn told me to take my gas cap off, tighten it and then drive around for a week and it should go out. Well, I drove around for a week, but the light was still on. I didn't go back to the dealer, but the light went off after about 3-4 weeks. Now, the light is on again and has been on for a week now. I'm so fed up, I don't know what to do.

29th Oct 2002, 11:46

I bought my '96 Hyundai Elantra Wagon from a used car lot, and it was great for the first 3-4 months. Since then, I have replaced: spark plugs/wires, alternator, brake pads, radiator, thermostat, and now working on the water pump. Timing is not accurate, so I've been without transportation with 3 children for 2 1/2 weeks. And let's not forget to mention, my check engine light was on entire time since leaving dealership. I wish someone would help in finding justice for a single mom that put every dime in for a decent family car, to get ripped off. I also tell friends never buy Hyundai.

31st Oct 2002, 12:52

Well All I can say Hyundai spells TROUBLE!!!

I owned a Hyundai once and will never own another one again. I think yhis is the case with many present and previous Hyundai owners!

2nd Nov 2002, 10:16

I have a used 1996 Hyundai Elantra wagon that stalls when slowing down to merge with traffic or stopping. It's still under warranty and the dealer has check the car out a least 8 times, (if not more) and they cannot recreate the problem. I have tried to use regular gas and has a number of turns ups down on the car, but still have the stalling problem. I have about 1,500 miles left on my warranty and I have a feeling that when the warranty expires, they will be able to locate the problem!

5th Nov 2002, 15:49

I own a 1996 Hyundai Elantra sedan. The car was bought brand new;I am the only person who ever owned the car. The car has only 63,000 miles on it. I change the oil every 3,000 miles and keep my car in great condition. However, within the first few months of ownership I replaced: the clutch, tire rods and ball joints (which wore my tires out) my engine light was on for one whole year, the thermostat and now have magically lost my heat right before the winter. I have been to the dealership numerous times. Each time they either cannot detect what is wrong or tell me I need another repair. They just told me I had "wooden screws" in my heater? They also told me it will cost $1,000.00 to repair my heater. I am also a single mom who just graduated from college. I thought I was purchasing a dependable, inexpensive vehicle and I was wrong. I am fed up and WILL NEVER buy a Hyundai car again. I tell everyone I know not to buy from Hyundai.

6th Dec 2002, 12:48

I own a 1996 Hyundai Elantra wagon, the check engine light has been on since 30k. Good Luck with getting the light off. Hyundai can't resolve the issue with the light being on. The sensors have been replaced, Exhaust Manifold replaced, timing belt, water pump, valve guides etc.

Ed from Toronto.

5th Feb 2003, 11:47

I have a 1996 Elantra and have replaced the transmission and the "check engine" light has been on since about a month after I bought it used in 1998. Now, in the middle of winter, my heater has stopped working. My husband, who can work on cars, has called all the dealerships here in town to ask them advice about what the problem could be. They won't tell him anything without seeing the car. What a rip-off. My car will be paid off this year, thank goodness. Looking forward to trading it in.

11th Feb 2003, 05:52

Hi, just got a 1996 Hyundai Elanta wagon. Engine light was on, took it to the dealer. $800 later they find the problem. First they said it was spark plug wires, however I put new ones on that morning, said after market ones don't work sometimes (YA RIGHT!). Once they tried their own plug wires and that didn't work they were stumped. Car had been idling rough and stalling, much like some of these other comments. They spend 8 1/2 hours at $59.59/Hour looking a everything to discover that there was a hole in the gas tank filler tube and water was getting in. They had to take it to a rad shop to fix it, didn't have the equipment to fix it there. In total $550 was labor, rest inexpensive parts (fuel filter, clamps and rubber tube. I guess it was a small price to pay to have the car back and running, although I wish they would have checked that out sooner.

25th Feb 2003, 20:18

I have had my 97 Elantra for almost 3 years now. There hasn't been a time that I can remember that the check engine light hasn't been on. I don't pay it any mind. I am too busy worrying about the transmission. The car won't go into overdrive. I've already replaced the tranny once and have also done other things to fix it (costing a few thousand dollars already) My car bucks awfully. It's scary. It feels as though I've been hit from behind when it does that. It's okay out of overdrive, but I can't go above 50 mph. It's hard to get to a job that's 45 miles away having to take 95 and driving that slow. The paint is almost completely chipped off the bumper. Paint doesn't stick very well to plastic!!! For now I am thankful that it can still get me from point a to point b although that isn't always pretty. Something has to be done soon though. If I was going 70 and my car bucked the way it does at 40, I would probably not still be here to write. I was thinking of maybe driving it to the edge of a cliff and pushing it off and then doing a happy dance.