20th Jun 2009, 21:05

Add me to the EVER GROWING LIST!! I've had 2 window regulators break in my 1999 Hyundai Elantra. Both in the back. The first one fell about 3 years ago, that was the driver side rear window. It was replaced for about $300, the second one that fell was the passenger side rear window, it is being held up by something that Hyundai rigged it with, because I refused to pay $300 for another window regulator. This should be a recall or something with all of these compaints! WOW Hyundai.. just.. WOW! However, I will add that I have had no problems with the car whatsoever except for this.

26th Jun 2009, 09:08

When I was closing the left front door on the 2008 Elantra rental car, the door seemed a little difficult to close, and while it was closing the door window shattered into thousands of pieces. My investigation showed that the hinge pin which slides into the door as it closes, pushed against the window glass. The window was raised about three inches at the time.

I believe the hinge pin broke the window.

14th Jul 2009, 11:05

I actually love my 2000 Elanta 5-speed, bought it new and have had very little problems with it. But when my front door regulator broke this week, I was not happy to hear the price of dealer replacement was over $300. We determined the motor was fine, just needed the regulator. We ordered the part from an auto parts store for $45, and replaced ourselves. By the way, the replacement part mentioned in a comment above, is made by Dorman. The YouTube video showing the removal process sure helped, too, search for it if you have not seen it.

30th Jul 2009, 12:16

After my third window motor breaking today, I decided to do a quick Google search about the problem.

Apparently, I'm not alone!

The two rear windows broke, one I fixed the second is taped up like others have mentioned. The front passenger window just broke today.

This is ridiculous, is there anything Hyundai will do?! I can't shell out $600 to get a mechanic to fix it, and don't know anyone who would be able to do it themselves.

There must be something that can be done.

1st Aug 2009, 20:26

My 2000 Elantra Wagon's rear windows both failed approximately 3 months apart. I have 65k miles on it. It appears that the plastic housing that holds the metal knob on the end of the cable has broke. Doesn't look good! I am searching junkyards for a working replacement.

17th Sep 2009, 21:54

You can add me. The rear passenger window cables seem to be off. I can't figure out how to get them back. The driver side stopped going up and down. I figured that one out. The motor or regulator or whatever it's called, came loose. All I had to do was screw the nut back on the bolt. The rear passenger window is giving me fits though.

1st Oct 2009, 23:55

I have only had problems with one regulator while still under warranty, but the same drivers window has had to be glued back in 4 times! And the first 3 times was under warranty, but the glue isn't included at 90 bucks a pop.

This time I took it to a non Hyundai mechanic who used a different glue and only charged me labor for 60 bucks. He told me they hadn't used a glue, but some kinda silicone sealant type stuff when Hyundai repaired it.

28th Nov 2009, 10:54

The driver side front window of my Elantra has been broken for over a year. The car has over 170,000 miles on it and this is the only issue I've had - no major repair bills, just wear and tear items. While I am somewhat surprised to see so many other cars with window issues, I can't really complain. It's been a great car, will keep it till it dies and then will probably buy another Hyundai.

2nd Apr 2010, 21:36

I have loved my 2000 Hyundai Elantra. I have not had many problems with it, but I have had the same window problems 3 different times in the 10 years that I have owned it. The motor in the driver side window is just starting to act up again. I hate to spend the money to get it fixed, but other than this window problem, the car has been great.

17th Jun 2010, 13:34

I have a 2000 Elantra with 90,000 on it. I owned a 97 Elantra which I gave to my niece which is still running at 180,000.

Recently the electric door locks and windows stopped working, with the front passenger window half down. I checked the fuses which were all OK. Then I took apart the master window switch on the drivers side door, which appears to be OK. But there is no power whatsoever on the locks and windows, what gives?

24th Jul 2010, 15:44

Good runner for the most part BUT...

I have had both front windows go bad now. I don't typically use the back windows, so who knows about those! Also if you don't use the daintiest of efforts to open the door latches, or basically touch anything inside the car, it will snap off in your hands.

This should be a class action suit...

29th Jul 2010, 16:57

Agree it should be a class action suite, and the worse part is "any" Hyundai mechanic will know this problem. It's probably in the "secret shop books" as the best money making ratio repair they have.

I bought my 2000 Elantra with only 50K in February 2006, because the seller said he only keeps cars that are under warranty. At that time this car had just come off the 5 year that was offered, but he had already replaced the passenger rear power regulator in late 2005. In March of 2006, the driver regulator went up on me (cable twisted on itself several times after the top plastic guide broke). Since that time, all the remaining regulators have gone up, including that rear passenger for the second time just yesterday.

I almost consider myself an "expert" at repairing these, but still a royal pain in the butt, and the parts seem to be getting more expensive instead of less. I know the weak spots (center cable mount on the rear and end guides on the front), but as many have stated, these parts can't be swapped out with new ones. I have found that you can save some money by ordering direct at many on-line parts warehouses, and if possible go with the available regulators without the motor. That can probably be saved in most cases and reattached to the newer part. I say "newer", because most are re-manufactured.

Hyundai "runs" a racket on these repairs at between $350 and $700 (quotes I've heard), because all the parts can be obtained (at their cost) for under $75 I'm sure of it, and as stated above, any mechanic worth his weight knows this job like their Mother's face. Should only require 30 minutes with their experience.

8th Aug 2010, 02:46

Been using my girlfriends 1999 Elantra.

The rear passenger window regulator broke again as well. She said this is the third time for her with one of these bad regulators too.

Inside door latches seem to break easily as well. I just ordered 2 for her car, as both of the rear handles are broken, and the doors can't be opened from the inside. At least the handles are cheap and easy to install.