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Hyundai Elantra Problems 2007+

backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,624
Hyundai Elantra owners or owner wanna-bes, here's a place to talk about issues with the Gen 4 Elantra.


  • jprybajpryba Posts: 201
    I'm crossing my fingers that the wheel shimmy isn't an issue with this Elantra! I am currently in the middle of leasing an 06 Sonata, and I would hope in the next 2 years I'll find out the answer to this if I decide to get a gen 4 Elantra after my lease is up.
  • Hyundai had 5 years to fix the shimmy issue in the prior Elantra and still ignored it. What makes you think they are different this time around? Have you experienced the shimmy or just heard reports?
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,217
    We recently replaced the tires on my wife's 01 Elantra and the shimmy has basically disappeared. We haven't had the opportunity to take it for a good highway cruise but around town where the shimmy was prevalent before it is now gone. I believe the OEM Michelins were largely at fault.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,624
    From reports I've seen on Town Hall and other Web forums, it seems to me that out-of-balance tires are the most common cause for "wheel shimmy"--on the Elantra and on other cars.

    I've driven about 10 Gen 3 Elantras over the years--owned two, and driven many others as rentals, loaners, and for test drives. I've had some wheel shimmy twice: once when I replaced the OEM Michelins with Kumhos on my '01 Elantra and noticed a slight shimmy over 70 mph. I took the car back to the tire shop, they rebalanced the tires, and no more shimmy. Then when I replaced the OEM Michelins on my '04 Elantra, I noticed some shimmy. I took the car to the shop that had done the front-end repair (my wife had a nasty run-in with a curb in a blizzard) and asked them to check the alignment. They did tweak the alignment a bit but also said one of the new tires was so out of balance they recommended replacing it. So I went over to the tire shop, and they said, let's try balancing one more time and if that doesn't work, we'll replace the tire. After the balancing, the shimmy hasn't returned.

    There have already been a few test drive reports here on the 2007 Elantra. Some folks have already purchased one and are reporting their experiences. How about we give the car a chance before worrying about a problem that hasn't even been reported yet?
  • "There have already been a few test drive reports here on the 2007 Elantra. Some folks have already purchased one and are reporting their experiences. How about we give the car a chance before worrying about a problem that hasn't even been reported yet?"

    Or we could warn potential customers now of common problems to look for. Had I known of the common shimmy problem that later affected (and still plagues) my own Elantra, I probably never would have purchased it.
  • w9cww9cw Posts: 888
    This is an Elantra 2007+ forum, and thus we really shouldn't be discussing issues from the previous generation(s). But, absolutely no shimmy issues with my 2006.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    ...please! If you want to discuss something else, please look for or create another discussion. Let's stick to actual issues, not "warn" of things that might happen but haven't.

  • jprybajpryba Posts: 201
    I test drove an 07 Elantra today and was quite impressed. I got it up to 70-75 a few times and had no shimmy whatsoever.

    The question is -- what will happen with these vehicles down the road as they rack up miles and get their tires rotated? We hope to find out the answer here!

    Due to the previous Elantra's particularly noteworthy sensitivity to unbalanced tires, I thought it was quite important to bring it up for the new model.
  • how did you think the interior quality and engine stood up to the honda civic? just as a point of comparison
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Honda Civic has never been the leader in interior quality of materials.

    Hyundai Elantra has a more appealing interior and the fit and finish is at least equal to the Honda.
  • jprybajpryba Posts: 201
    I haven't driven the new Civic yet, but I've sat in a few of them before. Without a doubt, I would say the Elantra's interior is much nicer. It has hints of the Sonata, but it's better executed.

    Although I can't compare the powertrain to the Civic, I can say that the engine felt peppy enough and the automatic transmission was VERY smooth. The only issue is I could feel some harshness coming through the gas pedal at times, but it wasn't really that objectionable. The only thing, though, is that my 02 Elantra had something similar, but it only seemed to occur when driving 70 on the highway. Maybe Hyundai had to make a trade-off to get rid of the steering wheel shimmy, who knows? :)

    As for continuing the discussion about comparing the Elantra to its competitors and also talking about our general perceptions from our test drives, we should use other, more appropriate topics on the Elantra discussion board.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,624
    Maybe in the Honda Civic vs. Hyundai Elantra discussion?
  • jprybajpryba Posts: 201
    You just read my mind -- I made sure to mention this in my posting around the same time you put yours up!
  • I got a 2007 GL Comfort Plus last week and for some reason it always seemed hard to guage my speed. It ends up the spedometer was reporting the speed as 10km/h faster than I was actually going. The dealer is fixing it Monday.
  • This is from a 2007 Elantra owner from another forum I post to. Apparently, installing a new stereo is not a simple plug and play operation:

    Yesterday, I had my amp installed in my new 07 Elantra SE. To tell the truth, it wasn't as easy as most people would think. The new HD's have a extensive CAN line system in the BCM [Body Control Module], where the ECU is actively monitoring everything from lights to the engine. If the BCM sees a higher voltage [current] draw than original configuration, the ECU will tell the BCM to throw a code and either turn off the system or create a *no start* situation where the engine will not start without a scan tool reset. Resetting the ECU CANNOT BE DONE BY PULLING THE FUSE. A scan tool is required to pull codes. These cars are not mod friendly especially the electrical system. You MUST be knowlegable in computer software and hardware design to understand how it works.

    I got around the BCM by not hooking the remote lead to the radio circuit. Since the radio is hooked up to the BCM and the radio's voltage is monitored by it, the extra .5-.6 volt draw created by the amp remote can cause the BCM to shut things down. The aux power circuit can have a extra draw on it because thats where extra stuff can be plugged into without causing a migrane headache.

    The deck I have does not have a RCA output for an amp. However by connecting a speaker line output to a line input converter to the rear speakers, (separate from the power and ok to hook into) the audio source is now complete.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Yes, modifying the electronics in modern cars is often not plug and play.
    This is in no way a criticism of Hyundai, the majority of new autos have audio systems that are integrated with other aspects of the vehicles electronic systems.
    Soon after a models introduction there are aftermarket solutions to these challenges.
    The point is, leave it to the pro's.
  • Even if it is an issue across manufacturers, it is an issue. On my 2005 Elantra, I installed my stereo myself and had no problems whatsoever. I like the idea that there will eventually be aftermarket solutions to these issues for do-it-yourselfers like myself.
  • spmrebelspmrebel Posts: 130
    I think also installing your own radio may require a new front bezel but on the GLS (that have radios installed) and Limited I have seen the bezel looks like its a 1.5 DIN in height. I guess you can install a radio but you would have a large gap. When I saw this I was disappointed because it would be hard to install a dual DIN in-dash navigation system without getting a whole new front plate.

    Comparing to 01 thru 06 Elantra 07 seems to be a nightmare.
  • When I saw this I was disappointed because it would be hard to install a dual DIN in-dash navigation system without getting a whole new front plate.

    I'm not sure, but I believe Hyundai has plans to add a nav system option later on. They would place it in the area at the top of the dash (currently a large storage flip-up compartment).
  • spmrebelspmrebel Posts: 130
    I would think they would install the navigation where the radio sits exactly as the Korean Domestic Market (KDM) Avantes/Elantras have their navigation systems installed.
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