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Hyundai Elantra Problems 2007+

backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
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 Chicago suburbsPosts: 1,459
    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.
    2017 Infiniti QX60 (me), 2012 Hyundai Elantra (wife)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    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: 3,870
    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: 18,934
    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: 3,870
    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.
  • mike91326mike91326 SoCalPosts: 251
    I had the same feeling in my new Elantra SE the other day when the speedometer said I was doing 75. However, a nice public servant driving a black and white Ford Crown Vic explained to me that I was going 75. In fact, he even gave me a slip of paper to prove the point. :cry:
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Ouch! How much is that gonna cost you?
  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,601
    Why spend the extra money to get a car equipped with GPS/Navigation when portable models are available at less than half the cost?

    With a portable unit you can transfer it from car to car, i.e. more than one car in the household. Or, if you're flying somewhere you can take the portable with you and use it in the rental car.

    A friend just bought a new (not refurb), in box, Garmin nuvi 360 from an authorized dealer for $500. The nuvi 360 is a pretty high end unit and includes bluetooth. BestBuy is currently selling it for $900.

    Honda is charging $2000 for nav in its CR-V, although that does include a back-up camera.
  • joe131joe131 Posts: 996
    some factory installed car GPS units are much better than any portable.
    Take a look at the one in the Acura TL type S. It does things way beyond any $500 portable.
  • I can't even read most portable GPS systems because of the small's even worse in strong sunlight. Factory installed units often have screens that are 2-3 times the size of a portable, have more features, and looks less clutered. Plus, the factory installed system is often covered by the B2B warranty (usually longer than the portable GPS warranty) and the additional cost of the system is rolled into the financed monthly payment (which can be easier to swallow for most ppl than spending $500 for a portable).
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    OTOH, some people like me uses fancy gadgets like Navigation like two or three times a year, even if factory available and installed. Call me behind the time but I've used my Nav much less than my atlas and highlighter :)

    Interesting stat - I read somewhere only about 7% of all cars are purchased with Navigation units from factory.

    The Garmin unit, how many years of warranty does Hyundai honor on it?
  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,601
    Ummm, the Garmin Nuvi 360 lists at $965. It's a touch screen and includes 6 million points of interest around the country. It gives voice directions so you don't have to look at it (although you or a passenger could) so you will know where to turn.

    Traffic jam, it will re-route you. In an unfamiliar city, you can get a listing of restaurants sorted by style of food, etc., etc. This is not "a cheap $500 toy." Don't judge it by some discounted internet prices which may be available. As I said earlier, Best Buy is still selling it for $900.

    What does the Acura do that this portable doesn't? I already said the CR-V prvides a rear back-up TV screen. Don't rear back-up sensors accomplish the same thing?

    Does the Acura let you take it from your Acura to your other Honda and can you take it with you if you fly on vacation or business? If you get rid of the Acura in 2 or 3 years, can you keep that GPS?
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Finance is not always the answer. Any way you cut it, the cost of an average Nav unit, which is around 2K, is always more than the $500 portable one. The 2K financed, spreading over x amount of period might sound like the attractive offer but it just adds additional responsibility to the monthly payment, and we are not even factoring the higher interest expense.

    At the end of the day, it's 2K + additional interest vs. $500 dollars, your choice...
  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,601
    Garmin has nothing to do with Hyundai, as far as I know. You would be dealing with a Garmin, not Hyundai warranty. It just works in any car when you plug it in. On battery power it works anywhere as long as the battery is charged (think cell phone).

    I think the Garmin warranty is 1 year. I'm not so sure the Acura B2B warranty for nav is the same as the rest of the car. Many cars have a shorter than B2B warranty for electronic items supplied to them by others, like radios.
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