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Headlights Problems of Hyundai Elantra - part 1



Hyundai Elantra owners have reported 48 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 Hyundai Elantra 1
Failure Date: 12/09/2013

Left side headlight has short in it. I have had to replace the bulb 4 times in one month and now a new one doesn't even work.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 2
Failure Date: 05/26/2013

Two issues: (1) I purchased the vehicle on may 26, 2013. I found out that the gov. Had issued a recall for the Elantra models built from 11-12-2010 through 3-5-2013. My car was assembled on Feb, 22, 2013. I was never told about this at time of purchase and have never received any notification from Hyundai motor America. The dealers are not responsive. (2) the "auto-dimming rearview mirror with homelink & compass" rarely functions. Real problem is that mirror image and headlights are same intensity/ clarity whether unit is turned on or off--very dangerous at night. The dealer I purchased car from and another dealer refused to investigate.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2013 Hyundai Elantra 3
Failure Date: 04/06/2013

I just bought the 2013 limited Hyundai Elantra over the easter weekend, on 3/31/13. Two days after buying it, I noticed the light in the dash showing whether the headlights were on or not was no longer working, but I put it up to the fact I was driving at dawn/dusk and they were probably not "on" even though the driving lights were on and showing as "on". However on 4/6/13 when driving at 10pm at night with the headlights most certianly "on" the indicator light still did not come on.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Hyundai Elantra 4
Failure Date: 08/06/2011

The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, all of the headlights failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the alternator regulator was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 125,000 and the current mileage was 130,000.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 Hyundai Elantra 5
Failure Date: 05/25/2011

We have a 2007 Hyundai Elantra that is continuously burning up headlight bulbs. There are numerous complaints in regards to this, but Hyundai has yet to recall any vehicles. My husband is replacing at least 1 bulb month. Please investigate this. It is very dangerous when you're driving at night and the headlights go out. There is no moisture of any kind in the headlight nor has there even been.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Hyundai Elantra 6
Failure Date: 11/01/2010

Headlight burnt out on 2005 Hyundai Elantra. Took it to get fixed at a car repair store. Car repair store said wiring was melted to headlight, he had never seen anything like this before and felt it was a fire hazard. We had to take it to the dealer to fix the headlight. Service department at the dealer personally told me that there were burnt ends of wiring on the headlight as well as exposed wires. They told us that it is due to normal wear and tear and we had to pay $136. 05 to have it fixed. They replaced the bulb and new ends at the headlight connector. I saved the old bulb and wiring because I feel that this may have been a factory or manufacturers defect that could be potentially dangerous and if left unfixed cause a fire. I do not feel that consumers should have to pay to fix car parts that were not installed or designed correctly in the first place. Dealership said that it was 'weird' and they had no idea how it happened but refused to admit that it could have been a factory/manufacturer problem. I spoke with both the service dept. Manager and the dealership manager. The part was just recently replaced so we do not know if it will occur again.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra 7
Failure Date: 03/25/2010

Headlights burning out. I have replaced 10 driver side headlights and 2 passenger headlights since I bought the car in 2003. The dealer says they do not know what is going on.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Hyundai Elantra 8
Failure Date: 03/17/2010

Short headlight bulb life (less than 12 months).

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Hyundai Elantra 9
Failure Date: 03/15/2010

2000 series Hyundai Elantra headlights. Interior surface of headlights melt, rapidly reducing effective length of vision because the headlight fogs up. Continuously occurs and headlights get worse over time. Dealer charges $100 dollars a headlight to temporarily fix it.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra 10
Failure Date: 06/10/2009

The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the air bag warning light continued to illuminate on the instrument panel. The dealer stated that the module failed and would cost over $600 to repair. There were no recalls for the failure and the manufacturer has not been notified. In addition, the low beam headlights would burn out every 3-6 months. The current and failure mileages were less than 36,700. Updated 9/1/09 updated 09/02/09.


 
car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Hyundai Elantra 11
Failure Date: 02/07/2009

The inside of the headlight assembly has fogged up causing the brightness of the lamp to diminish to the point where I feel it is dangerous and I need to replace the entire assembly. I have spoken with Hyundai at the corporate level and they basically said that there is no way to clean the inside of the assembly and I would have to replace them at my expense. This is a major safety issue. As with other Elantra owners I have complaints about the headlights constantly needing replacement.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Hyundai Elantra 12
Failure Date: 01/05/2009

I have had to replace the low beam headlights 4 times in the past 3 years.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra 13
Failure Date: 11/25/2008

Head lights - I have a 2003 Elantra and have to replace headlights every two to six months. I need to know what is causing this problem. Dealership only claims that everyone is complaining of the same thing, but offer no explanation.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra 14
Failure Date: 10/28/2008

Head light bulbs keep burning out. I have to replace the headlights in my car about every 3-6 months since I purchased the car new in oct 2002. And the dealership said there was no problem. I have had the dealership replace them, garages replace them, a neighbor who is a mechanic and myself so it's not that it has not been done correctly. I have started buying the 2 pack of bulbs because almost like clockwork once the one bulb goes the other goes within a short period. I have put about 10-15 bulbs in each headlight since I bought the car but have never replaced the highbeam bulbs only the low beam.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra 15
Failure Date: 10/11/2008

I've owned this 2003 Elantra since July and have had both headlights replaced. This is uncommon. The car has only 33,000 miles. Something is wrong the lights should last longer than that.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra 16
Failure Date: 09/30/2008

Since having the car, I bought it used a year ago, while not noticing any major issues, I still continue to have problems with the headlights going out. I have had the headlights changed three times now with alternating sides going out every few months. I cannot imagine this being a normal occurrence.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Hyundai Elantra 17
Failure Date: 03/05/2008

I have a 2006 Hyundai Elantra. I have just replaced my headlights for the third time in 6 months. When I took the car to the dealer after the last time, they "claimed" they had checked all wiring and lamps and stated all was okay. Somehow I doubt it was the bulbs. One went out a couple of days ago and the other blew today. Thankfully, I was by my home when it was getting dark. I am going to have them check it again this week.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Hyundai Elantra 18
Failure Date: 01/07/2008

The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Elantra. Both of the headlights continue to burn out and have been replaced five times. The dealer stated that the vehicle was no longer under warranty and is the contacts responsibility. The current mileage was 53,247 and failure mileage was 12,000. Updated 3/25/08 the consumer stated replaced 5 times for each headlight for a total of 10 headlights. Updated 03/25/08.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Hyundai Elantra 19
Failure Date: 01/03/2008

Headlights burn out excessively. Every 1-2 months, one burns out and alternates between left and right side.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra 20
Failure Date: 04/07/2007

We purchased a 2003 in February 2006 , since then the headlights had to been changed 3 times, and now again after being stopped not knowing the passenger side was out, it went out right before we got stopped on api l 7,2007, being charged with a ticket. And 3 points off my drivers license without a warning ticket to get it fixed. There needs to be a recall on these cars it shouldnt happen that many times.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra 21
Failure Date: 02/02/2007

I have had to replace the driver's side headlamp 3 times in 3 years. Apparently I am not the only one, the chats and blogs are full of similar complaints internationally. According to what I have read, I am one of the lucky ones. Others have experienced much more frequent replacements. Curiously enough, the driver's side lamp is the one that blows. I have saved the last lamp replaced. It is a sylvania silverstar. This is the third brand of bulb / lamp. My wife is night blind. She tries to avoid driving after dark. The undependable lighting system poses a serious safety hazard in her case and I am sure in seniors who require more light to see clearly.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Hyundai Elantra 22
Failure Date: 12/30/2006

Headlight bulbs on my 2002 Hyundai Elantra burn out every few months. Most recently had to be replaced in September 2006 and again in December 2006. When I contacted the dealer, gary rome Hyundai, holyoke, MA, (413) 536-4328, I was told that they would charge $90/hour to look at the problem and could not guarantee that they would find it. They suggested that the bulbs were being installed improperly, and also offered to limit work to 1/2 hour.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Hyundai Elantra 23
Failure Date: 08/31/2006

Headlights on my vehicle keep burning out to rapidly. This will be the 4th time I have replaced them so far. I have used Hyundai bulbs to very expensive bulbs and the result is the same and the driver side bulb is very difficult to change.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Hyundai Elantra 24
Failure Date: 08/15/2006

My headlights keep burning out. The driver's side bulb is very difficult to change - not room for fingers to rotate bulb in and out. Replacement lights are expensive. Had never had this problem with any other car.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Hyundai Elantra 25
Failure Date: 08/14/2006

Headlights burning out frequently was the first sign of problems, replaced them as the dealer said this was inherent to the 2001 Elantra. In August 2006 check engine light came on. Also, the air bag sensor light was on, headlight out again, took car to dealer, they called back and said that the alternator had been over charging and not only was the over charging burning out the headlights it also had taken out the cruise control module, and air bag module. Car had only 42000 miles on it, and was 2 weeks from being out of the 5 year bumper to bumper warranty. Well here it is 6 months later and 47000 miles and check engine light is back on, I have since purchased a diagnostic tool to read the codes. The car was running rough at idle. The codes came up as mis fire on cylinder 3, tps sensor failure and map barometer failure. I replaced the plugs and wires, engine still ran rough. Took car back to dealer they replaced the tps, still running rough, they suggested that because of the faulty tps that the excessive dumping of fuel into the jets could have caused one of them to be clogged. I had them clean the jets as well as replace the plugs and wires again (they had also found that #3 wire had been arcing. ) this took care of the idle problem. I took the car home and the next day driving the car would surge between 3rd and 4th gear, engine light back on. Still have the map error. Dealer ended up replacing the map sensor. It has been about a month since this last occourence and all I can do is cross my fingers until I trade it in. Abl. Pco.