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#1617 of 1634 LOOSE DRIVER'S SEAT
Jul 01, 2008 (3:25 am)
My driver's seat seems to snap into place each time I sit down in it. The dealer said nothing was wrong throughout the warranty period. Now that I am out of warranty (2001 with 80,000 miles) the dealer says there is a problem. I have a file number with Hyundai about the seat that was entered before warranty expiration but that is another story. My questions:
1. Does anyone else have a loose seat? I recall the Elantra back then failed the offset crash test and the driver's seat came loose off the track.
2. Where can you get one wholesale? I tried a number of recycle places but no one had one. New seat cushion and track is over $800 for the parts alone.
3. Does anyone know if all Elantra GT driver's seats and tracks regardless of year or hatch or sedan are the same? (gray leather).
#1618 of 1634 Re: LOOSE DRIVER'S SEAT [mpgman]
Jul 01, 2008 (9:56 am)
Since you have a record of a complaint while the warranty was in force, I would pursue this "up the chain" as far as you can to get the repair covered.
As to whether the seats and tracks are the same for all years of the Elantra, one thing I know is that there was a change made to the seat tracks after the poor IIHS frontal offset crash test results on the '01 Elantra. There was information posted in Town Hall back in 2002 I think from a Hyundai insider in the ROK that new tracks (longer, stronger) had been put into Elantras (think it was for 2002 MY) for the ROK market, but not for the U.S. market. I blew a gasket on hearing that and wrote a letter to HMA's president (which to their credit I did get a call about). Anyway, as you know the 2004 Elantra was refreshed and got a Good score on the IIHS frontal offset test. So that leads me to believe there were some tweaks to the seats/tracks no later than 2004 MY. This insider (haven't heard from him in quite awhile) also said that the new tracks should be applicable to older Elantras. I suppose one thing you could do if you are so inclined is to check the part numbers for the seat tracks on the 2001 and 2004 Elantras and see if there is a difference, and if so order ask the dealer about installing them.
Anyway, you might not want to assume the problem is in the seat itself--it might be fixable just with the tracks, or other adjustments.
P.S. the seat on my 2004 GT is still solid, and moves only if I am not careful in adjusting the fore/back setting and making sure it's locked into place.
#1619 of 1634 Re: 2007 Hyundai Elantra Cabin Air Filter [palal1]
Jul 01, 2008 (2:54 pm)
I'm interested also. I was just in to my local dealership and they want $100.00 to change it. If I can do myself...Great!!!!!!!!
#1620 of 1634 Re: 2007 Hyundai Elantra Cabin Air Filter [fishmonger2]
Jul 14, 2008 (1:28 pm)
Hi..Where did you buy the 2007 Hyundai Elantra Cabin Air Filter? I can't find it. My local dealership want $93.00 to change it. Thanks.
#1621 of 1634 2007 Hyundai Elantra Cabin Air Filter
Jul 14, 2008 (1:33 pm)
Where can I buy 2007 Hyundai Elantra GLS Cabin Air Filter? Thanks
#1622 of 1634 Re: LOOSE DRIVER'S SEAT [backy]
Jul 15, 2008 (2:28 am)
Thanks, Backy. My dealer's parts manager says there are over a dozen different seat tracks for Elantras. He also told me that of all the cars he has driven Hyundai has more seat track play than any other model and he thought it had something to do with safety and air bag deployment but I wasn't buying that one remembering the offset crash test failure report when we were posting 7 years ago and that in one of the tests, the seat came off the track. A new track is $500 and he is convinced that is the issue. Can't find one recycled anywhere.
On another note, for some reason I decided to have a preventive maintenance done on my A/C at the dealer (80,000 miles on the 01 GT and never an A/C issue so go figure) and drove out to hear an occasional loud shreik like a locomotive whistle coming from the A/C (the did add refrigerant). The dealer diagnosed it as a bad blower motor ($250) but after that dubious repair, I still heard the noise. A mechanic rode with me and decided it was likely something done to the expansion valve during the servicing saying that a noise like that could only come from a lot of air passing through something. (I actually tape recorded the noise over a few days with a cheap portable tape recorder). It is at the dealer today and I can't wait to see the outcome---what was wrong, who did it, why I needed a blower motor, who owes who what, etc.
The mechanic also referenced a new hatchback coming in 09---I didn't hear this----that isn't the above referenced touring edition is it? I don't think so.
Thanks again for the post.
#1623 of 1634 Re: LOOSE DRIVER'S SEAT [mpgman]
Jul 15, 2008 (6:55 am)
A new track is $500???? Where did you hear that? The Hyundai insider who told us about this issue a few years ago stated the price of the part at that time, and I recall it was very inexpensive, around $10 or maybe less. I can't fathom how a small piece of bent metal could be $500.
The Elantra Touring is the "hatchback" (some call it a wagon) coming later this year.
#1624 of 1634 Re: 2007 Hyundai Elantra Cabin Air Filter [smsdg]
Jul 15, 2008 (8:41 am)
I bought a Cabin Air Filter for my 2007 Elantra at the dealership (cost: about $22.00) and then asked a mechanic at the dealership to show me how to install it. My dealership wanted $89.95 for this 2-minute job. The filer is behind the glove box. To drop the glove box, open it and squeeze both sides hard. The box will drop. Then go to the right-hand side of the box and detach the rubber line that is attached to a small plastic piece that protrudes from the side of the glove box. The box will drop further. Now, look up toward the top of the dashboard (behind the glove box) and you'll see a black strip. Squeeze (pinch) the right-hand side of the strip and remove it. Then, remove the old filter (it's kind of flimsy, so you may have to work at it) and install the new filter. I'm going to keep the old filter and here's why: Next time, I'm going to go to Home Depot and but a pleated furnace filter and use the old filter as a template to cut a new Cabin Air Filter. I should be able to get multiple Cabin Air Filters from one furnace filter.
#1625 of 1634 Re: LOOSE DRIVER'S SEAT [backy]
Jul 15, 2008 (8:44 am)
I heard that straight from the parts department at my Hyundai dealer when he looked it up. I tried finding one from auto parts wholesalers but haven't had any luck with my model yet. Is the new touring edition similar to the Kia C'eed or something sounding like that? I kind of like the compactness and the height of the Rondo so I am eager to see what the touring edition brings to the table.
#1626 of 1634 Re: LOOSE DRIVER'S SEAT [mpgman]
Jul 15, 2008 (9:24 am)
More like the C'eed than Rondo.