I waxed our new 2006 Elantra GLS yesterday for the first time since the
purchase in late December. And, I was chagrined to find "crease dents"
beneath the rocker panel on both sides of the car. Each of the "V-type"
dents are perpendicular to the rocker seam, and almost alinged with the
center rust-proofing plug, just slightly forward of B pillar. The one
on the driver's side is more prevalent (and deep) than the one on the
passenger's side. There is no evidence of paint damage on either rocker
Obviously, I was sincerely disappointed and concerned on how this could
have happened. One starts to "brainstorm" on the possibilities, such as
"did the dealer mess up placing the car on the lift, or . . .?" In my
case, the car has only been to the dealer once after delivery due to a
fraying power steering drive belt, which they changed from underneath
the car. Thus, my obsession with the possible hydraulic lift theory.
Well, guess what? I just returned from the dealer and inspected 1 used
2005 Elantra GLS and 6 new 2006 Elantra GLS's on the lot (only 1
hatchback 5 speed BTW) - and, ALL have the same dent in each rocker
panel! Big surprise . . . my guess is the jig that punches the holes
for the rustproofing must fit "a bit too tightly against the rocker"
during the manufacturing process.
Certanly, I'm releived that it seems to be normal, but also a bit
befuddled. This is only specific to the current generation Elantra, and
not any other of the Hyundai sedan products, as I checked them all this
evening - even including the previous generation Accent and Sonata.
So, I guess we Elantra owners have dents supplied as standard equipment
with our new car. That's one way of eliminating the anxiety of getting
your first parking lot ding! At least you almost have to stand on your
head to notice them.