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I am repairing a damaged 2018 Elantra sedan SE. It is stamped as being Korean built and I am having trouble finding body parts. [Used or aftermarket] What are the main differences in the front end body panels? I need hood and bumper cover. Available in aftermarket for US built but not for Korean built. Love to know the differences???? Thanking in advance.
 

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I know the Korean models have the hole for the pull bar on the front. Really doubt there is other differences. Just wouldn't make sense to make 2 of everything.
 

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I know the Korean models have the hole for the pull bar on the front. Really doubt there is other differences. Just wouldn't make sense to make 2 of everything.

Thanks. That makes sense about the bumper being different. [have to be tied down for the rough sea voyage] However they list a different hood for the 2 models. I wish I knew the differences.
 

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Pretty sure the only 18 Elantras built in KR are the Sport models.
The Sports are built only in Korea, but the rest come from Korea or AL.
 

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i have a very similar issue

i recently bought a 2017 Elantra sport that has hail damage and am in in the process of repairing it. i too am having issues finding parts for my hyundai. certain websites will state that hoods for US built hyundais arnt compatible with mine and will instruct me to select a part made for my korean car, yet the parts on the diagram look the exact same. so i'm a bit confused and don't want to end up with something that doesnt work.
 

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i recently bought a 2017 Elantra sport that has hail damage and am in in the process of repairing it. i too am having issues finding parts for my hyundai. certain websites will state that hoods for US built hyundais arnt compatible with mine and will instruct me to select a part made for my korean car, yet the parts on the diagram look the exact same. so i'm a bit confused and don't want to end up with something that doesnt work.
Thank you for chiming in on this. Where I live a hood for my Korean built car is only available at the dealer and costs over $600. But a certified fit aftermarket hood for a US built cost less than $200. !
I wish we could get an answer to this.
 

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I think the only thing you can rely on is the part number. Is hard to compare the size of body parts from 2 countries, if it doesn't fit perfectly you will get wind noise from hood all the time which is so annoying
 

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i recently bought a 2017 Elantra sport that has hail damage and am in in the process of repairing it.
Hmmm? WHY? You wanted to save a buck? Now you have only headache... Swallow your pride and drive it as is. As long as engine, transmission and other major parts work as designed, forget about the body.
Same principle as choosing your woman: do not go for great boobs, pretty face and cute behind. All of that will sag with time; go for the brains and good cooking.
 

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I've seen them parked side by side at the dealer. If there is any difference, it's not to the naked eye. I know on previous years someone purchased US parts for a Korean unit, and fit was perfect.
 

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I've seen them parked side by side at the dealer. If there is any difference, it's not to the naked eye. I know on previous years someone purchased US parts for a Korean unit, and fit was perfect.
That is exactly what I was trying to see at my local dealer today. I was buying parts there anyway so asked to see a US and Korean built so I could compare. Problem was we could not find a US built Elantra, as all door posts said "Made in Korea". Would have loved to have seen what you witnessed.
So you are saying all body lines looked the same? How about the front bumper? see any differences there? THANKS!!
 

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Thank you for chiming in on this. Where I live a hood for my Korean built car is only available at the dealer and costs over $600. But a certified fit aftermarket hood for a US built cost less than $200. !
I wish we could get an answer to this.


yeah same here. i went ahead and ordered a new US made replacement hood since the korean made part number is literally one off and they look identical. plus i cant justify spending over a thousand dollars for a hood after paint. so i'm taking advantage of this websites "guarantee fit or your money back policy." so i'll post my results once i receive the part.
 

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yeah same here. i went ahead and ordered a new US made replacement hood since the korean made part number is literally one off and they look identical. plus i cant justify spending over a thousand dollars for a hood after paint. so i'm taking advantage of this websites "guarantee fit or your money back policy." so i'll post my results once i receive the part.
This is so great - I'll be watching here closely.
I am assuming when you say US replacement hood you mean aftermarket and no OEM? When do you expect it in? T H A N K S again!
 

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yeah same here. i went ahead and ordered a new US made replacement hood since the korean made part number is literally one off and they look identical. plus i cant justify spending over a thousand dollars for a hood after paint. so i'm taking advantage of this websites "guarantee fit or your money back policy." so i'll post my results once i receive the part.
Mr. Imnomechanicbut..... did you get your hood in and how did that work out? Awaiting your results before I order a hood. T H A N K S
 

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Hmmm? WHY? You wanted to save a buck? Now you have only headache... Swallow your pride and drive it as is. As long as engine, transmission and other major parts work as designed, forget about the body.
Same principle as choosing your woman: do not go for great boobs, pretty face and cute behind. All of that will sag with time; go for the brains and good cooking.
WHAT???????????????? :confused::rolleyes:
 

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Most parts between the Korean and Alabama Elantras are the same though some may carry differing part numbers. So don't sweat it too much. Take it from someone that repaired a written off right hand drive ad elantra with mostly US, left hand drive elantra parts.

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Most parts between the Korean and Alabama Elantras are the same though some may carry differing part numbers. So don't sweat it too much. Take it from someone that repaired a written off right hand drive ad elantra with mostly US, left hand drive elantra parts.

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Thanks for that but a hood is a large and expensive item - IF- it doesn't fit. I am still hoping to hear from Mr. Imnomechanicbut....
 

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It could just be that the part number is the only thing different between the hoods due to regional difference? I bought two of the roadside/emergency kits (one for me and one for a friend as a gift) and one of them have an extra 0 at the end of the part number. They are the same exact kit with the same exact items. I don't know why it had a different part number.


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I am repairing a damaged 2018 Elantra sedan SE. It is stamped as being Korean built and I am having trouble finding body parts. [Used or aftermarket] What are the main differences in the front end body panels? I need hood and bumper cover. Available in aftermarket for US built but not for Korean built. Love to know the differences???? Thanking in advance.
I am having same trouble...
How did you do?
Did you try to mont US hood and Bumper on korean build Elantra?
 
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