Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: So far the 2011 Elantra doesn't have the same volume of transmission problems that 2010 owners are fighting with. It also doesn't have the same pattern of steering and braking complaints that are piling up with the 2013 model year.

We're not saying the 2011 is perfect -- I mean, what were they thinking advertising their MPGs -- but there are worse choices.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,000 miles

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2011 Hyundai Elantra body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #1

May 292013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 34,000 miles


On or around May 29, I noticed some rust spots in the hood of my Hyundai Elantra 2011. Being a 2 year old vehicle, rust it something that I wouldn't expect. So I took it to global auto mall in North plainfield, NJ, on June 12, 2013 to have the issue inspected and, I hoped, resolved. After patiently awaiting for about 3 hours, I received the following diagnose: "paint chip due to impact from rock kicking up on vehicle". I stressed to both the servicer advisor, [xxx], and the person that worked on the issue, [xxx], that I could not believe a simple rock hitting a hood of the car could cause rust damage. We've driven the Santa Fe for almost 7 years and it has no rust stains at all, even thought rocks have hit the hood and other parts of the Santa Fe quite a few times. Furthermore, rocks have hit a few times other parts of the Elantra body and the rest of the body shows no rust damage. I do believe it's unacceptable for a 2 year car to have rust damage. Considering that global auto mall refused to address the rust issue, I reached out to Hyundai on June 23 via E-mail, but Hyundai refused to address the issue. I reached out again on August 12, 2013, and I include a link to similar occurrences I could find on the internet in the link and Hyundai once again replied saying Hyundai will not fix the rust issue. Feel free to contact me if you need pictures of the hood of my Elantra or is you'd like to receive copies of my communications with Hyundai. Thanks in advance for taking the time to review this matter. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Woodbridge, NJ, USA

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