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2013 Hyundai Elantra
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com Notes: We're not used to seeing any major problems with Hyundai, which makes the early signs of trouble with the 2013 Elantra very surprising, in a bad way.
Early trends show problems with the steering wandering / pulling to one side. Elantra owners have tried sensor adjustments, wheel alignments, even replacing axles, most with no luck. Hyundai has made vehicle buybacks through arbitration, but that rarely works out well financially for owners in the end.
Also there is a pattern of complaints about the 2013 Elantra brakes grinding at very low mileage. It seems there was a bad batch of OEM pads & rotors, but so far Hyundai is not doing a recall. Instead Hyundai issued a TSB & dealers have been replacing pads & rotors on a per-complaint basis.
The final straw is that for several years in a row, Elantra owners report significantly lower gas mileage than the EPA estimates.
Worst 2013 Elantra Problems by Category
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- brakes problems32NHTSA complaints: 23
- fuel system problems27NHTSA complaints: 4
- wheels / hubs problems17NHTSA complaints: 38
- suspension problems13NHTSA complaints: 15
- engine problems12NHTSA complaints: 14
- steering problems10NHTSA complaints: 26
- interior accessories problems9NHTSA complaints: 2
- windows / windshield problems4NHTSA complaints: 4
- seat belts / air bags problems3NHTSA complaints: 12
- transmission problems3
- exterior accessories problems2NHTSA complaints: 13
- body / paint problems2NHTSA complaints: 9
- drivetrain problems2NHTSA complaints: 1
- lights problems2NHTSA complaints: 16
- AC / heater problems1
- electrical problems1NHTSA complaints: 10
- exhaust system problems1
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 6
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