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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 along with premature tire wear. 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, & there's a small trend of engine problems.
Worst 2013 Elantra Problems by Category
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- brakes problems55NHTSA complaints: 67
- wheels / hubs problems54NHTSA complaints: 101
- engine problems40NHTSA complaints: 55
- fuel system problems37NHTSA complaints: 13
- suspension problems28NHTSA complaints: 70
- electrical problems26NHTSA complaints: 42
- interior accessories problems23NHTSA complaints: 3
- steering problems17NHTSA complaints: 72
- body / paint problems13NHTSA complaints: 22
- AC / heater problems7
- windows / windshield problems7NHTSA complaints: 4
- transmission problems6
- seat belts / air bags problems5NHTSA complaints: 28
- lights problems4NHTSA complaints: 21
- exhaust system problems3NHTSA complaints: 1
- exterior accessories problems2NHTSA complaints: 25
- miscellaneous problems2NHTSA complaints: 16
- drivetrain problems1NHTSA complaints: 13
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