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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 problems59NHTSA complaints: 85
- wheels / hubs problems59NHTSA complaints: 107
- engine problems50NHTSA complaints: 70
- fuel system problems41NHTSA complaints: 13
- electrical problems33NHTSA complaints: 50
- suspension problems30NHTSA complaints: 77
- interior accessories problems25NHTSA complaints: 3
- steering problems19NHTSA complaints: 79
- body / paint problems16NHTSA complaints: 24
- AC / heater problems9
- transmission problems9
- windows / windshield problems8NHTSA complaints: 4
- seat belts / air bags problems6NHTSA complaints: 35
- lights problems5NHTSA complaints: 28
- exterior accessories problems3NHTSA complaints: 26
- exhaust system problems3NHTSA complaints: 1
- miscellaneous problems2NHTSA complaints: 20
- drivetrain problems1NHTSA complaints: 19
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