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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,346 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2013 Hyundai Elantra engine problems

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

May 182013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 3,197 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle sudden acceleration after pressing brakes and trying to park: As I was turning into a parking space (less than 5 mph), in front of a grocery store to park the car, the vehicle suddenly accelerated, hit a lighting pole and completely damaged the front of the car. Pressing the brakes even harder could not stop the car. The car finally came to a halt as it hit the pole (thankfully no one was injured). The air bag did not come on, my head and neck hit the brakes. Thankfully, I was not injured and no one else was either. Brakes completely failed, the manufacturer was made aware of it but could not find anything defective in the car. This is very scary.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 112013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 400 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 5 mph, the vehicle accelerated on its own. The contact depressed the brake pedal but the brakes did not respond. The contact applied the emergency brake in order to come to a stop. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 400.

- Seaside Heights, NJ, USA

problem #1

Apr 052013

Elantra

  • miles
My wife was trying to park her car when the car suddenly accelerated without her touching the gas or the brake. Luckily, she was able to stop by slamming on the brakes. I've heard recent cases of people not being able to stop when this happens.

- Acworth, GA, USA

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