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: 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,081 miles

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2013 Hyundai Elantra lights problems

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Jun 162012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 7 miles


I recently got a new Hyundai Elantra gls. The sticker claims that there are daytime running lights. When I called the dealer to find out why the daytime running lights on my car do not come on, they could not figure it out and suggested I call Hyundai. The same switch that turns off the headlights is also the "drl off" switch. There is no separate "drl on" switch. The Hyundai case manager told me that on the american-made models it is necessary to turn the parking lights on, and that this is the daytime running light system. Every car has parking lights; they are not on whenever a vehicle is running and must be turned on. These are not daytime running lights. Daytime running lights are supposed to be on whenever the headlights are not on. The sticker on the car may claim that the car has daytime running lights, but it seems to me that this is a lie; there are no daytime running lights on the car. A significant safety feature has been left off the car.

- Forest Hills, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 232012


  • 1,100 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that when completing a left turn, the left turn signal would continue to flash. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and informed the contact that there was nothing they could do to assist with the issue. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 1,100.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #1

May 182012


  • miles
I got this car a few days ago. The window sticker claims it has daytime running lights. The lighting stock has three options. The options are "drl off, daytime lights, and night time lights." When daytime lights are activated, it activates the daytime running lights, but also activates rear lights and dims interior gauge lights to "night lighting" levels. This poses several safety risks. Firstly, people may struggle to read interior gauges when driving during the day, increasing the risk of a collision. Secondly, the activated rear lights adds confusion during the day and could increase the risk of other motorists crashing into the rear.

- Anderson, IN, USA

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