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 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Aug 192016


  • 59,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that both tail lights failed to illuminate. The contact had to tap the tail lights in order for the lights to illuminate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Calexico, CA, USA

problem #22

Oct 072016


  • 67,000 miles
Engine failure. Zero compression cylinder #1. second time this has happened since purchase on 10/18/2016. Also, tire pressure problem, ESC light comes on, dashboard gauges inoperative. Fuel mileage below what is advertised. Neither hundai nor enterprise will fix the problem after repeated demands. Also, there is a recall regarding "stopper pad" and stop lamp switch. Bought vehicle, cash, from enterprise car sales in montclair, ca. It was a "certified" used car, supposedly. Immediately I noticed that the engine sounded "tinny". sounded like a sewing machine, it was knocking. Also, when I lifted the oil stick, smoke came out of engine. This was within 2 weeks after purchase. The car completely lost compression on interstate 10 in April, 2015. I told both Hyundai and enterprise who ignored my complaints. Finally, after several complaints and threats, enterprise took the car in and sent it to Hyundai dealership who claimed there was no problem. The car began losing power again in September, 2016 and finally stopped in the middle of the street in arcadia, ca. No compression. It had to be towed to my house. I took it to private shop who said "zero compression in cylinder #1, possible burned out valve '. see attached. Called hyindai and enterprise again. Both denied responsibility, and refused to do anything. I have to now pay over $1,000 to get engine rebuilt. This car is a lemon and I am enttied to refund or a new car.

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #21

Nov 102015


  • miles
The lights in the inside come on by it self when while driving the dome lights N the other panel light. Suspension under the bottom of the car rattle. Also when stopping the car when it raining it slids

- St. Rose, LA, USA

problem #20

Nov 292013


  • miles


Daytime running lights do not come on at start of vehicle. Also every exterior lights comes on as do internal dashboard lights get dimmer which can affect seeing my mileage, fuel, and radiator.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #19

May 112013


  • 5 miles
My 2013 Elantra GT came equipped with factory drl's (daytime running lamps). Reading the owners manual completely, I've found the info on the light switch stalk settings misleading & doesn't offer a clear explanation.. the light switch indicates positions for, "drl off, parking lamps & headlamps", but the only way to operate drl's are while parking lamps switched on. That means, drl's along with full nighttime illumination of every exterior light except headlamps, including front & rear parking lights, side marker lamps & license plate lamps. I find the "limited" models have automatic headlamps control & are not included in this issue because their drl's run independent of other exterior lamps. I have contacted the dealer with this concern & was told, it is characteristic of this model (excluding the limited models). It is illegal in some states to run parking lamps, plus in order to have drl's on, the vehicle must provide extra power (reduced mpg's) to run all those other lamps, reduces bulb life, etc. In addition, the dash light illumination does not dim from full-bright when headlamps are switched on. There is a manual dimmer switch, but dimming must be raised/lowered each time before driving in day or night conditions. What other vehicle does this? these things seem to be an oversight on the part of Hyundai. No indication or discernible differences on instrumentation whether drl parking lamps or headlights are on.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

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problem #18

Dec 292014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 10 miles
There are no true daytime running lights as advertised since one has to turn on all the other running lights (amber for front, red in rear) in order for the low beam "drls" to function. This is illegal to do in some states and drivers have been stopped, warned, and even ticketed for this. This is both a serious safety issue, as well as gross misadvertising.

- Wingdale, NY, USA

problem #17

Sep 252014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 29,000 miles


My wife was driving the car. It was a dark road in the night. Perhaps she didn't see the stop sign and crashed into a vehicle coming from right hand side, going in the same direction my wife was going. My wife crashed the other vehicle from behind. It was serious crash in which the entire front portion of the car is damaged. But the air bags did not come out. My wife had her head hit the steering wheel and had an injury. My complaint is "why did the air bag not inflate in such a serious crash?"..updated 10/06/14. Updated 05/13/2015

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #16

Feb 052014


  • 2,600 miles
This car is equipped with daytime running lights, but there is no way to turn them on without also turning on the parking lights. When the daytime running lights and parking lights are illuminated, the taillights are on and the instrument cluster is dimmed so that it is difficult to read. This creates an unsafe and in some states (California and others) illegal situation if the daytime running lights are turned on.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #15

May 262013


  • miles
Two issues: (1) I purchased the vehicle on May 26, 2013. I found out that the gov. Had issued a recall for the Elantra models built from 11-12-2010 through 3-5-2013. My car was assembled on Feb, 22, 2013. I was never told about this at time of purchase and have never received any notification from Hyundai motor America. The dealers are not responsive. (2) the "auto-dimming rearview mirror with homelink & compass" rarely functions. Real problem is that mirror image and headlights are same intensity/ clarity whether unit is turned on or off--very dangerous at night. The dealer I purchased car from and another dealer refused to investigate.

- Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #14

Nov 092013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 250 miles
The day time running lights on my new 2013 Elantra do not work properly. The lights do not come on automatically. The owner's manual doesn't provide correct information on how this feature works. The only way to have day time running lights is to turn on the parking lights, which also means the tail lights and the dash lights come on. How can a dealer claim the day time running light feature is included when it truly isn't. this is a dangerous situation and no way are these truly day time running lights. Why no recall on this problem??

- North Wales, PA, USA

problem #13

May 012013


  • 2,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph in a dim area, the low beam head lighting appeared to be dimmer than normal. The contact stated that the failure posed as a safety hazard because he resided in a mountainous area. The vehicle was not been inspected or repaired. The manufacturer was not been notified of the contact's concerns. The approximate failure mileage was 2,000 and the current mileage was 12,000.

- Bryson City, NC, USA

problem #12

Aug 292013


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the daytime running lights were not engaging automatically when starting the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The mechanic stated that the parking lights needed to be activated in order for the daylight running lights to operate normally. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 1,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #11

Feb 012013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
Car is advertised as having daytime running lights (drl's). The drl's do not operate normally on my 2013 Hyundai Elantra coupe as they are not on "automatically" when driving. If the light stalk is in the off position the drl's are off. When I turn the drl's on, the parking lights (amber side lights and the rear tail lights) are turned on as well. In addition to it being illegal in some states to drive with parking lights on this setup makes my brake lights less noticeable during the day (when I do brake) as they are already lit up. Also, when turning the drl's on, the interior gauge lights are automatically dimmed which is a feature for night driving, not daytime driving with drl's.

- Bethalto, IL, USA

problem #10

Apr 062013


  • 350 miles
I just bought the 2013 limited Hyundai Elantra over the easter weekend, on 3/31/13. Two days after buying it, I noticed the light in the dash showing whether the headlights were on or not was no longer working, but I put it up to the fact I was driving at dawn/dusk and they were probably not "on" even though the driving lights were on and showing as "on". however on 4/6/13 when driving at 10pm at night with the headlights most certainly "on" the indicator light still did not come on.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #9

Mar 222013


  • 45 miles
Car claims it has daytime running lights, yet it really doesn't. you have to turn on the parking lights for the drl to actually come on. So then you have the parking lights on front, rear taillights as well as the drl. This is a safety issue, I believe some states have laws against running parking lights on clear days" other cars I have own, the drl comes on automatically when driving. Called Hyundai and dealership, got the brush off as that is just the way it is. Actually after some research I found that a software change made in mid 2012 is what did this issue. Should be a recall! it is also a mis-leading sales, what next, must roll window down for the A/C to come on"

- Tecumseh, KS, USA

problem #8

Jul 042012


  • 0 miles
Car is advertised as having day time running lights, but the drl only turns on with the parking lights. Dealer and Hyundai both state this is normal for the car. This not how any other car I have driven is like. Using parking lights during the day is illegal in many states.

- Frenchtown, NJ, USA

problem #7

Feb 272013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the based on the monroney sticker, the vehicle was equipped with daytime running lamps however, there were none. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered to switch the vehicle with another one. The contact stated that he had to drive with the tail lights running during the daytime because there were no day time running lamps equipped on the vehicle. The failure and current mileage was approximately 8. kmj updated 5/7/13

- Feasterville, PA, USA

problem #6

Feb 182013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 15 miles
I recently purchased a new Hyundai Elantra gls. One of the features on the sticker claims that there are daytime running lights. The switch that turns on/off the headlights is also the "drl off/on" switch. I contacted Hyundai via email and they refer me to the owners manual. In the state of Georgia its illegal to drive with the parking lights on during the day (unless it's raining or visibility is hundred. I believe it may be illegal in other states also. These are not daytime running lights. The sticker on the car may claim it has daytime running lights, but its miss leading and it seems as a lie.

- Midland, GA, USA

problem #5

May 012012


  • miles
The daytime running light drl system on this car is flawed. A proper drl system requires no user action to activate and only illuminates the lower beam lights. On my 2013 Elantra, you have to turn the lighting stalk to the parking lamp position in order to activate them and when you do, the low beams and all 4 parking lamps illuminate. This is not how it is supposed to work. Also my battery ran down unexpectedly and the tow driver said it strains the battery when you leave the stalk in an "on" position.

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 032012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 465 miles
Purchased a new 2013 Hyundai Elantra gls 4 door. Once a person turns on their daytime running lights all of the vehicles parking lights turn on as well. No other car manufacture has mandated all this illumination during daytime hours. On August 3rd 2012 at 11:40am I was issued a moving violation by a los angeles police officer in the city of van nuys, C.a. I was cited for violating California vehicle code section 24800 which states "no vehicle shall be driven at any time with the parking lamps lighted except when the lamps are being used as turn signal lamps or when the headlamps are also illuminated". I explained the scenario to my lawyer and he advised me that the citation is valid because in C.a. the word headlamps in vc section 24800 is interpreted by the courts as the vehicles primary source of forward illumination and daytime running lights do not fall into this primary source category. To avoid future citations I highly recommend that if you operate any 2013+ Hyundai product do not use the daytime running light feature because the parking lights will light up and you will be subject to a citation. I advised Hyundai via a recorded phone call about this problem. If they do not take proper action to correct this they will be considered negligent.

- Burbank, CA, USA

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