Notes: So far the 2011 Elantra doesn't have the same volume of transmission problems that 2010 owners are fighting with. It also doesn't have the same pattern of steering and braking complaints that are piling up with the 2013 model year.

We're not saying the 2011 is perfect -- I mean, what were they thinking advertising their MPGs -- but there are worse choices.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,429 miles

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2011 Hyundai Elantra engine problems

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #76

Jun 192013


  • miles


Engine knocking noise, even after engine replacement by car repair shop, engine ticks again. All 2011 Hyundai Elantra's engine ticks unnaturally.

- Menomonie, WI, USA

problem #75

Apr 032021


  • miles
The battery won't charge and causing the remotes to keep going out and I'm unable to start my car with the push start remote. The battery and remotes were just replaced in November 2020 & it is now giving me the same issues again. I came back to start my parked car & it won't start.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #74

Mar 172020


  • 103,756 miles
My vehicle doesn't feel safe and this is the second report I make. Please contact me about this matter. Thank you!

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #73

Feb 162019


  • 98,000 miles


Engine has trouble starting or stalls often. Was told to replace whole engine when I went in awhile ago due to issue of starting, noise and oil leak. TPMS sensor I think is shot to every time I fill up air it still suggests issue with tires. Windows also get stuck down or up.

- White Bear Lake, MN, USA

problem #72

Mar 012020


  • 104,586 miles
The problem with my vehicle are many. When im driving it throws me to the side for any dents the street has, bad control. The coils are bad. The engine block has a noise that gets louder and louder every time I turn the not a mechanic but I know something wrong with my car control system.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #71

Sep 012019


  • miles
When going at low speeds in traffic car shuts off after pressing break too much. Car shuts off in reverse. Car shuts off while making turns and hitting break simultaneously. Going over 60 mph causes car to shut off multiple times every few minutes or even seconds. (worst was 9 times in under 2 minutes) car shuts off slowing down to red light. Had car checked numerous times by mechanics. Noone can figure it out. No code comes up when plugged into computer at autoshop. Alot of other people have reported this issue with same make and model

- Bayville, NY, USA

problem #70

Sep 182020


  • 180,000 miles


My daily driver began to make a knocking noise and my dashboard break light indicator came on. I immediately scheduled service with my Hyundai dealer. But it did not make the (2) days wait. While driving at highway speed the front end began to intermittently pull to the right as if the right front brake was being tapped independently. Within minutes all of the electrical shut off and the engine stalled. I drifted to the side of the road. After several attempts the electrical did come back on but the engine would not turn over. I had the vehicle towed to closest Hyundai dealer, who said the engine needed to be replaced and all that was available was a used engine with 60,000 miles on it at an approximate cost of $5,000 dollars with no guarantee that it may require additional repairs.

- Dekalb, IL, USA

problem #69

Jan 022020


  • 60,000 miles
Knocking noise on engine I have done all the oil change on time it only has 60000 miles what's going on a lot of people are complaining and Hyundai is not doing anything I payed a lot for this car months ago and now

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #68

Jan 032019


  • 80,000 miles
There was total engine failure when the car reached about 80K miles. This is known for in the 2011 Hyundai Elantras but hyundia has yet to recall the Elantras just the sonatas. Despite constant and frequent oil changes oil sludge formed and entered the engine compartment completely rendering it unrepairable. A "new" engine had to be placed but I was warned the problem could occur again but a recall still has not been issued. This is dangerous as the engine was sputting out, misfiring and blue smoke was being released from the exhaust due to this

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #67

Dec 192018


  • 90,000 miles
My car has had engine light on over one year since I bought it used, different shop tried to fix it but they can't get it, they said it is because of vehicle bad system itself so why it shakes every single time, electrical power system is not good, the heating system was down, the fixed it a couple days from now but still it isn't working properly.the problem came in when I was driving in highway I-295 Maine state.

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #66

Jan 052020


  • 105,500 miles


I was told that metal shavings were found in the engine block and they also covered my camshaft position sensor. The metal shavings lead to the pistons not getting enough oil and it threw a rod, as a result of these medal shavings and little oil viscosity. The car was in motion, on the highway.

- Upper Chichester, PA, USA

problem #65

Jan 062020


  • 122,000 miles
Engine knocking, possible piston defect

- Waterford, NY, USA

problem #64

Jul 122019


  • 45,000 miles
Car will lose power while driving, on occasion it can be jumped / restarted, but it will suddenly lose power again. Have towed it 6 times in 5 months. Now I'm looking for an entirely new engine. Side note: You can't put the car in neutral to tow it if there is no power, so you have to hope jumper cables will get it enough power to put the car in neutral. No manual steering either, so we had to use a tow truck several times since you couldn't turn corners manually at all the steering wheel just locks, even with the key in the ignition.

- Idaho Falls, ID, USA

problem #63

Dec 012019


  • 57,000 miles
The vehicle experience rod knock with 57,000 and vehicle has erratic transmission shifting. The dealer explained they would cover 60 percent but my cost is still $4,000 for which the vehicle is only worth 6,000 on trade. Plus $600 to fix transmission problem. Requested picture from dealer but only sent pictures of metal shavings in oil pan and valve cover.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #62

Dec 202019


  • 115,000 miles
The engine is knocking at all times

- North Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #61

Oct 012019


  • 136,000 miles
Car jerks into reverse hard. When going down road car loses power. Just acts like its not going anywhere. Very low miles onvthis car.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #60

Jul 222019


  • 126,548 miles
Drove vehicle to dealer, boucher hyundia of waukesha after the check engine light would go on and off with codes P2096 and P0304. Codes are related to cylinder 3 and 4 misfires. Dealer found engine making a noise from lower end and recommends an engine replacement. Dealer disassembled the vehicle to document possible financial assistance from Hyundai motor America. After four weeks hma declined to provide assistance. The vehicle was reassembled and returned to the owner. The vehicle could not be driven off the dealer lot, it stalled immediately after starting. The eight year old vehicle with 126,000 miles is a unfixable and has lost market value.

- Delafield, WI, USA

problem #59

Jan 162019


  • miles
My 2011 Hyundai Elantra has this ticking sound coming from the engine for over 12months. I has constantly called even had the car towed 4 to 5 times to the same dealership for the same thing that the Hyundai motor want and wouldn't declared the car a lemon. The car constantly would not start or when it did start while driving it would slow down and then shut completely off where I would have to restart the vehicle back up. The car is always keeped in a close garage and regardless to the weather it continue to make this loud razzing noise in the engine. Service manager chad repeatedly told me that there was nothing wrong and that it was because of the weather. Now the dealership wants me to pay 7000 dollars for a new engine

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #58

Feb 012019


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. When the vehicle was started or while driving various speeds, the contact heard an abnormal ticking noise emerging from the engine compartment. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to peacock Hyundai columbia (310 greystone blvd, columbia, SC 29210, (803) 799-1234) where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken to stivers Hyundai (101 newland rd, columbia, SC 29229, (803) 419-7819) where it was diagnosed that the lifters, engine, and timing belt needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was contacted and provided case number: 35887131. No further assistance was provided. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Columbus, SC, USA

problem #57

Jun 262019


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owned a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the vehicle caught fire while parked in the family garage. There were no injuries and the fire department put out fire. A fire report and a police report were filed. Smoke filled the home and the garage drywall ceiling had collapsed and blackened the interior of the garage. There was extensive smoke damage to the interior of the house. The vehicle was engulfed in flames and full of water. The fire started on the driver's front side of the engine. The exact cause had not been determined as of yet. The vehicle 's whole front from the engine had been burned out. The glass exploded and the vehicle was ripped open using a jaws of life tool so the fire department could put out the fire from the engine. The vehicle was destroyed. The dealer and the manufacturer were not contacted. The failure mileage 68,000.

- Zionsville, IN, USA

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