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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,824 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2011 Hyundai Elantra suspension problems

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #16

Dec 262016


  • miles


The front coil spring on my Elantra broke as I backed up out of my driveway and punctured my tire. There is a recall on this issue Hyundai recall #133 NHTSA campaign #1sv629000. I have contacted multiple dealers and Hyundai customer care as to why my vehicle does not apply to this recall even though my car meets all the criteria. They could not give me an answer and I was told there is nothing they can do.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #15

Dec 222016


  • 77,000 miles
The left front strut and springs broke after hitting a pot-hole coming out of a grocery store. I pulled out of the parking lot once the traffic light turned green. Have hit potholes before without breaking struts or springs. Springs for my 2011 hyuandai Elantra are on back-order.

- Chadwicks, NY, USA

problem #14

Sep 122016


  • 73,386 miles
The front drivers side coil spring snapped. There is an open recall on this part for elanta's manufactured from Nov 2010 till March 2011 in states that use salt as the part can quickly erode and break. Mine was manufactured 12/23/10 and has been registered in New York since at least 2013. Hyundai is refusing to fix the problem saying that my car does not meet the criteria of the recall because it was only cars manufactured in Korea. My garage also believed it was because of the recalled part and submitted a claim to Hyundai and Hyundai came back still refusing to cover it because of excessive miles and that I am the 2nd owner (not even 74,000 miles on the car and other side coil absolutely fine). My vehicle was parked in my driveway when the part broke. I am having a Hyundai certified garage replace the part but I feel that this should be under Hyundai's responsibility as they already know there is a problem with that part and are trying to find loopholes to avoid fixing the problem.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #13

Sep 022016


  • 103,000 miles


The contact owned a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle made a loud banging noise from the front passenger side. The vehicle became difficult to steer. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the front passenger side coil spring fractured and was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V629000 (suspension). The failure mileage was 103,000. Updated 10/27/16

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #12

Oct 212015


  • 83,718 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the tire anchor sensor warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V629000 (suspension) and stated that the part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 83,718. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Caledonia, MI, USA

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problem #11

Feb 082016


  • miles
The suspension on my car is terribly unsafe. When driving over any bumps in the road the rear end wobbles and sways back and forth. In rain or snow the car feels like it is going to lose control on a few occasions the back end has slid out a bit causing corrective action to be taken. This apparently is a major problem but Hyundai refuses to acknowledge it. I have been in for the problem 5 times with no solution.

- North Olmsted, OH, USA

problem #10

Apr 082016


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. While another driver was operating the vehicle, an abnormal noise was heard. Upon inspection, the contact noticed that a front coil spring was fractured. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was remedied under NHTSA campaign number: 15V629000 (suspension). In addition, the contact noted Hyundai only replaced the front driver side strut and coil spring; however, the front passenger side coil spring and strut were not replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Westminster, MA, USA

problem #9

Jan 132016


  • 67,350 miles
This is the second set of brand new tires (michelins) that has failed in less than 25K miles on the 17" rims this car came with. Every small pothole is felt so strongly, the wipers go on and the glove box pops open. There is very little rubber bet. The rim and the road. We don't want to end up dead in a ditch when one of these tires blows out. As noted on the Hyundai blogs, this is a common problem with this model and folks are just waiting for a class action or recall action to happen. Hopefully this will happen before someone is seriously injured or killed.

- Carrboro, NC, USA

problem #8

Apr 172015


  • 77,500 miles
My Hyundai makes a clunking noise from the front end. It happens whenever I shift from park to drive/reverse, drive to reverse, and vice versa, and also if I speed up, or slow down quickly. I tried getting the vehicle checked out at a dealer, and I was told "I don't know why, but many of the Elantra's come from factory making that noise, and we don't know why. Obviously, if it was a safety issue, then Hyundai would have issued a recall by now." I was upset by this statement, because it does cause my vehicle to jerk when I am accelerating and breaking, as well as other strange things, so I am concerned that there is a safety issue here. I did buy this vehicle pre-owned, and it has been happening since the day I bought it. I brought the vehicle back to try to get it repaired under warranty, but I was told that there wasn't anything that could be done to fix the issue. I feel really uncomfortable driving my own vehicle when there is something wrong with it, and according to the dealer, there is nothing I can do to resolve this issue.

- Logan Twp, NJ, USA

problem #7

Aug 182015


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle emitted a rattling noise. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection. The technician diagnosed that the front lower control arm and the exhaust system clamp corroded prematurely. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000. MA 10/16/15

- Palm Coast , FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 132012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles


When traveling at highway speeds, if you go over a dip in the road or a pot hole the left rear tire/suspension bottoms out causing the car to sway or almost jump to the left or the right side. It's almost like the car bottoms out and the wheel comes off of the pavement. It happens constantly. If I go over a speed bump at very slow speeds the left rear suspension bottoms out and you feel and hear it bottoming out. It's terrible. There is a defect. I have never had a car do this. Hyundai said they can't find anything wrong. I have read many posts online about the same thing happening to other Elantra owners. To Hyundai, address this problem!!!!!!!

- Haymarket, VA, USA

problem #5

Nov 082013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
I was traveling to memphis, tn. The rear end of the car would constantly jerk out tot the left when I would hit bumps. I have taken it to the dealer several times, and was told this was a normal reaction for this kind of suspension. The problem has been constant, and during the winter, it tried to spin out of control. On several occasions I have almost lost control, and it is scary because I never know if or when it's gonna crash. I have read several other people having the same problem, including those who have had an accident. This will eventually kill someone unless something is done to fix the problem.

- Nixa, MO, USA

problem #4

Jun 182014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Engine runs rough at idle.. buy 89 octane gas in the winter time. Drive shaft is a new bearing and drive shaft from the dealer and make certain the new one is not defective. I replaced the bearing only and it appears to be fine, for wear out extremely new shocks and struts earlier than you had to on the more expensive foreign cars.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 202013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
Front of Elantra traveling at 40 mph hit another car entering 4 lane on the drivers side.(T-boned") the car was declared a total loss. None of the head, front or seat airbags deployed.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

May 092012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 14,024 miles
Hyundai mechanic, [xxx], claimed that the shaking of the rear suspension is a "normal" feature for all Hyundai Elantras due to the fact that the "rear drive train is a solid platform not independent." This was the cerritos Hyundai's technicians exact statement for my car's malfunction. I provided proper documentation from a professional mechanic, robert velis from rennstar motors, stating that my Hyundai elantic has "erratic directional stability at the rear of the vehicle at speed bumps." This "normal" feature not only is unsettling but causes undo stress to the driver causing distractions when driving. This vehicle should be considered a road hazard, and I believe that the manufacturer should take responsibility for this unsettling feature. I am presenting my distress to you since, Hyundai will not take responsibility for this issue. "erratic directional stability" is not a big enough of a malfunction for Hyundai to take into serious consideration. So, who is to take responsibility: The purchaser or the manufacturer? information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Gardena , CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 092004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 3,200 miles
I have had the same issue with my Hyundai Elantra 2011 tires contipro R17. First incident happened when I hit a 4 inch pothole and for some reason the air escaped the tire and had to call a tow in truck. The dealer replaced my tire for only $321 (am I lucky ha ha). Now it is October and another problem with the back passenger tire hit a much smaller pothole and the tire blew out. What is going on? these tires are made out of bubble gum. My Ford Contour 1997 drove through the grand canyon and tires lasted for 80 thousand miles with no problems. I hope they replace those things before someone gets hurt....... thanks

- Alsip, IL, USA

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