Notes: Be aware that there's a significant trend of owners complaining that the Elantra's fuel economy is significantly less than the EPA estimates.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,000 miles

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2012 Hyundai Elantra electrical problems

electrical problem

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2012 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #1

May 012014


  • 50,000 miles


Turn key in ignition. Nothing happens. Turn off, turn on, eventually ignition works and car turns on. This happened multiple times before first visit to dealer to try to remedy issue. First trip to dealer 5/14/14. Dealer can't recreate problem. Problem continues. 6/11/14: Turn key, car won't start, turn off, turn on, car wont start. After several tries, Hyundai dealer called, sends a tow truck. Tow truck driver turns key. Won't start. Tow truck driver says you need to turn the key and hold it down to "reset the computer, reset the brake switch." He does this and car starts. He tows it to dealer 6/11/14. Dealer can't recreate problem (sands down painted ground areas). 6/26/14- car starts but is stuck in park, can't shift to drive. Turn off. Turn back on. Able to shift to drive. Later same day 6/26/14, turn key in ignition. Nothing happens. Hold key down as instructed by tow truck driver on 6/11. Turn off, turn back on, car starts. Read up on the issue online. Symptoms sound similar to brake switch recall issues on earlier models.

- Tequesta, FL, USA

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