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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
40,850 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
2013 Hyundai Elantra AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #5

May 162020

Elantra ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,259 miles


My car engine started to make a weird loud noise. I knew something was not right. When I had it checked they said that they would have to change the motor which was the lower part with the pistons. It was under warranty still so I was lucky that I did not have to pay for this. I did have to pay for all the fluids they administered which all in all cost me 89$. Once I picked up my still made a weird noise...almost the same as when I brought it it. they then told me it was the bearings which made this noise and they had to replace more parts which were thankfully under warranty. I did not have to pay anythiing here at all. Then they gave me a sheet with an estimate of repairs I needed to get done as soon as possible. I found this wierd that they did not tell me this the first time.

When I drove off...the noise was no longer there thankfully.

Two months later...I tried the A/C only warm air was blowing out. I was suspicious because the A/C was working fiine before I had my motor changed. When I called they said that this had nothing to do with changing my motor and that they did not undo any wirings nor release any Freon gas...they said it might be because of the road rocks that must of damaged my compressor. So now...I need to get it inspected which will cost me approx. 150$ or more....just to tell me what is wrong with the A/C. Then they will check to see if the compressor is under my warranty...if will cost me a lot of money to fix.

I really don't see any truth in this. I have just over 67000 km's. I am not thrilled with this news and do not think it just stopped working for nothing. I am searching for a way to get it to work. If I recharge the compressor with some sort of Arctic Freeze or something similar...will this do the trick? I've been watching a few youtube videos and am willing to try this before spending money I don't have just so that they can tell me that there was damage done by a rock. It seems to be a similar argument that I have read from other elantra owner. I looked at the compressor myself and found no leakage or damage would like to try to recharge the A/C compressor. Of course Hyundai told me that if I do this...I can ruin the compressor and that no mechanic will want to repair it after this and I would be basically screwed if I try to do this on my own. Has anyone out there tried this yet? It seems lilke such a simple repair. I have no idea what to. Has anyone out there tried to use the Recharge products themselves? did it work?

- trendie, Montreal, QC, Canada

problem #4

Feb 102018

Elantra ES 1.8L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,200 miles

We are the original owners since brand new off the dealership lot. We have impeccable maintenance records and have always taken good care of the car. Just this week the A/C stopped working and from seeing various other complaints that are similar I am beginning to realize this is a problem with this car. During the summer this would be a very serious problem. Other than spending the $900-1000 quoted estimate for a new compressor and recharge AC system what other suggestions are out there? I really see this as materials and workmanship defect. A new car with this low of mileage should not be having AC issues. I have a truck with double the mileage and is like a meat locker in the middle of summer.

Hyundai needs to get their act together on this one.

- Jeff B., Covina, CA, US

problem #3

Nov 032016

Elantra GLS 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,545 miles

Air conditioner quit blowing cold air. Took to dealer, they say rock punctured it. Really? Prove it. Should be covered under warranty, but dealer and warranty manufacturer says no. Bullshit, now that I see other complaints, sounds fishy to me. Screw you Hyundai, you just lost a customer. NEVER AGAIN.

- cgadke, Tipton, IA, US

problem #2

Sep 242015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

Driving to work and the AC was on high so I lowered it and it stopped blowing cold air. Today I took it to the dealer and they said it was caused by road rocks damaging the compressor and it is NOT under warranty and would be about $900 to fix..?? It is the same thing like Darlene L. from Bellmawt, NJ USA. I want to know what happened to her ?

- Albert L., Las Cruces, US

problem #1

May 102015

Elantra GLS 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,150 miles

Went to turn the AC when it got hot this past May. No AC working just blowing hot air. Made appointment with dealer they put dye in the AC system to try to find a leak. Was told to drive around and when the AC goes again bring it back so they can find the leak, it may be bad O rings. If they can't find the leak they say it may caused by road rocks damaging the compressor and that is NOT under warranty! I asked if the compressor is chipped or cracked and was told no. Was told all cars need refrigerant, I responded by stating my other vehicle of over 10 years never and still doesn't need any. If the dealer thinks people will fall for and be insulted by stating a compressor should be replaced at a cost of over 1000.00 on. 2 year old vehicle or that is was damaged by a road rock, that's ridiculous!!! Hyundai needs to address the issue and fix the problem.

- Darlene L., Bellmawr, NJ, US

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