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:
11 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,392 miles

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2013 Hyundai Elantra body / paint problems

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2013 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #1

Aug 242012


  • 2,500 miles


I purchased a 2013 Hyundai Elantra on June 18, 2012 from dick hannah Volkswagen Hyundai of portland, Oregon. Within a few weeks, I began hearing a noise coming from the trunk area. I made an appointment with the dealership to have it looked at on August 24, 2012. Initially, I was told that they tried to use epoxy to fix the noise and I would have to wait 36 hours (over the weekend) to let it dry. On Monday, the sound was still there and they ran further tests. I was then informed on Wednesday that the car had been transferred to the collision center in vancouver for further inspection. On Thursday, I was informed that the vehicle would need to have a part re-welded. I really was not told exactly what was being welded at that point, but that it would not be ready until the next week (following the labor day weekend). Finally, on Tuesday I was able to talk to the service manager, [xxx] and was informed that they had contacted Hyundai to see if others had encountered the same noise. A Hyundai engineer had to come out and help diagnose the problem. They verified the noise was coming from the right rear shock tower. They removed the reinforcement cap and shock tower and found two spots missed by factory welder, which did not properly adhere the strut tower to the car body and signs of rubbing making the noise. They were able to clean up the area and re-weld the piece together. They reinstalled the right rear shock tower and reinforcement cap to factory specifications. I am told that Hyundai now has a file on my car. The car was returned to me on Thursday, September 6, 2012. A full two weeks after I brought it in for the noise. This is clearly a huge safety defect and others should be aware of it. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Portland, OR, USA

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