fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,055 miles

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2013 Hyundai Veloster engine problems

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 132015


  • 34,000 miles


Engine runs too lean to begin with. After approximately 43,000 miles, the engine failed. Dealer refused to fix due to "aftermarket spark plugs." Issue began with oem plugs and aftermarket was later installed. Dealer refuses to honor warranty and frequently covers up their mistakes. Vehicle began issues on travel home from work. Cel was blinking. Car taken to dealership and was not repaired. Owner replaced spark plugs after inspection of faulty plugs. Issue occurred again and was taken to dealer. Dealer refused work due to aftermarket plugs. Closer inspection revealed a faulty exhaust valve in cylinder 3. dealer still refused repair.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012012


  • 75 miles
Vehicle slips out of gear often. Dealership cannot duplicate problem, and one dealer dismissed my complaint. Happens after accelerating from a stop when shifting from 1-2 but has happened when shifting 2-3 and it slips out and engine revs, disengaged from wheels (as if in neutral). This is when using it in normal mode, not sport or manual shift. There are numerous other complaints online in various forums (not yet on nhsta site it seems) this is very unsafe in traffic as the driver must stop accelerating, shift car into N and then back to drive to get it to work again.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 062015

Veloster 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Driver turned right from a stop sign onto a highway and began accelerating to 55 M.P.H when driver reached approximately 35 M.P.H, he heard a loud bang in the engine compartment at which point the vehicle lost power. The vehicle was still running but the driver could not accelerate or throttle. The driver pulled off to the side of the road when the driver noticed white smoke accumulating and the smell of coolant or antifreeze coming into the interior of the vehicle. The smoke was coming from the engine compartment and became darker in color. The engine then went up in flames.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #4

Nov 202014


  • 22,000 miles


The engine light came on 2 weeks earlier took car in and they claim they made an adjustment and I was also told might happen again and the would need to replace valve 4 or cylinder 4 not sure which then I was driving home down the block from my house engine light came on and then major noise in engine and all lights came on engine shut off had to push car home... had towed to dealer next day they told me rod went thru the rengine and needed a new engine. The dealer has had my car now for 6 weeks and they cannot tell me when it will be repaired (prefer to be replaced) I am not a happy camper at all.

- Oakland Park , FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 262013


  • 4,000 miles
It started as some small shocks from door and steering wheel. The vehicle now shocks you from just about anywhere you stand. I did bring it to the dealer and after having for over 3 days only a oil change had been done. I asked to pick up for a appt. I had on Sunday and all three pages of what was to be looked at stated work not done.I told service advisor I needed to get car fixed before I drove across country, I asked to bring it back and he said I thought you were leaving which I am but very concerned about driving any length because it gets painful if I have to turn on lights.

- Cutler Bay, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 202013


  • 8,000 miles
My 2013 Hyundai Veloster almost stalled at least 3 times during the past 2 months. Whether I'm going up a slight incline (in California) or if accelerating after a stop. I've recently noticed that when the air conditioner and radio is on it sometimes will sputter and drop rpms and nearly stalls. I've taken it to the dealer and explained it to them. The service department claimed they couldn't duplicate the problem. [xxx] it's happened to me several times. There needs to be a recall due to all of the online similar complaints about Veloster stalls!!!! NHTSA please look into all of the complaints! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Menifee, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012012

Veloster 4-cyl

  • 313 miles
While traveling down the road at approximately 50 mph the crank pulley fell off the motor. This prevents the alternator, water pump and ac compressor from functioning as they are belt driven. With the alternator not functioning the batter will be drained to the point of dead (depending on what accessories are on) and with the water pump not functioning the car will almost immediately overheat leaving the vehicle stranded.

- Middletown, DE, USA

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