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This version of the Elantra was a well-rounded competitor with rankings near the top of our small-sedan Ratings. An easy car with which to live, the Hyundai combines nimble handling with comfort and a well-controlled ride. The car also offers a neatly laid out and well-equipped interior. However, the coupe-like stylling dictates a beltline that swoops upward toward the rear. This can impede the view to the rear quarters.
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There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Hyundai Elantra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“This car has had a problem since about 60,000 miles which was taken in 3 times within the 100,000 warranty, but never fixed. The transmission stays in the gear just under the top gear and won't upshift sometimes. We need to accelerate and decelerat”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission seems to hunt up and down when driving around town. When it shifts, it's not smooth”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Several times the transmission would begin to shift gears rapidly, roughly, upshifting and downshifting without correlation to driving speed. After driving for awhile, the problem stopped. Several times the transmission locked, but could be unlocke”

Anonymous, NV (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Apparently computer problem”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)

“Car herks and jerks like it cant decide which gear to change into. Most annoying when trying to excelerat onto a freeway of when it changes into a higher gear. it dumps into a gear then jerks the entire car when it changes started 10 months after we”

Frances J., CA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)

“Transmission replaced under warranty when it was 2 years old. The shifting problem restarted approximately one year later after it was out of warranty. No warning lights have come on but it still shifts roughly from 2nd to 3rd gear”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“It occurs occasionally and has gone away each time. Dealer could not identify. I think it is a computer problem. Shifting through gears is jerky and uncertain when it occurs - somewhat unnerving, until it gets back to normal mode”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Periodically car lurches as gears shift. Seems to be more frequent in lower temps”

John B., NC (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Slipping transmission similar to previous comment, it slips in and out of gears, but then the problem disappears”

Anonymous, NV (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“When shifting into a higher gear the transmission would slip as indicated by a jump in RPM's”

Joseph B., VA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“trans slips from 2-3 dealer states it is normal”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Not sure if its slipping or just cant figure out which gear it should be in. The car herks and jerks which is really annoying to drive Lousy mileage way less than sticker of 28-30 avg miles Best we ever got was 25”

Frances J., CA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)

“The automatic transmission would slip, especially when climbing up and down mountain hills. However, the Hyundai Dealorship/Garage said that their computer diagnostics could not find the problem, so they did nothing to fix it. (They did not test driv”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Car made a 'clunking" sound as it was switching gears. It was a problem with a computer part which was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)

“The transmission was very slow going into reverse, up to 3-4 seconds delay, which I felt was potentially dangerous. The dealership made adjustments to correct the problem which did not help. Eventually the transmission was replaced”

Rick F., ON (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Whenever the car was placed in to a gear, P, R, D, or M, it would jump the whole car and jerk the passengers. This also happened when the car was in drive and the transmission would shift gear, which would cause the car to lose control a little”

Tyron T., UT (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“the trans has started to slip on occasion and once the trans light went one . it happened just as I was leaving town the next day so I could not bring it in to get checked”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“From the date of purchase the transmission has a hesitation shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. The hesitation has become lengthier and noisier”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Difficulty shifting into reverse”

Chris B., ME (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Transmission shifting was sometimes not as expected and the ECP light would come on. Transmission sensor for RPM replaced (no cost) and problem disappeared”

Anonymous, AL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Car would hesitate/miss while accelerating. particularly before it warmed up Took 2 trips to Hyundai to determine issue and fix it. determined to be the trans temp. sensor. Fixed it and no problems since”

Dewayne C., IL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

“Temperature sensor in transmission fluid failed, which caused transmission to kick and sputter a lot. Service was unable to identify the problem (we took it in several times) until the "malfunction" indicator light illuminated, and then they were ab”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“faulty temperature sensor that made it shift roughly”

Greg K., MN (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS Unsure)

“Problem was with uneven shifting and bucking when starting the car. Service at dealer attributed it to a faulty sensor and kept the car until repair parts were available. They supplied a loaner vehicle”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“My trans started slipping luckily just before the warranty went out. took it to the dealer and they said it was a sensor or solenoid Im not sure but they fixed it but it still makes a funny sound. the Hyundai dealership in Lincolnwood sucks !”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS Unsure)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Spent $500 fixing rear alignment”

Anonymous, HI (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“required allingment”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Was found leaking during first oil change, replace under warranty”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Shock/strut went out creating steering issues that were not dangerous but rather bothersome. When brought to attention of dealer, they immediately replaced it under warranty”

Keith G., CA (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS Unsure)

“Both struts were leaking and caused steering wheel vibration”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Coil spring broke, punctured tire”

Matthew M., NL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“One side leaking and needed replacement”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Leaking...failed”

Douglas Y., ON (2011 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“noise in front end - right strut had to be replaced”

William H., ME (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Immediately after the warranty ran out (2 months after) and it had been at the Hyundai Service department just prior to that, the timing belt needed to be changed as per the maintenance guidelines. An inspection was done for the 96000KM maintenance at that department which was where they came back with a $3200 bill for repairs. This included brakes, rotors, struts, and the timing belt replacement. Found out from a 2nd opinion later that the brakes did NOT need replacing but the front struts did”

Anonymous, MB (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Front-end very bouncy on any size bump in road. Hyundai found passenger side strut bad and replaced it under warranty”

Anonymous, NV (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“rear suspension has had several part replaced. suspect poorly engineered”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced within 5 years one struts”

Anonymous, SC (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“2 shocks leaked oil. Replaced with manufacture warranty. Still terrible ride on bumps, potholes, driveways”

Robert M., CA (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

“The squeaks indicated in the previous question are most likely due to springs or shocks failing in the back end of the car”

Ryan K., MB (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

“This car has Pirelli P4 touring tires which are highly rated and excellent tires. When these tires come from the rear and are rotated to the front, they have a serious noise and vibration issue. They were replaced once already under a tire warranty”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“steering column and rack had to be replaceed”

Donald C., FL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

“it might not have been a tie rod exactly, but a bolt came loose that made the suspension bottom out on even minor bumps”

Greg K., MN (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS Unsure)

“One of the tie rods was causing noise in the rear of the car and was replaced under warranty in the previous year. It is making noise again now”

Anonymous, MB (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“The steering wheel became loose and skipped when turning. They added bushings to correct, but then I had to return to have them tightened a second time”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“cd player stopped working”

Allison K., MD (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“lots of problems with ipod/iphone connectivity, especially after apple version updates. currently can only use external headphone connector to use ipod/iphone. bluetooth doesn't consistently work either”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“The GPS software must be renewed yearly ($160 cost) or GPS maps become almost worthless - for example 20 year old streets are not displayed and interstate directions are wrong”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“After one brief use to update the GPS maps, the box containing the USB port failed. The replacement part is over $400”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“doesn't work”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Will not connect with my cell phone anymore”

Donna W., MS (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS Unsure)

“Doesn't stay paired”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Initially phone pairing worked but now it is no longer functional. Unable to link phone to car's bluetooth”

Anonymous, AR (2011 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“radio doesn't work”

Allison K., MD (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“System has electrical short that creates loud feedback over the system when the engine is running and the stereo is on. Loud static and crackling from the speakers when driving over bumps”

David C., MA (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Complete failure of radio unit had to be replaced three times”

Anonymous, LA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“radio would switch to auxiliary channel in cold weather (<-5C). New radio replaced has the same problem but less frequently”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“AM Static when car is warm, dealer unable to replicate, still present, out of warranty, dealer did not address prior to warranty expiring”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“in cold weather the FM radio often switches to Aux mode”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Control buttons, other than on steering wheel, work sporadically, if at all. Often begins to scroll through all the stations or ipod selections. Button seems to get stuck”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“No sound comes out of them, fuse keeps burning out”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Twice in the time I've owned the car the sound goes out on all audio functions. it isn't the speakers, its the amp This second time was not under warranty. Removing and reinstalling the amp works temporarily. but amp works when bench tested”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

“The bluetooth phone system does not work because the overhead speaker is faulty. The dealer did not have one in stock and I gave up on repairing it because of the cost”

Terrance B., GA (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Backup or other camera/sensors

“The backup camera failed completely. No picture appeared in the viewer in the dash. The dealer replaced the camera (for several hundred dollars)”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“The transmission had to be changed with less than 20,000 miles on the car”

James M., NY (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Reolaced under warrenty because of slippage”

Joseph B., VA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission replacement at under 36,000 miles”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)

“Erattic shifting”

David T., FL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“TRAN. SLIPED WHEN SHIFTING FOR 3 YR. BEFORE MFG. REPLACED”

Shirley S., MO (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission was rough shifting. When I took it in, the dealer said there was a recall and replaced the transmission”

Peggy G., SC (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)

“I had rough shifting from when I first bought the car, then it slipped a few times and when I took to dealer, they replaced the transmission, no questions asked”

James C., GA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“received a new transmission. but was 3 years ago. my error in the less than a year”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Covered under Warranty Problem began around 40,000km, only at 90,000km has dealer been able to replicate and determine solution was to replace transmission”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission was not shifting smoothly and would shift too late and suddenly. After being told there was no problem, the next time I complained the dealer immediately replaced the transmission under warranty”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Slipping our of gear”

Anonymous, BC (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission was very slow going into gear, particularly reverse. I took it to the dealer, they made some adjustments which did not help, so I returned it again and they replaced the transmission under warranty”

Rick F., ON (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“At 55000 the transmission gearbox needed to be replaced under warranty. Cost would have been $2,500 if not under warranty”

John-Brenda S., OK (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)

“The car was about one year old and the transmission had to be replaced”

James M., FL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission had to be replaced”

Mark O., OK (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission went out and Hyundai replaced it vehicle was still under warranty”

Jan G., MO (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS Unsure)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“the spare wheel well filled with water repeatedly. Dealer tried 4-5 times over a couple of years to fix it. finally the last fix seems to still be working. It was taken to a body shop twice!”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)

“Hinge on drivers side door squeaks/grinds when opened. Repaired under warranty. Passenger side door latch had to be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Problem turned out to be rear catch was improperly adjusted”

Gary F., CA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Car was running louder than when it was first purchased. Took back 2-3 times, one minor warranty item was fixed, but they found nothing else wrong with the car”

Larry A., IL (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Pops or cracking noises in the dash and doors usually when making sharp turns”

Darron K., AL (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“When the car moves from a stopped position, there is an audible squeaking coming from the back end. This can be confirmed by boucing the cars back end when stopped”

Ryan K., MB (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The seal around the trunk lid squeaks on rough roads. I live in the country and most of my roads are rough. The high gas mileage makes up for the squeaks”

Anonymous, AL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)

“The car had a major engin problem at 15,000 miles, where the engin was replaced due to metal flakes found in the oil, so we were told. (Luckily the car was still under warranty.) But the Hyundai dealership never fully determined what caused the issue”

Tyron T., UT (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattling noise under car on acceleration, exhaust heat shield loose, tied down with clamp, no more rattling”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine internals rattle on cold start”

Robert M., CA (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“It has become very noisy when driving on the highway. It seems to be coming from the rear, around the hatchback”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“LOUD AIR NOISE WHEN FACING INTO WIND”

Shirley S., MO (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“This is not a quiet car. I am not pleased with it”

John K., ON (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noise when a cross wind is blowing across the exterior mirrors. Doesn't happen all the time only occasionally”

Mike K., TX (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Sunroof doesnt seal tightly when closed. Creates annoying wind noise. Dealer says ENTIRE sunroof must be replaced”

John B., NC (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“Brakes seized with wheel lock up”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)

“I think a caliper rod stock (not sure if terminology is correct). Repair was expensive (~$1000) because calipers and brake pads on both sides of axle had to be replaced, and rotors on both sides repaired or replaced, along with brake fluid”

Anonymous, MD (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS Unsure)

“Sticky calipers”

Hans D., MD (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

“Normal wear”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“All 4 brakes were replaced in 2014”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)

“It was hard to tell if the brakes needed replacing or not, the cost was high, but my wife may have been taken in by the repair shop (NTB). I also was over charged for repairs by Firestone on my Cadillac”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear brake pads were worn thin”

William K., OH (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

“Rear pads and disques were replaced”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“brakes rusted and wore out much more quickly than all my previous cars--no change in driving habit”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Brake pads started separating from the backing plate before the pads were fully worn down”

Anonymous, VT (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Hyundai said my REAR brakes needed replacing as the pads were disintegrating and one had "allegedly" bound to the rotor and caused a groove on the rotor. The front brakes were apparently fine”

Kyle S., ON (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“premature brake after 7ooo we changed brake by dealer then went back for next inspection. Brakes bad again. Due to what they called bad slides.After conversation with service manager, unhappy with decision. of us to pay. We talked someone higher up”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I was going out of town a lot to help my brother so I was leaving my car sit for 2 or 3 weeks at a time . The breaks would stick together when I'd get back and the dealership told me I had to get new breaks and roters which they charged me huge money for. Again the hyundai dealership in Lincolnwood il sucks”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS Unsure)
Regular brake failure

“The brakes failed slowly. It was not the master cylinder but we are not sure what caused it. The dealer had the car for a week and provided us with a rental car. It was covered by the warrenty”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)
Squeaking

“Brakes are making a scrubbing sound. The mechanic says pads are not worn, just noisy. Early replacement may or may not solve the issue”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“peeling paint on roof rails - repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The outside handles are changing color and do not match the paint of the car. It is really bad”

John W., MO (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS Unsure)

“The paint is coming off the roof rails. The dealership told me that the paint was warranted for only three years. Thus it was not repaired”

James M., NY (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint on roof rack peeling off”

Floris V., CA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“the paint is chipped and coming off to easy on the front and back form parking dings”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“More small paint chips have occurred than would be expected especially with low mileage”

John-Brenda S., OK (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)

“paint on roof rack peeling”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“showing signs of rust in trunk lid region”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Under passenger handle is a large bubble - rust coming through”

George B., QC (2011 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

“Cruise stopped working - wouldn't engage when selected. When I took the car in to have two head/tail lights replaced, when I got it back, the problem was fixed. I never mentioned the problem to the mechanic”

Todd N., IN (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Refused to decelerate, would turn off by itself while in use”

Reed K., FL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“Headlight assembly defective. Dealer refuses to repair under warranty”

Floris V., CA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“headlight had to be replaced because of overheating”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Right rear quarter panel lights only work when the headlights are on. No break lights or anything when the headlights are off”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

“Horn doesn't make noise. Dealer repaired, but still doesn't make noise. Must take back again”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Second time the horn died. The first time was under warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

“One of them died and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS Unsure)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Needed a new engine.....was disappointed with the corporate response that I had to wait for a engine to arrive, could be months.....told them that was not acceptable because I had two teenage daughters driving.....they gave me a trade but really had”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“ticking sound. They found metal shavings in oil pan and replaced the engine under warranty”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Ticking noise said by the dealership to be caused by "Piston Coating" coming off. Replaced short block under warranty at 100,000km (just made it!) Internet opinion says root cause may be piston slap since new”

Jeffrey J., NS (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Hyundai needed to replace my engine at only 29000km due to piston slap”

Kyle S., ON (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Started hearing a "knocking" noise at around 105000 miles.Took to dealer who said the crankshaft and rods were worn and car needed a new engine.Car has always been maintained at dealership according to their schedule”

Janice O., AL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

“Was hearing a couple rattling noises. Took to dealer. One was loose exhaust clamp. Other noise was timing belt. They replaced under warranty”

John J., NY (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Timing belt replaced at 120000 miles”

Anonymous, AR (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Several issues with the car not running correctly that involved computer updates”

David D., PA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

“Engine regularly blows blue-white smoke when accelerating”

Anonymous, LA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine was making a bird sound and had it in three times for the same noise before they said it was a coding on the pistons that required the engine be replaced”

Anonymous, NS (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Slight rattle when starting . Hyundai dealer made slight repair at no cost”

Glenn H., MN (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“When engine started knocking. Dealer said it was the timing belt”

Anonymous, AR (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealership did not properly secure the oil drain plug which led to the leak”

Derek R., BC (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leaks in two places in the engine”

Matthew M., NL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“A/C compressor failed and needed to be replaced at approximately 100000 miles”

John V., FL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to have AC system replaced. out of warranty. $1200”

John V., FL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The blower motor had to be replaced twice”

James M., FL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“blows hot air even when heater system/fan off”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Took 4 trips to dealer to get repaired, but still seems not to be cold enough”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“April 2014, no cool air, dealer purged & filled system. Worked thru Sep 2014. April 2015, no cool air again. Same response from dealer, both times at our expense”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“loss of total air conditioning dealership is ordering part in as leak was in high side. Missed warranty by 600km but Hyundai honoured repair”

John B., ON (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“dash light went on, dealer could not find the problem. It sometimes goes off but comes on later”

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)

“engine light on was related to emissions the dealership uploaded new software no charge”

Laura P., CA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Needed to be replaced as it had failed”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

“This was vague to me. Apparently, the automatic throttle system infrequently caued the car to lag badly when the accelerator was pressed. The service person said something about a sticking air valve, presumably that allows air into the engine”

Terrance B., GA (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Sensor constantly triggers emission light, but will turn back off after a few trips. Consistent issue”

Anonymous, NM (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS Unsure)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Engine harness

“Discovered when the car kept stalling. My guess is it started to fail at about 35,000 miles but the dealer did not discover it until after it was out of warranty”

Robert B., FL (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Transfer case

“replaced transmission”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

“Catalytic converter had come loose”

Darron K., AL (2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL
Dec 23 2015
If the one or more of the brakes are inappropriately applied, control of the vehicle may be lost, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Elantra vehicles manufactured October 29, 2010, to October 25, 2011. Due to an electronic stability control (ESC) sensor malfunction, the brakes for one or more wheels may be applied unexpectedly and the engine power may be reduced. These symptoms will be accompanied by illumination of the ESC indicator lamp in the instrument cluster.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will verify the proper operation of the ESC sensors, and update the ESC system's calibration, free of charge. The recall began June 6, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's number for this recall is 137.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V871000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 155000
SUSPENSION:FRONT:SPRINGS:COIL SPRINGS
Oct 07 2015
If a front coil spring fractures, it may contact the tire, possibly puncturing it, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2011 Elantra vehicles manufactured November 12, 2010, to March 31, 2011, and Sonata vehicles manufactured December 11, 2009, to February 28, 2010, originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Road salt may corrode the front coil springs, possibly resulting in the coil springs fracturing.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front coil springs, free of charge. Interim notifications were mailed on November 17, 2015. The recall began on January 6, 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 133. Note: Vehicles that were previously registered in salt belt states but are currently registered elsewhere are eligible to be inspected and repaired.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V629000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 28157
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Apr 01 2013
If the headliner support bracket makes contact with an occupant during a crash, it may cause a laceration injury.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Elantra vehicles manufactured from November 12, 2010, through March 5, 2013. A support bracket attached to the headliner may become displaced during a side curtain airbag deployment.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will apply adhesive strips to the headliner, free of charge. The safety recall began during April 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 109.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V115000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 186250
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