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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 2 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 2012 Hyundai Elantra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

“failed and was replaced under warrentee”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Backup camera does not appear on screen (probably related to screen freezing up)”

Anonymous, KS (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“screen turned black while in backup mode. fixed the problem by slamming the trunk hard. I understand the cameras are not protected from the elements very well and tend to build up corrosion. slamming the hood seems to knocks the corrosion off”

Ralph J., TX (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The backup camera stopped working 1 month after the end of warranty, required replacement”

Anonymous, AB (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

“back up camera quit working”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

“CD failed and was replaced with an after market unit”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Stopped working after 2 yrs. Dealship conf'd it was not due to wiring etc. quoted 800 to replace. no way. will not be back to hyundai”

Andrea P., SD (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“3rd time this has happened and trying to get Hyundai to cover since now out of warranty”

Suzanne D., VA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)

“Backlight for odometer/trip meter/gear indicator display faded so display cannot be read in bright sunlight. Most visible at night. Research indicated repair is covered under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“USB connection to music system would intermittently lose connection and sometimes lock up”

William S., IL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Since about 35,000 miles we have complained about the radio constantly cycling itself on and off by itself. While driving the radio will turn off and then 3 seconds later it turns the system back in again. Sometimes this happens every 3 minutes and sometimes it works fine for a few days and then begins to cycle again”

Gary K., MD (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“After my phone's update, 3 months after I bought the car, the car would no longer recognize my phone as a device to play music from. The dealer's can't or won't correct it, the company blames my phone company”

Anonymous, MI (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The display screen had a line going from top to bottom. This was noticed when the vehicle was originally picked up from the dealer. The unit was replaced”

Allan C., NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

“The Elantra has had recurring electrical problems since it was new. The navigation system and Bluetooth crashed 2 months after the warranty ran out. Very expensive to replace”

Cynthia O., AL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“After correctly working for a number of years, I now cannot make a hands free call without having to actually physically open my cell phone. This has been an issue for the last two years. Calls are received with no problems but "hands free" calling has now become a safety issue. I still have the same phone as when I purchased the car”

Arthur Z., IL (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The Bluetooth system works sometimes and doesn't others. Sometimes it can't find the phone. Sometimes it doesn't understand the commands. Sometimes it says "no number available" but dials anyway. It's just really flaky”

Kristen S., MA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The past 6 months I had been dissconected several times for no apparent reason”

Ana P., NJ (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Blue connections are spotty and controls on the steering wheel to answer calls doesn't work”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)

“Loses Bluetooth connection with i-phone for no discernible reason”

Anonymous, AL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Car keeps forgetting Bluetooth pairing and has to be repeatedly re-set”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Phone pairing and radio stopped working a few times. Dealer resets the system but every setting is lost (phone pairing, laguage, radio stations,etc.)”

Anonymous, QC (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Does not recognize commands. End up going to alternate command”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“Lost all navigation voice commands and had to replace the radio”

Braden P., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Static when listening to FM when rear window defogger is on. Dealer unable to correct”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“stopped working completely (along with CD)”

Andrea P., SD (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“AM reception very poor radio was replaced but di not cure the problem”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Speakers shut off but radio still running on screen. Reset radio to fix”

Diane H., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“left rear speaker has never been functional”

Larry S., BC (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Right front door speaker rattles”

Anonymous, OR (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

“From the day we bought it we have had problems with most of the Tech Package including it not recognizing what we are saying, no Bluetooth for hands-free phonr conversations and poor GPS”

Gary K., MD (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“System does not usually recognize command. Have to repeat numerous or go to alternate command”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Display screen often freezes, esp. when car is first started. Screen has already been replaced once”

Anonymous, KS (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

“Bluetooth phone controls for answering calls doesn't work”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)

“When I am in heavy traffic the steering wheel controls don't work”

Diane H., CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I Have had random failure issues with the steeringwheel controls that the dealership could not reproduce in the shop. Very frustrating”

Cynthia O., AL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Water enters from the front driver's side”

Anonymous, OH (2012 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Water leak from ceiling window which two dealer repair attempts did not fix”

Arthur G., NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)

“leak radiator”

Arthur G., NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Tail gate squeaks continuously, most attempted remedies are temporary at best”

Lane S., PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Apparently I frequently brush the door seal when entering and exiting the vehicle. I recently noticed the seal has begun to wear away. It doesn't appear to be an issue yet, but if I plan to keep the vehicle for another 5+ years it may be a problem”

Robert D., MI (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“There is a water leak from the ceiling in heavy rain which the dealer has not been able to diagnose and repair. I believe that it may be from clogging in the drainage system of the ceiling retractable window as I had the same problem with another ca”

Arthur G., NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

“doors squeak loud when opening and closing, was lubed and noise came back right away”

Jason K., NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The weather stripping was replaced when I bought the used car since it had a hole in it. About 3 months afterwards a hole developed in the new weather-stripping”

Anonymous, ID (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Heard a clicking noise and took car in to Hyundai. Acknowledged noise and unsure how to fix. Eventually did some work under warranty and replaced timing chain and did other related work. Eventually the engine locked up and they replaced the engine under warranty. Not sure if related”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

“SHIELD ON THE CATALYCTIC CONVERTER WAS LOOSE. REPAIR AND COST WAS CIVERED BY HYUNDAI ON A RECALL PROGRAM”

Anonymous, KS (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“there's a rhythmic rubbing or clicking coming from the right side”

Matthew C., MA (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“heat shield on exhaust makes loud rattle under acceleration”

Mark L., TN (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“A strap became disconnected from the muffler”

Anonymous, QC (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“squeaks above passenger door when moving. Squeaks in the fold down back seat locking mechanism”

Anonymous, WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“doors squeak when opening and closing”

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“A squeal when turning left that took three attempts to repair. I am not sure, but I think it was related to the brakes”

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattling noise when accelerating like a loose metal plate”

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“From front doors creak like the car is 30 years old”

Dennis L., AR (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“We hear every bump and thump on the roads”

Lori A., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“When going over bumps get a squeak. Also the road noise level is very high on the freeway or rough road surfaces”

Brad F., WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“At speeds over 45, a rattle develops in the dashboard”

Anonymous, GA (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“This is a very very noisy car. High winds want to blow it off the road”

Anonymous, AR (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“too loud when driving...geez!”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“It is known for road noise. That has not deteriorated since I bought it. But it surprised me when I started driving it although I had done test drives. I love the way it drives but I wish I had bought a quieter car. At the time I wanted to pay less than 28,000 (I had bought new every few years, different makes in that price range) and get great gas mileage and warranty. So I chose the Elantra over the Sonata and some Fords. But this is the reason I would probably not buy it again. However t”

Donna S., VA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“sometimes can't hear yourself think”

Lori A., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“A hole in the weather-stripping allows wind noise”

Anonymous, ID (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

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

Alignment

“Car always pulls to the left and poor steering response”

Israel G., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Poor steering feel and car requires constant steering wheel corrections in the highway”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Minor adjustments needed.... probably caused by running over curbs”

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)
Ball joints

“Whole hub assemblues had to be replaced along with the front brakes and rotors”

Robert N., ME (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced ball joints at 60000 and 65000 km”

Anonymous, MB (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“First the rear anti-sway bars had loose or worn bushings and attachment points that caused a lot of noise on rough roads. A year later the same problem occurred with the front suspension. Both repaired under warranty”

Chris E., ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced struts”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Both front struts were leaking and had to be replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“One of the rear shocks went bad and caused the tire to have cupping. The shock was replaced by the dealer under warranty”

David R., GA (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Hear rattling when driving over bumps. Shock was broken”

Anonymous, GA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

“left rear shock had to be replaced at 36,000 miles”

Anonymous, WI (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“very bad shocks feel all typs of bumps. Clicking noise going around turns ,whenyou put it in reverse or forwardcomeing from the back / forward struts”

Robert D., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“rear struts diagnosed as worn, causing cupped wear on tires. Struts covered by extended warranty but dealer won't replace them unless they are leaking”

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“rear shock absorber failed, replaced by dealer under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear Sway Links failed - replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, AB (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rack and pinion was bent and damaged under normal use. We noticed excessive noise from the front end. Hyundai repaired the defect under warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I've had to replace the tie rods twice for each one over the last 3 years. It's very annoying! This car has been a Money Pit!”

Ronald P., CT (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)
Tire wear is uneven

“TIRES WEAR OUT ON THIS CAR WAY TOO MUCH THEY ALSO WEAR OUT UNEVEN EVEN THOU I ROTATE THE TIRES”

Michael P., IL (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Tires had to be replaced at about 18000 miles. No problem with alignment at that time, but had to do just recently with the new tires that are wearing out sooner than expected. Serious steering problems in snow even when the tires were not worn”

Donald D., NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Tire had cupping due to bad shock. Shock was replaced”

David R., GA (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear tires wore irregular due to original equipment shocks being of such poor quality. Wrecked new tires in 300 miles from th eback end of car bouncing around every bump”

Roger K., WI (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“NUT CAME LOOSE HOLDING THE WHEEL BEARING”

Michael P., IL (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“failed left front wheel bearing”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic or air suspension

“Driving on highway when car steering became very sensitive, and car felt like it was "floating". Brought to dealer and they, after test driving, said it was dangerous. They ordered a "computer part" & installed within 2 days under warranty. (Part”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The steering has become loose and I get pulling in both directions, dealer is to look at the problem next week”

Anonymous, AB (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 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

Clock

“I have an intermittent problem with my clock/radio. It goes dead (incl display) for several minutes, and then comes back. Apparently, the only true fix would be a replacement for $1000, plus an adjustment to my satellite radio subscription. Not impressed. I don't have that kind of cash, so I'll put up with it -- for a while, anyway”

Peggy W., ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The odometer needed to be replaced”

John F., NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Navigation system went out. Replaced under warranty”

Richard R., WI (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Trip A would not reset; then, windows would not go back up”

Dennis B., PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Clicking (very quiet) coming from engine. Turn signal do not alway turn off on short turns. Turn signal does not have enough loud sound as reminder”

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)
Headlights

“Both headlights will no longer go to high beam. The blue light illuminates in the dash but the lights stay in low beam”

David W., UT (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“light went out driver side”

Anonymous, GA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Headlamps burn out insanely fast; tries OEM and aftermarket bulbs and none last more than 6 months. The driver's side is terrible to replace; you have to actually remove a body panel!”

Tony A., IN (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Left head light replaced”

J R., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Loose ground wire”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Three brake lights and one front running light”

Terry B., AL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“Rear passenger door lock stopped working with the keyless remote (lock and unlock). We have to manually lock or unlock that door”

Christopher F., MD (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Actually a failure in the electric lock on one door. Another door has an intermittent problem that will fail after the warranty expires in 4 months”

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“There is some problem with the relay - so it does not always lock/unlock all four dours. It's not really a problem with the keyless entry, it's a problem with the door locks. I haven't gotten it checked out yet”

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)
Tire pressure monitor

“The TPM has been an ongoing problem for the last 6 months. It has falsely turned on the warning light a number of times and Hyundai can't find a reason why it is happening. I'm sure I will have to end up buying a new sensor, which means more money wasted on this car! I will never buy another Hyundai!!!”

Ronald P., CT (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

“monitor comes on and i check all four tires. they are all fine, up to pressure and equal. i drive for a couple of miles and the monitor goes out. a week later the same thing happens all over again. stealership cant find problem”

Anonymous, MA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“no pwer”

James D., ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

“sometimes it works, sometimes it won't”

Anonymous, MA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

“Hose became disconnected from sprinkler. Motor had to be changed”

Anonymous, QC (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Ripped off by curb. Replaced twice”

Anonymous, HI (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“underneath piece in front which tears loose and drags. has to be wired up or torn off”

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“baffle under front bumper pulled off”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“UNEVEN JOINING OF FRONT BUMPER PANELS”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“front fog light clips broke resulting in the light hanging inside the font bumper unable to repair without taking off the front bumper”

Anonymous, RI (2012 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)

“decorative wheel cover over the lug nuts fell off, but this may have been due to getting the summer-to-winter tires changed”

Anonymous, MA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Clear coat began peeling on driver's side front and rear bumpers”

Robert A., ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Clearcoat coming off door handle”

Mark K., TX (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Some area of the car received two coats of paint causing rust on the right rear wheel fender”

Anonymous, WI (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint on front bumper cover was peeling in two areas. Dealer repainted the bumper at no charge under warranty”

Anonymous, OK (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“It Chipping chippings to easily”

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Black paint is dull and needs to be waxed often. Possibly a result of the dealer trying to weather proof the exterior paint before selling the new car to us (so that the dealership can make more money)”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint chipped and rusted on roof in a small spot”

Anonymous, QC (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“paint is flaking off”

Ivan M., SD (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“The leather covering of the steering wheel was falling apart and was replaced under warranty”

Richard R., NJ (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)
Rust

“Rust appeared on the back right wheel fender. An obvious defect in the design does not allow for adequate washing. Dealer and regional representative would not repair”

Anonymous, WI (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rocker panels demonstrating areas of rust - dealer not responding”

Anonymous, MI (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“A couple of rust spots appeared on the rear hatch. The dealer is arranging a repaint under warranty. However, this occurred despite the purchase of a rust proof option at time of purchase....disappointing”

Chris E., ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

“Took my vehicle to an independent garage to have brake work done for a more reasonable price and told a caliper was broken that the dealership was not able to identify”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

“I think the calipers were seized”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“brake cable rusted even though i use it every day”

Anonymous, QC (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer said it looked like it possibly overheated in the back brake and might be slightly warped”

D M., NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes are pretty well gone. Not acceptable for not even 30k miles”

Joanne Z., IL (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“A brake caliper got stuck wearing down 1 rear brake causing me to replace both in rear. I f one does not have the brakes regularly inspected this will not be covered under warranty. I only had 42000 miles at the time”

Robert N., ME (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The front disc brakes, calipers, rotors and pads needed to be replaced at 46,000kms. Not covered by warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Premature brake wear....breaks not stopping the car as it should. Have to press hard on the breaks to make the car stop”

Anonymous, AP (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I've owned this vehicle for 3 years and have had brake work done 3 times. I feel that is excessive, but am always told normal wear”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

“All 4 rotors showed a lot of rust within the first year. finally this year I brought it to the dealers attention. They had to replace free of charge 4 rotors & disc pads because the brakes were seized for some reason”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“Bent went vacuum plate on rear brakes caused scraping noise. Was very hard to diagnose, but easy to fix”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Lot's of odd squeaks and other unexpected noises especially when turning. Dealer and 3rd party could not find any issues. Low speed breaking, especially while turning, sounds like metal on metal. A constant rubbing noise persisted for a weak and then suddenly disappeared. No one can explain any of these issues”

Anonymous, MI (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeezing & grinding”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Unsure)

“Brakes did not function when on a small amount of ice and snow, slush. just a grinding noice.Even pumping them did nothing... they said nothing was wrong. I got rid of it for safty reasons”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Already discussed under previous section”

R B., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Service light came on at approx 58000 mi, and they replaced bad cylinder, then at 59000 mi the same thing happened again. So 2 of the 4 cylinders have been replaced before reaching 60000 mi”

Nancy A., WI (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Valve lifter problems which lead to Hyundai offering to replace the engine”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine was rebuilt at 100,000 miles”

Anonymous, OH (2012 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced engine, but was still under warranty. Engine had to be ordered from South Korea and took about a month; however, the dealer provided a complimentary rental car for the entire period”

Neil B., VA (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine noise for 6 months. Dealership finally discovered that it had impending internal engine failure. Engine replacement is in work”

Anonymous, UT (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine was knocking. Hyundai decided to replace the bottom of engine”

Anonymous, QC (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“started with a general engine ticking for a year or so then it got worse. brought to dealer they determined there was a major failure and something had broken off in the engine and that was making the racket. They replaced the engine under the warra”

Margaret L., ME (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Clicking noise coming from engine. Hyun dai initially told us that was normal, then said that the engine needed to be replaced”

R B., NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Much exhaust smoke. Hyundai dealer replaced engine at 27000 miles”

Edmund P., MO (2012 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)

“under warranty, known problem . Noisy engine”

Anonymous, QC (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Timing chain snapped/chipped a tooth and scored a cam. Crate engine replacement covered 100% by warranty. 2-3 week down time”

Anonymous, OH (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“At 112000 KM I took car in because of ticking sound with engine. Apparently there had been a bad run of crankshafts, so the small block needed to be replaced. Car was gone for 6 days”

Mark B., ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

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

“During cold starts alternator would make a whining sound immediately after starting the car”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Unsure)

“Had to replace all ignition coils and associated wires and plugs - total meltdown, caused cylinder misfires. Had to go to 2 dealers to figure out what was wrong, and was not covered by standard warranty (partially covered by extended warranty.) Dealer had to get Hyundai to help diagnose the problem, and nobody had an answer for why it happened. considering the other minor issues with this car (flaky Bluetooth, speakers failing, sunroof switch failing) I probably won't buy Hyundai again”

Kristen S., MA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Replacement of the coil has been required twice in three years”

Anonymous, LA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

“Car would not start”

Anonymous, NC (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

“I bought this car in 2015 at auction. It was only 3 years old with pretty low mileage. It has ALWAYS taken 2 or more tries to stay the car. It usually does start, but I have been stranded a few times when it wouldn't. Once I called AAA for a jumpstart, which they did, and they told me the battery was basically dead, but they refused to sell me a new battery because their diagnostic equipment showed that something was draining the battery while the car was off and since their batteries are warran”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“There is a starting problem that seems to be related to the Active Eco button. When the button is on, the car will not start. There is just a humming sound. It is an intermittent problem. When the button is off, the car starts every time”

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“2nd time the so called 100,000 mile iridium spark plugs and plug assembly lines have had to be replaced and Hyundai did not cover second occurrence sine out of warranty”

Suzanne D., VA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)
Starter

“Turned over, but didn't start. Had been running fine until then. Took it back to dealer who fixed the problem in about two hours. Something having to do with a factory problem in the ignition system”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra Unsure Unsure)

“Starter had intermittent failures during winter 2014/15. At first thought it was the interlock system but dealer found it needed a new starter. Provided at no charge to owner”

Michael S., WI (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Original battery lasted a total of 1.5 yrs”

Roger K., WI (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Several times the battery was unable to start engine because 1 minor interior light was left on for 12 - 16 hours. NOT map lights; NOT 24 - 48 hours. Example: cargo area light, door ajar for 12 hrs. Defective battery or needs bigger battery”

David K., MA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

“car did not shift properly resulting in several near car crashes”

James V., RI (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Hard shifting in all gears, Hyundai replaced sensors”

William B., ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“an internal wire in the transmission failed causing the transmission to shift hard”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

“Car feels like it loses power randomly and shutters even in idle”

Paul S., PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Was taking too long to shift up--fixed under warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Warranty replacement of transmission”

Douglas F., LA (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Clunking occurred when changing up”

Anonymous, BC (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Unsure)
Transmission computer

“The car would not start as the computer would not always recognize the car was in park”

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Transmission would not shift properly. Random shifts upand down”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 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

“The compressor failed and was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, UT (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“a/c compressor started making a loud noise when it was engaged. it had 61000 miles on it”

Anonymous, MO (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“The air conditioner when selected on does not produce cooled air nearly every 5th start of the car. This was demonstrated to the dealer. Dealer is aware of the problem but has not fixed it”

David Y., NS (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“It stopped working (the month after the warranty expired!) and had to be replaced”

Roger G., OH (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“When switched on didn't started immediately.Eventually stopped working”

Anonymous, PR (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

“Delivered in Winter, by summer 2012 suspected coolant was low, didn't bother me much, waited till summer 2014 out of warranty so it cost me $190”

Donna S., VA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“Get hot air when should not be getting any. Have to use ac more often”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Elantra)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“This wasn't under warranty, apparently, so the dealer advised me to shop around. A local independent mechanic replaced it and showed me the dead part. It really needed replacing!”

Peggy W., ON (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Replaced Transmission at approx. 55000 km”

Anonymous, MB (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“transmission was replaced after repeating problems”

James V., RI (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced 3 times under warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“transmission failure and replacement”

Anonymous, KY (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Warranty replacement of transmission”

Douglas F., LA (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Check engine light kept coming on. Took four tries for the dealership to find the problem”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

“On some cool mornings, the car starts OK but the shift lever is locked in park. I have to override this with a screw driver. The condition rectifies itself after driving approx. 15 kilometers. During this time, the AIRBAG light is ON, the windows are inoperative, some lighting is not functional. The dealer is aware but I live more than 15 Kilometers from the dealer and the condition is rectified before I can reach the dealer”

David Y., NS (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Peculiar noise on cold start-up since new. Back to service several times. Finally contacted Hyundai corporate. Hyundai Engineering recommended timing cover replacement. Sucessful repairs finally made in August 2016”

William A., KY (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine burns 1qt of oil every 2200 miles. Also blows white smoke with heavy acceleration. Lots of pings and knocks”

Anonymous, WA (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Tappet (lifters) noise on cold starts”

Anonymous, AL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“had a valve tap and declining gas mileage, took it to 2 different dealers but they won't do anything about it”

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

“Heat shield on catalytic converter broke loose. The dealer put two clamps on it for a repair instead of welding it back on”

Anonymous, VA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“It was necessary to re-weld the heat shield. When the car would begin to cool down after driving it would create a loud "ping" as the metal shifted position”

Robert D., MI (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer fixed under warrenty”

Richard C., MO (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer unable to find any loose/rattling engine heat shields so it wasn't repaired - it is an intermittent annoyance”

Michael S., WI (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 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

Fuel injection system

“engine missing, dealer replaced plugs and "cleaned" injectors?”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The drive by wire system has to be recalibrated on a regular basis to eliminate extreme hesitation when trying to accelerate”

Anonymous, AB (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

“Something to do with sensors”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Unsure)

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.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

“Drivers door handle was sticking and replaced”

Rick H., NL (2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Unsure)
Mirrors

“Driver's side view mirror electrical adjustment mechanism was stuck. Dealer replaced the mirror at no charge under warranty”

Anonymous, OK (2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“The AC quit working on a particularly hot day here in South Florida. Looked at the coolant level and it was very low so I filled the coolant reservoir. Noticed that suddenly the antifreeze level was dropping slightly each day in the coolant reservoir. Finally took the car to Delray Hyundai and after extensive checking they decided the engine head was warped and allowing a small amount of coolant to leak each day. The head was replaced under warranty at 75,000 miles. During this time (about 3”

R B., FL (2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 1.8-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.

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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
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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