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Elantra Nu Engine Tick

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The 1.8L Nu engine has been ticking owners off with its constant ticks, connecting rod knocks, predispostion to engine bearing failure and problems with oil sludge. These problems all happen within Hyundai's 10-year / 100,000 mile warranty,…

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Hyundai Theta II Engine Knocking, Seizing, and Sludge

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The Theta II is a gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine that is well known for a lot of things and none of them are good. Bearing failure, metal debris riding on contaminated oil, piston ring defects, siezing, knocking, crying.

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The Least Reliable Hyundai Models

Some models just can't seem to get out of their own way. We've created a list of the least reliable Hyundai models using data such as complaint volume, average cost of repairs, age of the car when it breaks down, and recall frequency. Here's the worst of the bunch.

Hyundai Kona

PainRank
12.51
Complaints
19
Reliability
19th out of 25

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What Owners Complain About the Most

Sometimes it's easiest to just tally up all the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are.

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By the Numbers

  1. 30 models

    Each with their own trim levels, bodystyles, and special blend of headaches.

  2. 56 generations

    A group of years for a specific model with the same design, features, and problems.

  3. 30 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  4. 6,274 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  5. 3,269 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  6. 242 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

Have a complaint about your vehicle?

The best way to find out what's wrong with a vehicle is from the people who drive them. Not only do owner complaints help us rank vehicles by reliability, but they're often used to spark class-action lawsuits and warranty extensions. Plus, they're a great way to vent.