The Worst 2011-2016 Elantra Problems

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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Rodents Chew Hyundai's Soy Wiring

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The wiring in cars used to be coated in a petroleum-based plastic, but recently automakers, including Hyundai, have switched to a soy-based material. The soy is biodegradable and helps keep plastic out of the landfill (yay!). Unfortunately …

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Hyunda's Inflated MPGs

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Hyundai Motor Group was caught cheating on their fuel economy ratings (MPG) by the EPA in 2012. MPG estimates were 1 or 2 miles higher than they should have been, which doesn't sound like much. Except when you consider who's picking up the …

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Blue Link Standard Feature?

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Messages that self-destruct and dastardly extortion – it all sounds like the plot to Mission Impossible, right? But it’s actually the story of Hyundai’s Blue Link systems. Pay up, or it’ll blow up ... or at least shut off.

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Panoramic Sunroof Explodes

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Hyundai refuses to acknowledge that their sunroofs have been exploding under normal driving conditions, but they’re offering plenty of coverage to owners if (or when) it happens thanks to a 2019 lawsuit settlement.

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Hyundai's Self-Peeling Paint

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Hyundai’s self-healing paint is advertised to heal minor scratches using a chemical compound called scratch recovery clear. However, owners content over time that same compound allows the paint to come off in large sheets.

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What Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Worst Topics

Worst Years

5th Generation Elantra in the News

Peeling Paint Lawsuit Dismissed

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A peeling paint lawsuit has been dismissed by a California district judge.

Whether Hyundai knew the paint was defective was a question because the automaker said third-party websites talked about the problems, but customers weren't complai … continue reading

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What Elantra Owners Say About This Generation

Elantra Nu Engine Tick

Brought [car] to dealer after noted ticking noise from engine. Had already looked up ticking noise and is related to piston slap. Hyundai agreed to pay half of price of short block, my price was $4000 out of pocket. Since new short block placed has had nothing but other issues with rough idling when stopped or in park.

By the Numbers

  1. 6 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  2. 937 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  3. 49th in reliability

    Overall reliability rank out of 50 eligible generations.