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Common Problems in the Hyundai Elantra Owners Have Complained About

hyundai elantra 2015
hyundai elantra 2015

Are you planning to buy the Hyundai Elantra? Before buying, it’s important to do some research. While the Hyundai Elantra from 2020  has excellent safety ratings, its older relatives (2019 backward) may not be as appealing and have had a series of issues you should know about before making payment for any of them.

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As such, we have highlighted some of the major issues most owners of older model Hyundai Elantra had to deal with.

The Hyundai Elantra Has Airbag Problems

According to CarProblemZoo, over the past 24 years, Hyundai Elantra owners reported over 1,067 airbag problems. The most common issue with the airbag is the light going on and off randomly. It can be somewhat unnerving to wonder whether your airbag is working properly, especially if it happens on a highway.

Other common airbag problems include non-deployment, inflator issues, and sensor breakdowns. Airbag issues were the reason for two Hyundai Elantra recalls.

Vehicles manufactured between 2006 and 2008 were recalled due to a problematic weight sensor on the front seat, which could cause the airbag to deploy even if the occupant was a child.

Vehicles manufactured between 2006 and 2007 were recalled because the airbag would deploy due to high pressure, causing injuries. Some Elantra models were also subject to the massive Takata airbag recall.

The Hyundai Elantra Has Engine Problems

The second most common Hyundai Elantra issue is with the engine, including poor cooling, ticking, and stalling. The worst years to buy a new Elantra with engine problems were 2011, 2012, and 2013. The ticking occurs in vehicles with manual and automatic transmissions. 

Other engine problems Hyundai Elantra drivers reported were belt troubles, engine failure, and check engine light-on issues. 

The worst problem owners of this model have had to deal with over the past 1.5 decades is the engine catching fire. The automaker recalled over 430,000 vehicles manufactured between 206 and 2011 due to a possibility of an electrical short in the ABS module. Such a problem could lead to a fire.

The Hyundai Elantra Has Steering Issues

The steering issues are the third spot in the worst Hyundai Elantra problem ranking. Some owners reported power steering failing and then it coming back at the most unexpected moments. Others complained about popping noises and issues with the wheel locking in the straight position.

In 2017, Hyundai recalled about a hundred of 2017 Elantra vehicles due to an issue with Electronic Power Steering connector. This problem could lead to the loss of electric power steering.

The Hyundai Elantra Has Electrical System and Service Brakes Problems

On CarProblemZoo, over 500 Hyundai Elantra owners reported electrical system problems. From ignition troubles to car alarm issues, the list is rather long. It’s imperative to check the electrical system of this vehicle before buying it.

Wiring problems are often the cause of electrical system issues. Many owners reported the car failing to start because of them.

In 2017, more than 33,000 vehicles were recalled due to a loss of power brake assist, which could lead to brake failure.


Also, owners have complained about the brakes. Owners report various issues, including poor-quality brake pads, master cylinder failure, the brake lights staying on, and brake failure. The worst model year for the brake problems (if you don’t count the 2017 recall) is 2013. Back then, many owners reported brake-grinding noises.

Written by Amaefule Precious

A content writer with experience across various niches, and one of them includes interest in writing about cars.

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