really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,111 miles

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problem #9

Apr 202019


  • 90,000 miles
My eps warning light came on one day and it hasn't turned off ever since. Several times while driving the power steering has turned off and I've had to pull over and restart the car to fix it. The steering wheel also makes a clunking sound when I turn it left and right.

- Gladstone, OR, USA

problem #8

Dec 012018


  • miles
Engine start vibrating at low speed

- Peachtree City, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 042018


  • 127,000 miles
ESC sensor malfunction caused one or more brakes to be applied and the engine to shut down in heavy freeway traffic. ESC lamp remained illuminated on the instrument panel. I was required to put the car in neutral with a foot on the gas to keep the car running. This problem is the same explained in a recall of later models, the 2011-2012 models, recall #137. My year is not covered under the recall but has the same issues.

- Zephyrhills, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 212016


  • 93,000 miles
Driving my car on the highway when out of no where my eps light came on and my steering locked up. I cannot turn the wheel and almost caused an accident. After pulling over I turned car on and off but the power steering will not return. I see that Hyundai already issued a recall for this for my car year, but my VIN wasn't included. The Hyundai dealership wants to replace the entire steering shaft and column and says that it doesn't apply to the recall.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #5

May 012015

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Took car in for safety recall campaign 127 electronic power steering. Took over 1 month to get car back. The steering felt loose and worse than before. Went to 2 dealers both said steering is loose but safe. I did not feel safe. The regional manager at Hyundai said there is noting they can do about it. Updated 10/9/15 an independent mechanic stated the steering was set to race car when the electronic power steering was change due to a recall that was issued. Updated 12/28/15.

- Brewster, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 042015

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
I was returning home one evening home about a week ago, and I was trying to parking my car in parking lot when the ESC light appeared on dash board and the steering wheel locked. I could not park the car, so I put it in park and pulled out the car manual, after reading it, I turned the ignition off and then turn it back on. The ESC light went out and the steering was back and I was then able to park the car. The next day it happened twice before I was able to get on the highway and the only way I could correct it each time was turning off the ignition. At one point someone was coming out of a parking space and I had to try and move out of the way with the steering wheel locked. I was scared and praying, that I get home safely. I took the car home and haven't driven it since. Towed car to dealer and was told it needed a new power steering column and total cost with labor and tax was over $3,000 and not covered in the power train warranty. The car is barely used how could that be? they are dealers selling lemons as new cars. This car is just over 5 years old, no one should have to pay out that type of money to replace parts so early in the life of the car. There should be a recall this is a dangerous problem and others are having the same issue with this make and model.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 052014


  • 51,000 miles
While driving on a rural road at low speed, vehicle shut down without warning. Rolled to the side of the road. Restarted vehicle but had no power steering. Both ESC and eps lights were on dash display. Vehicle has remained in this condition since then.

- Ballston Spa, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 032012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
I was driving home from work on sun night prior to my accident went around a curve and car started loosing control was able to regain control and headed home. Next morning was driving vehicle noticed ESC light was on and would not reset even after shutting car off.driving down another road at approx. 40-45 mph went to negotiate a slight turn to the left when car started sliding out from under me tapped brakes trying to get them to grad and car under control but had no response car did a 180 and slammed in a telephone pole on passenger side vehicle seemed to hit with more force than 40 miles an hour. Thankfully I had no passenger because they may not have made it.

- Chambersburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 222010


  • 49,000 miles
ESC switch failure causing brake lights to go off.

- Awef, MN, USA