2012 Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2012

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2012 Hyundai Elantra repairs by problem area

Engine (24%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (30%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 116 repairs.
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2012 Hyundai Elantra engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (30%)

< $100 (70%)

Chart based on 27 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Hyundai Elantra

Engine not specified

39000 mi

US $200
Engine runs three cylinders 

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2012 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 1.8L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

35000 mi

US $450
stalling 
26000 mi Though the battery was weak and replaced a few days ago, the car did not start. In fact, it was fully powered, just would not react to the key being turned. I was able to get it started after about 15 tries. The dealer found nothing wrong! 
42000 mi Muffler hanger was corroded 
59520 mi Engine replaced under TSB 
58000 mi Check Engine Light 
19500 mi Car was in for normal maintenance, but I had requested that the rough idle be examined. The ended up replacing the head gasket. This improved mpg but did not solve the rough idle. Car had a rough idle. A week after the prior visit (oil change, with them also replacing the head gasket), I took it back in but they could not reproduce the problem. 
113000 mi

US $133
Vehicle had trouble turning over, and once started the tachometer did not move. When driving the vehicle would not shift out of first in D. Switching to manual, I was able to shift when needed. Additionally, the cruise control did not work, nor did the information center items: MPG, AVG MPH, and trip time. When I went back and got the vehicle, the problem was gone. The next morning though, the issue came back. The shop said that they updated the ECM and that solved the problem. It did not. The repair was unsuccessful. 
1860 mi strange whirring noise right after cold start up. 
13640 mi

C $150
ENGINE CONTINUES TO MAKE VALVE NOISE ON START UP FOR ABOUT 5 SECONDS IT USED TO ONLY DO IT WHEN THE ENGINE WAS COLD AND HAD SAT FOR SEVERAL HOURS IT NOW DOES IT AFTER A FEW MINUTES EVEN WHEN WARM 
13640 mi engine making valve noise at start up. 
50700 mi Check engine light illuminated and threw code P2096. Dealer found open service bulletin regarding this code and adjusted computer sensitivity. CEL reset. 
38250 mi Added Exhaust Heat Shield Brackets while noticing rattle while driving when cold. 
66000 mi

US $399
Updated firmware. Intake Flush 
66700 mi

US $275
Replaced defective ignition coil on cylinder 1 causing mis-fire 
92500 mi

US $85
Original Surpentine Belt Changed. 
86000 mi

US $112
Timing belt tensioner replacement 
88000 mi Car died on highway 
112100 mi Bad ignition coil on cylinder 3 
125000 mi

US $250
Car loses power randomly and briefly 
27900 mi Noise during acceleration. Replaced exhaust valve under TSB. 
1000 mi Having problems starting the car, but only when left sitting for about 2 hrs. Never had a problem with a cold start or a hot start the dealer was stumped but ultimatly replaced the fuel pump hoping that would solve the problem. 
14000 mi Heat shield was loose and therefore making a loud rattle. Mechanic clamped it down. 
12300 mi The fuel consumption is TERRIBLE.. less than 20.2 in mixed motoring. I got an Altima whilst the Elantra was in for a bodywork repair and achieved 27.8 doing the same route in the same conditions! The claimed mileage figures are a farce.. too many fellow o 

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2012 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

47620 mi Engine wasn't running properly. Completely replaced under warranty. 
45800 mi Rattle noise from heat shield and exhaust pipe under the car. Dealer reinforced the pipe support with clamps. 

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2012 Hyundai Elantra Engine Problems

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