2017 Hyundai Elantra Top 3 Complaints and Problems – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Brakes, engine and transmission issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners
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Either Hyundai doesn’t know how to make cars anymore – or it never did. Year after year, the Korean automaker continues to pump out vehicles with similar design flaws. An example is the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, a car the seems to suffer from problems supposedly addressed generations ago. The sedan’s main trouble areas, According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, are the engine/powertrain, brakes and airbag.

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Engine/Powertrain

Hyundai should have learned its lesson; the company already recalled over 1.2 million 2011- 2014 model cars for engine problems. But the issues of hesitation, stalling and catastrophic engine failure don’t seem to have been fixed – just ask owners of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra.

On the NHTSA website, one consumer states, “The car was driving down a city street when the engine ceased while driving in front of a highway off-ramp. The car would not restart and was towed to Hyundai where they installed a new engine, claiming an oil bearing failed.”

The owner accounts sound all too familiar. Previously, on its 2011-2014 model cars, Hyundai found the root cause to be metal debris inside the engine. Fragments left over from the manufacturing process plug internal lubrication holes. When this happens, the connecting rod bearings are starved of oil and fail. Chunks of bearing material then contaminate the oiling system, causing complete engine failure

Also, the NHTSA is investigating engine fires on older Hyundai vehicles. The agency believes recalls may not have been issued soon enough on the 2011-2014 models, allowing some of the cars to go up in flames.

So far, Hyundai has not made public any recalls or campaigns to address engine failures on the 2017 Elantra. There aren’t any open NHTSA investigations, either.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Engine and Transmission Problems:

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA. WHILE DRIVING VARIOUS SPEEDS, THE VEHICLE HESITATED WHILE MAKING LEFT OR RIGHT TURNS. THE VEHICLE ALSO HESITATED WHILE THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL WAS BEING DEPRESSED UPHILL. THERE WERE NO WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE, BUT DID NOT OFFER ASSISTANCE. THE CONTACT MENTIONED THAT THE ISSUE HAD BEEN PRESENT EVER SINCE THE VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED ON MAY 11, 2017. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 260.

WHEN SHIFTING FROM REVERSE TO DRIVE ON AN INCLINE USUALLY SENDS ME HEADING BACK IN REVERSE AGAIN UNTIL I APPLY THE BRAKE PEDAL HARD FOR A FEW SECONDS. THIS HAPPENED TO ME A LOT IN MY DRIVEWAY AND MOST RECENTLY ON A STEEP MOUNTAIN, WHICH WAS REALLY SCARY. THE VEHICLE STARTS FROM STATIONARY MOTION TO REVERSE, THEN STOP, SHIFT INTO DRIVE AND IT ROLLS BACK IN REVERSE AGAIN. ALMOST LIKE A MANUAL TRANSMISSION DOES. PLEASE INVESTIGATE.

MY CAR WILL NOT START SOMETIMES, AND THE KEYS WON’T HANDLE THE SIGNALS TO THE CAR. IF I WERE TO WANT TO TURN IT ON IT WON’T, WHEN THIS SITUATION HAPPENS. ALSO, THIS HAS HAPPENED TWICE. I PARK MY CAR, AND IT WON’T TURN ON, NOT EVEN THE DASHBOARD LIGHTS. THE ENGINE LIGHT DOES NOT COME ON SO I THE DEALERSHIP CAN’T SCAN IT SUPPOSEDLY. I AM WORRIED THIS WILL HAPPEN WHILE I AM DRIVING.

Brakes

The ability to stop quickly is the most important aspect of any vehicle. Hyundai overlooked this seemingly obvious requirement when building the 2017 Elantra: a car with the braking performance of the Flintstone-mobile.

Many owners complain the Elantra is difficult – if not impossible – to stop in emergencies.

On the NHTSA website, one such case reads, “The contact owns a 2017 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 45 mph, the preceding vehicle abruptly stopped. The contact depressed the brake pedal, but the vehicle failed to immediately stop.”

Another says, “The contact owns a 2017 Hyundai Elantra. While driving highway speeds, the contact depressed the brake pedal, but the brakes failed to respond. As a result, the vehicle was involved in a front-end collision.”

Hyundai believes the brake booster – a component that provides “braking assist” – is responsible for the concern. When the booster fails, the driver must rely on leg power alone to stop the vehicle. There is no power assistance. As a result, the brake pedal typically feels harder than normal and the car’s stopping distance increases.

On the 2017 Elantra, the diaphragm in the brake booster may unseat, causing an internal failure. A recall (17V0630000) has been issued to address the concern. On applicable vehicles, Hyundai will replace the booster free of charge.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Brake Problems:

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA. WHILE DRIVING HIGHWAY SPEEDS, THE CONTACT DEPRESSED THE BRAKE PEDAL, BUT THE BRAKES FAILED TO RESPOND. AS A RESULT, THE VEHICLE WAS INVOLVED IN A FRONT END COLLISION. THE FAILURE OCCURRED WITHOUT WARNING. A POLICE REPORT WAS FILED. THE DEALER AND MANUFACTURER WERE NOT CONTACTED. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO THE BODY SHOP; HOWEVER, A DETERMINATION HAD NOT BEEN MADE REGARDING IF THE VEHICLE WAS STILL OPERABLE. THERE WAS ALSO A PREVIOUS BRAKE FAILURE THAT RESULTED IN A CRASH. THERE WAS ONE INJURY, BUT MEDICAL ATTENTION WAS NOT REQUIRED. THE CONTACT SUFFERED MODERATE ABRASIONS. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS NOT PROVIDED.

THE VEHICLE HAS APPROXIMATELY 5,500 MILES ON IT AND IT WAS BEING DRIVEN 10-15 MILES AN HOUR ON A CITY STREET. WHEN TRYING TO COME TO A STOP THE BRAKE PEDAL WENT TO THE FLOOR AND WOULD NOT STOP THE VEHICLE. IT HIT ANOTHER VEHICLE AND AFTER PUMPING THE BRAKE PEDAL THE BRAKES RETURNED TO NORMAL. THERE IS A CURRENT RECALL ON THIS MODEL AND YEAR TO REPLACE THE BRAKE BOOSTER BUT IT DOESN’T CURRENTLY INCLUDE THIS VEHICLE’S MANUFACTURED DATE. IT’S HYUNDAI RECALL NUMBER 157 AND NHSTA SAFETY CAMPAIGN #17V063000

WAS DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAY AT SPEEDS OF AROUND 25-30 MPH…CAR IN FRONT OF ME SLOWED DOWN SO I ATTEMPTED TO SLOW DOWN. I PRESSED ON BRAKE PEDAL BUT CAR DID NOT STOP. IF FELT LIKE IT STARTED TO START THEN SLIPPED AND GAINED SPEED RESULTING IN A FRONT END CRASH. THIS MODEL HAS A RECALL BUT WHEN I PUT IN MY VIN IT SAYS NOT AFFECTED BYTHE RECALL ON THESE BRAKES BUT I’M SEEING SIMILAR COMPLAINTS

Airbags

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra has airbag issues in addition to sketchy brakes. Together, these two problems are a dangerous combination.

Many loyal Elantra drivers claim the airbags fail to deploy in a crash. On the NHTSA website, one such individual writes, “My son was in an accident this past Tuesday where he rear-ended another vehicle. The airbag light came on but the airbag never deployed.”

Another complaint reads, “Driving around 35 miles an hour and come to a small curve turned the wheel a little but the car went straight and hit a guardrail. Hit passenger side front of car and driver airbag came out but did not blow all the way up and had a hole in it.”

Hyundai has stepped up to the plate: two recalls (16V956000 and 16V232000) have been issued.

In the first correspondence, the automaker states, “The end seal for the driver’s frontal airbag inflator may not have been properly installed, possibly resulting in reduced inflation of the frontal airbag in the event of a crash.

Hyundai, in the second recall, says, “The driver’s frontal airbag may be missing a chemical enhancer required for the second stage airbag deployment, resulting in the second stage not deploying in certain crashes. The primary stage will deploy as intended.

In both scenarios the dealer will replace the airbag module free of charge.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Airbag Problems – Takata Recall:

I WAS DRIVING AND WAS T-BONED ON THE DRIVER’S SIDE. THE DRIVER’S SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG DEPLOYED LATE, HITTING ME IN THE HEAD AND TRAPPING ME AGAINST THE WINDOW. I HAVE A RESULTANT SHOULDER INJURY THAT MAY NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITH APPROPRIATE DEPLOYMENT.

DRIVING AROUND 35 MILES AN HOUR AND COME TO A SMALL CURVE TURNED THE WHEEL LITTLE BIT BUT CAR WENT STRAIGHT AND GUARD RAIL HIT PASSAGER SIDE FRONT OF CAR AND DRIVER AIRBAG CAME OUT BUT DIDN’T BLOW ALL THE WAY UP AND HAD A HOLE IN IT WITH STITCHING AROUND IT SO DRIVER AIRBAG IS NO COUNT JUST FALLS IN YOUR LAP AND ELECTRIC STEERING IS UNPREDICTABLE

ENGINE SHUT OFF WITHOUT WARNING WHILE DRIVING ON INTERSTATE HIGHWAY. RECEIVED MESSAGES SERVICE TRANSMISSION AND SERVICE ENGINE. COASTED TO STOP ON SHOULDER OF ROAD. CAR WOULD NOT RESTART FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES. CHECKED CODES AFTERWARDS; SHOWS P0339 CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR A CIRCUIT INTERMITTENT AND P0335 CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR A CIRCUIT. THIS PRESENTS A SERIOUS SAFETY ISSUE WHEN CAR ENGINE STOPS WITHOUT WARNING.

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5 COMMENTS
  • Darrell D

    I got a Hyundai Elantra 2017 se just turn 60,000 miles lm got same problem lack of power and shakes bad l boult it used it ran good for a month now it shakes and feels like it don’t want to shift I need help want Do hal think it might be lemon

  • crystal

    I have taken my car in 3 times over the past year for serious shaking issues when starting my car and slowing down. the first time they couldnt find anything, this last time ignition coil….was bad and now its shaking again…So we shall see, I do not feel safe at all.

  • W. Hogan

    My Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8L has been in Scottdales Chapman Hyundai since April 6, 2 019 until present time. Every time I ask for a repair date they consistently change it with a new date. Last date of transmission to be received and repaired was June 27th, 2019. I went to location and firmly spoke head serviceman, Michael Simpson, and told him my concern with the 3 month delay in repairing my vehicle, but got the same lip service of another repair date of after the 4th of July. This is about the 4th or 5th change of repair date with no guarantee that it wouldn’t change again. Then it was noted in e-mail that there were several other customers ahead of me for repairs as well. I informed them that I might get an attorney involved at this time and at that moment the service director said that he will not talk to me anymore… Do I have a case for reimbursement of car payments etc,????

  • Daniel A

    My 2017 Elantra GT suddenly stopped and it was towed to a dealer and the technician said one of my connecting rods seized and there were metal fragments in the oil pan. I have read that this is a major issue with this particular engine. When I bought the car and financed it through Credit Acceptance I was forced to buy a WYNNS protection plan and they are denying the repairs

  • Adam W

    My wife has a 2017 hyundai elantra and experience so serious shaking multiple times. One of the times was coming off the off ramp of the freeway. We took it into hyundai and they said they could not find the problem. Now the car will not start or when it does itsounds as if the entire engine is blown. Since we are now over the 60000 mile mark hyundai wont even deal with us even though we believe the problem to have stemmed from the original violent shaking that was never fixed when we originally brough it in

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