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2011 Hyundai Elantra



  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    So for example, when you select "front vents", the air is still blowing out of the front defroster vents instead of the front dash vents? Weird.
  • Thanks for the reply. No the functionality is fine. The issue is it won't "shut off" or more accurately the light stays on. I can hit the button for the rear defrost and it will light up or light off. But the front defrost light is staying on. I can't seem to deactivate it. Perhaps it's just a minor glitch.
  • Simply select another air flow pattern like the upper vents or the floor vents. The defrost light will turn off and the light for the airflow selected will illuminate.
  • Thanks for the reply. I did noticed that I can do that, but I thought it odd that I had to have some form of vent/deforst action on and can't jsut shut it all down. Maybe that's just the way the cars are made know where you must have some action taking place.
  • The rear defroster in my old mercedes has an automatic shutoff after xx minutes. Once it is on, it won't turn off by the pressing the button again.

    Guess the thinking here is if you change the airflow you don't need the defroster anymore and it disengages it.
  • OK. Thanks for the infpu. Appreciate it.
  • My two week old 2011 Elantra (approx. 450 miles on it at this moment) has an odd engine sound that sounds like marbles in the engine. I first noticed it on the way home from the dealership after purchasing the car a couple weeks back. It is quite noticeable when the gas pedal is just barely depressed. When I mentioned it to the service tech at the dealership, he said "It's just the valve timing, as long as it's not too loud don't worry about it." Not sure I'm buying that, but if it is the valve timing (CVVT), I'm worried that it will only get worse and by the time the car has 50,000 miles on it the engine could require replacement. My old Taurus with 143,000 miles on it sounded 'newer' than my new Elantra, and honestly, it's a bit frustrating as it is diminishing my enjoyment of an otherwise stellar vehicle.

    Has anyone else heard the same noise in their new Elantra? If so, any info on what could be causing it? thanks.
  • fushigifushigi Chicago suburbsPosts: 1,381
    Not sure about the sound of marbles, but direct injection engines do tend to have more engine noise. I'd describe it more like a rough idle/cold engine sound than marbles.

    You might go back to the dealer & see if some of the Elantras on the lot exhibit the same noise. If they don't, you've got a case that they need to take a look at your car.
    2017 Infiniti QX60 (me), 2012 Hyundai Elantra (wife)
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,314
    The Elantra does not have a DI engine yet. So that isn't it.

    I agree though that noises are highly subjective. and real hard to diagnose over the internet! So I always recomment driving a couple of other new cars to compare. Shouldn't have to go far, just around the lot.

    if they are the same, then it is just normal. If they don't sound like yours, make them look at it harder.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • fushigifushigi Chicago suburbsPosts: 1,381
    You are correct about the Elantra not (yet) having a DI engine. My bad for thinking it had one.
    2017 Infiniti QX60 (me), 2012 Hyundai Elantra (wife)
  • Thanks for the replies. My plan was to also check out another one to see if it makes the same noise. If it does, then it's probably normal, but if not, then I know something isn't quite right with mine. Hopefully the dealer will take my concerns seriously and not just blow me off. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
  • Just picked up my 2011 Elantra last night and I also notice this "marble" sound when radio is down and I am going very slow with little gas applied. My first thought was that it is probably the valve noise I was hearing but also worried enough about it to google it and found this forum post...

    Any other 2011 owners experience this?

    PS... Loving my new Elantra so far!
  • Hopefully other's will chime in with their experiences. Before I bought mine I checked out Edmunds and every review was glowingly positive. Let's just hope it's nothing defective and just the 'signature' noise of the valve train.
  • Yea, I hear it! Doesn't bother me. Enjoy your new car!
  • I know its really hard to talk mpg because of all the variables. I am concerned because of the wide range of results I see when reading reviews. So I'm going to try and narrow the question and answers. I do a lot of highway driving (65, 70) and am interested in what owners are experiencing at that speed.
    MPG is very important to me...replys appreciated...
  • Here is a link that you may have already seen that I just commented on:
  • At this point three people have replied to this post stating they hear the noise in their car as well, so it is starting to look the noise is 'normal' for this engine. My only concern with the noise is...will it get worse with time? Does it indicate a design flaw in the first year run of the engine, and will I get stuck holding the bag if the engine needs major repair or replacement AFTER the warranty has expired?

    IMO, those are valid concerns. So while I do 'enjoy' my car, I would certainly 'enjoy' it more if it didn't make a up sound that a 10 year old car doesn't make! It makes the engine sound cheap and flimsy. YMMV.
  • I have an Elantra LTD and I notice a noise in the valve train upon startup but this is normal for Hyundai Engines (my Genesis sounded like rocks were bouncing around for the first few seconds). But I do not notice it in regular driving (although I gave the car to my wife and I'm now driving a Chevy Cruze). But it would seem to me maybe you are hearing a bit of engine knock. Have you tried running Premium fuel to see if it goes away?

    Also, relative to the gas mileage I never got anywhere near the advertised MPG. the best I ever showed was 37MPG and that was after a MPG reset and driving 55mph on a straight road. If I put my foot into the pedal at all I seemed to get awful mileage (recorded an average of 23.7MPG on a tank) which was all around town driving. Granted this is on a new engine but I expected way better. My Cruze is averaging 27-28mpg around town and that is a new engine as well. Now that the wife has had the Elantra for a couple of weeks I checked the trip computer the other day and she is averaging 32.7MPG on mostly hwy driving. Good but not great. Her V6 Saturn Aura averaged 28.8.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    I found this part very encouraging:

    ... a midlevel GLS with automatic transmission was just as satisfying to drive and comfortable as the high-end Limited Premium model.

    So I won't feel like I'm "slumming" with the GLS. (wink)


    Electric power steering. Hard for automakers to tune right, but Hyundai nailed it. htm
  • ondamanondaman Posts: 21
    Hi, I just bought my 2011 Elantra last week. My first non-Honda/Toyota car, took a chance on Hyundai. The 2 power chargers in front and passenger side suddenly not working anymore. I charged my phone with them 2x before and I know they used to work. So I called dealer today and was asked to come over. Service was friendly and prompt. After 1 hr, tech told me 2 fuses blew. Now I'm curios what could have caused the fuses to get busted. I have an Apple iphone 4 charger, nothing fancy. I had same charger in my other cars for 3+ yrs, no issues.
    Anyone else had fuse or electrical problems?
  • troy3162troy3162 Posts: 2
    Just purchased a 2011 Elantra Limited without the Navigation package. Have 700 miles on it.

    Problem: Upon delivery, the passenger outside mirror wouldn't operate correctly. The mirror would go up and down but not left to right. Dealer said it was probably a fuse but I knew better since it would move up and down.

    Solution: Service department stated that it was a faulty interior switch that is used to adjust both outside mirrors. Part is on back order with no ETA.

    Problem: Drove the car on a morning 10 mile trip and parked it at my house. I turned it off and started into my house when I realized I needed to park it a little closer to the garage. I got back in the car and the ignition wouldn't turn the engine. Checked that I was fully in Park, made sure the steering wheel wasn't locked. Had full battery, all lights and radio operated fine but the started wouldn't engage the engine.

    Solution? Hyundai roadside assistance was called and they couldn't determine the problem either. Had the car towed to the nearest dealer and when they unloaded the car from the tow truck, the service man got into the car and it started right up. They tested the engine codes and there were no codes displayed that a problem had occurred. Three days later and still no problems. Weird, don't you think?
  • Driving tonight through heavy rain, I noticed a loud sound coming from one of the rear wheels of my new Elantra 2011 sedan. I have 1000 miles on it. When I got home I had hubby take the car for a test drive and he said it is definitely coming from a rear wheel and thought it could be a bearing or an axle. Hope the dealer can look at it tomorrow. Anyone have a problem like this with their new Elantras?
  • Update. Got it into dealer. They made it clear that if I hit a pothole it would not be covered under warranty. Thankfully it was just a torn mudflap hitting the wheel which will cost me just $13.00 to have replaced. They ordered the part.
  • I like the "probably the fuse" diagnosis. Hopefully that start thing was just a fluke but it sure is interesting that there were no engine error codes. Keep us posted.

    I'm looking for the Limited but it seems I may have to go into a dealer and haggle on a price then order what I want. Not many out there from Sacramento to Orange County.
  • the car reviews that read on the '11 Elantra are pretty glowing with the exception of "pronounced engine and road noise" - according to Consumer Reports. I wonder if this is a simple insulation fix that would be coming in '12?

    I must say after seeing the engine on the new Ford Fiesta, the engine in the Elantra looks much more substantial.
  • rich27514rich27514 Posts: 41
    I'd suggest you test drive the elantra and make the decision yourself. I have a Limited with 1250 miles. I don't find the engine noisy. You hear it under heavy acceleration, but don't find the sound at all objectionable. I think the tires are what cause the road noise. On some pavements, they are very quiet, on others, noisier. And this is from someone who was driving a Camry. In my opinion, the elantra is a great car...comfortable, fun to drive, roomy, high quality, excellent mileage, etc.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,170
    Sat in a new Elantra at the dealer today & was duly impressed with what I saw...comfortable seats with everything right where your hands expect it to be. The switchgear felt like it came from a more expensive vehicle, felt pretty substantial and sturdy, and when the lights are on, the dash has a very pleasing color. All in all a very nice vehicle & way better than the last generation. Think Hyundai has a winner here folks.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • drew11mdrew11m Posts: 85
    agreed about the engine. Like any small car, when you put the pedal down you are going to hear, if you use a heavy foot you will hear it. But if you drive easy, the engine is super quiet. At 65mph on the highway at 2100RPM, i barely hear anything. In my comparison drives with the Fiesta and Cruze, the elantra engine had more power, pickup, and seemed to shift smoother, but was no more loud than any of them. (The Fiesta engine seems SO small to me)

    Road noise on certain types of highway is noticeable, but that is true of any car in this category.

    In mixed driving with my Elantra Limited, I have averaged about 31.5-32mpg on a full tank. The winter weather and ethanol mix has affected that negatively somewhat, I expect to be averaging about 33-34 once summer starts, but on a 30-mile stretch of highway, i averaged 40mpg. Where i think the Elantra underperforms a bit mileage wise is around town with starts and stops.

    One thing I did notice, the sweet spot for mileage tends to be around 60-65mph. I put it on cruise control at 65mph for the commute to and from work, and the gas mileage improves significantly.

    Some annoyances with the Elantra though,
    - no low washer fluid light,
    -the door cup holders dont fit anything other than a skinny soda or water bottle, -the center cup holders will only take one item with a handle (coffee mug) despite the two holes, and if you have a handled travel coffee mug in the slot, it's tough for a decent size water bottle to fit the other.
    -The radio controls are a stretch for those who have the seat back a bit, you have to actually reach forward to access them.
    -The trip computer's MPG readings are about 1-1.5mpg overly optimistic compared to actual mileage (not sure if that's due to winter weather and ethanol mix)

    All in all though, a nice car. Still trying to get used to it after 10 years in a VW Passat, but happy overall with my purchase, especially after I'm saving 50$ a month in fuel costs.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    With a 6AT, I am surprised the RPMs are as high as 2100 @ 65 mph. On my Sentra, it doesn't cross 2000 RPMs until 70 mph (but it's a CVT).

    I've noticed the sweet spot for FE for most cars is around 55-60 mph. There's a reason the national speed limit was set at 55 in the early '70s. And the EPA ratings are based on that kind of speed, not 70-80 mph that a lot of folks drive.

    -The radio controls are a stretch for those who have the seat back a bit, you have to actually reach forward to access them.

    Doesn't the Limited have audio controls on the wheel?
  • rich27514rich27514 Posts: 41
    Yes, the Limited has audio controls on the steering wheel including a mute button. This is also part of an option package on the GLS.
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