If you want an affordable yet well-furnished sports coupe that’s fun to drive and is surprisingly fuel-efficient, you can’t go wrong with the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. While the latest model year of Hyundai’s luxury sports car carries the most advanced features, an older Genesis Coupe in good condition can give you plenty of bang for your buck, especially if you replace or upgrade its aging parts. As a luxury vehicle, it holds its value pretty well. CarGurus.com reported that the 2015 Genesis Coupe has a 5-year depreciation rate of around 33%.
Are Hyundai Genesis Coupes Reliable?
When it comes to reliability, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is considered above average for a luxury midsize car. RepairPal gave it a rating of 3.5 out of 5.0, which put it in 16th place out of the 31 models in its segment.
The Genesis Coupe has average ownership costs. While the issues it may develop have a higher chance of being serious, the vehicle’s average frequency of repairs partly makes up for the higher repair bills.
U.S. News & World Report has a similarly good opinion of the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. It gave it a reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5.0, which was considered above average according to the J.D. Power rating system.
Common Hyundai Genesis Coupe Problems
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe was first produced in 2008 and was discontinued in 2016. Much like other vehicles, some of the luxury car’s model years are more likely to develop problems than others.
According to a model year comparison by CarComplaints.com, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has received the highest number of complaints. The site also added that there weren’t many reported problems for the Genesis Coupe.
Here are some of the most common Hyundai Genesis Coupe problems:
Speakers Stop Playing Audio
Depending on the particular trim, the 2011-2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe can feature a navigation unit. It’s very convenient to have something giving you verbal and visual directions to a place you’ve never gone to in the past. Some drivers did report that the speakers could stop playing audio coming from the nav system, CD player, radio, satellite radio, and car telephone. A software glitch is responsible for the sudden loss of audio, and performing a hard reset will likely resolve it.
Paint Chipping and Flaking
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe looks good in part thanks to its paint job. However, the clear coat that protects the paint from moisture can fail earlier than designed. When that happens, the paint can stop sticking to the body panel’s surface and start peeling off.
Many drivers have reported severe chipping and flaking on the bumper, hood, and roof of their vehicle. In some cases, the clear coat turned yellow before it began to peel off the body panel. Washing the affected spots could cause the chips to grow until they flake off.
Rattling Noise While Driving
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe runs smoothly and quietly for a car with a powerful engine. However, one driver has reported hearing a rattling noise when the engine was running between 2,500 and 3,000 RPMs. The unpleasant sound grew louder and more serious over the years.
It took the technicians several attempts to identify the source of the rattling sound. After incorrectly diagnosing the heat shield, wastegate actuator, turbo, and flex pipe as the source of the noise, they finally found a loose bolt on the CAT bracket. Tightening that bolt eliminated the noise for that particular case.
Timing Chain Skips
When it comes to engine-related performance, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe can match many sports cars in power. Its timing belt ensures that the camshaft and crankshaft turn at the right time.
In some 2011 Genesis Coupe units, a fault in the timing chain can cause it to skip a tooth or gear on the camshaft or crankshaft. This disrupts the timing of the shafts and causes engine problems like misfiring or the engine turning without firing. If the skipping goes unnoticed and untended, it can damage the engine severely enough to require a complete rebuild.
Anti-Theft System Alarm Blares For No Reason
The anti-theft system in the 2011 and 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe will warn you when someone tries to break into the vehicle. However, the alarm can also start blaring at seemingly random times in some units. This problem was traced to a problematic hood closed switch that was slightly shorter than originally designed. Replacing the faulty switch with a new part of the right size will stop the anti-theft system alarm from sounding off for no obvious reason.
Paint problems can also show up in some units of the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Some owners warned that the paint on the hood and the driver’s side fender can peel off.
Driving the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is usually fun. It’s got a powerful engine and displays considerable agility. However, the experience can get unpleasant and dangerous very quickly if the engine stalls without warning while on the road.
An owner reported that their 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe developed a severe engine stall while driving. The engine went dead without any of the typical warning signs, such as an illuminated check engine light or erratic engine performance. This problem could have led to a collision if the driver wasn’t able to pull over quickly.
Power Steering Pump Makes Whining Noise
The 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe power steering pump ensures the steady flow of fluid through the steering. Several drivers have complained about whining noises coming from their vehicle’s pump. Fortunately, they didn’t need to replace the power steering pump. The noise originated from a clogged reservoir, and cleaning the container eliminated the noise.
Overall, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a good choice if you want a luxurious sports car at an affordable price. Before you commit to getting one, it’s a good idea to read up on the most common problems for the model year you’re planning to get. By preparing for any issues that can crop up, you can get the most out of your Genesis Coupe for many years.