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2010 Elantra....transmission failed at 2600 miles!



  • mzonnetmzonnet Posts: 1
    Sara you should glad you're not the only one having issue with the transmission.

    I bought my 2010 elantra gls on september 2010. After putting around 12k miles on it, the trans is giving me unusual feed backs. Jerks when it upshift, shakes when slowing down, and my engine will rev 200-500 rpm even after I let go of the gas pedal.

    The car drives fine as current it's at 16k, I am hesitating to take it back to dealer I bought it from, because I heard they tend to 'break' things when they try to fix something, heard that while I was in the lounge last i took it in for service.

    I have no history of dealing with such matter, any adivise would be appreciated. Oh yea I've check the level of the ATF, it wasnt the problem.
  • My 2010 Elantra Touring transmission is failing for the second time! It was replaced at 1800 miles and now the new one is failing! What the? I should have stayed with Toyota! I have never, ever had a transmission go on any car I have ever owned and that includes a Toyota with 180,000 miles on it!

    I think this may fall under the NYS Lemon Law? Anybody know? I am do so done with Huyndai cars, and their service is below grade.

    Also, I was just informed by the dealer that I might have a problem if I choose to have my scheduled maintenance service performed by a mechanic other than Hyundai's ??? Anybody got any info on any of this, I'd appreciate it.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,218
    In reverse order ..

    By federal law you can have your car serviced wherever you like with no impact on your warranty. However, you do need to maintain your maintenance records in the event you need to make a warranty claim.

    The only potential problem with not using the dealer for service is if the shop you use doesn't use parts/supplies that meet OEM standards; i.e. they use the wrong transmission fluid or oil that doesn't meet the specs stated in your owner's manual.

    Lemon laws vary by state, but typically they involve three or more attempts to repair the same vehicle within a limited time period (like, say, the first year). I'm in Illinois so I can't really say what NY's requirements are.

    I feel for you with the trans problem. For a little perspective, my wife had an '01 Elantra that was almost perfectly reliable over 10 years & she recently bought a '12 Elantra to replace it. My ex-wife, BTW, had a Camry trans fail on her. No manufacturer is immune to these sorts of problems.

    I would suggest that if your local dealer isn't being as helpful as you think they should be (and from what you've said they don't sound that good), feel free to use another dealer or call Hyundai customer support ( & ask for their intervention.
  • I was having the same problems with my elantra that I have been reading about. Turns out I need a new tranny too. Car has only 21k miles on it. 2010 model.. I still like the car alot. Hopefully this will be the end of my problems here.
  • Well I ended up trading my 2010 one in earlier this year, and got the 2011. Hope you didn't get my 2010 lemon! LOL!!! I'm just kidding, I'm sure it'll be fine. I know it totally sucks, but Hyundai will take care of you. Since my failed on me so early on (and 21K is obviously extremely early, too) Hyundai paid two car payments for was nice. After I got the new tranny, it ran very well and I never had anymore problems with it. I just REALLY wanted the 2011 model, and since the dealership knew of my tranny problem, I ended up getting a fantastic deal on the 2011.
  • Yesterday, after going to the dealership twice in the last 20,000 miles, I brought my 2010 Elantra in for the third time at 43000 miles and was told I need a new transmission ( and as an aside it was actually brought in for the check engine light ,faulty oxygen sensor). Seems like this is not an isolated problem. I too have had at least 20 new and used cars and have never had any transmission problem. OOOH What a feeling....
  • sierra18sierra18 Posts: 1
    I bought a new 2010 Elantra and the transmission failed at 12K miles and again at 31K miles along with the engine computer. In addition, the vehicle has had the driver's side window regulator replaced and a door handle that the chrome peeled off. The A/C is now making a whinny noise, and the passenger side window regulator is making noise now. We have lost all confidence in this vehicle. Anyone have the same problems and what was the final solution?
  • I have a 09 Elantra with 98000 highway miles. I had the first tranny replaced at 80,000, and the second at 97,000. Both covered under warranty. The first was changed because it shift hard into 3rd gear, the second because when I drove the car more than 25 miles then shifted from drive to reverse, it took 5 seconds to engage in reverse. I sent Hyundai an email asking them to cover this tranny above the 100,000 mile warranty, and they told me to buy an extended warranty. I told them sorry no thanks, and this would be my last Hyundai. The only other issue, was the back right passenger door handle on the outside broke. Road noise is above average, but I understand its not a mercedes.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,218
    As a rule, any work done at a dealer & using OEM parts should carry a 1 year/12K mile warranty irrespective of the manufacturer's original warranty. So your trans ought to be covered to 110K miles or for the next year; whichever comes first. You can confirm that by reading your service receipt or calling the service department.
  • Fushigi,
    Thanks for the info. I will give them a call tomorrow.
  • I dropped my car off for a transmission issue this morning. I was just told it would need a new transmission. My car is a 2010 Elantra Touring with 32K miles. Have they corrected the problem with the replacement transmissions or should I be buying an extended warranty? I bought my car used so I only a 60k mile warranty.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,341
    edited November 2012
    Yep, sign me up too. I have 42,000 miles on my 2010 Elantra Touring and my issues are:
    1. Cold starts: first thing every morning when the car is not warmed up, when the tranny shifts from first to second, there is a dramatic lurch forward as though the tranny is holding back and then releases the car into second. This situation diminishes as the tranny (and fluid) get warmed up. After a recent flush of the transmission, the issue is now occuring with shifts from second to third gear
    2. Reverse delay: there have been instances when the car takes 3 seconds to engage into reverse.
    3. Rev surge: The engine revs up several hundred RPMS just before the tranny shifts from 3rd to 4th and 4th to overdrive.
    4. Manually downshifting to 2nd gear: tranny takes 3 seconds to actually engage into 2nd after manually shifting
    5. I am getting intermittant "slamming" from upshifts from 2nd to 3rd.

    Mzonnet: you posted that you had some of these same issues a year ago. Did you get them resolved at all?
  • A couple of weeks ago I went to the local Hyundai dealership here in northern Virginia to get the heat shield fixed, and they also took care of a couple of recalls. While I was waiting, I was talking to one of the technicians about my old 2010 Elantra (I created this original post about my transmission failing so early) and how the transmission died. He said he wasn't surprised, because there have been tons of issues from all over the country regarding the transmissions from the 2010 Elantra model. I wonder what exactly happened!
  • eerieeerie Posts: 1
    I've been having problems with my transmission as well. I have a 2010 Hyundal Elantra with 27,000 miles and the transmission needs replaced. The driver's side window motor was just replaced and so was the chrome door handle on the passenger side door. It started peeling off and both me and wife cut our fingers on it. We have owned a 2001 and a 2008 Elantra, both new, and didn't have any problems with them.
  • Did anyone find out what the basic problem is with the 2010 Elantra tranny? Also, basically I like my Hyundai, (not the seats) I'm thinking I want another Hyundai but one with a little more storage space for wen I travel; did they put this same transmission in any of their other models? Anyone know of any other major problems with 2010, 11 Hyundai? Thanks.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,341
    good questions. I'm still waiting for my new tranny to get shipped over.
  • You are stubborn if you think everything is perfect. ANYTHING CAN HAVE A DEFECT. You just got a defective transmission. My dad bought a brand new ford van in 1984 and the transmission crapped out at 11,000 miles. My mom bought a 2006 toyota highlander and the air conditioning broke at 35,000 miles. So that shows that anything can have a defect. You seem to think that nothing should break ever. I just bought a 2010 hyundai elantra with 30,000 miles and I love it. You dont seem to understand that anything can be defective. Its extremley rare that a car has a defect, but it can happen TO ANY CAR. I dont even expect an $80,000 car to be perfect. I guarentee that you wont have another transmission problem because that was a 1 in a million shot.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,346
    I'm afraid your theory is flawed. If it wasn't, then there would be no such thing as design flaws. Design flaws combined with questionable outsourced parts can and does cause very real grief, frustration and dollars to those who become unfortunate victims.

    For proof of this, here are just 3 random links of threads that describe perfect examples of what I'm talking about. I have read every post of all three links. I recommend starting at the very beginning of each. I suspect that before you get even 1/4 of the way through each one, you will become a believer. And without question you will be if you make it to the end of each one. Some stats just can not be ignored.
  • Thanks for the lecture after two years....
  • I only saw this post now because I just bought a 2010 hyundai elantra last week. What the hell is your damn problem snapping at people because you dont like to hear reality. ANYTHING CAN HAVE A DEFECT. WHAT PART OF THAT SENTENCE DONT YOU UNDERSTAND. When my dads tranny crapped out in 1 year, it WAS a defect. And it never happened again. You happened to get a defective tranny and it most likely wont happen again. I dont know if I can be any more clearer.
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