Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
75,186 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (1 reports)
2003 Hyundai Accent transmission problems

transmission problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2003 Hyundai Accent:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2003 Hyundai Accent Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 172010

Accent GSI 1.6L Litre 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,186 miles


This car has been a wonderful automobile, in fact I always told people I'd buy another Hyundai in an instant until the transmission failed with no warning. I was also in fact one of the first people in Canada to own a Hyundai Pony when they were introduced in Canada so I have owned two new Hyundai automobiles. The Accent was barely out of warranty and the failure was catastrophic due to a defective part. When I complained, the manufacturer told me that it was a wear part and due to the fact that it might have been used in heavy duty driving situation or used to tow a heavy item, the transmission would not be covered. My contention is that I live in a mild climate with light duty, don't tow a thing and have less than average mileage on my car. I have always been meticulous about service including trans fluid service every 50K whether it needed it or not. Certainly there has to be some expectation that a transmission would not fail at this low mileage and if the failure is due to a defective part, the manufacturer should have accepted some culpability. The manufacturer dismissed me entirely and as a result I would not buy one of their products again. In fact my son bought a car last week and he was going to buy a Hyundai until I talked him out of it due to the lack of support I received from the manufacturer. It's a shame really but if a manufacturer does not accept responsibility for a defective product, can you really trust them?

- , Victoria, BC, Canada

Not what you are looking for?