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CarComplaints.com Notes: There's a small trend of transmission problem with the 2010 Elantra at fairly early mileage.

So far owners report having the transmission replaced under warranty but that won't hold up for much longer. It may be a bit premature but for now we're putting the "CLUNKER" rating on the 2010 Elantra just to be safe.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
38,314 miles

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2010 Hyundai Elantra steering problems

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2010 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #19

Nov 162014

Elantra

  • 46,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Over the past 2 years the electric power steering (eps) on my 2010 Hyundai Elantra has failed multiple times - the power steering stops and the eps light on the dash illuminates. Luckily I was always close to home and no one was hurt. It happens under all kinds of conditions, going uphill / downhill / 50mph or 5mph / turning / driving straight - there is not a single 'road condition' or 'driving condition' that consistently triggers the failure. I reported the problem to Hyundai in connection with last year's 'stop lamp switch' recall. I had hoped the problems were related - they are not. I have taken the car to the dealer several times (rude and unhelpful is an understatement). I have had the 'stop lamp switch' replaced as part of the recall, and also the 'air bag clockspring' replaced (which I had to pay for), and the steering 're-calibrated'. since these repairs the eps has failed on a few separate occasions, and I have taken it to the mechanic twice more, and no one can figure out why the eps is just shutting down. This is a serious and potentially fatal design flaw. I would just like to know what the issue is and how to solve it. By now Hyundai has to know this widespread problem.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #18

Apr 042014

Elantra

  • 59,000 miles
Like several other complaints, the eps light came on and the power steering shut down, making the car extremely difficult to control. The dealer calibrated the eps with a software update for a charge of appoximately $100. Things worked fine for a week, during which time the car was driven about 500 miles, but then the same problem reocurred. The car was out of warranty by 8,000 miles but was still within the five year warrantly time by several months. The dealer informed Hyundai of the situation, and they approved a "goodwill repair" under the warranty, which consisted of recalibrating and replacing the steering column assembly at no additional cost, which would have ordinarily had a charge of around $2,000. I have delayed reporting this for several months to be certain the repair lasted for a significant length of time. I also wanted to report, unlike most of the other complaints, a relatively satisfactory remediation of this serious problem by our dealer and Hyundai. Nevertheless this problem looks to be common enough and certainly is serious enough that it should have had an official safety recall

- Meridian, MS, USA

problem #17

Oct 072014

Elantra

  • 35,500 miles
I had driven around 2 miles without any issue and was waiting on red traffic light before entering my apartment community. When the light turned green I noticed that eps indicator has turned on and steering wheel is jammed. Thankfully the road ahead was straight and I was able to maneuver the car safely over the curb with extreme difficulty. I tried the sequence of complete stop and start multiple times but it did not resolve the issue. I will be taking the car to the dealer for diagnosis. This is utterly unacceptable failure which has definite potential of resulting into accident.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #16

May 212014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 72,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I started my car and the eps and ESC off lights were illuminated, and I had no power steering. This was the second time this had happened since I purchased my vehicle used in 2011. The first time, shutting the engine off and restarting fixed the problem. I also took the car into the dealer at the time, and they claimed that the fix was an update to the computer. The issue didn't appear again until May 2014, and this time the power steering failed to work even after multiple restarts. I took it to the dealer and they said the steering column has failed an needs to be replaced, and will cost $2100. Not only does this defective steering column that I have seen multiple citations of in this database present a potentially large expense to Hyundai owners outside of their warranty, but a serious safety issue if the steering fails while the car is in motion, as I have seen in other cases. I was lucky it was just in my driveway. I contacted Hyundai directly about this, and they couldn't care less, and most certainly wouldn't cover it as a defective part, as I am 12K miles out of my warranty. They are clearly ignoring the safety and reliability concerns of their customers. Buyer beware.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #15

Apr 032014

Elantra

  • 77,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 15 mph, the power steering failed on the vehicle. As a result, the contact lost control of the vehicle and veered off the roadway. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, who stated that the electronic power steering software needed to be updated. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who stated that all of the electronics and the steering column needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 77,000.

- Franklin , NH, USA

problem #14

Mar 312013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 87,500 miles
After a routine maintenance, power steering and stability control no longer functioned. Dealer said a computer update would likely fix the problem. It did not. They said only solution is to replace whole steering column. Part alone is $2200.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #13

Mar 192014

Elantra

  • 76,100 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving approx. 30 mph the eps light went on and the power steering went off. I drove the car about a mile to the dealership, where they re-calibrated the sensor. The car operated fine for two days and then the problem occurred again, ( although it does reset when the car is restarted). I then took the car back to the dealer, where I was told the sensor needed to be replaced and that was located in the steering column. This is not covered under warranty and is rather costly to fix.

- Norwood, MA, USA

problem #12

Jan 112014

Elantra

  • 30,000 miles
My daughter was driving in a rain storm and lost her power steering. The eps (electronic power steering) light illuminated. She was lucky she didn't get into an accident. She pulled over to the shoulder, turned her car off, then started it again. The eps light went out and the power steering was again working. I performed an internet search and found numerous complaints concerning the Hyundai eps system. This is a serious safety hazard and a recall should be issued immediately to correct the problem.

- Cicero, NY, USA

problem #11

Nov 192013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 60,641 miles
Driving to work today the eps light came on while in the process of changing lanes. The steering wheel locked up causing the vehicle to do a bit of swerving. Managed to pull off to the side. Prior to all this, I complained about the eps as it was something that was happening before. The light would come on, the vehicle would lock up and upon turning off the ignition and restarting the vehicle, it would reset itself. I went and saw a mechanic, they alleged testing the vehicle for the eps problem however nothing came up and they refused to address that issue., I called Hyundai warranty department and filed complain since I just run out of warranty and prior to this I had my car at the dealership before and left without repairs being done due to no code showing.I was told I should get the issues fixed and hope I mid be refunded. This is a serious safety issue and a defect on their part which needs to be addressed and at the expense of Hyundai. I am filing this complaint as I expected more from them and have gotten nothing besides bills left to pay for something Hyundai knew was an on going issue with the vehicle they had been selling. With the excuse they cant work on a car unless the code is showing. Well dear Hyundai the light shuts off when U turn the car off and it is dangerous to drive to an dealership for them to lock at the issue and it is ridicules to have a run around for a well know issue on your product that can cause an accident.

- Columbia , SC, USA

problem #10

Aug 102013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 71,109 miles
Returning from South jersey with my minor son, the eps light came on while in the process of changing lanes. The steering wheel locked up causing the vehicle to do a bit of swerving. Managed to pull off to the side of the road and call for help. Prior to all this, vehicle was taken to Hyundai in paramus, NJ for a recall for some other part. At this time, I complained about the eps as it was something that was happening before. The light would come on, the vehicle would lock up and upon turning off the ignition and restarting the vehicle, it would reset itself. At Hyundai, they alleged testing the vehicle for the eps problem however nothing came up and they refused to address that issue. This time on 8/10/13, the light is now on and the vehicle will not rest itself. I tried calling Hyundai for this defect and was put on hold indefinitely. I then sent an email to them about it and they refused to respond. In my email to them, I expressed this was a serious safety issue and a defect on their part which needs to be addressed and at the expense of Hyundai. Still no response. I am filing this complaint as I expected more from them and have gotten nothing.

- Palisades Park, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jun 302013

Elantra

  • 58,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Was driving on freeway and eps light came on and electronic steering went out. Car became impossible to turn. I was able to make it to the left shoulder of the freeway. After stopping the car and turning it back on, the vehicle operated fine until 5 months later. Then it happened again. Finally on June 30, 2013, it happened a third time. I have researched this and have found it to be a common problem and one of safety. Hyundai refused to fix it.

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 012012

Elantra

  • miles
2010 Hyundai Elantra (rented). Consumer wanted to know were there any recalls issued related to defects in the steering, accelerator problems, suspension problems or brake problems the consumer stated he was involved in an accident, which caused him to crash. Updated 01/15/13 the consumer stated the vehicle swerved to the left, which caused him to strike a pole. The consumer then crossed the median, and struck another vehicle, killing the other driver. Updated 01/28/13 updated 02/07/13 updated 12/23/13 the consumer stated the cruise control was set at 42 mph. When the vehicle swerved, he hit the brake, but the cruise control did not disengaged, instead the vehicle increased in speed. Updated 07/07/14 updated 09/24/14

- Charleston, MO, USA

problem #7

May 292012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,304 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the vehicle pulled to the right while driving at any speed and the front tires wear prematurely. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure. The dealer replaced the tires several times and performed an alignment, but the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 21,304 and the current mileage 23,141....updated 08-03-12 updated 7/25/12 the consumer stated the dealer also recalipbrated the steering angle sensor. Updated 08/06/2012

- Gardner , MA, USA

problem #6

Mar 012012

Elantra

  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while attempting to reverse out of a parking space, it became very difficult to steer without warning. The contact stated that he was very concerned for his safety since he believed that he would not be able to control the vehicle if he was to be driving at a higher speed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 5,000 and the current mileage was 5,600.

- Brooklyn , NY, USA

problem #5

May 232011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 14,700 miles
23 May 2011, I own a 2010 Hyundai Elantra with 14, "?" mi on it. As I was entering a curve on paved road at approximately 20 mph the electric power steering failed. I was able to maintain control using extreme effort avoiding oncoming traffic. I pulled over to the next safest area to calm down and regain my composure. The eps light was on and had no power steering. I looked under the hood for any sign of cause of failure and found nothing. Drove the car straight to the dealer and the service managers response when he tried to turn the wheel was "oh my". the dealership gave me a loaner car to drive since the Elantra was still under warranty. I called the service department on 13 June and they said they replaced a sensor and that didn't fix it and they were going to replace the steering column. 20 June 11, still waiting on repair of car. I returned the loaner because I no longer trust electric power steering no matter what anybody tells me. Yes the car is under warranty and the parts can be replaced. But, I am the sole provider for my family, I don't have a warranty nor any replacement parts and it cost a whole lot more to fix any damages to me than it does that car. Not to mention the person I met in that curve or their family.

- Nettleton, MS, USA

problem #4

Apr 272011

Elantra

  • 13,400 miles
I was driving on the highway and was cut off by another car. I was travelling about 50mph, I proceeded to brake (did not require hard braking, because me speed was not high) and steer to the right to avoid hitting the right side of the car that cut me off. My car over compensated and proceeded to swerve. It took a lot to regain control. My initial steer to avoid the car in front was not significant enough to cause the vehicle to swerve out of control. I have never experienced this with other vehicles that I have driven and this experience was rather frightening.

- Claymont, DE, USA

problem #3

May 132010

Elantra

  • 0 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the vehicle would pull violently to the left or right while driving. In addition, the contact stated that he would get shocked whenever he would open the doors. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure but decided to performed an alignment to temporarily remedy the problem. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 0 and the current mileage was 14,000.

- Juana Diaz , PR, USA

problem #2

Jul 282010

Elantra

  • 200 miles
I bought a brand new 2010 Elantra. I soon noticed that the car was pulling to the right, and very soon it started pulling hard to the right. I took it in to have it aligned. It still pulled right but it was much better. Soon it started pulling again, this time at higher rates of speed, 65-70 mph. (before it was at slower rates of speed(25 to 45 mph?). again, I took it to be aligned at the dealership. They said they checked tire pressure, rotated tires, and checked alignment and everything checked out within spec. I drove home with an "in-spec" car that still pulled right. It eventually got worse with a harder pull to the right, so I took it to another Hyundai dealership, who checked it out and confirmed it was out of alignment. They did an alignment, and the car drove with great improvement, but it still had a slight pull to the right. I drove it for a time with the slight pull, but it gradually continued to get worse, so I took it in again to this same dealership. They again confirmed it was out of alignment, and aligned the car. I drove the car home and it still had a slight pull to the right. Two weeks later, I took the car to an outside source to have it checked out, and they confirmed that there was still a pull to the right, and that the steering was off as well. I will be making yet another appointment at the dealership where I bought the car to have it aligned. I have owned the car approximately 8 months and have had it aligned 5 times so far. Right now it pulls so hard right I have to grip the steering wheel when at highway speeds to keep car from swerving out of the lane.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #1

Dec 132010

Elantra

  • 12 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the vehicle became unstable in adverse wind conditions. The contact was not sure of what the wind speeds were that caused the problem, but the vehicle started rocking from side to side while traveling 65 mph. This had also happened when passing trucks in the opposite direction. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and after a test drive; the dealer said nothing was wrong with the vehicle. The contact feels the dealer did not have a problem because at the time the weather conditions were normal. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 12 and the current mileage was 457.

- Decatur, AL, USA

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