hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,466 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Hyundai Accent drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2009 Hyundai Accent:

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

2009 Hyundai Accent Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 012015


  • 77,200 miles


A trip turned into twice being stranded on the side of the road with this car. Never been out of the bay area with it. It starts skipping a few beats, loses acceleration. Recovers itself until the next time. Becomes quite intermittent after that point. I got to jacksonville after leaving here. Lost power, tossed white smoke out the tail pipe. Just lugs along and then recovers. So I pulled off the freeway. Into a shopping mall. Turned it off. Started it again" nothing but white smoke out the back end. I called a tow truck. Had it towed into the local Hyundai dealership. Where after an hour? they had done some type of emissions clean out? and a transmission flush. Out of pocket? $289. I leave. I decide to come back home instead. I just didn't trust this car the rest of the way to va.. I get to ocala. Merging on to the 75 interchange? two cars and a semi behind me. A semi to the left side had to move over because I punched the gas to merge on? stalled, something went boom under me? and so much white smoke behind me? it engulfed the vehicles behind me. It literally lost power and I had to coast over to the shoulder? then recovered itself. I got it to the rest area a mile up the road. Called a tow truck again. Had it towed to the local Hyundai dealership. These people replaced the cat converter and a sensor. The rest of the trip home. At the 60 mile mark again? it starts up again. Spitting and sputtering.losing acceleration.. trucks behind me. I'm praying by this point. I eventually pulled off at the wesley chapel exit* and slowly made it home back to clearwater. Hyundai America is who I called at this point. Took it in yet again to a local Hyundai dealership who as usual after 2 days? find absolutely nothing wrong. I get it back" and it sounds worse and runs worse than it ever did now. Sounds like a puttering volkswagon. I am seriously afraid of this car. Seriously!

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #6

May 212014


  • 12,090 miles
My car was parked in my driveway. I went out to pull it into the garage. When I took my foot off of the break to excelerate, the car lunged forward (without me giving it any gas). I returned my foot lightly to the break. The thrust threw me into the steering wheel. I called the tow service and had my car taken to the dealership for repair. During the ride to the dealer the tow driver said that he had to hold his foot on the break in order to control the car and get it on the truck. The dealership kept my car for three days and told me that there was nothing wrong with it. She told me that the diagnostic showed no numbers that would indicate there was anything wrong with the car. She stated that there were some codes that came up but they were erased because they didn't matter, they came up on their own. The diagnostic was done on day one. What was being done on the other two days" this is not the first time that I have had to take this car in for this type of repair. They always tell me that there is nothing wrong with the car, however when I get the car back it drives like new. Not so much this time. The breaks are still a little off. Is a dealership allowed to repair your car and not tell you what was wrong" I ask this because of the above and during one of my visits on of the workers told me that "they will do anything to stay #1".

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #5

May 012013


  • 70,000 miles
I have had issues with shifting into gear. I have taken it to several different mechanics and they have not been able to find any issues at all. I also just found out that my fuel level sensor is not working either. I have not been able to find any recalls on either. It's upsetting to see that others are having the same issue with the shifting problem and it doesn't seem that anyone within Hyundai has bothered to see if this problem exists with other 5 speed Accents.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #4

Jun 152012


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Accent. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the vehicle became difficult to shift into gear. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis but the cause of the failure was not determined. The contact then received notification of a manufacturer's recall that addressed the failure that was experienced. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for the repair but the contact was informed that the recall was only for automatic transmissions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 70,000.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #3

Jun 072013

Accent 4-cyl

  • 75,674 miles
While going 65 mph car shifted into lower gear on its own. Would not shift back. Has done this many times since then. When put in park and turned off, most the time will work right after.

- Wooton, KY, USA

Search CarComplaints.com for these popular complaint phrases...

problem #2

Jun 192012


  • 45,000 miles
1st incident: Car was parked at store. Would not start and could not move shift lever while depressing the brake. Electrical system down. Called for tow, mechanic jump-started the car. 2nd incident: Since the above time, we have had to manipulate the brake pedal several times to release shifter, then firmly move shifter into park, allowing the car to recognize that the car was not in gear, then the car would start. 3rd incident: April 24th, 2013. Entered the car, heard clicking sound from the direction of the inside fuse box. Tried to start the car, no power anywhere, car would not start. Depressed the brake to repeat the shifter steps as in incident 2. the clicking stopped. The clicking only stopped when I depressed and held the brake with the ignition switch in the on position. Still no power and car would not start. As I depressed the brake, the electronic odometer display went to half-numbers. When I tried to turn on the flashers, there was a "static noise" from the dashboard. Flashers would not work. Returned the key to the lock position, depressed the brake pedal. The odometer reading flashed on and off several times, then came back fully. Had to have the car jump-started in order to get home.

- Bellerose, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 142011


  • 10,300 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Accent. The contact stated that when accelerating on a hill at 5 mph from a stopped position; the vehicle would hesitate and jerk. The failure occurred more frequently when the contact was making a right turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the cause of failure could not be determined. The failure mileage was 10,300.

- Arlington, MA, USA

Not what you are looking for?