really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,251 miles

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2002 Hyundai Elantra transmission problems

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2002 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 132008


  • 111,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Elantra. The contact inspected underneath the vehicle and noticed oil leaking from the transmission. In addition, the control arms on both sides of the vehicle had holes and were corroded. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer for inspection and they stated that the control arm and subframe failed. The vehicle has not been repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 09V125000 (suspension:front:control arm) due to the unavailability of the necessary parts for the repair. There is a massive back order for the parts. The technician recommended that the vehicle not be driven due to the safety risk involved. The failure and current mileages were 111,000.

- Kingston, NY, USA

problem #6

Feb 272006

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,758 miles
: the contact stated when recall work was performed on the manifold, the dealership determined the timing chain and transmission fluid needed to be changed soon. Four days after the repair work, the vehicle was going 25 mph and the transmission would not respond. The vehicle coasted to the side of the road, smoke came from under the hood, and fluid was leaking under the engine. A tow truck was called, when the vehicle was moved, parts were on the ground. The dealership determined the transmission needed to be replaced.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #5

Jul 022005

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
2002 Hyundai Elantra, consumer took vehicle to a local garage for an inspection, on 6-20-05, and mechanic rotated/ balanced tires, and replaced two tires with new ones. Also, replaced fuel injection system/ replaced a gasket/ front wheels were aligned/ steering wheel was centered, and they checked caster and camber angles. Then mechanic told consumer that vehicle passed NY state inspection. The consumer started traveling from NY to va on 6-30, and on 7-2 vehicle stalled, check engine light came on, vehicle had completely stopped although engine was still running, oil gauge warning light came on, it went up to highest point. This was first time vehicle stalled. The consumer had the vehicle towed to a mechanic who ran a diagnostic test on the vehicle and told consumer that he should take it to a dealership because of the warranty. Dealership ran a diagnostic and then replaced radiator and radiator pump. They told consumer that was reason for vehicle overheating and stalling. This was after consumer was told by dealership that vehicle was safe to drive. So consumer traveled back home, roads were wet and it was late in da. The check engine light came on again. As soon as light came on the speed reduced but the engine itself was still on but, the vehicle was not able to move at a safe speed and stalled. Consumer's and his family lives were in dangered although there were no actual accidents. Vehicle was towed to the dealership. They told consumer that problem was with transmission. There was a hose not connected properly which caused vehicle to leak transmission fluid.

- Middle Village, NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 222003

(reported on)


  • miles


Engine dies at anytime. Gear shifter will not go from park to drive. Vehicle was towed to dealer. Dealer said gear shifter broke.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 162003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving automatic transmission stuck between gears, and vehicle lurched forward, causing driver to lose control. Vehicle ran off the road due to this problem.

- Jeannette, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 072002

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The car hesitates to go into second gear and revs really high in order to go into third gear.the car has been looked at twice from the dealer in which it was purchased and they reset a code the first time but it failed to fix the problem. The second time it wasn't able to be reset.but the mechanic finds no problems.

- Villas, NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 072001

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, vehicle often gets stuck in first gear and revs excessively as if gears are not properly shifting out of 1st gear. Dealer has seen vehicle twice. Third time dealer indicated that a program had to be established in order to fix vehicle.

- Massillon, OH, USA

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