hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,308 miles

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2005 Hyundai Elantra drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #3

May 152013


  • 78,000 miles


Very sporadic (6-8 times over six months) continued acceleration at 2500+ RPM when foot is removed from accelerator pedal. No codes ever set; no information provided by engine history. Test drive by a trusted mechanic and a service rep from local Hyundai dealer (most recent test drive 10/30/2013) could not reproduce the defect. Test drive by me with the same service rep same day nearly resulted in severe crash. Turning right out of dealership onto md 198 and accelerating up to 3300 RPM toward changing traffic signal, vehicle failed to slow when foot removed from pedal. Brake applied with great effort and virtually no response. Steered into right turn in front of cross traffic from left and shifted to neutral to regain control of brakes on right shoulder. Engine raced in excess of 6000 RPM with no load for 1-2 seconds until I tapped the accelerator pedal twice. Engine returned to idle speed. This uncontrolled acceleration happened twice more before we got back to the dealership. This is an extremely hazardous condition and warrants a full investigation. The vehicle is currently at the ourisman Hyundai dealership on fort meade road, laurel, md.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 042013


  • 59,925 miles
Vehicle accelerated on its own while in park and in neutral to 3000rpm. Slowed down while driving and went back to normal acceleration.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 012011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced difficulty shifting from second to third gear. The vehicle hesitated momentarily before finally shifting gears. The contact stated that the failure progressed until the vehicle began to jerk into third gear. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, but they offered no assistance. The vehicle was then taken to an independent repair shop and the contact was informed that the failure was within the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Foster, RI, USA

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