really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,260 miles

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2007 Hyundai Elantra drivetrain problems

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2007 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 092013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles


As I was turning onto a main road in my town my vehicle stalled out. I was not pressing on the brakes or the gas, just coasting into the turn. Lights came on my dashboard and I lost power completely. This is not the first time it happened, but the this was the scariest place it occurred at. I called Hyundai and they referred me to my local dealer, but I'm not optimistic about the results. Definitely came close to causing an accident. I did have my pregnant friend in the car. We were the only passengers.

- Ware, MA, USA

problem #5

Jun 052013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 76,375 miles
I am reporting a serious malfunction of the transmission system in this vehicle on June 05, 2013, when my wife was driving the vehicle. She was pulling into a parking space early that morning as the vehicle was engaged in "drive" mode, with her foot on the brake, when she discovered that the gear shift was "frozen" and refused to move to "park" to enable her to shut off the motor and exit the vehicle. She was also unable to move the gear shift to "reverse" or to any other gear! she turned the key one notch to try to find a way to release the transmission; the car "jumped" the parking curb and collided about 4 feet forward with a tree, heavily damaging the front end of the vehicle. Fortunately, the air bag did not deploy, and my wife was not injured; however, the damage to the vehicle was extensive! this was a serious mechanical malfunction, and we continue to be concerned for the safe operation of the vehicle. We had no negative experience with the vehicle and its operation prior to this incident and nothing since the incident.

- Ewing, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 012009


  • 70,000 miles
Dozens of occurrences 2007 shortly after warranty expired 2009 +, 6000 miles vehicle started down shifting to low gear at speeds from 30 to 70 never consistent, , out of blue, just like stomping on brakes Hyundai lewisville tx, test drove reported no problem wanted several hundred to diagnose same or several thousand to replace, told to kiss off. Total bs, 1 2010 vehicle finally got consistent and was parked and left sitting as extremely dangerous to operate and paid off on 11/ 2012 still parked read on net caused by short in electrical system to trans mission shifter might add on road its shocking on gravel road causes loss of control and might end up in ditch ( several times, wrong side or sideways spin out further was reported years back with no results to date.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 192012


  • miles


While pulling into parking space at shopping center coming to stop then car suddenly lurched over a parking stop post and curb going into a building I managed to get brakes to stop vehicle before hitting the building.. I did not know what happened. While reading problems about the 2007 model I found another person with the same problem. I was looking at problem due to a popping sound when turning the vehicle. There seem to be many of those already reported. We took to the dealer and the vehicle was out of warranty at 60,000 miles and we have 68,000 now so they wanted $65 just to look at the vehicle. I have taken the car to another dealership. While 2007 year model has no recall it sounds like it should for this problem.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 012011


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the shift lock became jammed and the vehicle would not shift out of park gear. In order to shift the vehicle out of park, the contact had to release the shift lock button with a screw driver. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The contact also stated that the brake lights were not functioning. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V122000 (service brakes, hydraulic:switches:brake light). The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 110,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Waretown, NJ, USA

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problem #1

Sep 112008


  • 28,184 miles
Own a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. Last year I had to take it to the dealer after the shift gear locked on me in the drive position. I was unable to move the shift to the parked position had to use a screw driver to manually release the gear and shifted to park. I drove my car home that day the next day I used a screw driver again and shifted to drive and drove the car to the dealer. On the way to the dealer other driver on the road blew their horns alerted me that I had no brake lights. Eventhough my head lights and rear lights were on. I pulled over and sure enough the brake lights were not working. I again went through the motions with the shifter and manage to drive the car to the dealer with the emergency flashers on. At the dealer they told me that the brake switch that operated the brake lights and shift gear burnt out and was replaced. I expressed the seriousness of the situation, driving around with no brake lights and the dealer just brushed it off and told me that I would not have the problem again. Well yesterday (9/11/08) it happened to me again on my way to my job in jersey city New Jersey. The shifter locked in the drive position and the brake lights were out again. Again I had to manually shift the gear to park then back to drive in order to drive to my job a few minutes away from the incident. At 11pm I drove from my job to my home, without brake lights. This morning I drove my car under the same conditions to the Hyundai in North plainfield, New Jersey to get the car repaired. Again I expressed the seriousness of this situation how it could cause a serious accident. The dealer again indicated that the problem was caused by a faulty brake switch, they changed the switch and told me that the problem was repaired that I should not experience it again. I am reporting this to your Agency because this is a life threatening situation having no brake lights and shifter locking into place without any warning. I feel the car should be recalled.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

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