2010 Hyundai Elantra transmission problems: transmission failure

Transmission Failure

2010 Hyundai Elantra

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Hyundai dealer.

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CarComplaints.com Notes: There's an emerging 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.

Speaking of being safe, you might not be unless Hyundai can figure out why their airbags aren't deploying.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
60,650 miles
Total Complaints:
10 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (8 reports)
  2. car totaled (1 reports)
  3. junk it (1 reports)
2010 Hyundai Elantra transmission problems

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2010 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 222015

Elantra GLX 2.00

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


The transmission of this Hyundai Alantra is really a shameful. Please do not ever buy any Hyundai Model for sure you will be totally disappointed. I took care and maintenance as never has been. The transmission, computer and the electric system failure miserably. I was deceived by the Hyundai company by selling car that failure just a few years later no matter how well the maintenance is. Again do not take the risk of buying any model of Hyundai.

- Daniel M., Oxford, MA, US

problem #9

Apr 202015

Elantra SE 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,654 miles

My 2010 Hyundai Elantra was having transmission problems. Seems as if it was shifting erratically. I would say it was a delay in shifting, not slipping, but a delay. My car only has 41000 miles on it. I took it to my service dealership where i bought it and they told me that they road tested the vehicle for shifting problems and found a little delay in shifting but not bad. After extended drive they found that under certain conditions would seem to delay in 3rd gear a long time. Performed shift adapt relearn and rechecked. They told me the trans is shifting a lot better and still adapting.

Took my car home and it was worse than ever. called and complained about it and was told it is still adapting. TWO WEEKS LATER WHEN I TOOK MY CAR BACK was told vehicle needs transmission REPLACED! Yes they replaced it no cost to me and gave me a free rental. It took 6 days before i got my car back. I only have 6 more months on my cars warranty. I had no idea that this could happen on my car with such LOW MILES! I also had no idea that this seems to be a problem with this year of car. It seems to be a pattern on this year and model. I am so pissed off that no one informed me about any new warranty on this new tranny I received. When I picked my car up they said they would have someone call me and NO ONE HAS! I also called today, 3 days later and still waiting on info.

Thought I bought a good car now I am freaked out about my 2010 Hyundai Elantra. I also feel that the dealership knew of these problems when i bought this car. The car was 3 years old when I bought it with 22k miles on it. Now that it is all said and done, I am the one who went online to get any info about this problem. 42k miles and complete tranny replaced. I feel SICK!

- mendyrawson, Sebastopol, CA, US

problem #8

Sep 092013

Elantra LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

My car was only a few years old when I started having transmission problems. It was still under warranty so I took it to the dealer. They didn't hesitate to replace the transmission and I got the impression that they were having to replace quite a few. In my case this wasn't a huge issue because it got fixed for free but for someone who may be looking at a 2010 Elantra that's out of warranty, it would be huge.

- Rick R., Orrville, OH, US

problem #7

Jun 172014

Elantra GLS 2.0L

  • CVT transmission
  • 60,761 miles


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Well, I bought this used car in 2011. This Hyundai Elantra GLS or GS" (I don't remember), ran perfect till 60,000 miles. The transmission stop working and eventually had shift problem.

The warranty expires at the moment the vehicle begins to fail. Our Hyundai close dealership told us that is very usual in those types of car! I said: What???!!!!! "We received Hyundai with only 19,000 miles with transmission failures." I said wowwww! This car is more cheaper than I expected.

By the way, if you're planning to buy an used car, beware with the ad that says "warranty". Perhaps, the manufacturer has or offers less time warranty that the salesman says. Be careful!

- maeso, Fajardo, PR, US

problem #6

Oct 312014

Elantra GLS 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,080 miles

2010 Elantra 2.0l AT, After car warms up 15 minutes, the transmission would not take off in first gear and would shudder at 35-40 mph.(binding of gears 4th). Shop found pin came out in planetary gear set. Thanks Hyundai. 8000 miles out of warranty.

- Joe H., North Royalton, OH, US

problem #5

Jun 192013

Elantra GLS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

My 2010 Elantra started having shifting problems around 50,000 mile. We took it into the dealer after we started seeing a pattern to the shifting. It will have a harsh 2-3 shift after sitting for a short while. Problem is it is very inconsistent at the time. There were times when the car would downshift into neutral. It has gotten progressively worse and leads me to believe that the shift solenoids are sticking. As mentioned we took the car into the dealership at around 55-56,000 miles and was told it was not a problem. We even had to rent a car (not dealer supplied) for several days as they drove it trying to repeat. The car currently has 80,000 miles on it.

Update from Aug 27, 2015: Shortly after posting this comment, we were rear ended and the car totaled. Did not purchase another 2010 Elantra due to the transmission problem and lack of response from Hyundai in repairing the issue.

- Arlie B., Aloha, OR, US

problem #4

May 162013

Elantra EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,162 miles


I am concerned by the length of time in getting the needed part to repair my car. (Transmission). What is even more concerning is that there is an obvious issue with the transmissions in the 2010 Hyundai Elantras and Hyundai hasn't offered an appropriate remedy. Fixing the car under warranty is sufficient when it happens once...but Hyundai is about to put my car's 3rd transmission in at 70,000 miles...something I might expect at 700,000 miles. What is worse is that the transmission doesn't have a separate warranty. I've owned 2 Hyundai Elantras previously, LOVED them, but this issue leaves me feeling let down by Hyundai. Actually "let down" isn't the proper term...pissed off as hell! No loaner available and car rental reimbursed at 25%. I was told the transmission would take a week to come into the dealer, it was here after 5 days, but the dealer stated that they couldn't fix it for another week! So basically they expect to drive around town in "limp mode" for another week!!! Unacceptable!

- Jacqueline H., Greensboro, NC, US

problem #3

Dec 012011

Elantra EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,448 miles

Transmission failed. Problem listed as "Internal failure between 2nd and 3rd gear"

- Jacqueline H., Greensboro, NC, US

problem #2

Apr 012013

Elantra ES 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles

Transmission out at 43,000 miles - thankful for the warranty - does not speak well for the Elantras

- Frieda L., Blanco, TX, canada

problem #1

Nov 282012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

This also happened to another one of my friends that has the same car and same year. Something is up with the transmissions for sure! If your car is still under warranty, get the transmission checked before it expires.

- lonna1978, Corona, CA, US

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