2010 Hyundai Elantra transmission problems: transmission slipping

Transmission Slipping

2010 Hyundai Elantra (Page 1 of 2)

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:
65,455 miles
Total Complaints:
37 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (28 reports)
  2. not sure (9 reports)
2010 Hyundai Elantra transmission problems

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2010 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #37

Feb 042016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,409 miles


Purchased a used 2010 Hyundai Elantra automatic from a car dealer this past Jan 11, 2016. Was supposed to have everything checked on it before I purchased it. After a week of driving the car I was wondering why it would lurch when going into passing gear and a lower gear. I finally asked a mechanic friend of mine and he thought it could be the transmission slipping. So I called the dealer and took it in. Two weeks later I have a new transmission installed under warranty. Now looking at all these complaints about the 2010 Elantra transmission I am concerned that it isn't going to last and I am going to have to replace it again. By the way, the car only had 94,000 kms on it. Think I may sell the car back to the dealership once I have it paid off!!!!

- , Comox, BC, Canada

problem #36

Feb 122016

Elantra GLS 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,330 miles

Everytime I shift into drive my car has a delayed engagement in the transmission to shift into drive.

The delay is about 3-4 seconds long and the car acts like it's in neutral. This is very dangerous in conditions like uphill when my car is parked and I shift into drive, the car rolls back for 3-4 seconds when I release the brake pedal I need this fixed immediately because this is a hassle and I'm never going to buy another Hyundai ever again.

- , Springfield, US

problem #35

Jun 152016

Elantra 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,456 miles

I bought this car used from a local dealer through USAA purchase program. The transmission slipped some, but I thought it was due to the fact the car was cold. The dealer's transmission company replaced a shifting module, but that only changed the speed of the slippage from 18 mph, to 25 mph. Well it didn't get better. The transmission slippage worsened with time. A guy at Hyundai told me that this was a known problem with this year car and transmission. It is still at the dealer, being repaired. I wonder how long this repair will last?

- , Tucson, US

problem #34

Oct 202016

Elantra 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,426 miles


Wrote President of Hyundai Canada, Don Romano, about the transmission that failed at 106,903KM shortly after warranty ran out due a faulty engineered transmission, as other complaints attest, however the manufacturer and the local dealer refuses to do anything about it. Was forced, due to the value of the value of the vehicle, to put a used transmission in it so I am hopeful it lasts for a while. How is this for standing behind a poorly engineered product? Would consider taking the manufacturer to court if any other like minded owners wanted to pursue a class action suit against them.

- , Stirling, AB, Canada

problem #33

Oct 132016

Elantra Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

This is my 80 year old father's car and the car slipped from park to reverse and ran over both of his legs, luckily he wasn't killed!

- , Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #32

Jul 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles

Within a year of buying this car new from the dealership, we began to experience "hiccups" between 25 and 35 mph, where we'd hit the gas and the car would act like it was in neutral. We brought it to the dealership, and they said they could find nothing wrong. Recently the "hiccup" problem got worse, so we brought it back to the dealership. They told us our transmission was going bad and would cost over $3000 to replace. I find it more than a little suspicious that they were only able to determine the source of the problem when the car was no longer under warranty -- especially since transmission failure on this make and model of Hyundai seems to be pretty commonplace.

I find it completely unacceptable that a six-year-old, gently-driven car should need to have its transmission replaced. If I had $3K to blow, I'd buy a beater car and drive it until the wheels fell off -- and I'd probably still come out ahead. I'll never buy another Hyundai again.

- , Redmond, WA, USA

problem #31

Feb 132013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles



- , Essex, MD, US

problem #30

Feb 292016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

I have read the other complaints about the Elantra and I have slippage on 3rd gear. The beginning price to just repair the transmission not replacing it is $1400.00 to replace seals. My Toyota I bought in 2006 is still working without any problems except for replacing the alt, a pulley and a couple of batteries.

I was going to buy another Hyundai but after talking with a couple of sales folk at the dealership, they say it is the 100,000 mile transmission problem. Sounds like the Hyundai is screwing over the customers forcing them to purchase another car. Even though I really like the car...NO flippen way am I going to waste my money on another Hyundai is a Korean manufactured car in which I have owned a Korean car once before and it was a big piece of crap after 75000.

I am putting the word out not to buy Hyundai, I have lived in Korea and I know how the companies work on screwing over the customer . They take too many short cuts in manufacturing the car. Just look at the other complaints! I don't know what other car I will buy but it might be another Toyota or Nissan. Oh ya by the way their 100,000 warranty is worthless the normal warranty doesn't cover the engine or training.

- , El Paso, TX, US

problem #29

Jan 092016

Elantra GLS 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles

I bought my 2010 Hyundai Elantra on C.L not knowing that the transmission was slipping on 3rd and 4th. The reason I didn't detect it was because on a cold start for the first few minutes the slipping is very subtle. Strangely, after it warms up it gets worse and much more annoying.

I had the transmission filter and fluid completely changed on the car and 200 miles later it is still doing the same thing. This is VERY frustrating. Hyundai really needs to address this issue because it seems to be very common.

- , Grandview, MO, US

problem #28

Aug 012015

Elantra GLS 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

Overall good car but when the transmission started to slip under 100k miles I knew I would have issues. Bought this car used, the 10y/100k warranty DOES NOT transfer unless you buy extended warranty which I didn't. The issue started when the car would change gears around 25mph then a few months later around 40mph then a few months later at 60mph. It was at the point where it would slam into gear or rev way up before it could change. Getting on the highway and not being able to accelerate correctly was a serious problem. when the car was warm (as in warmed up, time of year didn't matter) the issue was very bad. Basically I drove to a dealership on a really cold day, sat and let the engine cool then traded it in not saying anything about the transmission. My mechanic told me it would ~$2,000 for the transmission, plus timing belt $500 and brakes were on the fritz another $500 so it wasn't worth keeping.

If you buy this car used make sure you have warranty because there is a very good chance the tran will go under 100k miles, just look around the internet for a few minutes and you'll see im not the only one who had this issue

- , Gr, USA

problem #27

Aug 062015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


I am not sure that this transmission is a lemon or I have lousy luck since the warranty is with the rental place that purchased it! I know i's warranty is 10/100,00 + I'm stuck with the repair bills!!! My mechanic says this is the first this problem happens with this amount of mileage. Great to be a first .....Anyone else have similar tranny problem?

- , Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #26

Sep 012015

Elantra 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

We already had the tranny replaced once at 45K, now its bad again. What will happen at 120K when the warranty is no longer in effect?

- , Boulder Creek, CA, USA

problem #25

Jan 102014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

2nd replacement of 3 (see subsequent related complaints):

1 at 36000, this at 75,000, and most recent at 96,500 miles

Wondering if this could qualify under lemon law

- , Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #24

Dec 012015

Elantra L 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,370 miles

Transmission started slipping about a month ago. Took it to a local garage and said the transmission is most likely going to have to be replaced. They were shocked to discover the automatic transmission fluid was black, even though it was flushed and replaced less than two months prior. Had it towed to Hyundai dealership, in three hours they confirmed that the tranny was shot and said it was covered, and that if I waited one more week the warranty would have expired. Although I am lucky I feel this is still ridiculous as multiple owners have confirmed how the 2010 Elantra in particular has consistent transmission failures at such low mileage. The year is problematic as previous years have little to no problems with their transmission at all!

- , Stoney Creek, ON, Canada

problem #23

Sep 122013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

First time (of 3) to replace the transmission. (see subsequent complaints: this at 35000 miles, second at 75,000 miles, last at 96,500 miles)

- , Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #22

Dec 132015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,925 miles

Even the dealer admitted that this THIRD replacement is unusual. They indicated they had seen 2 transmission replacements for this model, but not a third. (Probably because after 2 replacements, most people probably traded it off!)

The 1st was replaced at 35,000 miles; 2nd at 75,000 miles, now at 99,500 miles. Which gives me the idea that I need to plan on replacing this car within the next 20,000 miles before it happens again.

- , Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #21

Nov 252015

Elantra ES 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

Trans failure according to dealer. They used the fact that I transferred title to my daughter to decrease warranty term from 100k to 60k and denied warranty repair. As a parent gifting a car to my college graduate, Hyundai is misrepresenting their advertised warranty and not standing behind their product. This behavior by a corporation speaks volumes about the quality of product they put out. I will never do business with them again and suggest others take note of this example before purchasing one of their products

- , Columbus, MS, USA

problem #20

Nov 042015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

I was surprised to need to have my transmission completely replaced after only five years. It seems like the transmission slipping has been a recurring problem with this make model and year. Even the dealership mentioned that the reason they had my part in stock because they'd been doing lots of transmission replacements.

- , Conshohocken, PA, USA

problem #19

Mar 132014

Elantra GLS 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

I would drive the car like normal, would shift a bit rough when I first got going but I wouldn't say problematic. Then I would go and park. If I parked for like 10 minutes, then go to drive again, it would shift to 2nd fine, but then would get to third, surge the engine and slam into 3rd (literally would throw you and make a thump sound) and then it would smoothly shift to 4th. I had issues with reverse engaging slowly and slow downshifting from 2-1.

Went to Hyundai and they said there was an internal failure at 3rd gear. The mechanic told me that there is a bulletin out for it (can't find it - different story for different day). SO...I got the transmission replaced under warranty. Now, 20,000 miles and 1 year later...the new transmission is slowly starting to have the same problem. Difference here, I am no longer under warranty, so I am going to have to go to the dealership and blow a head gasket.

I'll be damned if I have to put another transmission in this car. It's insane. It's a shame, I like the car, but this is just too much for me.

- , Carver, MA, USA

problem #18

Jan 032015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles

Hi all, I'm a car mechanic. I started to buy and sell cars for extra income. When I bought this 2010 Elantra at the auction I wasn't too unhappy finding out that it needs a transmission, because I know how to fixed it. It was hesitating to shift from second to third. I bought a used transmission at a junkyard comes with 3 months warranty and I swapped it and it's still doing the same thing. I called the junkyard and asked for and another one. Guess what, still doing the same thing. I get the third one and it's bad too(I really hated all those times and effort for nothing) now I decided to sell it back at the auction to get rid my head ache lol

- , Morristown, NJ, USA

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