really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,470 miles

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2014 Hyundai Elantra drivetrain problems

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2014 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 202016


  • 79,679 miles


The transmission range sensor on my car died after about 78000 miles and caused the car to lock up while on the highway. Stayed in 3rd gear and for a few weeks before would lock up while in park, neutral, reverse and drive (most commonly while in park). This nearly caused a couple of accidents. After doing some research this appears to be a common problem with Elantras dating all the way back to 2007 and even has continued past my model year (2014) into 2015 models. The dealership even referred to it aso a faulty range sensor which to me seems to imply that they know about this issue. I couldn't shift and had a more difficult time slowing down and speeding up than usual. The part is relatively inexpensive but the diagnostic fee plus labor to remove and replace the faulty mechanical part was well over $150, resulting in a total bill of $210. A part failure that causes the vehicles computer, transmission and drivetrain to lose all connection to one another can be very dangerous, especially while on the highway. At first it happened only while stationary in park, the car would lock up while sitting with the engine running for a while. I would turn off the engine and re-engage the vehicle and everything would operate as normal. Then it occurred while backing down the hill out of my driveway, locked up in reverse, I applied the brakes, set the parking brake and turned off the car while still in reverse. (I live in a quiet subdivision of a small town of 12,000, what if this happened in a busier or more heavily populated area?) I was still able to start the vehicle while in reverse and shortly thereafter while in neutral. Then Tuesday morning while on the interstate (I-95) the gear and drive mode indicator on the tachometer went blank, I was stuck in 3rd gear (limp mode) and my car once slowing down had a difficult time accelerating after stopping.

- Kennebunk, ME, USA

problem #3

Aug 172015


  • 4,200 miles
Returned home from work and parked vehicle in driveway, got out and got groceries from passenger side. Went inside and about twenty minutes later was informed by neighbor that my car had rolled out of the driveway, across a 55 mph street, and through ditch into neighbors yard. When myself and three other people approached the vehicle we were astonished to see that the E-brake had been engaged and yet the vehicle rolled down driveway with no signs of tire dragging. It is as if the E-brake completely failed for a short period of time. There are other Hyundai's of similar build recalled for "parking break issues causing dragging while driving and possible rollaway while parked". sadly Hyundai is not helpful because my exact car does not have a current recall going. I believe that my car has an issue that is a defect of the caliber that creates the amount of damages necessary to recall a model of vehicle. Death or serious injury could have resulted due to the malfunction of the parking brake in my car. My vehicle has incurred above $3,000 worth of structural and body damage from rolling away at no fault of my own. It is currently at a repair shop and I am pursuing a claim with Hyundai but they are not doing what is best for the safety of consumers. An inspector should be out to look at my brakes regardless of the outcome, circumstance, or fault. Instead of trying to avoid paying for my car they should be looking into if this malfunction could cause harm and property damage to other people. Thank you for caring about the safety of our cars and roads.

- Cornelius, OR, USA

problem #2

Dec 012014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 4,000 miles
While driving cruising at 45mph all of a sudden the vehicle felt like it went into neutral and the rpms went up to 4000 when left of the gas and gave it gas shifted back into gear. Also when you go up a hill and get to cruising speed the vehicle hangs in low gear and high rpms when let off it will up shift this is an intermittent problem. Took it to dealer 3 times on the 3rd time they kept it overnight and the mechanic finally felt it and agreed it "hangs in gear" he said "does not kick down smoothly and seems like the tcm is confused and takes awhile to decide what gear to go into". he also say " it seems worse in active eco mode and when he shifts it manually it seems fine". there has been a significant reduction in gas mileage.

- Lewistown, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 032015

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
The car won't start at times. I turn the key, all the lights and radio come on, no power to start the engine, no noise, no crank, nothing. If I wiggle the gear selector gently it will start. Last night it was stuck in park and I had to turn the car off, wiggle the selector a little again, and then it started and unlocked the gear selector. And yes, my foot is always firmly on the brake when I try to shift gears.

- Highland, IN, USA

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