really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,277 miles

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2013 Hyundai Veloster drivetrain problems

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 012012


  • 75 miles


Vehicle slips out of gear often. Dealership cannot duplicate problem, and one dealer dismissed my complaint. Happens after accelerating from a stop when shifting from 1-2 but has happened when shifting 2-3 and it slips out and engine revs, disengaged from wheels (as if in neutral). This is when using it in normal mode, not sport or manual shift. There are numerous other complaints online in various forums (not yet on nhsta site it seems) this is very unsafe in traffic as the driver must stop accelerating, shift car into N and then back to drive to get it to work again.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 062015


  • 15,700 miles
Bought a used 2013 Hyundai Veloster with almost 15,000 miles for our son who has less than a year of driving experience. Car hesitates/jerks when accelerating from a complete stop. Took to the local dealer and did not find any error codes. They stated that due to the transmission on this car was manual and was converted to be automatic (I believe they call this dual clutch system), this is a normal issue. Jerking/hesitation from a stop could be dangerous, the car behind us started accelerating and had to swerve to avoid hitting us since the car was abnormally slow to accelerate after jerking. Now I am concern since my son is a new driver and may not know what to do when this occurs. He could be involved in an accident. This needs immediate action from the safety board, or I will file lawsuit against the Agency for its inaction. Based on complaints read on this site, there have been several complaints about this dangerous (or could be deadly) issue.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #7

May 052015


  • 29,321 miles
I have a Hyundai Veloster 2013, I noticed my brake light came on the dash on Monday but went off. Tuesday morning when I was backing out the drive way my car got stuck in reverse. The car that was coming almost hit me he had to run off the road. He then got out the car and helped me get it back in to park. It took us about 15 mins to get it. I took it to the Hyundai dealership they didn't even try to fix it he told me to go home and they will give me a call if they get a apt open. So on my way home my car was jerking I pulled over at the store and got stuck my car wouldn't got into park, so I was sitting there with my foot on the break for about 30 mins until I got it to park. I have called corporate office and nothing still has happened I am about to return this dang car.

- Camilla, GA, USA

problem #6

Jul 282014


  • 7,000 miles


4 times I have hit a pothole or a bump on the road and have had a "loud bang", the car jerks violently and then the wipers came on - one time I had the "loud bang" the car jerked violently the wipers came on and the car went into neutral. The combination of the suspension, tires and rims make this car very dangerous on roads that have any kind of potholes or bumps. Please help.

- Inwood, NY, USA

problem #5

Feb 162013


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Veloster. The contact stated that the gear actuator and transmission were replaced however, the contact was unable to change gears or start the vehicle sporadically. The vehicle stalled intermittently and on more than one occasion, nearly caused a crash. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer several times but the failure could not be replicated or diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired by an authorized dealer over 32 times but to no avail. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 1,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

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problem #4

Jun 062014


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Veloster. The contact stated that while attempting to drive with the manual transmission in first gear, the vehicle hesitated and stalled. The contact stated that the failure would occur also when attempting to change to higher gears. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 1,000.

- Deerbourn , MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 072013


  • 9,800 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Veloster. The contact stated that while at a stop light and after letting off the brake pedal, the vehicle rolled backwards. The contact indicated that the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was notified and informed the contact that the vehicle had operated as normal and that the issue was a normal characteristic of the transmission. The failure mileage was 9,800.

- Oak Park, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 192013


  • 1,500 miles
When I entered the car and turned it on the steering wheel was locked. The engine was running and I could put it in gear but the steering would not turn. After I restarted the car a couple of times the problem was corrected but I am worried this will happen while driving and might cause a crash. This problem was repeated in 2 different occasions. Another issue that happened twice was that I would put the car in reverse and it would not move. Same issue was resolved. If this car is faulty and from the complaints I see that it is.. there must be something done about it!

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 202013

Veloster 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
The dct transmission in this model has a severe lag when accelerating from a stop or having to accelerate quickly into traffic, when you press the throttle hard there is a one second delay before anything happens, and sometimes it completely bogs down when trying to merge into traffic, thankfully other drivers have slowed when it does this. It is an extreme safety hazard and needs to me addressed immediately. There are many people on the Veloster.org site that are reporting the same problem and there is nothing the dealer can do about it. I've owned many, many vehicles in the past and this is the first one I've owned that I worry about my safety as well as the other motorists on the road.

- Ridgeland, MS, USA

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