Clutch Problems of Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra owners have reported 15 problems related to clutch (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Hyundai Elantra based on all problems reported for the Elantra.

car image   Clutch problem of the 2008 Hyundai Elantra 1
Failure Date: 09/15/2008

I purchased my 08 Elantra this summer. Delivery date 07/05/08. Complaint 1, "customer states engine wont start". The dealership replaced fuel pump to correct concern. Complaint 2, incident 1 invoice date 09/15/08. I began to have problems with my clutch. Vehicle will make grinding noises going into rev, 1st, and 2nd gear. Clutch will not engage properly. Will stall out when very cold or raining. Major problems when at stop lights railroad crossings(stalling out on the tracks) or going up an incline. After several attempts to "correct my concern" the dealership and its service shop have yet to "duplicate" the problem or any to be exact. However, my service report date 09/24/08 states "but did find hard to get into gear at times bled hydraulic system and corrected concern. " again on 10/08/08 dealer stated could not duplicate problem but service invoice reads " cust stats in am trans is hard to shift into gear and rpm gage will rev high found hard shift replaced tranny gear oil to correct concern" I took the car back on 11/06/08 because it still has the same problems and a few new ones. I spoke to the owner of the dealership who verified that there was a problem with the car. Later that day he called me back and told me it was fine. Liar much?I have my car back again today 11/13/08 and it is still giving me problems. These problems create a serious safety hazard due to the fact that it stalls out in the middle of the road in stop and go traffic and at lights and gives off a weird smell like a burned circuit after I go uphill for too long, keep in mind I'm not driving my car into the ground. I took a test drive with the service manager today, the car was giving me trouble right in front of him and he claims that I was riding the clutch. I explained to him that I needed to depress the clutch pedal to keep the car from stalling out but he ignored me. I'll be going back on the 15th to speak to the owner again.

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car image   Clutch problem of the 2004 Hyundai Elantra 2
Failure Date: 05/10/2007

Clutch failure at 52,792 miles. I own 3 other cars ; Ford, Honda, and Chevrolet with clutches well over 120,000 miles. It is not a result of my driving. Hyundai would not replace. Not covered under the warranty.

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car image   Clutch problem of the 2005 Hyundai Elantra 3
Failure Date: 02/02/2007

39892 miles on 2005 Hyundai Elantra and told clutch needs replaced for an estimated $895. Told by dealer this is not covered under warranty as it is wear and tear. I have had a car with clutch for 30 years and never had a clutch go out in such a short time.

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car image   Clutch problem of the 2003 Hyundai Elantra 4
Failure Date: 01/17/2007

2003 Hyundai Elantra : clutch / transmission failure at 28,000 miles. Warranty will not cover. Hyundai has issue with high failure rates on standard clutchs 2003 2004 models.

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car image   Clutch problem of the 2000 Hyundai Elantra 5
Failure Date: 10/10/2006

I own 2 manual-transmission Hyundai Elantras, 2000 and 2001. Both cars have approximately 35,000 miles. Both cars have had their clutches go bad in the past 2 months (master cylinder on the 2001, slave cylinder on the 2000).

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car image   Clutch problem of the 2002 Hyundai Elantra 6
Failure Date: 09/30/2006

My 2002 Hyundai Elantra's clutch has failed again after just 25000 miles. I have had the clutch replaced once, at which point the mileage was only 22000. I do not have bad driving habits, to which my entire family will attest. No one else has ever driven my car. The cost to me of this problem was $800 the first time and has been estimated to be between $1150 and $1250. I broke down on the highway and was lucky to make it to the side of the road before the vehicle stopped moving. I have researched this particular vehicle and found that many others have suffered similar problems with the clutch, yet Hyundai has made no attempt to assume blame for the problem or to help with repair costs. The only way they have ever provided reimbursement is if the owner threatens legal action.

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car image   Clutch problem of the 2004 Hyundai Elantra 7
Failure Date: 08/19/2006

I purchased vehicle new in March 2004. I previously owned a 1994 Hyundai excel which I also purchased new. The durability of the excel and the warranty on the Elantra were the reason I chose to buy it. At 13,000 miles in April, 2005, the clutch on the Elantra began slipping. I took it to the dealer and was told that the clutch is not covered under the 100,000 mile warranty. It is covered only under a 12,000 mile warranty. After negotiation with the management, the dealership agreed to cover 50% of the repair. This was acceptable at that time and the problem appeared to be corrected. It is now August, 2006, and this vehicle has 33,066 miles on it and clutch #2 is wearing out. Starting out in low gear is difficult, the clutch slips in the lower gears (2 and 3) and the clutch pedal is extremely stiff. At highway speeds the vehicle performs ok. I am afraid to take the car back to the dealer since they are more than likely going to put the same piece of junk clutch in as a replacement to this one. I have talked to an independent transmission shop and they can use a non-oem part to replace. The only problem with this solution is that the cost is going to be +$1000 versus the $800+ that the dealer will charge and the use of the non-oem part may void the vehicle warranty. I would like to point out a few other facts: the 1994 excel went to 122,000 miles before needing its clutch replaced. The replacement clutch was still in the car when it was traded in at 176,000 miles. My wife and I have been driving standard shift vehicles exclusively since 1990, so I don't want anyone at Hyundai suggesting that we don't know how to drive a standard shift vehicle. I currently drive a 1997 Plymouth a 5 speed transmission. Its clutch was replaced in April 2006 with at 135,000 miles. My wife, who is the primary driver of the Hyundai is a professional bus driver.

car image   Clutch problem of the 2002 Hyundai Elantra 8
Failure Date: 07/12/2005

Consumer Hyundai Elantra clutch failed while driving. Consumer had vehicle towed to dealer where they told consumer that it was not included in warranty. The primary reason the consumer purchased the vehicle was for it's 10 year/100000 mile warranty.

car image   Clutch problem of the 2004 Hyundai Elantra 9
Failure Date: 06/09/2005

Vehicle was undrivable when clutch went bad without any warning at about 13,900 miles. Dealer charges $900 to replace clutch due to warranty only being 12 months 12,000 miles. I was able to have Hyundai cover the cost of the parts ($260) but I paid 100% of the labor. In 30+ years driving I never had a clutch go bad on me in less than 100,000 miles. And the only time I had prior clutch problems I was able to put the car in gear and drive it. This time the clutch was so bad that it would not move the car unless it was going downhill - atother times the motor just reved and the transmission just slips.

car image   Clutch problem of the 2004 Hyundai Elantra 10
Failure Date: 03/29/2005

I bought my Hyundai Elantra in may 2004 and the clutch is burned out. I had a Jeep wrangler for 10 yrs and the clutch never burned out. I also had a Toyota celica that was manual that never burned out. I was quoted $1500. 00 to get it fixed even with the so called warranty. Supposedly the warranty on the clutch is only for 12 months or 12000 miles. Ak.

car image   Clutch problem of the 1997 Hyundai Elantra 11
Failure Date: 08/18/1998

Consumer was traveling on the interstate about 70 mph, applied the brakes and enganged the clutch, experienced complete clutch failure. Consumer has contacted the dealer, dealer aware of problem, parts were replaced. Please provide any further details.

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car image   Clutch problem of the 1996 Hyundai Elantra 12
Failure Date: 08/01/1998

I reported this information given to you to the main company in the month of August on several occasions; however, I have not received a response. In my opinion, this is totally unfair because I am making payments on an automobile that is literally falling apart. I feel that it Hyundai motor finance company should have made some preparation to satisfy their customer,one who has an excellent paying history. I am very dissatified with this product and would like a better automobile, one in which I would feel comfortable driving and paying for in the remainder years. Please help! thanks, carolyn b. Thomas. Not air bag complaint (e. G. , seat belt, trailer suspension air bag, etc. ) added on 09-07-1999.

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car image   Clutch problem of the 1997 Hyundai Elantra 13
Failure Date: 04/02/1998

Clutch slave cylinder failed.

car image   Clutch problem of the 1997 Hyundai Elantra 14
Failure Date: 03/01/1998

If the drivers foot accidently slips off of the clutch pedal, the clutch is totally unresponsive until it's pumped numerous times.

car image   Clutch problem of the 1997 Hyundai Elantra 15

Sometimes the clutch would not return to the original position after being applied while driving.

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