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#1 of 98 2010 Elantra....transmission failed at 2600 miles!
Dec 11, 2010 (7:20 pm)
Please tell me I'm not the only one that this has happened to. I bought my BRAND NEW Elantra on October 8th. Today is December 11th....the car has 2600 miles on it, and the transmission has to be completely replaced. I am OUTRAGED. How could this have happened?
#2 of 98 Re: 2010 Elantra....transmission failed at 2600 miles! [sarah2175]
Dec 13, 2010 (12:43 pm)
#3 of 98 Re: 2010 Elantra....transmission failed at 2600 miles! [joeyrab]
Dec 13, 2010 (5:14 pm)
"Bummer" isn't the word I used at the dealership on Saturday. lol
I called the consumer affairs department....spoke to a nice woman who filed a claim and gave me a case number. Someone at Hyundai is supposed to call me back in 3-4 days. I don't even know how to handle this. Everyone I have spoken to said they've never heard of this before. Even when I do get a new transmission in the car, my peace of mind is completely shattered and I will never feel safe in that car. I mean, we aren't talking about a broken tail light...this is the TRANSMISSION OF THE CAR for crying out loud.
Does anyone out there have any advice for me? I guess calling consumer affairs was the first step, but other then that I don't know what to do. I did not buy a brand new car just to get a rebuilt transmission put in after 2,600 miles.
#4 of 98 Re: 2010 Elantra....transmission failed at 2600 miles! [sarah2175]
Dec 14, 2010 (1:14 am)
Umm...cars are machines. They aren't bulletproof. Stuff happens. For the tranny to fail so early shows there was a manufacturing defect. This can happen to any company. The only thing you can do is let Hyundai replace it. That's what the warranty is there for. Why wouldn't you feel safe? This is not something that happens daily on this car. You happened to get a bum tranny. The tranny has brand new parts inside the casing, which is what matters, and the car will still have the same 100,000 mile warranty. Just drive the car and stop thinking so much. Give Hyundai a chance to right their wrong.
#5 of 98 Re: 2010 Elantra....transmission failed at 2600 miles! [carfreak09]
Dec 14, 2010 (6:17 am)
Agreed. Cars have thousands and thousands of parts. It's unfortunately not possible for every last one of them on every last car to be perfect.
Sarah, let the warranty work for you. Hyundai should replace the trans and you'll be on your way. To help you frame this as an isolated event, if you scan the forums here you'll see very few references to Hyundai having transmission problems in recent years. For the Elantra specifically, I can't recall the last time I saw one mentioned even for cars well past the warranty expiration.
You got a good car with a bad part. The best advice is to not sweat it, get it fixed, and get back to enjoying life.
Consider: My wife's '01 Elantra was subject to a subframe rust recall. Due to parts availability it was at the dealer for a week before it was repaired & returned to us. It hasn't shaken our faith in Hyundai at all; there was a problem and they took care of it. It took longer than we would have preferred but we got a free Sonata loaner so no harm no foul. We got a week to put miles on "someone else's" car and a week to not put miles on our car (including an out of state trip). Nice extended test drive.
I suppose the car no longer being new smoothed out the bumps in the ownership experience; time and miles on the replacement trans should help soften the blow for you.
#6 of 98 Re: 2010 Elantra....transmission failed at 2600 miles! [sarah2175]
Dec 14, 2010 (12:55 pm)
I have a 2008 Elantra. I have had it at the dealership 6 times the first year I bought it and 4 more since. It is now almost 2 1/2 yrs old. Everytime I put it in park, the car jerks forward and makes a weird noise. And starts to roll. The Dealer keeps telling me I need to use the emergency brake...ok...funny in 30 years this has never happened to me. I have even called Hyundai and they have put in reports. And still it does it. I read someplace that bits of metal are flaking off inside the trannies. And they don't find it till they drain it. I have 11,000 miles on my 1 1/2 yr old car. And the dealer said if I want it drained I have to pay for it. My next call to Hyundai is not going to be nice. Keep us informed as I have been argueing for over 2 yrs with the dealer and company.
#7 of 98 Re: 2010 Elantra....transmission failed at 2600 miles! [carfreak09]
Dec 14, 2010 (2:05 pm)
Ummm.....yes, I know cars are machines. And yes, I realize stuff happens. However, having a transmission completely fail at 2,600 miles is inexcusable. It's almost 2011....it's not 1950. Cars are supposed to be made correctly. I did not intend to spend $16K on a car only to have the transmission fall apart after two months.
#8 of 98 Re: 2010 Elantra....transmission failed at 2600 miles! [sarah2175]
Dec 14, 2010 (3:20 pm)
If you expect perfection from a $16k car, I don't know what to say. It sucks it broke, I feel you on that. But you are overreacting. I think it's much better it failed now rather than at 101,000 miles out of warranty. It's not going to cost you a dime to fix so what's the big deal? If the new tranny fails right away too, THAN I would be extremely upset because obviously the cars are complete junk. Like I said, get the new tranny installed and see what happens. My guess is, you won't encounter any other problems from that tranny.
#9 of 98 Re: 2010 Elantra....transmission failed at 2600 miles! [carfreak09]
Dec 14, 2010 (4:15 pm)
I absolutely expect perfection from ANY car that is brand new with less then 3,000 miles on it. Once again, we are talking about the *transmission*....not a busted tail light.
But I guess YOU think differently just because it's a $16K car? WTF? You can take your snobbish and condescending attitude and shove it. Thanks a lot for your "help".
#10 of 98 Re: 2010 Elantra....transmission failed at 2600 miles! [schukanuoslady]
Dec 14, 2010 (5:18 pm)
Wow, that really sucks. Why would you have to pay for that? Wouldn't something like that still be under warranty?