14th May 2004, 10:49

I have had a similar experience as the original poster. I bought a new 2003 Hyundai Elantra last year, and after 18,000 miles, the clutch failed. I was told by the dealer it is not covered under warranty, and it would cost $900 to replace. I have driven various manual transmission cars 20 years for hundreds of thousands of miles with no previous clutch problems.

I agree that Hyundai makes a faulty clutch, and would strongly advise against purchasing this make of car.


11th Oct 2004, 02:31

I purchased a Hyundai accent 1300 c. c last year. (2003). It has 15000klm on the clock. I started having clutch problems last week. I have difficulties changing gears. I have driven several cars in my life I have never had such problems. I went to the dealer and they said that this is covered by the guarantee. They said that one of the 2 pumps is damaged and they will replace it without charging me.

Sam Karras

Athens Greece.

3rd Nov 2004, 14:49

I have a 2001 Accent with 53,200 miles and so far I have not had any problems with the clutch. I have to admit once in a while I do get on it and spin the tires and so far still no problems. I just hope I don't jinx myself.


New York


15th Jan 2005, 21:43

I also had a clutch problem and right after that the timing belt broke at 43,000 miles and bent some valves in the engine, however Hyundai did repair the engine, but not the clutch issue, if I do buy another Hyundai it will not be one with a manual transmission, however I guess I'm asking for trouble considering I had bought one of the original Excels from the 80's and well that's another nightmare-

8th Jun 2005, 13:33

Can I just say one little thing to the people who say they will not purchase Hyundai again. If you actually checked, NO manufacturer will cover the clutch disc as a rule of thumb. In very odd cases it is done, as in, if there is a defect with a part ie: dual mass flywheels on the Santa Fe 2.0L diesel, and as it happens, Hyundai cover all the parts including the disc, so I don't think they are that bad. DO YOU?

13th Dec 2006, 17:10

There is a class action on the tiburon for something similar (denied warranty, chewing up clutches every 30k miles).

13th Apr 2008, 09:01

Clutch started slipping badly on my 2002 Accent yesterday at 94,000 miles. Time to take it in the shop and get the news.



13th May 2008, 17:23

I have a 99' Hyundai accent with 130,000 miles on it, and it has been in my possession and under good condition for 20,000 miles.

I broke a seal in the engine, and then the clutch progressively started slipping for 3,000 miles.

The clutch recently died, but I believe it was from rough driving.

It has been a good car and as aforementioned, no one can guarantee the clutch, regardless of the make.

The model isn't defective as far as I can tell, but I am looking for some info regarding clutch replacement and its difficulty. With cheap repairs, I find this to be a worthy investment.

29th Oct 2008, 17:59

Wow, all these people losing their clutch after between 20,000 and 90,000 miles? Lots of things contribute to clutches going out that early. Holding the car with the clutch on a hill, taking off too fast, RIDING THE CLUTCH (defined as resting your foot on the clutch pedal while driving, resulting in the clutch not being fully depressed, thus burning it up), and bad shifting habits. For those of you who think Hyundai makes crap for clutches, or any other parts, I have a 2002 Hyundai Accent, with 117,000 miles, I bought the car new in 2001. And, the clutch is still working perfectly, ORIGINAL clutch by the way, and original brakes which just started squeaking recently, going to get those repaired tomorrow. This little car when properly taken care of, will last you quite a long time. I wouldn't be surprised if the engine and the clutch, vice the brakes lasted to 200,000.

7th Aug 2009, 05:34

My 2001 Accent is running at 210,000 now, and I have the problem mentioned as above. It was a used car that was in my hands for about 100,000KM. I hated it when the clutch recently slipped, but looking at all the experiences above, I think mine is not too bad.

30th Dec 2009, 05:21

I have a 2001 Accent with 142000 and just put its first clutch in couple days ago. Hyundais are alright in my book.

29th Jan 2010, 23:23

As for the number of Hyundai owners who have been told that they were the cause of the clutch breaking, I say: Hyundai dealers are horrible at customer relations. Hyundai just flat needs to engineer vehicles that hold up. Too bad Walmart doesn't make cars, because their philosophy is that the customer is always right. It's good for business.

30th Jan 2010, 18:24

I can't speak for older Hyundai's, but my '07 Elantra is great. No issues yet, 67,000 miles. I have a standard transmission, my clutch has never been replaced (it still works great, my mechanic just tested it for me, he asked if I had replaced it recently because it worked so well!) I even taught my son how to drive a stick in in it, still no issues.

5th Oct 2010, 15:07

My Accent 2003 model got its first clutch replaced at 40000km, now at 55000km again it needs replacement... I have been driving for 25 years now, this experience is horrible... they are asking for Rs 25000 to replace it...


26th Nov 2011, 12:36

My car is a 2004 Hyundai Accent hatchback 5 speed. The shifting is beginning to be tougher to get into gear. When in gear, once or twice, the gear would feel heavy and would not want to go into gear or even come out of gear. Shifting is becoming harder to acquire, and I need a car to get my son to daycare... Ahhh... Please help us Hyundai gurus. I have some skill changing oil, alternators, timing belts, radiators, driveshafts, and that's about it...

15th Oct 2015, 03:13

Did you do the clutch yourself or have a shop do it? If you did it yourself, is it a hard job, or how much did you pay?