2002 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0 from North America
The car is relatively inexpensive and some parts are poorly made
The clutch failed at 21,466 miles.
I received a recall for the rear brake tube and went to the dealership for them to inspect. At the same time I requested that they look for the cause of an intermittent noise coming from the left rear brake. The tech took the car for a drive and the engine quit. The car was towed back to the dealer to determine the problem. Much to my surprise I was told that the clutch was destroyed and that there was no warranty coverage after 12k miles. Having driven standard shift cars for 30 plus years I insisted that there was something wrong. I requested that the factory rep be contacted. He was and said it was probably my driving habits. Hyundai would not cover any of the cost. We're heading for arbitration. Has anyone experienced clutch failure at low mileage? Hyundai seems to think this is normal wear. I should have kept my 86 Mazda 626. It had 256k, got great mileage and had the original clutch. Guess I knew how to drive that one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th December, 2003
18th Mar 2004, 12:22
I was recently advised by the dealer service shop that my son's Elantra GT needed a clutch replacement although the car has only 40k miles and he drives conservatively. I was amazed when the service rep said it was not covered under the "bumper to bumper" and power-train warranties. I am currently waiting to hear back from Hyundai regarding my request that they cover it as a defective part since clutch plates don't normally wear out that quickly, something the service rep admitted. If they decline coverage, as I suspect will be the case after reading your comment, I will probably litigate the issue. The warranty representations we received through advertising and sales pitches may be misleading, and warranty exclusions are not necessarily applicable to defective parts.
I'd be interested to hear where your situation ended up?