Hey Paul, I am the same guy who commented on your clutch failure... (now got 99000km and still no problem)
I kinda love those forums and love to kill time.
Someone posted this and might help you.
Comment: 4th Jun 2004, 11:42 at http://www.carsurvey.org/reviews/hyundai/elantra/r52611/comments/#c60396
I can guess it has all been changed already...
Considering I did my homework before buying this car... I will NEVER bring it to Hyundai, because reviews show that most of them are dirty.
You do realize that a clutch is considered a wear item and is not going to be covered under your warranty unless it's very early for a clutch to die? I worked for Ford Motor Company's Customer Relationship Center, and so I know a lot about warranty issues and what would/wouldn't be covered. While you may think you are not hard on your clutch, you might have a heavier way of driving your vehicle.
I bought a 2005 Hyundai Elantra last July. At 28808 miles the clutch is slipping, and with my 10 year 100,000 mile warranty, guess what, it's not covered!!! I don't know what to do.
I purchased a new 2003 Hyundai Elantra GT in Oct, 2003. While it doesn't have any drivetrain problems (I have an auto transmission) the car has generally been a pain in the neck. It has been into the dealer 3 times for replacement of sensors which cause the "Check Engine" light to come on. Yesterday the "Check Engine" light came on again!! The car has 33k miles on it. First sensor was replaced a week after I purchased the car; second one around 15k miles and last time at 26k miles.
I also was one of those who thought Hyundai's quality had improved. I was wrong.
I'll never buy another one.
Yea I had a 2003 accent that had the same problem too. it had 12miles on it when I got and about a month later the check engine light came on. it didn't affect driveability or anything, but I took it in and the dealership told me they fixed it, but I guess they just cleared the codes because 2months later it came back on I had to return it. luckily it was still under warranty, but it turned out it was one of the sensors in the fuel delivery system. I now have 74 miles and never a problem or check light.
I have a 2003 Elantra GT, no problems with the clutch or drivetrain at all. It has been a pretty good car, I am at 110,000 kms on it and it's had relatively few problems, except it's been hard on tires. I'm on the 3rd set! I don't drive the car hard and the alignment is fine. Pressure is good. Rotation is done at reg. intervals. Dunno... I bought decent brand tires this time and hopefully they last. I did have to replace the rear hub assemblies on both sides as the wheel bearings went. Of course they're a sealed hub and you can't just re-pack the bearings. Might as well soak you for all they can. Other than that, no major problems and I'm generally happy. Word to the wise: get a repair manual, do your own brakes, oil changes and whatever tune-up maintenance you can yourself. Save yourself the hassle of dealing with a dealership cause they'll rip you. The tire guys busted the brittle centre caps on 2 of my rims so I had to find some. The dealership wanted 25$ for ONE. I found some cheaper online of course. Dealers mark up things soooo bad. Makes me think I'm in the wrong line of work. That's my $0.02.
I am leasing a 2006 Hyundai Elantra which is now at a dealer in Kingston having the clutch replaced at only 28,000 kilometres.
As a 50-year old woman and the only driver of the vehicle, I find it hard to believe that I was "abusing" the clutch which is what the dealer is trying to tell me.
As I have been searching the Internet, there seem to be other instances of this type of problem with Hyundai and I am looking for advice as to the best way to handle - with the dealer where I leased the car or with the company?
I have a 2004 Elantra with 39,000 miles. We had to replace the clutch at 11,000 miles, just over the 10,000 mile warranty. I am now having to replace the clutch again!
We have had standard transmissions, on and off, for over 30 years. The only other time we have had a clutch go out was on a VW Passat at almost 80,000 miles.
I would say that there is a problem with the Hyundai clutch.
I have 2006 Elantra and the clutch went at 28000 miles, according to my driving the dealer says, then it just went again at 32000. Now they've had it for 2 weeks and from what I've heard from the guys there, it should have been covered under warranty the first time. Now $914 later I still don't have a car I can drive and I'm really looking into the Florida Lemon Law. I need a car, but I have kids and I don't need one that is going to be a constant drain on me emotionally and financially!
I really like Hyundais because of the cost and reliability. We have owned 4 Elantra's three of them are automatics. I have driven manual transmissions for about 40 years, so I bought a 2002 Elantra with a manual transmission new in September of 2002. The first time I complained about a soft clutch was at 2000 miles, then 5000 miles and again at 8800. The dealers (I went to more than one) kept saying that it was within manufacturer's specifications. I have nursed it along to 52,000 miles, but it will need replacing very soon. It is a shame that this seems to be a design problem that they can't seem to overcome. Maybe the fact that the throw out bearing pulls the pressure plate splines instead of pushes them like most other designs is the problem. It really should be redesigned.
I will never buy another Hyundai.. my 2003 Elantra GT has given me nothing but problems from the very beginning.. I don't recommend it AT ALL.
My 2003 Elantra had the same problem with the clutch. It never felt good from day one, and they kept telling me it was normal, and now at 59,000km the clutch is gone, and because it is not covered under the warranty they want $1400.00 to fix it.
I will never buy another import again especially an Elantra.
Check out the comments on the "design faults" post in the 2005 Elantra forums.
Also, contact these guys and describe the clutch problems you are having with your Elantra:
If enough of us contact them, they may take notice.
I have a 2005 Elantra ~30000 miles on it. The clutch slip in 4th & 5th gear when reving around 3000RPM. It's been doing this the last winter, but stops at summer time. This year it's worst. As soon as it's cold it's doing it. Dealer won't honor the warranty since it's wear item. They seem to think it's normal. I've been driving manual cars for more than 20yrs and never had to replace a clutch so quickly...