Hyundai Transmission Problems Persist With 2016 And 2017 Models

October 04, 2017
By: Robert Silverman

If you are driving a 7-speed dual-clutch Hyundai, you may be experiencing transmission issues and you are not alone. Our law firm has been representing consumers with Hyundai transmission problems dating back to 2011 and now they are affecting 2016 and 2017 models as well, specifically the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco, 2017 Hyundai Sonata Eco, 2016-2017 Hyundai Tucson and 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo. We initially wrote about Hyundai Tucson transmission problems back in 2012 and have successfully handled numerous cases regarding these problems.

Common Hyundai transmission problems include: difficulty shifting gears, hesitation when accelerating, loss of power and stalling.  These issues has been written about on multiple automotive websites like Car Complaints, Consumer Reports and It Still Runs.

If you are experiencing Hyundai transmission problems, we suggest taking your car to a local Hyundai dealer as soon as possible. Be sure to obtain repair invoices after each visit to confirm the vehicles mileage, days out of service, your complaint, and their fix. These invoices must be kept in a safe place.  They are extremely important when it comes to documenting your claim.

If you’ve had repeat visits to a dealer to address your Hyundai transmission problem, or your car has been in the shop for an extended period of time while they try to address the issue, please send us an email or call us at 1 800 LEMON LAW (1 800 536 6652). You could be looking at a repurchase, new vehicle, or significant monetary compensation under State or Federal Law. Best of all, these laws provide 100% cost-free legal representation.

If you have any inquiries surrounding a Hyundai with transmission issues, feel free to reach out and we will be glad to either answer your question or find someone who can. When it comes to Hyundai transmission problems, its important not to “stall” when it comes to fighting for your rights.

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40 Responses to “Hyundai Transmission Problems Persist With 2016 And 2017 Models”

  1. #1 Saubel Carol says:

    Hello, my name is Carol n I have a Hyundai Veloster 2016 . purchased-date is April 7,2017 .
    It’s been in the service dept .7 times in 6 months and for such issues as :
    • check engine lights –
    • Oil changes multi-point inspection set tire pressure & replacing all 4 tires balanced/alignment. –
    • check engine light on,
    due to purge control valve not flowing properly n necessary to order & replace .
    I’ve had many conversations about my concerns and the way car drives n my concerns about performance has always been re the transmission , acceleration issues , rattling in engine, dual clutch is always in 5th gear. Dealership always verifies concern, runs test , adjust test drives n verified correct opperation.
    It runs ok briefly right after (always less then 10miles) then goes back to same rattling acceleration problems shifting problems. Sounds n feels like car starts off In a higher gear.
    When ever I switch from automatic mode to dual clutch mode it displays 5th gear even if I down shift to first gear/Then (D) drive and back to dual clutch mode . Always displays 5th gear.
    Then the car brakes down after I accelerated onto road way , the transmission fails . It no longer goes into Drive or reverse . Leaving no choice but to push out of road n call TOW TRUCK . Car is back at dealership service dept. at this time.

    I have a walk-in appt. to talk with a dept. head in the morning (Tuesday)

    I’m needing consultation on course of action necessary to resolve this

    • State: CA
  2. #2 Jorge Ramos says:

    My car is 2007automatic hyundai elantra , some times i start the cae and sudenly theres a pumm un the transmisión and cae go to Low runing ánd doesnt change,

    • State: Puerto Rico
  3. #3 greg koziarski says:

    I bought my 2016 Elantra Value Edition in july 2016 in the first 6 months went to dealer 6 times complaining about transmission shifting they kept my car even for 3 day and alway answer was the sam there is no problem with my car i call hyundai they didn’t help me either I’m still experiencing difficulty shifting gears, hesitation when accelerating, loss of power and stalling on top of that the fuel consumption go up very bed, for some other reason my front windshield is getting foggy Can anyone help me with my issue my car now is over 50000 miles so the warranty is about to expire and I don’t know what to do………….My worst car ever

    • State: IL
  4. #4 Terry says:

    Greg, for the windshield make sure the air is not on re-circulate.

    • State: PA
  5. #5 özer says:

    friends good day vehicles 2006 hyundai accent era 1.6 automatic gearbox. I have been knocking on the engine for a few weeks when it is hot and the engine is warmed up to the n d d and n d r or n d l, l positions. stopping the car for a long time and then stopping the car and running it as if there is no problem. The gearshift position is incorrectly shown in the gearshift position, but it shows n on the screen. The gearshift position shows L in the 2nd gear. Van Hyundai service has not been able to find anything. I think that we will do it.I’m surprised that we will do it.When connecting to the computer, the fault code of p0708 and this is the Transmission Range Sensor Circuit High error description.One position position switcher tr sensor position sensor or location It is called the nsörüde. There is something like a hani indicator inside the palm of the bottom of the piece of work. It moves like a scorpion in the hour. Can it be the problem in this case please emergency help.Thank you

    • #6 Maggie Muir says:

      I have a 2018 Hyundai Elantra SEL. At 3000 miles took it to the dealer for oil change and transmission issues. It rough shifting, so rough from 1st to 2nd that it moves my body forward. Two service employees drove it and said they didn’t experience it. At 7500 miles still doing it. I believe Hyundai has a problem to solve!

      • State: Oregon
    • #7 denise giangrante says:

      I have had problems with my tucson 2017 limited. Have had it in shop innumerable times to no avail ” operator error” functioning as designed. Bull crap. Caused me to have an accident because it did not accelerate. Hyundai basically told me it was my fault. That I did not know how to drive the car. Stuck with it they said. I just wanted something that was the same year and with the same miles without this transmission. They (hyundai) told me to eat it. Read the manual was their response also the response of Lester Glenn in Toms River NJ. Previously I owned a Sante Fe which gave me no problems. However, the sante fe did not have this transmission. Talk about crappy company. Side note: Hyundai as of this year no longer is using that transmission.

      • State: New Jersey
    • #8 LemonLaw says:

      @Denise: Please call our office ASAP at 800 536 6652. We can discuss your situation and determine if/how we can help.

      • #9 Michelle Harrington says:

        I purchased a 2013 Hyundai Veloster in 2016 (was third owner only 31,000 miles), and financed for 6 years.i have had this car just 2 years, and had to have a transmission installed approx. 6 months after purchase, after it stranded me on the interstate. It had a problem stalling or not accelerating at first, and I took it in several times, for them to say they cold not see an issue. Then if course, the transmission went out, and was replaced. I just relocated to Florida, and the transmission has gone out again, with less than 40,000 miles on new transmission! I still owe 4 years on this car. Please help, what can I do?

        • State: FL
      • #10 Steve says:

        I have a 2017 Veloster that I purchased 11/2017 which has similar issues with shifting and failing to accelerate as well.
        The problem seems to be worse when the engine and transmission haven’t warmed up. I’ve taken it in and they say that its a dual clutch transmission and they work differently. I know the transmissions are different, but when you step on the gas and the car doesn’t go, then there;’s a problem.

        • State: Wa.
      • #11 Christopher says:

        I just started experiencing transmission issues with my 2016 Hyundai Tucson.
        What is needed to file a Lemon law suit?
        Is there a class action suit against Hyundai for these transmission issues?

        • State: Pennsylvania
      • #12 LemonLaw says:

        @Christopher: If/when you are back three times for this issue, call us at 800 536 6652 and we will be happy to help you.

        • #13 Peter says:

          I have a 2016 Tucson and was called in for the transmission recall. There was nothing wrong with the transmission before I brought it in, but right after they did the transmission reprogramming, it started exhibiting all the bad signs, poor gas mileage, poor shifting, and stuttering clutch taking off from a dead stop slowly.

          I have not been back to the dealer since…. but I assume they would just turn me away since there is no check engine light….but there was no check engine light when I first brought the car in the first place…. I wish I never brought the car into the dealer…I’m pretty sure they ruined my car, and I’m a fairly experienced DIY mechanic, it was pretty obvious to me…

          I will revisit the dealer and try to demand they reverse the programming back to normal next time I guess….that was my first thought on what should be done….. they basically ruined our car….I don’t know what the hell they were thinking…

          • State: California
        • #14 michelle radtke says:

          i have a 2016 hyundai elantra auto and it looses power sometimes when i put on the gas. I took it to the dealership and they confirmed the problem but said hyundai wont do anything unless the check engine light comes on or it stalls completely

          • State: OR
        • #15 Steven Tam says:

          I own a 2017 Santa Fe Ultimate. On February 8, 2019 I experienced a horrific transmission failure that nearly killed me. I drove my car to the curbside in front of a theater on a level street. Upon stopping, I moved the shifter from “ D “ to the “P” position. The car stopped. Without turning off the engine nor activating the emergency brake, I unbuckled the seat belt and opened the driver side car door. I intended to step out of the car to open the passenger car door behind the driver’s seat to let friends to get in. Immediately after I exited the car with both of my feet firmly on the ground, the car started to move in reverse. The driver side car door knocked me to the ground. The left front wheel immediately ran over my left foot and proceeded up my ankle, leg, thigh, hip, then across my chest and finally over my upper right arm. The incident was witnessed by family member, friends, and others who just came out of the theater after a performance. Hyundai did an analysis of the transmission system and declares the transmission is flawless. Hyundai “ shifter fro P to R “ was a problem in their Sonata model a few years ago which resulted in a massive recall. This same problem happened to my 2017 Santa Fe which has less than 15,000 miles on it. I am fortunate to be alive with only non life threatening injuries.

          • State: Nevada
        • #16 Katherine Sirk says:

          My Subaru was at the dealer for a recall repair. They paid for a free rental and sent me to Enterprise Rentals who provided me with a Kona I have no idea of what model year as it was on the rental agreement. Noticed the Shiftronic slot to the left of the gear shift stick and tried it out on a street a couple of times and then stopped using it. On my way to return the car to Enterprise because the repair on my Subaru was finished. While on the freeway I was flowing with the traffic so my speed was 60-65 mph. I say this because I was in the lane second from the right. The car suddenly went from 4th or 5th to 1st or 2nd. My speed dropped rapidly, I looked in my review mirror and saw a car comming at me at 60 mph. I tried to move to the right not thinking about traffic in the lane. As near as I can tell I got hit by the car that was behind me then by a second vehicle and then by a motorcycle. The motorcycle came to rest on the right shoulder out of traffic so I don’t know if he hit the car at that location or not the cycle was on the ground parallel to the lane. I sustained injuries but not serious enough to keep me at the hospital and I was released. The motorcyclist was in critical condition and don’t know if he is still alive or dead. After that long story my question is can these shiftronic transmission suddenly drop gears like that? It is possible I accidentally moved the lever to the left an down somehow but shouldn’t there be a safety measures to prevent exactly that problem.? The one feature of the shifttronic is that the slot to move from full automatic to shifting mode is immediately to the left of the shift lever and you switch from one to the other by moving the lever from the left to the right or the right to the left. The accident happened two days ago so the CHP report is not out and I still have to talk to my insurance company. My main concern is if it can happen once, it can happen more than once.

          • State: CA
        • #17 donna says:

          I have a 2017 Hyundai Tucson sport edition with the dual clutch transmission and am having a terrible time with hesitation and stalling. It is a safety issue with my family in the car and surrounding areas on the streets and highway and also parking lots. I have been back to my dealer twice and was told there is nothing they can do. Please advise because I think Hyundai should switch cars at no charge to all people who are having this problem.

          • State: ny
        • #18 LemonLaw says:

          @Donna: If you secure four invoices for this issue, please call us at 800 536 6652 to discuss your rights and how we can help.

          • #19 Tony says:

            I have a 2017 Hyundai tucson limited and I also have this issue of hesitation and stalling when accelerating the vehicle I have taken it to the dealership twice now first in 2017 just 4 months after purchase and they showed me some videos on YouTube on how to drive a dual clutch transmission like I didn’t know how to drive and again in 2018 on same issue but this time the check engine light came on and I thought I had a case only for them to reset the light and told me they found no fault. Am in the Army and this worries me for my family I need help.
            Thank you

            • State: Ma
          • #20 LemonLaw says:

            @Tony: Please call us at 800 536 6652 or go to

            • #21 Annette Medina says:

              I have a 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo. I also feel like it wants to stall right after pressing on the gas. There’s been a couple instances where it’s stalled while turning and im afraid it will die and i’ll be hit. When i did take it to the dealership i was basically told that its the turbo and i need to get used to it. Not a good enough answer for me anymore.

              • State: colorado
            • #22 Avis T Nobles says:

              Hello Hyundai owners and Lemon Law agents,

              My 2012 Sonata has 135,000. The transmission and acceleration has gone from bad to super bad. When in Reverse it jerks violently and also shifting to Drive.

              It accelerates and decelerates harshly from 5 to 40mph and struggles at speeds of 70 or more.

              The dealership claimed they couldn’t feel or reproduce the complaint yet will cost me $980 for a transmission sensor to fix with no guarantee that will correct the problem.

              The service guy mentioned trading it in on another Hyundai piece of -ish. Or keep throwing money into the car and hopefully one day it will be fixed….OMG!!!!

              Clearly all of us posting these exact same issues and others need Hyundai to 1000% step up and make us whole.
              Let’s unite in solidarity and demand this nonsense to stop before someone loses their health or life.
              Appreciate all your work and fight

              • State: Texas
            • #23 Danys Ashcheulov says:

              I just bought this car in May 2019 and tonight transmission gave out and my car turn to a big pile of junk the car has 60230 mileage

              • State: MO
            • #24 Marcos Espinal says:

              Buenas, tengo un hyundai tucson 2017 eco, desde que lo compre empezo a dar problemas, golpeando al arrancar en trafico y en ocaciones al arrancar el vehiculo accionaba lento, lo lleve varias veces por este problema al concecionario, nunca le encontraban nada, hasta que a las 90,000 millas, daño por completo la transmision, fue reemplazada y la nueva transmision tiene el mismo problema y golpea al cambiar de 1era a 2da y de 2da a 3ea. Para el colmo ya esta gastado 1 cuarto de aceite por cada mil millas. Estoy deseccionado con este carro. Gracias.

              • State: NEW JERSEY
            • #25 Victoria L Day says:

              I bought a 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo New in April 2016, i have had it at the dealer a few times and once for a full week because of the losing power, hesitation upon acceleration and not going above 40 MPH then all of a sudden taking off like a rocket, the last time i had it there they told me all of them drive like that and i just want to say it didnt always drive like that, it seems to have gotten worse over time and i am reluctant to take it back because i mean really what is the point ? they wont fix it or cant so what do i do now ? This week it has gotten so much worse and it just hesitates and acts crazy im at my wits end with this car which i loved at first, so fun to drive and so cute it is totally me and i want to keep it but it needs to be fixed and they just cant or wont i bought it at Terry Reid Hyundai in Cartersville GA and took it to Long Hyundai in Chattanooga the last time, they kept it for 5 days and said nothing they all drive like that so here i am and i dont know what to do Thank tou for your time

              • State: GA
            • #26 Brian says:

              2018 Hyundai Tucson with intermittent issues. Dealer cannot reproduce, but I experience it intermittently. >20k miles right now, but it is a lease. Noticed it shortly after purchasing it, was told to use “sport mode” – dealt with it for a year with no avail. Any suggestions?

              • State: IN
            • #27 Ken says:

              I have a 2016 Hyundai Veloster I bought brand new with 20 miles on it. It not has a little over 32k. I also feel like it wants to stall right after pressing on the gas. There’s been a couple instances where it’s stalled while turning and while driving down the road the transmission just falls out of gear and nothing, no acceleration or anything, then all of the sudden it kicks in. If I am stopped and press the gas pedal, nothing happens or VERY slow response and I’m in the middle of the road and my car will not go anywhere. I am afraid it will die and I’ll be hit. When i did take it to the dealership i was basically told that they could not find anything and they adjusted the clutch???? In an automatic transmission??? They adjusted the clutch??? Yea, sorry, calling BS on that one and it still happens. Not a good enough answer for me anymore. because of the losing power, hesitation upon acceleration and not going above 40 MPH then all of a sudden taking off like a rocket, the last time i had it there they told me all of them drive like that and i just want to say it didnt always drive like that, it seems to have gotten worse over time and i am reluctant to take it back because i mean really what is the point ? they wont fix it or cant so what do i do now? I was thinking of taking my class action paperwork to the dealership and have them upgrade the transmission software and see if that helps. Any suggestions??

              • State: PA
            • #28 Ken says:

              Also, forgot to add that at times, I get in the car start it up put in gear and nothing, engine revs and car goes nowhere. I have video of me in the car switching gears and pressing the gas and nothing. From P to D to Neutral to Sport back to D and P and nothing, then all of the sudden it kicks in, so I have to be careful of my surroundings, so I do not hit anything. The dealership knows this and I have shown them the video and still nothing on their end. They just “ADJUST’ the clutch, like you would a manual transmission.

              • State: PA
            • #29 CYNTHIA says:

              We have a Hyundai Tucson 2017 Limited. Within the first 20,000.00 miles we started feeling some hesitation, once on a long distance trip and other times in town, but didn’t service it. Now at about 36,000.00 miles still experiencing hesitation almost a slipping of the transmission and we will now make a service appointment, but after reading these complaints I am not too hopeful.

              • State: GA
            • #30 Jennifer Wiman says:

              I have a 2013 Hyundia sonata 2.0 turbo. Financed it at 18,000 miles in 2017. I took it to Hyundia they said I need a new transmission and as I’m finding out there is many ppl with this issue. There is 43 Hyundai’s sitting there for a new transmission or engine. I was never informed of the recent recall but was only done because my trans light came on. I’m at a lose with this car and need legal advice on class action lawsuits for transmission because I will not replace the transmission at my cost. I really feel if there is not there should be a class action lawsuit on the transmission not just the engines.

              • State: Ohio
            • #31 Darlene Stewart says:

              I have a 2017 Tucson and like others have problems with the transmission getting out of first gear, hesitating and basically sputtering, even in reverse. I complained to the dealer once when I took it in for an oil change and was told that they could not duplicate the problem. I don’t have 4 invoices regarding this as I already know its not a “problem” but rather how the dual clutch transmission works on these vehicles. What can I do short of having multiples invoices showing complaints for an issue they won’t or don’t recognize a problem?

              • State: Ohio
            • #32 LemonLaw says:

              @Darlene:Ask to take the service advisor for a test drive in an effort to duplicate your experience.

              • #33 Tanya Expose says:

                I bought my 2016 hyndia Elantra in 2018 from the Hertz dealer I never had any problems until the other day I went to put the car in drive and it would not move then it jerked into gear. I went to drive it this morning and it wouldn’t move . I have only had his car for two years I’m devastated. Can you help me

                • State: California
              • #34 Barbara says:

                I am trying to get my Hyundai Elantra GTto pass the nJ primary emission test. It seems the fuel system is not ready and heated catalytic converters,secondary air injection and ac refrigerant are unsupported. My dealer says keep driving and the car will eventually pass inspection. However, I have driven 791 miles so far and the car still does not pass. A second dealer whom I consulted said that it could take 1,000 miles before the car sets itself. Any suggestions. I had the car repaired over a month ago and found that the gas cap had been put in wrong and the catalytic converter repaired. I also had many other repairs done to the brake system;battery and other problems.

                • State: NJ
              • #35 Marlene says:

                I have a 2017 Elantra, bought new in October 2017. For the two years that we have had this car I’ve never taken it anywhere but to the dealer for oil changes. Fortunately, the only other issues that I’ve had, break lights, I’ve been able to do myself. Several months after we got this car, I started noticing a little rattle when accelerating from a full stop. But it wasn’t all of the time, so I just made sure that I didn’t accidentally change it to manual shift. It started hesitating a little more as time went on. I noticed recently that it was slow to change gears, especially when on an incline. I remembered seeing something on the report that was given to me after my last oil change about checking the transmission fluid. So we went online to find out where to locate it under the hood. After we saw that it wasn’t anything that we could do on our own, and that it was recommended that we take to a mechanic to have it done, we took it to a local dealer for a transmission flush (“fluid exchange”) this past week. But that didn’t resolve the issue. It’s actually gotten worse. I’m saying a prayer every time that I have to merge into traffic. It won’t pick up speed right away, and the RPMs are going up and down the whole time that I’m driving. Sometimes all the way up to six. I called the dealer, but the service tech that worked on my car isn’t in today. We haven’t had this car long enough for this to be happening, so we’ve been checking to see if there were any recalls for this issue, but all we can find is a recall for a break sensor. I’m hoping to get some assistance and/or advise on what’s going on and/or what to do next.

                • State: MD
              • #36 Robert Gary McCollum says:

                Please for goodness sake my sonata has only 50000 miles is a 2011
                and is showroom quality makes me think the previous owner
                put in garage, payed off and dumped it this models engine was recalled. they installed a new block does this model, year provide for a transmission as well.

                • State: WA
              • #37 Salvador Martinez says:

                Help I have a real problem with my 2016 veloster,the dealer trlls I am wrong calling me back then I could tell you better Sal PS I am a 100% disabled vet.

                • State: New Mexico
              • #38 Salvador Martinez says:

                hello, I have big problems with Haudi vehicles dI haev purchased two vehicles I traded one in beause of the transmission. It was a 2013 veloster I was passing a big rig and the car wouldnt SHIFT, THEY SAID THAT IS NORMAL, so I traded nfor a tuscon same problem and the dealer would not admit that there was something wrong with the car, it is junk. Well I need help… Sal

                • State: New Mexico
              • #39 Kunta K Claycar says:

                Car jerks when put in drive an won’t come out of 4th gear it’s a 2016 elantra limited eco

                • State: Texas
              • #40 Kunta K Clay says:

                An it only has 75000 miles on it

                • State: Texas

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