Hyundai i30 Gearbox & Transmission Problems

Volkswagen Golf 2016 or Hyundai i30 2018: Are they reliable?

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Feb 2020

A Golf with that mileage after just three or four years on the road is a bit of an anomaly. How has the car been used? Was it a delivery vehicle in a previous life? I’d be asking some tough questions and diving deep into the vehicle’s service history to find out how it’s been driven and serviced before taking the plunge, because that mileage is about double what I’d expect from this make and model.

The biggest potential reliability glitch with this car is the DSG transmission. While VW claimed that all the evils were fixed by the time the Golf 7 came out in 2013, experience suggests that there are still some examples of this gearbox giving trouble. Symptoms include a loss of drive, poor shift quality, shuddering on take-off and a gearbox that seemingly loses the plot on occasions.

And I’m afraid your alternative rings a few alarm bells as well. The Hyundai also uses a double-clutch style transmission and while it hasn’t suffered the litany of problems that the VW unit has caused over the years, it’s still a bit of an unknown quantity. Certainly, some customers seem to be unhappy with the unit in terms of its longevity and replacement clutch packs are not unknown.

Also, you seem to have a knack for finding cars with double the expected kilometres on board. I’d expect a 2018 i30 to be showing closer to 25,000km than the 50,000km on the one you’re considering. Cars with higher than expected mileage can be bargains, but you’ve really got to dig into their past to ensure they haven’t been abused or suffered from poor servicing.

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Hyundai i30 2011: What warranty is offered on a new transmission?

Answered by CarsGuide 3 Aug 2018

On the surface it does seem unreasonable that the new transmission is not covered by the warranty. I would press Hyundai for an explanation of the problem, and an answer as to why the replacement transmission isn’t covered. If that doesn’t get a satisfactory response I would contact the Consumer Affairs people in Victoria and enlist their help.

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Hyundai i30 2011: Will my clutch need replacing?

Answered by CarsGuide 27 Jul 2018

Clutches do wear out and need to be replaced, and you will need to do that in the future when yours wears out. The mileage you quote is within the normal range.

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Hyundai i30 2009: Any problems with the engine or gearbox?

Answered by CarsGuide 13 Apr 2018

There is nothing to suggest that you will have any serious problems with it in the near to mid-term future, as long as you look after it and service it regularly. It sounds like a keeper, so if you like it keep it.

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Is the Hyundai i30 front-wheel drive?

Answered by CarsGuide 6 Apr 2018

All production Hyundai i30s are front-wheel drive.The Korean manufacturer has other rear-wheel drive and 4x4 models in their range, although some enterprising teams custom-built 4x4 i30 rally cars for use in motorsport.

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Hyundai i30 2016: Problems with the auto transmission

Answered by CarsGuide 24 Nov 2017

Were you able to demonstrate the problem to the dealer? If not go back and do that, so that they know what it is you are unhappy about. That way they might be better equipped to fix it. It could be a problem with the calibration of the computer controlling the transmission, or it could be an internal problem with a clutch or the oil pressure within the transmission.

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Reliable secondhand small autos?

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Jun 2017

Unless you are buying a manual I would rule the Cruze out, the automatic is trouble in that model and not worth the risk. If you do but a Cruze I would choose the 1.8-litre engine. Others to think of are the Hyundai i30, Mazda 3, or Mitsubishi Lancer.

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Best small to medium diesel cars?

Answered by CarsGuide 20 Mar 2017

It's probably easier to eliminate those that don't stack up, those being the VW Golf, Holden Cruze and Ford Focus.

All have transmission questions over them.

The best options would be the Mazda 3 and the Hyundai i30.

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Hyundai i30 2009: Gearbox problems

Answered by CarsGuide 21 Sep 2012

I'm guessing you will want the problem fixed under warranty, so you will have to go to a Hyundai dealership. Go to a big dealership, which should be able to do the job for you, or if you are not confident call Hyundai and ask for a list of dealers who can do it for you.

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Hyundai i30 gear change

Answered by CarsGuide 22 Mar 2011

Yes, it would, and I wouldn’t recommend doing it. While you might think the engine is labouring I doubt that it is. Cars today use higher gears than we might have once been used to, and they’re calibrated to run in the highest gear possible in the interests of saving fuel and reducing pollution, and it sounds to me that your Hyundai is doing just that. I wouldn’t be concerned about it.

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