2007 Hyundai Tucson Transmission Problems | Recalls | Reliability

Last Updated on November 6, 2023 by Robert Wilson

The 2007 Hyundai Tucson offers three trim levels: GLS, SE, and Limited. Standard features on the GLS include air conditioning, power accessories, and a CD stereo.

The SE adds more, such as body-side cladding, fog lamps, and an upgraded stereo. The top-tier Limited includes features like automatic climate control and leather seats.

Many 2007 Tucson owner complains about faulty transmission and there are around 4 NHTSA Recalls found so far.

2007 Hyundai Tucson Transmission Problems

Slipping gears, Burning smell, making noises, rough shifting, overheating, low fluid & check engine light on are some of the common problems with 2007 Hyundai Tucson transmission.

2007 Hyundai Tucson Issues

Common Issues with 2007 tucson Car:

  1. Key fob: Difficulty locking/unlocking doors.
  2. Door: Some doors won’t open from outside.
  3. Electrical shortage: Frequent brake light, headlight, and cooling fan problems.
  4. Start/stop button: Car won’t turn off, restarts unexpectedly.
  5. Reverse camera: Blackout when shifting to Reverse.

Mechanical Problems:

  1. Engine: Power loss, stalling, excessive oil consumption, smoke.
  2. Fuel system: Gasoline smell, delayed acceleration.
  3. Transmission: Gear slipping, rough shifting.
  4. Brakes: Seizing, abnormal noise.

Features & Specs:

Seating Capacity5
Fuel Economy19-22 City / 24-27 Hwy
Drive TypeFWD, 4WD
Horsepower Range140 – 173 HP


  • Spacious for four passengers
  • Impressive five-year basic and 10-year powertrain warranties


  • Sluggish performance from the base four-cylinder engine
  • Presence of cheap-looking interior materials, like plastic door handles
  • Occasional complaints about road noise

2007 Tucson Highlights

Base MSRP$16,995
Engine TypeGas
Combined MPG22 MPG
Cost to Drive$202/month
Seating5 seats
Cargo CapacityAll Seats In Place22.7 cu.ft.
DrivetrainFront Wheel Drive
Warranty5 years / 60,000 miles

I bought an used 2007 Hyundai Tucson with 50,000 miles and haven’t faced any major mechanical problems. The only significant issue was a burst rubber transmission line at 117,000 miles (now at 156,000 miles). I’ve replaced the timing belt twice as recommended. It offers good acceleration, ample storage space, and low maintenance costs. However, the gas mileage isn’t impressive.

Robert, Texas, USA

I recently received the 2007 SE model as a replacement for my 2006 GLS, which had to be replaced due to charging system issues. So far, the 2007 model has been trouble-free, except for a fixed leaking rear window. The engine delivers good power, and the stability and traction control systems help keep the vehicle stable. The interior is spacious, and the controls are conveniently placed.

Mike, FL, USA,

2007 Hyundai Tucson Recalls

Recall Type: Service Brakes, Hydraulic, Exterior Lighting

Recall DateRecall NumberDescription
2013-04-0113V113000Hyundai recalls various models from 2006-2011, totaling 1,712,336 vehicles, due to a malfunctioning stop lamp switch that may result in brake light failure or issues with deactivating cruise control.

Recall Type: Exterior Lighting

Recall DateRecall NumberDescription
2009-07-1509V280000Hyundai recalls 3,011 vehicles from model years 2005-2007 due to a malfunctioning stop lamp switch that may cause brake lights to fail to illuminate or remain lit when the brake pedal is released. It may also affect brake-transmission shift interlock and electronic stability control.

Recall Type: Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Switches: Brake Light

Recall DateRecall NumberDescription
2009-04-1409V122000Hyundai recalls 531,894 vehicles from various model years due to a malfunctioning stop lamp switch that may cause brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is pressed or remain lit when released. It may also affect brake-transmission shift interlock, electronic stability control, and cruise control.

Recall Type: Air Bags: Frontal: Driver Side Inflator Module

Recall DateRecall NumberDescription
2007-04-2507V197000Hyundai recalls vehicles due to concerns that in frontal or near-frontal crashes, the driver airbag may not deploy for small-stature adult drivers not wearing seat belts.

Hyundai Tucson Problems by Year

Owner Reviews

I’ve owned 2007 Hyundai Tucson for five years with 107,000 miles on it, and it has never had any issues. It performs well in various settings – city, highway, and even in the mountains. However, I’ve found that having snow tires is essential for heavy snow conditions. It’s a comfortable, reliable vehicle with good cargo space.


This car has been outstanding in terms of maintenance, reliability, and dependability. Over the past 10 1/2 years since I bought it in 2007, I haven’t encountered any major issues, nor have I needed any repairs. It has proven to be a great long-term investment.

Paul, MI, USA

I purchased the 2007 vehicle in October 2014. While it had noticeable wear on the inside and some dings on the outside, it only had 57,000 miles on it. Since then, I’ve added another 3,000 miles, and it’s been running smoothly. A mechanic inspected it and found no issues. However, a few minor problems have emerged, such as the rear defroster not working, the rear window shocks losing their ability to keep the window up, and a needed replacement for the rear lift gate control.

Morgan, LA, USA

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