2017 Hyundai Tucson Transmission Problems | Recalls | Reliability

Last Updated on November 6, 2023 by Robert Wilson

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson received a strong reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Nonetheless, there have been numerous NHTSA complaints concerning the engine and transmission.

Owners have raised concerns about transmission hesitation and slippage occurring as early as 10,500 miles, while engine issues such as knocking, power loss, and failures have been reported within the mileage range of 57,000 to 67,000 miles.

2017 Tucson Transmission Problems

Burning smell, slipping gears, noises, rough shifting, overheating, low fluid & check engine light on are some of the common problems with 2017 Hyundai Tucson transmission.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Issues & Complaints

I bought my 2017 Hyundai Tucson in February 2020 when it had slightly over 45,000 miles. The problem of excessive oil consumption became apparent at around 67,000 miles. Despite visiting multiple dealerships, none of them could diagnose the issue, even though the car was using oil at a much higher rate than expected. There were no visible leaks or signs of oil burning; it seemed to be mysteriously disappearing within the car.

I acquired 2017 Tucson with 28,000 miles on the odometer, and it initially performed well. However, a year later, at 50,000 miles, I encountered a series of issues. It all began when the check engine light began flashing, prompting me to have the car towed to the dealership. They replaced the knock sensor. Strangely, the exact issue recurred three months later, and once again, the knock sensor was replaced. Four months after that, I began experiencing a significant loss of power and a disturbing screeching noise during acceleration, though no check engine light was illuminated.

I’ve been a loyal Hyundai customer for many years and have always enjoyed their vehicles. However, my experience with my 2017 Hyundai Tucson has been disappointing. Early on, I faced acceleration issues, and at 60,000 miles, the engine failed due to oil depletion, despite recent oil changes and no visible oil leaks. Hyundai replaced the engine at no cost, but I’m now encountering the same issues at the same mileage. Hyundai claims that my oil consumption is normal, but I continue to struggle with acceleration problems, excessive oil consumption, and a bothersome engine rattling noise.

August 28, 2023 NHTSA ID NUMBER: 11541091
NHTSA ID Number: 11541091

Incident Date January 1, 2022

Consumer Location RONKONKOMA, NY

Vehicle Identification Number KM8J3CA41HU

The owner of a 2017 Hyundai Tucson reported issues with the vehicle. While driving at different speeds, the car experienced hesitation, loss of power, and eventually stalled. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer, where it was determined that the catalytic converter was malfunctioning and needed replacement. After the initial replacement, the problem persisted, leading to a second catalytic converter replacement. Unfortunately, the issue resurfaced once more. The manufacturer was informed of the problem, but no assistance was provided. These issues occurred at a mileage of 110,000.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Recalls

September 17, 2021 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 21V727000

Engine Damage May Cause Stall or Fire

A damaged engine can increase the risk of a fire or it can cause an engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V727000

Manufacturer Hyundai Motor America

Components ENGINE

Potential Number of Units Affected 95,515

Recall Summary:

Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) has issued a recall for certain 2017 Tucson and Sonata Hybrid vehicles. The recall is due to potential premature wear of the connecting rod bearings inside the engine, which can lead to engine damage.


Authorized dealers will conduct an inspection of the engine. If bearing damage is detected, the engine will be replaced. Additionally, a software update, featuring a new Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS), will be installed. These repairs will be carried out at no cost to the owners. Hyundai notified affected owners of the recall on November 16, 2021, and owner notification letters were mailed on January 15, 2022. For further information, owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. The recall identification number from Hyundai is 209.

I concur with the sentiments expressed by others regarding 2017 Hyundai Tucson vehicle. It’s been plagued by issues such as excessive oil consumption, catalytic converter replacement, Hyundai’s reluctance to acknowledge engine problems, premature wear of coils and spark plugs, and the frustration of not being included in the vehicle engine replacement recall based on my VIN number. My battle with Hyundai is far from over, as they are aware of these persistent problems but continue to evade responsibility for addressing them.

In 2017, we purchased a Hyundai Tucson 2017 luxury model, which we enjoyed. The car had 122,780 kilometers on it when, two months ago, we experienced a sudden loss of speed and a flashing check engine light while returning from Chicago. We managed to drive it to the dealership, where the issue was addressed.

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