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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,150 miles

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2008 Hyundai Accent engine problems

engine problem

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2008 Hyundai Accent Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 282008


  • 15,150 miles


I rented an Hyundai Accent for one day, and occasionally when I brake to stop for traffic or for a red light the car engine would surge and you had to press hard on the brake to keep it from moving. The engine would surge to 2,000 rpms while in drive, and when I shifted it to neutral once it surged to 5,000 or 6,000 rpms. I reported it to the rental company when I returned it, but thought that I should also report it here. I do not know the year of the car, but it had 15,000 miles on it, so I would guess that it was a 2008. If you did need to confirm the year of the car, it had Massachusetts plates with the license number 2jn280. I was strong enough to keep the car from moving anytime it surged, but perhaps a smaller person or an older person would not be able to keep the car from moving. Several years ago I rented a car of a model I do not recall and the surge was so strong that I could not keep the car from moving, but this was not as bad.

- Washington, DC, USA

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