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1997 Hyundai Elantra engine problems

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1997 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #6

May 302001


  • miles


Car stall on me when I am at a light or a complete stop it will change first gear with no problems but when I go around 20 mph it will stall out on me then pop into gear....then the car will go really slow till it will get itself together...I have change the transmission fluid in the car change the time belt in the car change spark plugs in the car change the air filter in the car and etc...the list goes on...the guys from the hyuandi dealer in newport news is giving me the run around....saying they dont see no problem but fixing everything else on the car...if you can help please let me know...I will be home after 8pm if you need to contact me or leave me an email I will reply back.

- Lancaster, VA, USA

problem #5

Jan 312000


  • miles
Engine head gasket is blown for no apparent reason.

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #4

Jan 051998


  • miles
Oil leak due to engine valve cover gasket failure. Mjs

- Greystone, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jun 061997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Since the purchase of my car new I have had the transmission replaced three times, the pulse generator replaced twice, and the electrical wiring replaced twice because it kept buring out. I would repeatedly take my car into fairfax Hyundai for service due to slipping transmission, car cutting off and steering locking up while driving on the beltway at 65mph smoke coming out of the exhaust etc. Finally on 17 March 1999, approxiamately 4 weeks after paying 350 dollars to have my engine cleaned (recommended by service manager) my engine blew at 15 mph. Oil was spurting out everywhere and the dealership has refused to give the the Hyundai complainant line number. The customer service rep. Stated that I would have to get that number from the service manager at the dealership where I purchased the car.. the service manager tommy has refused to give me the number but states that he is willing to work out a reasonable rate for parts a labor. Granted I have 78,000 miles on a 97' however these are all highway miles 167 miles roundtrip to work. All scheduled maintanence was done. I do not think nor feel that I should have to be saddled with this lemon any longer nor should I have to pay for any repairs since the car has been going back for major engine problems since 6/97 three months after purchase.

- Landover, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 151998


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Engine stalls when driving. It will miss when idling. When shifting gears, there is no gas, dealer contacted and was aware of the problem. Repair work done under

- Chetsworth, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 191997


  • miles
Inhibitor switch failed causing vehicle stalling.

- Chantilly, VA, USA

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