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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,600 miles

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2002 Hyundai Elantra fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 082008


  • 30,600 miles


The car just started spilling out fuel after hours of being filled. We took the car directly to the dealer (where we purchased in 2002) and they said that we had over filled the gas tank which caused it to go into the carbon box. This seems to be the same statement many other drivers were told from dealers. $869 dollars later, they replaced the recalled faulty tank cap (which to me would have caused some of the fuel to swoosh around while driving - if never properly fit), and then charged us for non-warranty to replace the fuel line. At which time, our car has 30,800 miles and original owners. Upon picking up the "fixed" vehicle, the check engine light stayed lit. We called the dealer back immediately, but could not get in for a week, we drove the car during this time. Brought the vehicle back (7/08) and then was told that there were three "error" readings that were related to the fuel line. After speaking to a combative service tech, I explained that they did something and they needed to fix it, as the engine light was not on prior to their tech "fixing" our car. Suddenly, after I explained that if it is not under warranty then they are not charging me again for services that should have already been done the first time (under warranty in my opinion). It was amazing that the car was ready to go with no other needed service and the "error" lights were no longer detected. However, two days later 7/31/08, our car was to be serviced again because the check engine light is still not going off. Now, after having an smog check, our car did not pass inspection due to:failed - evaporative emissions control system detected - gross leak. Emissions should be under warranty and now the dealer - planet Hyundai, las vegas, is refusing to address the problem that has occurred while their tech "fixed" the fuel line problem. It is my opinion that after reading several other cases like this that the fuel line spillage is a common problem with this model.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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