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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,500 miles

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2003 Hyundai Elantra fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 012013


  • 91,000 miles


Unable to fill gas tank because the gas pump would click off just after pumping a few dollars of gas into car although the gauge indicated the vehicle was near empty. This continued to be a problem over and over again and just started out of the blue. One day it was working fine, then I noticed I was having problems with gas pump clicking off. Took vehicle to mechanic and described the problem, they pulled up the recall notice. Contacted Hyundai and was told that my car "just missed" the recall. Recall effected through November 9, 2003 and my car was made December 17, 2003. Therefore I would not qualify for the fuel tank assembly valve recall id # 04V369000 - fuel system, gasoline:storage a valve on the fuel tank assembly may not close properly. If a vehicle rolls over and the fuel tank assembly valve is not properly closed, fuel spillage may occur. After being told I did not qualify for the recall I take my car to the dealership that states, found canister assembly come apart internally restricting valve. The cost was going to be $450 plus tax and labor. Tried to find a better deal and all mechanics are telling me Hyundai is refusing to fix the fuel tanks on some cars, but all the mechanics are doing is replacing the fuel tank assembly valve and vehicles are running fine with no further complaints. Hyundai is ripping off customers by failing to include all cars affected by this recall. After talking to several mechanics they say is oncoming for a canister assembly to come apart (noting it could happen, but rarely). The Hyundai people are saying my car is not "sensing" when it is full. Which sounds like the exact thing the recall implies. I'm in the process of gathering the money to have this done (not at the dealership) and see if it fixes my problem as well.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #1

Jan 032008

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Elantra. When the contact attempted to place fuel in the vehicle, gas spilled onto the ground. Fuel will only enter the vehicle 30 cents at a time. The contact spoke with a Hyundai dealer and they stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V178000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly) and could not assist. The current mileage was 84,000 and failure mileage was 80,000.

- Horseheads, NY, USA

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