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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,366 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Hyundai Elantra engine problems

engine problem

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2008 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 292011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 31,800 miles


The car stalled 6/21/11 at 7pm on the freeway in 10-20 mile an hour stop and go traffic. The temp outside was mild, I had been on the road for 20 min before hitting traffic, and both air conditioning and radio were on. I was in traffic approx. 10 min. I went to tap the gas pedal and nothing was there. I had to get out (on freeway) and push the car off the road and onto center divide (no call boxes). Two strangers stopped and helped me to side of road. After 5 minutes I was able to start car and drive home. The car stalled again on 7/29/11 in 10-20 mph stop and go traffic at 5pm. The temp was mild and I had just filled the car with gas. 15 minutes later on the freeway (stop and go traffic), with air conditioner and radio on, I went to tap the gas pedal and nothing was there. Was in traffic less than 10 min. Again stuck in the middle of the freeway. This time I did not get out of the car but was attempting to call for help when chp pulled up behind me and used his car to push me off the road. I put car in neutral, chp pushed me off through entire lane of freeway traffic into center divide. The brake would not work. I had my foot to the floor but car was not stopping. The emergency brake was the only thing that kept me from rolling into siderail. While we waited for tow truck, I attempted to start car and it started. Chp escorted me off freeway and I drove home 5 min. Away.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 122008


  • 20 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 45 mph, the throttle sensor sticks and causes the vehicle to continue accelerating without pressure being applied to the pedal. The contact has to apply extreme pressure to the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they determined that the throttle sensor was failing. The vehicle is currently being repaired. The contact called the manufacturer and was informed that they will call the dealer for a report on the failure, and give the contact a call back. The failure mileage was 20 and current mileage was 17,400.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 092009


  • 4,443 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. On two occasions, the vehicle began to stutter and stall when slowing down. During the second occurrence, the vehicle was towed to the dealer but they could not find any failures. The failure mileage was 4,443.

- Silver Spring , MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 032008


  • 1,201 miles
Purchased brand new 2008 Hyundai Elantra June 5, 2008. Since purchasing the car it broke down within 30 days with the check engine light coming on and the engine losing power. The dealership replaced the oxygen sensor and part of the exhaust because the sensor was seized up inside it. Within 2 days of getting the car back the check engine light came on again and the car lost power and the engine was rough. The first time it happened was in heavy traffic and during a left hand turn into oncoming traffic. Fortunately, the engine regained power and I was able to avoid an accident. The dealership now plans to replace the fuel pump. However, it is on backorder and we will probably be without the car a total of at least 30 days or more due to these repairs. We have contacted an attorney because we no longer have trust in the safety of the vehicle especially since it will be used to Transport our 4 month old to day care every day. We haven't even had the car 60 days yet.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

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