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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,902 miles

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2008 Hyundai Elantra fuel system problems

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2008 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #12

Jul 282008


  • 1,164 miles


I got into my car 120 miles from home and noticed my check engine light was on. I called my dealer where I bought the car from and told them. They made an appointment for me to bring it in. I proceeded to travel back home 120 miles away and was at a light. The light changed I put my foot on the pedal and it went 5 miles and hour. I pulled over called the 800 number on the car for Hyundai was told they would tow the car to the closest dealer. I had no problem with that but I wanted to know how I could get back home 120 miles. They told me the dealer should give me a loaner car. They would not because I did not purchase the car from them..I continued to try and make it home and the car broke down 30 miles into the drive. Called the dealer I got the car from and they had a tow truck come and get me. The final part of the story is that it was the fuel pump. There should be a recall. I could have killed myself and others if I did not stay in the right hand lane. Hyundai was not a pleasure to work with. I have not even had my car 30 days and it broke down.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #11

Jul 032008


  • 1,000 miles
Our Hyundai Elantra, with approx. 1000 miles on it, stalled not far from our home. We left home and within two miles the car begin to hesitate. After a mile of several hesitating instances, we turned around but could not make it home. The engine died and we had to park in a neighbor's driveway. The fuel pump had gone out.

- Hazel Green, AL, USA

problem #10

Jul 072008


  • 900 miles
Our 2008 Hyundai Elantra stalled on I-5 outside of chico ca with less approximately 900 miles on the car. We were just barely able to get to the shoulder before the car completely died. We were towed to the Hyundai dealer who replaced the fuel pump.

- Gig Harbor, WA, USA

problem #9

May 152008


  • 800 miles


Purchased 2008 Hyundai Elantra in mid-May 2008. Within two weeks the car encountered problems stalling and running sluggish. First time it happened, I took it to the dealer they had an error code, said a sensor had went out. Car worked fine for less than 24 hours, I was on a major highway and the car just sputtered and wouldn't go over 5 miles an hour. I spent 20 minutes dodging traffic trying to get off the highway intersection to where I could have the car in a safe spot. Let it sit and it started back up no problems, until the next day, it just died on the road. Had it towed to the dealer, five days later they said they replaced the fuel pump. It's been a month now since the repair and haven't had any problems with the car so far, but I am crossing my fingers every time I start it up and drive somewhere.

- Bentonville, AR, USA

problem #8

Jul 132008


  • 1,400 miles
My fiancee and I recently purchased a brand new(had 7 miles on when we got it) 2008 Hyundai Elantra. In about the third week of ownership, we took a road trip out of state. While returning home, on the NY state thruway, the car began to shake and shudder, and lose speed rapidly. The engine light came on and I pulled over to the shoulder. After about half an hour, I tried to drive again and had the same problems. We were towed off of the thruway, then to a Hyundai dealership by hra, where they looked at the vehicle for a morning. The problem was diagnosed as 'bad gas'. we were told to buy a container of dry gas and sent on our way. The car seemed to behave for about 5 days, then the next weekend I ventured out of town again in my still new car. About an hour into my trip, the car started shuddering and shaking on interstate 84. I pulled off at the nearest exit, and the car died completely. I was not in a safe location, so I tried to start it to move the car. It would no longer start. I got towed all the way home at great expense to myself, and brought the car to the dealership where I bought it. After 5 complete days of working on the car, they replaced the fuel pump. I am now reading that other people have had similar problems, sometimes with far worse consequences. I have not yet operated my new car on a highway since the fuel pump replacement, but I plan to tonight, and am quite nervous about it.

- Belmont, MA, USA

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problem #7

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

problem #6

Jul 172008


  • 2,022 miles


Fuel pump failure after 2,000 miles.

- Hurricane, WV, USA

problem #5

Jul 172008


  • 5,400 miles
I've 2008 Elantra SE automatic with 5400 miles on it. Yesterday my wife was driving from boston to upstate after finishing my younger one's treatment at bch. And half way through she stopped at a rest area. After pulling out from rest area the car started decelerating and it was feeling as if car was trying to shift gear but having issues. It reached up to speed of 60-65 and after that no matter how much gas she applies it wont go any further but started to decelerate. Luckily she was able to pull over on side and called hra to get car towed to nearest dealership. Just hour ago got call back from dealership stating it was issue with fuel pump and they have replaced it and car is ready for pickup. This is first time this failure happen while she was driving. We have felt couple of times while driving like car with has some kind of thrust (probably trying to change gear in automatic transmission). But this was first time when it wont take anymore gas after pushing gas pedal. It is serious issue and manufacturer needs to be made aware of it or should take some action against manufacturer.

- Delmar, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 032008


  • 2,061 miles
I had an issue in early June regarding my 2008 Hyundai Elantra. Car began to hesitate and stalled out. It was told back to dealership, which could not recreate the problem and informed me it was a fuel injection misfire, rebooted computer and said it would not happen again. On July 3rd, I had the exact same situation occur on my trip while driving on I-95 to visit family in Delaware. Dealership in Delaware on July 7th informed me I had a defective fuel pump and replaced it on July 8th. Leads me to believe that was problem in June and dealership I purchased car from did not investigate the problem properly.

- Chantilly, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 012008

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,015 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The vehicle was filled with gasoline on three occasions, and each time, fuel shot back out of the vehicle. The vehicle has not been inspected yet, but plan to do so on July 17, 2008. The contact feels that this is a safety issue because she could have been covered in gasoline. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 1,015. Updated 09/10/08 updated 09/15/08

- Reversburd, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 122008


  • 2,839 miles
We purchased the vehicle new in April of 2008. The vehicle abruptly looses engine power, shuts down and stops. This has now occurred three times. On June 6th the vehicle broke down in traffic. It was towed to the dealer. They repaired a pvc hose that had collapsed. After picking up the vehicle the following day, the same event occurred, stranding us in the middle of a divided, heavily traveled, road. The vehicle was again towed to the dealer for repairs. This time the fuel pump was replaced. After waiting five days for the part to be delivered, I picked up the car once again. My wife had earlier noticed a very strong odor of gasoline after we brought it home. On June 19th I was out running errands with my children. The vehicle, again shut down in the middle of the road. I again had the vehicle towed to the dealer. The service manager then informed me he had just found out Hyundai was having a problem with the fuel systems on their 2008 Elantra models. I then called Hyundai customer service to file a complaint about the vehicle. I also ask the representative to check on any recalls or campaigns against my vehicle. After checking his system he informed me that there were no campaigns or recalls registered against the car. So far this dangerous event has occurred three times in the past few days. I am very concerned for the safety of my family when we use this vehicle. So far the collapsed pvc hose and fuel pump have been replaced without correcting the problem. I just received a call from the dealership that the vehicle had no gasoline in it. I explained to the service manager that when the vehicle shutdown, the vehicle was registering 3/4 tank. Now they are checking other problems with the fuel system. I have no confidence in the vehicle. I am deeply concerned that they are unable determine the defect with the vehicle. I am also deeply concerned that if I have to use this vehicle again it will shutdown again and I or a family member may be injured.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #1

May 082008

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 600 miles
New 2008 Hyundai Elantra gls, had problems in 1st gear engine would shut off and sometimes it would run very ruff, sometimes starting the car I would turn the key and it was like the battery was dead had to do it 2 or 3 times before the starter would catch on and start the car. I only drove this car for 12 days before taking it into the dealer for a complete check up also the alarm wasnt working. They told me that the fuel pump was bad (new car only 1000 miles"??") and it should take a few days to get the part in, then after a week they told me they were still waiting on the part and there is a "natl back order on this part" and they should be getting in the part soon they hope. Week 2 there still waiting on the part and he has 4 cars waiting for the same part all Elantras (3from their stock). Week 3 still waiting, still no part, I called Hyundai they told me they dont know of any problems or possible recalls on the part and promised to call me back in 24 to 48 hrs, I had to call them back 4 days later asking why I didnt get a call back, another customer care agent helped me this time saying that she is so sorry im having such problem and promised to call me back that same day after she had a chance to talk to the service manager at the dealership. Im once again waiting with no call backs......the car has now been in their hands for 22 days with no part in hand to repair my car"??????". thought you should know about it...

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

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