definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,184 miles

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2003 Hyundai Elantra fuel system problems

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2003 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #7

May 012005


  • miles


Issues with pumping fuel, I don't know what to call it, but while pumping gas I can pump 15 +/- cents and the handle cuts of ass if the tank is full, takes forever to put $10 in. 2nd issue is the electrical, each time I bump the dash at the radio area the lights either comes on or goes out and 2 weeks ago the radio quit working (not the fuse) I have also had to replace both front axles, motor mount broken, these issues have been since day one that I purchased the vehicle, I have also had to replace the plastic piece behind the brake pedal.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 102016


  • miles
Starting on 6/10/2016, every time I fill up the fuel tank, the fill tube backs up and the pump nozel shuts off. Making it take longer to fill the tank. The vehicle is stationary with engine off, at all service stations.

- Tipton, MO, USA

problem #5

Feb 222016


  • 91,785 miles
I had to replace struts in front

- Athens, AL, USA

problem #4

Mar 202012

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Ongoing problems with fuel filling. It takes almost 1/2 hour to fill a tank. It continues to shut off. This is not getting better, but actually worse. Please advise on any recalls or safety issues with the gasoline/tank. Thank you.

- Beresford, SD, USA

problem #3

Jan 012014

Elantra 4-cyl

  • miles
We bought our 2003 Hyundai Elantra used but in very good condition. Now after about a year when we try to fill the gas tank the pump shuts off repeatedly. Is there any recall covering this?

- Canton, OH, USA

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problem #2

Jul 012013


  • 105,000 miles
A few months back I began noticing that my check engine light came on. Would take 10- 15 mins to fill up gas tank. Sensor was triggered every few seconds, suggesting gas tank was full, but it was not. Took it to the dealer and was told there was nothing wrong with the car. With in the last month I have been noticing that rear automatic locking seat belt is not staying locked. Child car seats do not stay secured. Car occasionally stalls when started, and air bag light does not illuminate to determine if air bag will deploy or not.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #1

May 122004

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 3,500 miles
My car problems started approximately 6-8 mos after purchasing the vehicle. I was having problems with the car starting, engine, radiator, gasket, alternator, and fuel sector just to name a few issues. Over the years, I had this vehicle in and out of mechanic shop & Hyundai dealerships. The vehicle was brand new, and I left off of the lot with no more than 10 miles on it. I am furious because I knew that the vehicle was a lemon, however the Hyundai dealership kept fighting me on the claim. After 9 yrs. With this vehicle, I have spend approx. As much the vehicle, just on repair alone. I contacted the BBB and Hyundai about my concerns and would like for my claim to be reviewed in its entirety. The car fax report will show every repair on my vehicle. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at[xxx] or [xxx]. thank you for addressing my concern. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Dallas, TX, USA

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