really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,741 miles

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2008 Hyundai Elantra brakes problems

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2008 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 232011


  • 65,000 miles


TL- the contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that after engaging the brakes, the brake lights failed to illuminate. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for repairs or diagnosis. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 65,000. Kmj

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #8

Sep 272011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 52,570 miles
Brakes failed! I put the car into reverse to backup in a parking lot. I was moving slowly (2mph) and the brakes failed, going all the way to the floor. I rolled for 15 feet, pulled the emergency brake and my car stopped, slightly tapping a parked car, immediately in my rear, in the in opposite parking space. I located the owner of that car and there was only a small scratch and no damage. It was not necessary to exchange papers. The car was returned to dealership on 9/27/11 and advised of brake failure. My car has been serviced at the dealership, per factory maintenance schedule. I just received a MA state inspection sticker in August, 2011. My car passed MA state inspection at that time. My car was last serviced on 8/23/11 at 50,607 miles with new tires and rotation, oil change, state inspection sticker, cabin air filter, front wiper blades, fuel injector cleaning, the factory electrical recall for the 099 ws connector cover installed, and diagnostic charge for 'thumping noise' in front, from park to reverse, but nothing was found by technician, stating' all components in proper operating condition at this time' on my repair order. Also received the Hyundai multi-point inspection report attached to my paperwork from technician #753 - "brake inspection" was marked in green "checked ok". this has never happened in my driving experience. I followed factory required 15K, 30K and 45K maintenance schedule now brakes have failed. Why"

- Norwood, MA, USA

problem #7

Aug 212011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 37,300 miles
The rear rotors on my 2008 Hyundai Elantra had grooves worn in with only a little over 37,000 miles on the car. The brake pads on the right rear were worn almost completely while the brake pads on the left rear had enough material left on them to drive another 15,000 miles. I took the car to a nationally recognized repair center for new pads because my brakes started to squeak.. the certified mechanic showed me the pads and the rotors and stated that it is odd for the pads on one side to be worn out and the pads on the other side to have about a year's worth of pad left. The side where the pads that had a year left on them the rotor had substantial groves. The rotor on the side with the worn pads had less damage. He stated the rotors were probably substandard and they were probably made in a foreign country with substandard materiel. I took the car to the Hyundai dealer where I bought the car for their perusal. The supervisor stated that the rotors were worn and the cause was likely a maintenance issue and is not covered under the car's warranty. I contend the problem is defective material and or poor workmenship. I contacted Hyundai customer assistance for help. They also stated this is not covered under the warranty. I believe there might be an issue with the rotors on other Elantra's on the road today and this issue could cause serious injury or worse if it is not addressed.

- Connellsville, PA, USA

problem #6

Sep 152010


  • 7,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that the brakes and steering locked abnormally. The contact shifted into reverse and the vehicle went forward instead. She shifted into park and turned the vehicle off. When restarted, the failure recurred and the vehicle became nonresponsive. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who reset the computer but could not confirm that the failure would recur. The failure recurred twice and the vehicle was not taken back to the dealer for further diagnosis or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified. The current mileage was approximately 11,500 and the failure mileage was approximately 7,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 172010


  • 23,000 miles
Brake switch failure

- La Habra , CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012010


  • 47,000 miles
2008 Hyundai Elantra was proceeding North when it hit a hydroplane on an upgrade while traveling 40 mph. Driver applied brakes on downgrade to no avail. Car crashed into a parked car, went into a residential yard and through residence fence before coming to a halt on upgrade of residence yard. Front air bags failed to deploy. Driver and passenger suffered face, head, neck and back injuries. Car was totaled.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 192009


  • 7,000 miles


My car, when driven in the snow, when you brake, the car starts to brake, but the brake pedal freezes back to the original position, at the top of the pedal, leaving you with no brakes. I took it to the dealership, and they told me, they are unable to reproduce the problem. This to me, makes the car a death trap, when driving in snow. I didn't have an accident or anything, I can easily reproduce the problem by driving on a street with snow, I'm afraid to take it now onto a highway.

- Port Jervis, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 302008


  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. While driving 65 mph with the cruise control activated, the vehicle began to jump when the cruise control was deactivated. The contact did not apply any pressure to the brake pedal. The vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road and the contact shut it off. The vehicle was able to be restarted, but when he released the clutch to place the vehicle in first gear, it would stall. After a few attempts to release the clutch to shift into first gear, the contact applied pressure to the brake pedal and the vehicle moved forward. The manufacturer advised him to take the vehicle to a local dealer. The vehicle was driven to the dealer and they stated that the ABS module needed to be reset and indicated low voltage. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was 22,000 and failure mileage was 19,000.

- Summerfield, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 282007

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. While driving approximately 80 mph, the front driver side tire would wobble excessively. She took her vehicle to the dealer and the tire was replaced. Two weeks later, the failure recurred and a crash nearly occurred. The dealer has not provided any assistance. The contact has not filed a formal complaint with the manufacturer.. the failure mileage was 800 and current mileage is 2,000. The consumer stated when she applied the brakes it felt strange. The consumer stated there was a burning type smell coming from the vehicle, but the dealer told her it would go away. The consumer stated it has been a month and the smell was still present. Updated

- Miami, FL, USA

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