really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,291 miles

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2008 Hyundai Elantra clutch problems

clutch problem

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2008 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 152008


  • 1,291 miles


I purchased my 08 Elantra this summer. Delivery date 07/05/08. Complaint 1, "customer states engine wont start". the dealership replaced fuel pump to correct concern. Complaint 2, incident 1 invoice date 09/15/08. I began to have problems with my clutch. Vehicle will make grinding noises going into rev, 1st, and 2nd gear. Clutch will not engage properly. Will stall out when very cold or raining. Major problems when at stop lights railroad crossings(stalling out on the tracks) or going up an incline. After several attempts to "correct my concern" the dealership and its service shop have yet to "duplicate" the problem or any to be exact. However, my service report date 09/24/08 states "but did find hard to get into gear at times bled hydraulic system and corrected concern." Again on 10/08/08 dealer stated could not duplicate problem but service invoice reads " cust stats in am trans is hard to shift into gear and RPM gage will rev high found hard shift replaced tranny gear oil to correct concern" I took the car back on 11/06/08 because it still has the same problems and a few new ones. I spoke to the owner of the dealership who verified that there was a problem with the car. Later that day he called me back and told me it was fine. Liar much?I have my car back again today 11/13/08 and it is still giving me problems. These problems create a serious safety hazard due to the fact that it stalls out in the middle of the road in stop and go traffic and at lights and gives off a weird smell like a burned circuit after I go uphill for too long, keep in mind I'm not driving my car into the ground. I took a test drive with the service manager today, the car was giving me trouble right in front of him and he claims that I was riding the clutch. I explained to him that I needed to depress the clutch pedal to keep the car from stalling out but he ignored me. I'll be going back on the 15th to speak to the owner again.

- El Paso, TX, USA

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