really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,782 miles

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2008 Hyundai Elantra engine problems

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2008 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 162016

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 111,565 miles


On 8/16/16 at approximately 1130 hours the aforementioned 2008 Hyundai Elantra bearing a VIN number of [xxx], had spontaneously caught on fire without cause. Local fire department came to the scene and extinguish the flames suspected it to be a manufacturers defect of possible faulty electrical wiring. I have contacted Hyundai directly and brought to their attention the incident in which occurred on the said date. Hyundai is still in the process of having a third party vehicle inspection company en route to conduct the preliminary investigation. There has only been a recall to my knowledge in 2011 in which I personally took the said vehicle to Hyundai of welsey chapel Florida and never had a problem since. It should be noted the vehicle was parked for approximately 3 hours before it caught on fire. I am aware of the past recalls conducted by Hyundai due to the possibility of engine fires and feel as thought my vehicle is one of the vehicles affected my the negligence in the manufacturers end. I urge and plead you to look into this matter as my only means of transportation has been totaled due to the bizarre fire. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #6

Feb 092016


  • 35,895 miles
Car loses power when driving car at low speed, car just shuts down and would need to place in park and restart the car, also lost power steering while driving car on the freeway, card wheel locked and car lost all power, was able to place it in park and restarted it, but was with out power steering, car shakes when driving passed 70 miles an hr.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 112015


  • 70,000 miles
Leaving the parking lot at walgreen in tonawanda, NY. I was backing out with my foot on the brake. Putting the car in drive.the car leaped into a very high accelerated speed like a jet with the engine racing. The brake did not help. The car hit the barrier between the sidewalk and the store and the engine burst into flames.the distance was only a matter of yards.the airbags and seat belt kept me from going thru the windshield the force of the crash totaled the car. There was no one in this area of the parking lot thank goodness it was 10am Sunday morning. I do not know who called the fire dept and police.. this is a very serious problem. This situation happen so fast you don, T have time to blink. I am now left with no car and a twisted back.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 112015


  • 77,467 miles


I was merging onto I-275 E from I-471 and as I was pressing my foot down onto the gas pedal, the car started speeding up then continued to speed up when I removed my foot from the gas pedal. The engine locked at 65 mph. I tried to apply the brakes, but they were locked and wouldn't work. I put the car in 2nd gear while I still had my feet the brake. That did not slow the car. I then shifted the gear into 1st gear while keeping my feet on the brake. I took both feet off the brake then back on the brake. The car shifted into 1st gear and started to slow down while making the high engine noise. The car slowed down after the car shifted into 1st gear.

- Hamersville, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 242013


  • 78,000 miles
The cruise control on Hyundai Elantra failed to disengage while I driving on highway at 70 mph despite repeatedly pushing the "cancel" and "off" buttons. Firm braking also failed to disengage the cruise control. I managed to stop only after pulling the emergency brake and applying heavy/maximum braking. Smoke. Tires destroyed. Scary! my child and I almost died. The ABS and ESC off lights came on and remained on. Kia and Hyundai recently recalled 1.9 million vehicles to fix this issue. However, this incident suggests that Hyundai has not fixed the problem because my car had the recall procedure completed one month prior to the incident occuring.

- Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND, USA

problem #2

Jan 052011


  • 28,600 miles
While driving there was unintended acceleration.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 252013

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 23,950 miles
While driving in heavy traffic, inching along at low speed for about 1/2 miles; stopping and starting all the way, suddenly during one of these stops, the motor started to rev and the car accelerated on its own. Had to brake hard to avoid hitting the car in front of me. About 10 minutes later, while parking the car in a parking space, the same thing happened. I had already stopped and was putting the car in park. I took the car to the local Hyundai garage where they did road testing. Computer tests showed no codes; so no repairs were made. When the tech line of the manufacturer was contacted on this matter was told that there were no cases relating to this problem on file. Have had this problem sporadically since 2010. Last reported an acceleration problem to the Hyundai garage early in the month of December 2012. No one at Hyundai wants to help me.

- Chambersburg, PA, USA

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