really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,864 miles

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2008 Hyundai Elantra transmission problems

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2008 Hyundai Elantra Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 082011

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Recall on 2008 Elantra Hyundai. Connector cover problem after install- cold weather. After starting, unable to shift gear from park to drive until the weather was warm. The consumer also stated the vehicle suddenly accelerated before she was able to put the gear in park. The consumer crashed into a pole.

- Marble Hill, MO, USA

problem #8

Dec 222008

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated the instrument panel lights would blink sporadically. In addition, the vehicle would become hesitant to acceleration and would sputter when driving between 35-40 mph. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer but the dealer was unable to duplicate or repair the vehicle. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 86,000. The consumer stated the engine would vibrate and it would feel as though the vehicle was going to stall. There was also a shudder coming from the vehicle. Updated 07/26/11

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 062011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact was driving approximately 2 mph in reverse while in a residential driveway. There were several attempts before the gear selector would shift into park. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred sporadically. In addition, the vehicle would vibrate intermittently when driving at various speeds. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired for the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #6

Jul 302010


  • 24,735 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that while driving the vehicle suddenly shut down with no prior warning lights. The contact stated that the vehicle would not "crank" or start. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the control module and transmission module were found to be altered and defective. The contact was told that the vehicle could not be repaired. The contact had not spoken with the manufacturer at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 24,735.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #5

Aug 082010

Elantra 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,210 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact stated that when the vehicle was in the cruise control mode and she attempted to apply the brakes, the vehicle would suddenly accelerate up to 70 mph. She had to turn the cruise control off in order to stop the acceleration. She noticed that the failure occurred twice. The contact also stated that she had difficulty shifting into reverse or park gear. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealership where it was awaiting diagnosis. The contact had not spoken with the manufacturer. The current mileage is approximately 26,260. The failure mileage was approximately 26,210. Updated 10/25/10 updated 10/27/10

- Fairmount, IN, USA

problem #4

Mar 012009

Elantra 4-cyl

  • 8,918 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. Whenever the contact shifted into park, the gear would never stick. The vehicle would either move forward for a few seconds before coming to a complete stop. Whenever the gear was in drive, the vehicle would jerk forward. When the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle would not move or would suddenly accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer three times for these failures. During the first visit, the mechanic replaced the transmission, which corrected the issue for less than four months. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and they stated that the solenoids were causing the failures. The dealer replaced the valve assembly and the solenoids. There had been no further occurrences since the last repair. The contact believes that a recall should be issued since it appeared to be a manufacturer defect. The failure mileage was 8,918 and current mileage was 11,792. Updated 7/23/09 the consumer also stated there was a smell of gas in the vehicle. Updated 07/30/09.

- Trafford, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012009


  • 200 miles


1) poor gas mileage - not meeting epa estimates. Took to dealer 3 times. Had fuel pump replaced after car stalled on roadway and would not result. Stalling stopped but mpg is below epa estimates - dealer says everything ok... 2) auto transmission sputters and doesn''t downshift properly - have to manually downshift to maintain proper torque on motor. I feel like I am driving a stick shift I have to downshift so often to keep car from sputtering and maintain acceleration. Dealer say everything ok. I read that there is an acknowledge torq problem but manufacture has not issued a fix...

- Monsey, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 012008


  • 10 miles
While city driving between 30 and 40 miles per hour engine rpms drop to around 1000 rpms or less causing the vehicle to become sluggish and to vibrate. The only way to eliminate this problem is to force the vehicle to shift into a lower gear by mashing down on the accelerator. Under certain circumstances this kind of action could force an unnecessary rear end collision with front air bag deployment as well as personal injury. This problem has been brought to the dealers attention and they concur that it does exist. I've been told that I am not the only one that has reported this problem. They believe it may have something to do with a glitch in the torque converter software. Hyundai is aware of the problem (ref # 3406332) but offers no solution. I was basically told sorry they have no idea what it is and I'll just have to live with it. It is extremely annoying as well as dangerous. Hopefully someone address this concern before their is a serious injury. This problem has been constant since the day I bought it.

- Norwich, CT, USA

problem #1

Jul 072008


  • 1,700 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Elantra. The contact noticed that the passenger side air bag in her vehicle was deactivated. The air bag light indicated that it was not functional. She consulted the dealer and scheduled a service appointment for June 11, 2008. The contact also experienced failures with the transmission. She would have to depress the accelerator pedal with maximum pressure in order for the vehicle to gain speed. The current and failure mileages were approximately 1,700.

- Brea, CA, USA

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