Notes: The 2008 Veracruz has a minor trend of complaints where the valve cover leaks oil onto the alternator, causing alternator failure. The problem starts with the battery warning light & typically all the other warning lights coming on in quick succession. Luckily, that problem was covered in a 2014 recall.

Overall, It's a solid reliable vehicle with no major problems reported.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,425 miles

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz electrical problems

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2008 Hyundai Veracruz Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #15

Feb 272014

Veracruz 6-cyl

  • 149,111 miles


Vehicle lost electrical control including ability to accelerate while driving on the highway. Was unable to shift vehicle out of gear. Previous electrical issues caused brake failures and starting and throttle control issue.

- Eaton, CO, USA

problem #14

Jan 042014

Veracruz 6-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
Driving less than 40 mph and multiple lights came on, almost simultaneously. First ESC off, ABS and parking brake lights. Then momentarily afterwards check engine and TPMS lights came on. Took it to stealership, said the brake control module was bad and needed to be replaced. Car kept in excellent condition with freq oil changes and proper tire maintenance. Est cost to repair $2,800. Out of warranty and was told that they haven't seen anything like this in their shop.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #13

Dec 172013


  • 36,500 miles
When I use my turn signal to signal lane changing, but do not snap it into position, my headlights will flicker on and off and will also turn off for several seconds. Additionally, I noticed during the day time that my dash board lights were brightening. I've reported the dashboard lights brightening on several occasions to the dealership while my car was in for service from 2009 to the present, but they weren't able to repeat the problem. Most recently, likely because I was driving at night, I noticed my headlights flickering on and off. I called the dealership to report it as it was happening and talked to the service representative and told him that my headlights just went off and then they came back on. I brought it in the following week. I found the same issue reported by many other people on a Hyundai forum. Several people reported that the issue was with the turn signal stalk and replacing it fixed the issue. I shared this information with the Hyundai dealership. This is a very concerning problem, as I go for seconds at a time with no headlights at random times, but always after using my turn signal.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #12

Nov 192013

Veracruz 6-cyl

  • 58,200 miles


My wife started the car and the check engine light and key light came on. She shut the car off and put the key fob in the ignition and the car would not start. Click, click, click is what she got. When I came home from work I started the car after jumping it off from my truck. The car ran but the check engine light was on. I started to drive it to an auto parts store to get the diagnostic code but before I could get very far the instrument panel lit up with several warning lights. Turned the car around and drove home. Fortunately, the car has less than 60K miles and less than 5 yrs old. (58,200 miles and 4 years 8 months old) had car towed to dealership. Due to some simple research I was not a bit surprised when informed that the alternator was bad due to a headcover gasket leaking engine oil. Dealer fixed all at no charge because still under warranty. Was told that it will cost me around $550 after the warranty expires. This is the second electrical issue in 4 months. This car is currently for sale.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #11

Aug 222013

Veracruz 6-cyl

  • 40,592 miles
I was stopped in a traffic problem caused by an accident in front of me. Our vehicle lost all power and we became part of the traffic problem. My wife and I had to push this 4600 pound monster off the road and called a tow truck. I am 81 and my wife is 79 years old. She injured her back during this event. This will be the third alternator installed in this vehicle.including the original, that makes four alternators in 40,000 miles.

- Evergreen, CO, USA

problem #10

Jul 032013

Veracruz 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
While exiting the ramp off of I-95 North in ashland, Virginia at about 50 mph, suddenly a couple of dash lights lit up, there was a loud squeal, and I lost power steering. I almost lost control of the vehicle and almost ran off the ramp before bringing the vehicle to a stop. When I took the vehicle in to get it checked, it was determined that a valve cover gasket oil leak (that I had fixed months earlier, along with replacing the alternator it shorted out), had leaked onto both the alternator (shorting it out again), as well as onto the serpentine belt causing the belt to slip in wet weather (the road was wet from rain and water splashed up onto the oily belt), which caused the loss of power steering. It was a very scary, dangerous situation. I have now gone through 3 alternators and two valve cover gasket replacements on this vehicle since the fall of 2011. This model has a serious, dangerous defect and there needs to be a safety recall.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #9

Jul 022012

Veracruz 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


July 2012 - gasket leaked and killed alternator and battery. Car stopped suddenly and needed to be towed to the dealership. Dealer fixed the alternator and gasket but I had to pay for battery. July 2013 - alternator died while driving and battery light came on. I had to pay for alternator change $550 as I was above 60,000 miles.

- Nazareth, PA, USA

problem #8

Aug 282012

Veracruz 6-cyl Diesel

  • 65,000 miles
This car loses power and the ability to control it via power steering, power brakes, and sometimes completely shuts down when operating under rainy conditions and wet roadways. It has happened five times. I have never been traveling at a high rate of speed, but for a split second codes appear and I have no control of the car. There is a moment of panic and then the car comes back to life and everything is operational. The dealer has not been able to diagnose.

- Red Bank, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jul 042013

Veracruz 6-cyl

  • 56,650 miles
Battery warning light came on, followed by every other warning light on the dash, one by one (ABS, air bag, check-engine, etc.) drove car to a safe place and turned it off--and then it would not start again. Had car towed to dealer who diagnosed a failed alternator--and this is the fourth time on this car which has less that 60K miles on it. My parents also own a Veracruz and are on their third alternator. This is a known problem with Hyundai yet they will not engineer a good solution and fix it once and for all. This is the fourth time we have been stuck at the side of the road and had to be towed. This is not acceptable. Someone needs to step in and require that Hyundai recall these cars and find a solution that works for more than a few thousand miles.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #6

Aug 092012

Veracruz 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
While driving into the garage, the rear power liftgate opened unexpectedly striking the garage door frame and causing the rear liftgate glass to shatter. The transmission was in "drive" at the time this happened.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #5

Jul 232012


  • 86,000 miles


Alternator failure due to leak on valve cover. A known design flaw on the seal for the valve cover allows oil to leak on to alternator causing failure and rendering the engine inoperable. This could easily cause a crash and death due to engine stall.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #4

Jul 092012

Veracruz 6-cyl

  • 26,050 miles
Battery warning light on, seat belt light flashing. Had to turn off all electrical components (ac, fan, radio, lights, ...) and rushed to the dealership. Replaced the alternator at the dealership, where I was told there's a design flaw with oil dripping on the alternator and causing premature failure. I believe such a failure, which would've disabled the car, is definitely a safety hazard under not-so-uncommon conditions, such as at night, in a remote area or unsafe neighborhood. From online research, it will happen again with the replaced alternator since the root cause is not addressed, when in most other cars, the alternator would still be the original.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

May 212012

Veracruz 4WD 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Traveling on dry pavement approx. 45 mph. Clear, sunny day @80F when had to stop suddenly. The dashboard light up showing "ESC off", "ABS" and "brake" lights continuously on after incident. Next morning upon start up the lights still remained along with improper speedometer function. I decided to take it to the dealership where it was diagnosed as "hydrolic module" failure (P/N 589103J950). This resulted in loss of ESC function and other possible hazards. Being an integrated part this will effect more than one system of braking. This is not a cheap part and vital.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 142011

Veracruz 6-cyl

  • 33,270 miles
While driving my 2008 Hyundai vera cruz at 65 mph on route 287 in the bedminister area, my car engine light suddenly came on & the car wouldn't accelerate forward. There was no power going from the gas pedal to the engine. This was the second occurrence. The 1st was when I was driving to work in chatham NJ on June 30th, same problem, though I was not going as fast, so the situation was not as dangerous. It is very scary to have the car suddenly stop working in the middle of the road. After the gas stopped working the whole car started vibrating & I let the car roll to a stop on the side of the highway, shut everything off, including the engine. Let it sit for 2 minutes, then started the car again & the engine light remained on, though I was able to drive it home. When the 1st episode occurred I took it to my mechanic & he hooked up a computer to the dashboard & reset the throttle. This 2nd incident was very frightening as it was just my daughter & I in the car. We had been driving on the highway for about 2 hours & this happened with no warning whatsoever. I will bring the car to Hyundai, but something must be done to prevent this. I only have 33,000 miles on my car.

- Cedar Knolls, NJ, USA

problem #1

Apr 142010

Veracruz 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Veracruz. The contact stated that the vehicle would not accelerate normally when she engaged the accelerator pedal. Recently, when accelerating approximately 42 mph, the vehicle hesitated and shifted into the neutral position. She took the vehicle to an authorized dealer several times where she was informed that the software was defective. The software was reprogrammed four times but the failure continued to occur and became progressively worse over time. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that they were working on the failure but offered no assistance when the complaint was filed. The current mileage is approximately 38,400. The failure mileage was approximately 34,000. Updated 10/28/10 the consumer stated the problem with the performance of the vehicle involved more than the automatic transmission. The problem includes the electronic software operating the vehicle. The vehicle has not stalled again, but it does continue to accelerate sporadically. The consumer stated during her last visit, the service department attempted to correct the problems. She was informed that a new transmission was installed and the software was reloaded again for the electronics controlling the vehicles performance. Updated 11/01/10

- Fernandina Beach, FL, USA

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