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2008 Hyundai Elantra



  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    If there's a fuel pump problem (and it seems there is!) it will likely be a formal recall vs. TSB, since it would have safety implications.
  • justloujustlou Posts: 24
    US government opens investigation into '07-08 Hyundai Elantra after reports of engine stalling

    The Associated Press
    Monday, July 21, 2008

    WASHINGTON: The government is investigating 2007-2008 model year Hyundai Elantra compact cars after receiving reports of engine stalling, officials said Monday.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a posting on its Web site that its preliminary investigation involves about 167,000 Elantras. NHTSA said it has received four reports of engine stalling because of problems with the vehicle's fuel pump module.

    One owner said the car stalled in the fast lane of a three-lane highway and caused a crash involving three cars and one injury. Three of the four reports involved vehicles with only 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) or less; the fourth vehicle had 2,839 miles (4,568 kilometers) at the time.

    Hyundai Motor Co. spokesman Miles Johnson said Monday it was too early in the process to draw any conclusions about the alleged safety issue. He said Hyundai was cooperating with NHTSA on the investigation.

    U.S. sales of the Elantra grew more than 50 percent in June to nearly 14,500 vehicles for the month as consumers responded to gasoline prices that have exceeded $4-a-gallon ($1.05 a liter).
  • Isn't it amazing that only 4 people have reported this. But, my husband is the one with the 3 car accident with only 337 miles on his car when this happened. And when my report was received, I was contacted and they got the police report to verify the accident. It was actually a car swerved to avoid my husband and the car was rearended by an SUV throwing the car into an 18 wheeler.

    Come on everyone...go and file your report. A week after I talked on the phone to the safety investigator it goes public and all because of the 3 vehicles that crashed because of my husbands fuel pump going. They need everyone to file. Please please file the report if you have a problem.
  • gburgrunrgburgrunr Posts: 5
    I would also strongly urge others to file complaints as well. I did so last week and was contacted by DOT/NHTSA last Thursday about my issues. I luckily avoided a serious accident on I-95 when my car stalled while travelling north on July 3rd. I was towed to a dealership near parents' house and had my fuel pump replaced after being without a car for four days. This was the second time I had a stall out with my 2008 Elantra which at that time had just about 1000 miles on it. The first time was attributed to a fuel injection "misfire." Honestly, I think the service department really did not investigate the situation throughly enough and sent me back out on the road. How many times does a brand new car just stall for no apparent reason?

    Fairfax Hyundari, the dealer I purchased car from, was absolutely NO HELP in my predicament. Their new car sales manager actually hung up the phone on me while I was trying to discuss my situation and what I thought they should be doing to assist me with getting back home for work. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND avoiding that dealership because Mr. Leo Blakley and the GM there have no clue about customer service. Once you drive off the lot you are on your own. To say I have been disappointed with my Hyundai experience thus far is an understatement. :mad:
  • rcwardrcward Posts: 2
    What are you a dealer or something? They treated her like [non-permissible content removed] and there is no excuse for that. My girlfriend just bought a 2008 Elantra and so far has had no problems with it. But now I have to worry about her driving it until I check out this fuel pump problem.
  • wobbly_earswobbly_ears Posts: 160
    Hey, buddy, before you ago accuse someone, do some research. Her husband's car stalled on the freeway & he could have been killed. She also drives a new Elantra, so she's worried too. Inspite of that she's calm and professional and adding important information to the discussion, not venting.

    Be a little more considerate towards her. I think she has handled it calmly & professionally & was not rantin and raving mad like some other forum members.

    And before you accuse ME of being a dealer, no, I'm not. I'm a Civil Engineer, not a dealer. Most of us are here because we're auto enthusiasts, not trying to sell something.

    And, btw, I was the one who suggested people contact NHTSA. And because some complained to appropriate authorities, this investigation has been opened. And because of this increased scrutiniy, your girlfriend's car might also be repaied if it has faulty pump too.

    And do you know who was the first one who complained to NHTSA? schukanuoslady.
  • I looked over all my posts I posted and have no idea what post you even replied to that I was addressing someone and asking me if I was a dealer because of what I posted. Next time you have a complaint about something I said please list the post number for me as I can't seem to backtrack to where I said something that sounded like I was a dealer.
  • carbuntcarbunt Posts: 40
    "What are you a dealer or something? They treated her like sh*t and there is no excuse for that. My girlfriend just bought a 2008 Elantra and so far has had no problems with it. But now I have to worry about her driving it until I check out this fuel pump problem." - rcward

    This attacking comment is totally unacceptable. We are all here to learn and share information.
  • I decided to purchase the Elantra SE yesterday, being aware of this safety concern. I asked the dealer about the problem and he said he had not heard of any reports about stalling. I printed the bulletin from the NHTSA website and will give him a copy when I take delivery, effectively putting him on notice. Perhaps the service manager will look differently at stalling problems and more issues could be reported. I am hoping that this investigation will get to the bottom of the problem and the concerns will be minimal for everyone.

    Thank you and be safe!
  • You have to go back and take delivery of yours? I left the dealership that night with my husband with 2 cars.

    You say you bought an SE? And you did it knowing the problem? I know ours are GLS's. And with all the posts I don't remember if anyone else said they had an SE have it happen.

    I didn't see in the report where it specified which was breaking down. But why would you want to put the dealer on notice when you haven't taken delivery yet and you can cancel the sale and get your money back? That doesn't make sense to me. And you KNOW there is a problem but yet you are buying one? They can't fix the problem until it happens. I know, I wanted them to change my fuel pump and they said until Hyundai makes it official they can only fix what breaks down until they get a tech bulletin. Hyundai has to authorize a recall. And mabye the SE's are not having the problem.

    In my opinion you are only going to be making your dealer upset and then when something happens they will remember you and then you will get treated like some of the others have been. now I just gave someone a perfect chance to take another pot shot at me :shades: , but you know what? I don't care. He's not the one paying for my car. I am. And if something happens to my car it will get fixed. I just hope it doesn't, but knowing there is a problem I will just have to be on alert. And wait for Hyundai to take action.

    And many grateful thanks to those who stuck up for me when that post was posted and aimed right at me.
  • mjoshimjoshi Posts: 34
    Mine was 08 SE automatic that had same issue with 5400 miles on it. So it is not a problem limited only to GLS. We are in upstate, NY and have PZEV engine on car. I personally think it is just car as long as Hyundai addresses the problem in professional manner it is fine.
  • I'm in Orange County, NY....what county are you in? I didn't know there was anyone else from upstate NY posting on the board. :shades:

    I feel the same way. Its a vehicle. And there are always recalls on something. Luckily so far as I have seen no one else has reported an accident like what happened to my husband.

    And no car is perfect. Look at me...11 yrs I had my truck and Toyota bought it back from me for safety reasons to crush it and remove it off the road. That devastated me. But now I know at least sooner or later this poblem is going to be resolved and hopefully before someone gets killed. :shades:
  • wobbly_earswobbly_ears Posts: 160
    I seriously think that till Hyundai fixes fuel pumps or says that there's no problem, everyone should exercise caution while driving.

    When driving on the freeways, be on the extreme right lane so that you can pull to the shoulder if the engine shuts down. When making turns at intersections, make sure that you have enough Green light time & don't be in a hurry. Maintain adequate distance with other vehicles on the road. Ofcourse, everyone should be driving carefully whether there's a problem or not.

    Be safe everyone!
  • mjoshimjoshi Posts: 34
    Albany county, NY. You are right there is not a single brand that is without any issue. As long as Hyundai handles this correctly it will win more customers.
  • Yes, I bought one and will pick it up tomorrow. I do not think this reflects bad judgment. I take risks every time I drive (like when I drive my company's 1999 Ford Explorer). I judge that the risks of buying a car that will stall on me are still extremely low. I know, you can flame away, as I don't care either! Don't worry, I will not flame you as it is not my style :)

    When I put the dealer "on notice", I respectfully told him about the investigation. He thanked me and agreed to talk to the service manager. Hopefully they can be alert for these problems and assist in developing a solution for this scary problem.

    Safe driving everyone.
  • I thought I was just stating my opinion about putting the dealer on notice, that they would be pissed at you from the very beginning. I didn't believe what I said was flaming at you. Whatever you think I meant towards you well, whatever.

    That dealer is going to have to be "your friend" if and when that car breaks down as they will be the ones trying to fix your car unless you break down someplace else.

    Personally I wouldn't want a dealer mad at me like I have read here in some of the posts.

    I already got in trouble with someone for who knows what I said as I have no idea :confuse: what the person meant. And if you thought I meant you were going to take a pot shot at me, that was not meant for you.

    That was meant for someone who posted something not very nice to me with no explanation of what it was I was supposed to have said.

    So I am sorry if you think I was taking a Flame at you. That was not what I intended it to sound like. It was concern I was voicing not to have your dealer mad in the beginning of buying a vehicle and telling them you are putting them on notice.
  • vad128vad128 Posts: 9
    Is there anyone who has had a fuel pump failure on an Elantra that does not have PZEV? Other than being indicated on the original sticker when buying the car, where would one find if the car is equipped with PZEV?
  • Ok.... I sure hope my Brochure I got from the Dealer is correct on this. Because I am only quoting from that. Can you drive a Manual stickshift? I read in my brochure the Manual transmissions don't have them. Does anyone have a manual with a PZEV engine in it? Go to and click on 2008 Elantra. They tell you all the specs. there. :)
  • vad128vad128 Posts: 9
    I agree with you . . . I don't think PZEV engines are made for manual transmission.

    The question I have, though, relates to trying to find some rhyme or reason to which models are having fuel pump failures. It seems that both GLS and SE models are having issues, so I am now trying to narrow it down another level. Some people have indicated that their cars were PZEV, others have not. I'm wondering if many are not even aware if their cars are PZEV. There was speculation earlier in this discussion as to whether the issue only affects models equipped with PZEV . . . so I'm just wondering if we could get some feedback to find out if any of the previously mentioned fuel pump failures occurred on vehicles not having PZEV.
  • Both our cars are PZEV. Hubby's konked out at 337 miles. I have 924 on mine as of today and (knock on wood) no problem yet. Both ours were shipped (per carfax) to the dealer on the same day. April of this year. Mine was service though 3 weeks before I bought it according to Carfax. And Carfax says a pre-inspection was done. Hubby's doen't have the same info as mine did on Carfax except for the date it was shipped to the dealer. There was nothing there saying serviced by Dealer and pre-inspected like mine. And his came out of the showroom. Mine came out of the lot. And today I talked to the saleman who sold us the two cars and he told me they all know about the fuel pump problems now. So if there is a dealer saying they don't know it they are not telling the truth. But, I told hubby we need to buy another month of Carfax (we only had it when I was shopping for a vehicle) and see just what was documented about is repair. As when you get your oil changes and all service work at a dealer they record it with Carfax. The only thing on Carfax for my Toyota Tacoma that was bought off me to crush was my NY state inspections. And when living in NJ there was nothing listed except that it was sold to me.

    I noticed today and yesterday too come to think of it that mine is acting like it is puttering under 30 miles but once you get over 30 miles it has lots of go. I hope that is not a sign my fuel pump is going. :shades:
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