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2008 Hyundai Elantra

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  • koosaykoosay Posts: 1
    Hi,

    what can I advise you is about the manufacturing year, the 8th digit form the left of the car serial no. (chassis no.) will refer to the manufacturing year. if you find it 8 that means it is 2008.

    Good Luck,

    Koosay Ibrahim
    Baghdad, Iraq
  • gomst1gomst1 Posts: 58
    Pls see my post #319 for the answer to your question.
  • riguyriguy Posts: 5
    March 16, 2008
    Fuel Pump Failed at 25 Miles
    Color: Silver

    Thanks for the help. And BTW, I did file a complaint on the NHTSA site.
  • FYI, 5 more recorded fuel pump failures logged at this web site since the last time I checked:

    http://www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2008/HYUNDAI/ELANTRA
  • nareknarek Posts: 37
    I may be a little late to this party, but I wanted to throw in my 2 cents anyway.

    In early June I bought an '08 Elantra SE w/leather, sunroon, spoiler and floor mats. Price paid: $17,135.00 plus tax, tags, etc. Prices on the SE have gone up due to supply and demand. Demand outstripped supply and prices went up when two things happened;

    1) Consumer Reports chose it as a Top Pick in both the April and July issues.

    2) Gas prices started to rise quickly, making fuel economy a major deciding factor for car buyers.

    I'm sure I paid more than others who bought before me, just as I'm sure there are others who paid more after me. I made my purchase in the middle of those events. I would buy another one in a heartbeat, even if I knew the price was higher than a few weeks or months ago. It's still the best and most car for the money.

    I also purchase my car from Fitzmall in Maryland. I found out about Fitzmall right here on these forums, and it's very likely I would not be driving an Elantra today without it. I live in Central Florida. When I went looking for my Elantra there were no SEs w/leather ANYWHERE in Central Florida, or within hundreds of miles. I had 3 dealers looking for me. I found my car online at Fitzmall, made a phone call and when it came in (it was on order) I had it shipped to Fitzgerald's Clearwater, FL store, where I picked it up.

    Working with Fitzmall was, for the most part, a breeze. They handled everything in Maryland. All I had to do was sign the papers when I got to the Clearwater store and drive it off the lot.

    I paid the internet price because, obviously, I'm not near any Fitzgerald dealer that can service my car. They didn't try to strong-arm me into any additional "add-ons". (aka: pure dealer profit) Their prices were far better than any dealer within 200 miles of me.

    I bought a carpeted cargo mat and cargo net online at one of the online sites previously posted. I can't remember which one, but choosing which one, for me, was purely a function of price. I also bought the aftermarket door mouldings from an eBay seller, which my dear husband has yet to install for me, but that's another story. ;)

    I have not had any problems with my car whatsoever. Mfg date April1, 2008. I currently have over 2500 miles on it. I love my Elantra! :shades:
  • HI! I am a new owner of a 2008 Elantra and have been reviewing this discussion about the fuel pump failures. I called Hyundai about it and they told me there is a current campaign - # T57. When I took my car to the dealership about a different issue, I asked them to take care of this and they did with no questions asked.
  • pauleyepauleye Posts: 11
    I've been following along these threads re the fuel pump issue and am happy to see Hyundai has issued a formal recall. I now feel better about buying this car for my son. Here's the text (found at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/results.cfm):

    Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
    HYUNDAI / ELANTRA 2008
    Recall Number: 08V429000
    Summary:
    HYUNDAI IS RECALLING 65,000 MY 2008 ELANTRA WITH 2.0 LITER BETA ENGINES. THE FUEL PUMP MOTOR MAY NOT HAVE THE PROPER UNIFORM INTERNAL ELECTRICAL SURFACE CONTACT. THIS MAY CAUSE THE FUEL PUMP TO PRODUCE LESS PUMPING PRESSURE THAN REQUIRED TO SUPPLY THE FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM.
    Consequence:
    POOR ENGINE STARTING AND HESITATION MAY RESULT. OTHER ENGINE PERFORMANCE ISSUES MAY ALSO RESULT INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
    Remedy:
    DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL PUMP SUBASSEMBLY FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING SEPTEMBER 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI AT 1-800-633-5151.
    Notes:
    CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
  • ctc1ctc1 Posts: 66
    Had the fuel pump in my daughters Elantra replaced yesterday. Service writer said she knew nothing about recall but looked it up and discovered it was issued on monday and agreed to replace pump.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Thanks for this info. I think it shows why it took awhile to issue the formal recall. Hyundai had to first determine the exact cause of the problem, i.e. not just that it's the fuel pump but what in the fuel pump was the problem, then identify the cars that were affected. Also, they had to ship enough new fuel pumps to dealers so that when owners come in (and they will likely come in right away once they hear about the recall), the replacement can be done without delay.

    The other thing to realize is that because a formal recall has been issued, Hyundai dealers cannot sell an affected car without performing the fuel pump replacement first.
  • ez888ez888 Posts: 39
    Good to know about the recalls. I wonder when people will start being contacted.

    I think I saw this in one thread a while back, but wanted to remind people that the Hyundai dealer can program your car to have auto locks. When you get to 15 mph, all the doors lock. Then when you turn off the car and pull the keys out, all the doors unlock. We brought ours in for it's first oil change and they did it for us- very convenient (no charge as well).

    Just wanted to let you know.
    Eric
  • This is a fantastic news! It is really gladdening to hear that Hyundai responded proactively to this issue & issued a recall promptly. Trust me, for many bigger car companies, it usually takes a lot more time to issue recalls. Everyone with an 08 Elantra needs to rush to their nearest dealer & have the pump replaced.

    And people, lets stop for a moment & congratulate ourselves. As consumers we have been proactive by contacting NHTSA (and thereby accelerating the recall process). It is good that we have avenues like these forums to share information & act. Good job!!
  • neleemaneleema Posts: 4
    You have to be careful here. If you go on the about automobile website and look up the "reported" problems for a similar vehicle, albeit the Civic or Corolla you will notice one starking difference..........the TYPE of problem. Yes it is true that any car can have a ton of different problems, but why would you buy a car with numerous reports of ENGINE STALLING problems? Seems to me the headrest complaint in the Civic or the Air Condition problem in the Corolla seem harmless in comparison to something where ironically (with all the standard safety features) the car can cause an accident (by stalling in the middle of a road, highway etc). Not to mention Elantra's have been plagued with serious issues. Go to the website do some research before you assume ALL cars have the same problems.

    Yes all cars have issues, but not all cars have the same KINDS of issues (at least not repeatedly)....

    Just something to think about...
  • "Yes it is true that any car can have a ton of different problems, but why would you buy a car with numerous reports of ENGINE STALLING problems? Seems to me the headrest complaint in the Civic or the Air Condition problem in the Corolla seem harmless in comparison to something where ironically (with all the standard safety features) the car can cause an accident (by stalling in the middle of a road, highway etc). Not to mention Elantra's have been plagued with serious issues. Go to the website do some research before you assume ALL cars have the same problems."

    OK... I DON'T usually reply to a message like this. But from what I have been reading this issue started around July 2008. We bought our Elantras on June 5, 2008. And mainly because hubby knew people who had Sonata's and Elantra's and how greatly they praised them.

    My husband is the one who had the first crash. He didn't get hit, but there was a 2 car/1 18 Wheeler crash when his fuel pump went. Did it get us mad at Hyundai? Hubby did when the first dealer wouldn't take care of the problem. But then our dealer had Roadside assisstance tow his car 90 miles to them and they fixed it within a week.

    I put in the first complaint to the National Safety. They pulled the police report to verify an accident with injuries.

    Now, you say why would others still buy an Elantra?

    Why are jerks still buying Toyota Tacoma's after the huge recall which is going on??? And I was a member of that recall. My 11 yr old Tacoma was bought back by Toyota off off me due to the safety of the truck splitting in half and creating accidents. Toyota knew for a yr what was happening before they did a recall. Toyota was so desparate to get the trucks off the road they paid 150% of the KBB value in excellant condtion of what a dealer would sell it for. I got 11 grand for my 11 yr old truck and went right over to Hyundai and bought my Elantra.

    Hyundai listened and for a turnaround this fast I am now very happy I have my Elantra.

    BTW... I scheduled my first FREE oil change for my car next Friday and the service dept. put me on hold...said they had to check my vin#. I thought that strange and then THEY told me there was a fuel pump recall with letters going out next week and since I was coming in for an oil change they would do my fuel pump then. So I will be leaving my car overnight as I can't sit 4 hours for the fuel pump to be done along with an oil change. Now...how's that for a dealer going out of their way?

    Toyota NEVER treated me that good, and when I had a Chevy Corsica that dealer NEVER treated me that good. At least Hyundai is looking out for the safety of their buyers and in my opinion acting very fast. Do you know how many accidents Toyota was told about in the last year before they pulled all the Tacomas in for inspection from 1995 - 2000?

    And the people who bought Elantra's after reading what was going on and knowing there was a possible problem I think did so based on what a good car the Elantra is.

    My fuel pump has been hesitating. I have had an open case for 3 weeks with Hyundai. I called them yesterday to tell them my dealer was taking care of the problem without me even getting a recall letter and they said they would document that.

    Yes, no vehicle is perfect. But at least WE all know here that if a safety issue comes up Hyundai will act faster than some of the other automobile companies.

    And what other SERIOUS issues are you stating Elantra's have?

    I only saw where an airbag did not deploy. And I read my manual and it explains that you have to hit a certain way for the airbags to deploy and the front might and the side won't. The manual tells all reasons for which will deploy and which won't.

    And it also states if the airbag deploys, as soon as it is fully deployed upon impact it will deflat so the driver can still see where they are going so they don't hit something else.

    I never had my airbag deployed on a vehicle so I don't know if this happens with all vehicles.

    And I also read in the maual that if you have an electrical failure your power locks stop working so you can get out of the vehicle. My friend had a PT Cruiser and she carried a hammer with her all the time because her PT Cruiser was not equiped to have the locks open if there was an electrical problem and she had to be prepared to break the window to get her key in her door to get out of the PT Cruiser.

    By now I guess you can see I am VERY happy with my Elantra even though my husband's stalled and there was a major accident around him.

    Knowing the problem with stalling I would still go out and buy another Elantra.
  • "I think I saw this in one thread a while back, but wanted to remind people that the Hyundai dealer can program your car to have auto locks. When you get to 15 mph, all the doors lock. Then when you turn off the car and pull the keys out, all the doors unlock. We brought ours in for it's first oil change and they did it for us- very convenient (no charge as well). "

    Hey... I didn't know they could fix this problem. Thanks. Everytime I started my car the doors locked and I just go and unlock them from my side. But the back doors stay locked as the salesman put the childproof lock on and I don't know how to remove it. Hubby is going to show me tonight when he comes in off the road.

    I really have no problem with the locks coming on automatically as its no big deal to unlock from my side. I love the fact I can lock the passenger window though so it can't go up and down. My son likes to play with the button and I lock it on him.

    Yes, even at 28 yrs old a son can still be annoying when he rides with you....hahaha.

    But I will talk to my dealer next week when they do my oil change and my fuel pump. Thanks again for the info.
  • pauleyepauleye Posts: 11
    I'm so close to pulling the trigger on an '08 Elantra GLS for my son. The only thing keeping me from doing it is concern over reliability. The '08 reliability data I've seen has been pretty lackluster (the JD Power report), but my guess is that's probably because of the fuel pump issue. Perhaps one reason the car is relatively cheaper than the competition is that buyer's are taking more risk with this car given its lack of operating history? Seems like the prior models suffered proportionately higher repair costs (compared to, say, Hondas).
    Anyone know of any good reliability data for the '08 Elantra, or is it just too early to tell? Last thing I want to do is save a few bucks on the purchase price only to spend more than the savings on repair costs, especially when the warranty doesn't seem to cover many things that can break.
  • Hyundai is recalling 65,000 Elantra sedans because of a fuel pump. The automaker says the fuel pumps can lose pressure and reduce engine performance.

    The recall affects the 2008 Elantra equipped with the 2.0 liter four-cylinder beta engine.

    For more information about the recall, click here. http://www.lasvegasnow.com/global/story.asp?s=8916763
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    One bit of data is that Consumer Reports rates the 2008 Elantra "Excellent" (its top score) in predicted reliability based on its surveys, from the 2007-8 model years. Also, the reliability history of the previous-generation Elantra was pretty good also.

    So there is actually considerable operating history on the Elantra and Hyundais in general. I think the reason that you can still get an Elantra for considerably less than a comparably-equipped Honda or Toyota is that Hyundai doesn't have the brand equity of those companies yet. Personally I see that as an advantage. I can buy a very good car at a great price, much less than I'd pay for a Civic or Corolla, and get the long warranty to boot.

    If you are that concerned about reliability, you can always pay more for something like a Civic or Corolla, but those are not immune to problems either. For example, the 2006 Civic has nine recalls to date, the 2007 model three recalls. Reivew the Civic and Corolla problems discussions in Town Hall to see what issues owners are having with those cars. No cars are trouble-free. The only significant problem with the 2008 Elantra was the fuel pump issue, and that has been corrected now.
  • pauleyepauleye Posts: 11
    Thanks backy. Actually the other contender here is the Honda Fit, which seems to have fared really well in the reliability ratings, but comes with far fewer of the amenities that you get with the Elantra.

    I hear you re no car being trouble-free, but I always hear stories about how the Hondas get 200K miles without much in the way of repairs while rarely hear stories like that about other brands.

    Also, any idea how CR can give it such a high predicted reliability rating while JD Power gave it fairly mediocre scores for reliability?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Well, the Fit is a totally different car than the Elantra sedan. If you want something like the Fit, you might want to wait until later this year for the Elantra Touring, which like the Fit is a 5-door wagon (and comes with ESC standard).

    Also keep in mind that the 2009 Fit is a redesign. The 2008 and earlier Fit was a mature design dating from around 2001. So of course it was very reliable. Consider that Honda has had some trouble with new designs in recent years (transmission recall on previous-gen Accords, Odyssey problems, nine recalls on 2006 Civic etc.). Your odds with the 2009 Fit may not be any better, if not worse, than with the Elantra.

    JD Power and CR measure reliability differently. The JDP survey you looked at was probably their Initial Quality Survey, which measures customer satisfaction on both problems and design considerations over the first 90 days of ownership. CR's survey asks about all problems during the time of ownership.
  • pauleyepauleye Posts: 11
    Thanks again. Try telling my son to wait for the '09 Fit.... Doesn't really matter anyway, since I think I can score a good deal on an '08 Fit, but the price on the '09 (dealers won't be as eager to deal) will create too much of a price difference between the Fit and the Elantra.

    Interesting re the differences between the two surveys. Wonder why the CR survey didn't get polluted by the fuel pump issue. Perhaps the affected vehicles were not out at the time CR did its sampling?
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