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Hyundai Elantra, Hatchback, Sedan
#4 of 34 Re: Cooling System Problem [mom47]
Jul 26, 2007 (2:13 pm)
What good is the Hyundai 7 year/100,000 warranty if you are not covered for this? Have you tried another dealer.
#5 of 34 Re: Cooling System Problem [lhanson]
Jul 31, 2007 (7:43 am)
well, the powertrain warranty (10 yr, 100k miles) may not cover the thermostat.
#6 of 34 DISTRAUGHT HYUNDAI OWNER
Jul 31, 2007 (2:56 pm)
if there is a gauge failure, how would you know that your car was overheating? Would the gauge be part of the power train warranty?
#7 of 34 mom 47
Jul 31, 2007 (9:19 pm)
guages are not part of the powertrain......Engine, which is pistons, valves.etc. and transmission are the powertrain. Now, how old is ur hyundai?....it could still be part of the bumper to bumper warranty.
p.s. mom47 call a few dealers and ask.....one of them may say its covered and if so...use them, but get it in writing first.
#8 of 34 Re: Cooling System Problem [jogo26]
Aug 05, 2007 (10:53 pm)
Yesterday My Radiator cracked at 61,1416 miles just 1416 miles outside my warranty. I have already replaced my thermostat at approx 54,000 miles and now I will have to do it again since it continues to overheat, I have to take it back tomorrow I barely went 3 miles before it overheated and they swore they took it for a roadtest. I wish there was something we could do as a nation who has this continual problem apparently we are not the only ones who suffer. I dont trust it outside the city limits now cant take it on roadtrips.
#9 of 34 Re: Cooling System Problem [cali64]
Aug 06, 2007 (8:41 am)
It appears you had the work done by someone else ("took it for a roadtest"). Hyundai dealers (and many other shops) guarantee their work, and there's a 1 year, 12,000 mile warranty on OEM parts they use. So if the part(s) they installed failed right away, take it back and demand they fix it for free.
Sep 17, 2007 (7:49 pm)
My 2005 Elantra just died! The radiator overheated, broke a hose and blew up the engine! I heard the same thing happened to someone else I know. Both cars had 70k miles on them! Is this a widespread problem? No engine light appeared to alert me to the problem. Just had the oil changed and everything else checked in late July. I'm wondering if this is a defect that hasn't been fully reported.
Oct 03, 2007 (6:14 am)
I bought my Elantra brand new back in '03. Regular maintenance has been performed by my own mechanic since the dealer is more expensive. I took the car to the dealer to get the clock fixed and they informed me that I need to replace the thermostat. They asked me for my maintenance records which I handed over no problem. They then told me that due to the fact that I did not have a coolant flush performed at 24,000 miles, the warranty would not cover the repair for the thermostat. I held off on having the thermostat fixed because I did not have the $. Just this past weekend the car broke down had to be towed and the dealer is telling me that I need to replace the head gasket and thermostat. Because I did not have the thermostat replaced originally the warranty will not cover these repairs either. Does this sound right? Also would not having a coolant flush performed at 24K really cause the thermostat to need to be replaced and cause the domino effect where now the head gasket needs to be replaced also? My owner's manual and maintenance log book as well as the maintenance schedule on HyundaiUsa.com all say a coolant flush doesn't need to be performed until 30K. Any advice? Also, the dealer is telling me that to replace the 2 items it will cost me $980 but I keep reading that a head gasket normally costs a few thousand dollars! If that is the case why is the dealer only charging me $980. Not complaining about that just curious. Maybe they aren't telling me the truth. Any one with any ideas on how to handle this situation? Right now the car is just sitting at the dealer waiting for me to figure out what to do with it. Money is very tight and even $980 is out of my reach.
#12 of 34 Re: Help! [favesis21]
Oct 03, 2007 (5:32 pm)
Hi! My 2005 Elantra was just donated to a charity today! As stated earlier, the car died as a result of a clamp on the radiator hose which failed. The radiator hose caused the radiator to lose all of its coolant and ultimately, the engine died. The repair estimate turned out to be $6400 and the mechanic blamed us for not stopping sooner to check the overheated engine. We did not notice whether or not the car was overheating, it was driving fine and after being parked for a few minutes, it wouldn't turn over. End of story. No smoking engine, no lights went on, nothing. The Hyundai company would not cover any costs because they claim the problem was the clamp, not the motor or the radiator! I have one other person I know who had the exact problem with their car. If I find anyone else, I will contact a lawyer to look into the possibility of filing a class action suit. It's too coincidental that both of these 2005 vehicles had the exact problem and are now worthless. I also plan to file a complaint with the States Attorney office in my state. In addition, I will do everything in my power to tell everyone I know to NEVER BUY A HYUNDAI because their warranty is as worthless as their cars.
#13 of 34 Re: Help! [sherryls]
Oct 03, 2007 (6:36 pm)
Sorry you had this problem. But the cause of your problem is stated as two different reasons in your posts #10 & #12.
Belts, hoses and clamps do break, as you painfully found out and can happen with any make of car.
We did not notice whether or not the car was overheating, it was driving fine and after being parked for a few minutes, it wouldn't turn over.
The fact that you did not notice that the engine was running higher than normal and becoming dangerously hot, unfortunately, was your fault not the car's. The fact that there was no smoke only means there was no fire. It was super heated metal (cylinders and block) that caused the engine to seize.
Again, sorry for your misfortune, but there is no easy way to say the problem was of your doing and not a defect of the car.