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#197 of 515 Re: problems with elantra [wobbly_ears]
Jul 12, 2008 (3:20 pm)
Too much negative here. I just traded a 2001 Elantra for a 2008 that I gleefully put 115k miles on. Other than routine maintenance, the only thing that went bad was a control module?, if thats what its called. Hyundai is selling more cars now than they ever have in their history, so chances are there will be more reports of issues, but I wouldnt hesitate for a minute in considering purchasing the vehicle.
#198 of 515 Re: Problems with Elantra [mkepanther]
Jul 12, 2008 (6:57 pm)
I wonder how many miles is your Elantra? I am asking this because the PDI (predelivery inspection) may have not been done properly on your vehicle. On some vehicles, it may need to be driven a certain number of miles in order for the KAM (keep alive memory) to learn the idle profile of the vehicle such as when you turn on the loads on the vehicle i.e. a/c, lights & turning the steering wheel. If idle profile is not learned yet, vehicle could stall anytime when certain loads is applied to the engine. I work for a Japanese car dealer so I do not know the requirements for the Elantra but I am just giving you a heads-up so that you don't get upset if they just return your vehicle after extensive driving and the car has learned the idle profile. Good luck.
#199 of 515 Re: Fuel Pump 2008 Hyundai Elantra problems
Jul 16, 2008 (9:13 am)
Please, please do go to this website that was posted earlier.
I did and we already had an email from an investigator.
My husband's 20008 Elantra stopped on the highway in NJ and he was in the left hand lane. All the cars went around him for a few minutes and then someone not paying attention saw him disabled at the last minute and when they swerved to avoid him they were rear-ended by an SUV and thrown into the cab of an 18 wheeler. My husband could have been killed. This was on July 2, 2008. He and I both bought 2008 Elantra GLS PZEV engines the same day in the first week of June. This being that I lost my Toyota Tacoma due to rust problems and when Toyota bought it back from me I needed a new vehicle and I liked the Elantra and when my husband saw the good deal I got he bought one too. He only drives 1 roundtrip a week to Newark NJ from where we live in NY state. He owns his own 18 Wheeler and keeps it in NJ. So he was on his 2nd trip to NJ with less than 350 miles on the Elantra when this happened.
I now have 459 miles on mine and I am afraid every day what is going to happen.
My husband's Elantra was towed to Jersey City, NJ. When they found out it was the fuel pump Hyundai paid Roadside Assisstance to tow our car back 80 miles to our dealership. There was a complaint filed and they followed up telling us there are defective fuel pumps in the cars and our dealer told us they had no way of getting a fuel pump before July 17 if they were lucky. Then when I told the service manager what Hyundai told us on Sat, all of a sudden this Monday morning my husband's car was ready. But it contradicted the fact that there was no fuel pump available. I think they took one out of the cars they are selling because if you look in your warranty book it states the first 90 days of use, if your car sits in the dealer for 21 days for a problem then the dealer has to give you a new car. I pointed that out to the service manager on Sat too and Monday the car was fixed all of a sudden.
Anyone who is having a fuel pump prolbem please go and fill out the form to the link supplied. My husband could have been killed and thank god he wasn't.
And Hyundai has admitted that over in Korea they are re-designing the fuel pump for the Elantras and all the ones sitting at the dealerships get the new fuel pumps first before letters start going out that you need to bring your vehicle in for service.
This is an accident waiting to happen. And our service manager told us the pumps are going anywheres from 5 miles to 1,500 miles. And to boot Hyundai knows the fuel pumps are no good and they said point blank that they have to wait for a shipment to come over from Korea with the correct fuel pumps.
#200 of 515 Re: 2008 Elantra Problems! Help! [chico7]
Jul 16, 2008 (9:18 am)
please read my post I just posted with what happened to us
#201 of 515 Re: 08 Elantra SE Manual Transmission Problem??? [jack_d]
Jul 16, 2008 (9:54 am)
Read your owner's warranty and see my post about what happened to us with the fuel pump. The warranty states that if your car is out of service for 21 days the first 90 days you own it the dealer HAS TO GIVE you a new car. After 90 days of owning it, it has to be out of service 30 days before they HAVE to give you a new car. And it has nothing to do with the lemon law. The lemon law does not count in this issue. If what you are saying is true, make sure you tell the service dept. manager where your car is you know they have to give you a new car if it is not fixed before 21 days. I have a contact number but was already told by the forum managers telephone numbers are not allowed to be put here. Call your dealer and tell them you want the main number for Hyundai and tell them you need to check out something. I cannot give you the number because of the policy on the board. But all you have to do is get that number and call and hit the button for recalls and tell them what is wrong and they will switch you to the correct dept as they will tell you there is no recall and all you have to do is say what you posted here and you will see how fast you get thru to someone. Make sure you have your VIN# ready to give them. And then also make sure the service manager knows you know if your car is not fixed in 21 days they have to give you a new one. And read my post I put up and see what happened to us.
#202 of 515 Re: Fuel Pump 2008 Hyundai Elantra problems [schukanuoslady]
Jul 16, 2008 (1:29 pm)
Wow! Just thank your stars that nothing happened to your husband!
I again urge ALL of you who have had fuel pumps fail in their new Elantras to report to NHTSA. You owe it to your friends here & everywhere who have bought an Elantra so that something like this doesn't happen to them. PLEASE!
Whether Hyundai knows about it or whether they are designing a solution or just stonewalling is unimportant at this time. If there's good statistical data, NHTSA can force a manufacturer to take remedial measures IMMEDIATELY. If this is a somewhat common occurence, then Hyundai should stop selling new Elantras until the solution has been found/rectified & also to immediately inform the owners so that nothing dangerous happens. Trust me, 99% owners would appreciate it greatly if the manufacturer is proactive w.r.t. custoemr safety. (I know I would)
Friends, a fuel pump failing is a very serious & dangerous matter. It isn't some dash trim or Audio system not working. It is a basic safety issue. Go ahead & be proactive & complain to NHTSA.
And before anyone accuses me of having an anti-Hyudai bias; read all my posts. I have a 2007 Azera & I absolutely love it!! This is my 3rd Hyundai/Kia product. I want this issue with Elantra resolved as we may be buying an Elantra for my wife later this year.
#203 of 515 Re: Fuel Pump 2008 Hyundai Elantra problems [wobbly_ears]
Jul 16, 2008 (3:25 pm)
Thanks for reading and giving the great encouragement to others to report this. I filed my report online over the weekend and did get an email today.
I filed as an electrical problem and other both. And then explained what the other was. My husband talked on the phone to the investigator too. He told my husband all complaints should come to him and yes my husband was very lucky.
I just hope Hyundai does take care of the problem. And the dealers are giving loaner cars too, but they don't supply one of their cars from what we were told.
They are using Enterprise. So you won't be without a car while waiting for the fuel pump to get fixed, you will just wait for your car to be fixed.
I love my Elantra GLS. I am not knocking them. This is my first Hyundai, and the last car I owned was a Chevy Corsica LT which they no longer even make. And then the Toyota Tacoma. This Elantra by far surpasses both vehicles. I don't want a different kind of car.
Fix the darn pump as I love the mileage I get on it and the comfort and roominess in it. I went from a Toyota Tacoma to this car after my Toyota Tacoma was bought back from me due to safety reasons. And when I found this forum on Toyotas, it was a yr after the reports were being filed. I wish I had found this car forum a lot sooner.
#204 of 515 Re: Fuel Pump 2008 Hyundai Elantra problems [schukanuoslady]
Jul 16, 2008 (4:35 pm)
I'm really glad that you are following it up with NHTSA & Hyundai. Hopefully this matter would be resolved sooner & effectively and no one has to undergo what you & others on this forum have undergone with their fuel pumps failing.
I have been on these forums a long long time & this is the FIRST time I have heard anything seriously wrong with Hyundais (notwithstanding silly/minor issues like dash trim or low mileage). Compared to other manufacturer's like Toyota (engine sludge) and Honda (VCM issues), most of the issues with Hyundais since 2000-2001 have been quite minor (comparitively).
I'm an engineer by training & I'm very impressed by Hyundai's attention to details & pure common sense in designing their cars & components. Hence I'm kinda surprised that a critical component like a fuel pump has either bad quality control or bad design.
A reason why I'm encouraging people to be proactive is that sometimes heightened consumer complaint would force a manufacturer to allocate more resources/money to expedite a solution to a problem to avoid bad press.
All I can say at this time is that it is quite unfortunate that you & others have to deal with this dangerous nonsense. However, as a somewhat longtime Hyundai customer, I can say that their cars are as good as anyone elses's (yes, even including Honda & Toyota).
Good luck & keep us posted on how this matter proceeds...
#205 of 515 Re: Fuel Pump 2008 Hyundai Elantra problems [wobbly_ears]
Jul 16, 2008 (4:44 pm)
There was an SRS recall on the first 900 or so 2001 Elantras in the U.S., but it was caught early enough so most were fixed before they were sold. There was also the "Poor" frontal offset crash test score on the 2001-3 Elantras, which I consider to be a very serious issue for a modern car. And there have been some OCS recalls on multiple Hyundais, which could lead to serious injury if not corrected, but those involved simple reprogramming. There was also a recall on some 2004 Elantras for the gas line connection to the gas tank. It could have been dangerous had an affected car been in a rear-end collision.
P.S. I bought one of those first 2001 Elantras in the U.S. and own a 2004 Elantra now. Both very good cars. But not perfect. Nor is any car.
#206 of 515 Re: Fuel Pump 2008 Hyundai Elantra problems [backy]
Jul 16, 2008 (6:01 pm)
backy, I think you are very right. I was being a little too effusive about Hyundai. Yes, they have had a number of serious issues and by no means they're perfect. They & other automakers all have issues.
Methinks I should research a bit before replying...