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#211 of 515 Re: Fuel Pump 2008 Hyundai Elantra problems [schukanuoslady]
Jul 17, 2008 (6:26 am)
Well, multiple inaccuracies there. Elantra is now in Gen 4, with Gen 1 arriving in the U.S. in late 1991 for the 1992 MY. Current Elantra has been on sale for nearly 2 years and has been available as PZEV for at least that time--might have been available as PZEV at the very end of Gen 3 also, but I don't recall. And as far as numbers of 2008 Elantras available, the scarcity is on the popular SE trims; GLSes seem to be in much better supply. Also, 2009 Azera and 2009 Genesis are at dealers now, in addition to 2009 Sonata.
#212 of 515 Re: Problems with Elantra ... update to my original post #189 [mkepanther]
Jul 17, 2008 (9:18 am)
You're bringing up exactly why everyone needs to find a service manager who actually CARES. You found two absolutely terrible people which will completely ruin your experience. I've actually found a few good service guys in the area and I'm extremely glad to have them. It would be terrible to live with a service manager that won't help you, you life will be hell when anything goes wrong.
Personally when I got my old 2003 elantra, I had a minor issue of some squeaking noises coming from the left front of the car. They only showed up at high speeds, so it was hard to diagnose. But the service guy actually came on a ride with me and they understood the issue afterward. It was fixed promptly and never came back. That's the kind of service I expect and probably what should have happened with you. And if it had, I bet you'd be far more happy.
#213 of 515 Re: Fuel Pump 2008 Hyundai Elantra problems [fargond]
Jul 17, 2008 (9:57 am)
I am not that knowledgeable either, but our service manager told us the computer control was telling the fuel pump to inject air only no gas. And he said that the PZEV engine emission does mix air with gas to get the low emission. Not being a mechanic I have no idea if this is true. I called my x-husband who used to be a mechanic years ago on trucks and he said he doesn't know anything about the low emission vehicles and changed jobs around the time all the computerized cars started to come out. So.....anyone here know if this is true? Is the fuel pump pumping air mixed with gas to get the low emission?
#214 of 515 Fuel Pump problem on 08 Elantra SE
Jul 18, 2008 (8:44 am)
Okay it seems my 08 SE Automatic Trans with 5400 miles on it also had same issue based on all discussion going on this forum. Yesterday my wife was driving from Boston to upstate after finishing my younger one's treatment at BCH. And half way thru she stopped at a rest area. After pulling out from rest area the car started decelerating and it was feeling as if car was trying to shift gear but having issues. It reached upto speed of 60-65 and after that no matter how much gas she applies it wont go any futher but started to deaccelerate. Luckily she was able to pull over on side and called HRA to get car towed to nearest dealership. Just hour ago got call back from dealership stating it was issue with fuel pump and they have replaced it and car is ready for pickup. Should I be looking for anything else when I go to pickup car ? I already filed complain with NHSTA as this is serious issue and anyone could have been harmed in an accident because of this.
#215 of 515 Re: Fuel Pump 2008 Hyundai Elantra problems [schukanuoslady]
Jul 18, 2008 (9:51 am)
I seriously doubt the fuel pump mixes air with gas; the last I heard, the pump is mounted inside the gas tank for cooling purposes. The injectors mix air with gas, otherwise the gas wouldn't burn properly.
As for the beta engine, it's been in use about 10 years. As I posted previously, we've had cars with that engine for around 180,000 miles with no problems. Obviously, Hyundai has gone to a cheaper supplier for the pumps and it's come back to bite them. They need to be air-freighting new pumps to dealers so they can be changed instantly when there is a problem and also change the cars on the lot.
I don't know about other states, but in Georgia, we have a three-day grace period to return a car, no questions asked as long as the mileage is less than 150. If my car had died the first day, that's exactly what I would have done.
#216 of 515 Re: Fuel Pump 2008 Hyundai Elantra problems [schukanuoslady]
Jul 18, 2008 (10:01 am)
All cars mix air with gas -- that's how internal combustion works! -- but it's done in the engine, not at the tank where the fuel pump is mounted. Sounds like they were giving you a bunch of noise!
All pumps today are mounted at the bottom of the fuel tank so their motors are cooled by the gas surrounding it. It seems like there should be a massive recall on this part and have them all replaced if it is this prevalant.
#217 of 515 Re: Fuel Pump 2008 Hyundai Elantra problems [backy]
Jul 18, 2008 (12:13 pm)
I looked this up and you are correct. I looked it up in Wikipedia. But I also saw where 2008 is when they first used the PZEV engine in the Elantra automatic only. It was used in the Sonata I believe earlier. But then I also saw when I looked up Sonata that this May there was a recall put out on the 2007 Sonatas about the seat with the air bag shutting off. Hey...this is 2008. I don't want to wait till May of next year before I get a letter to bring my vehicle in to have the fuel pump rixed. Now I know fore sure any long distance driving will have to be done with hubby's car if he does have the correct fuel pump because I am not breaking down 100 miles from home. Hyundai better get going and get our cars recalled now before the next accident report is not a pileup like with my husband, that it will be a death involved.
#218 of 515 Re: Fuel Pump 2008 Hyundai Elantra problems [schukanuoslady]
Jul 18, 2008 (1:14 pm)
PZEV was available for the 2007 model year on the Elantra, e.g. see:
Also, I confirmed that SULEV (PZEV-style tailpipe emissions) was available on the 2006 Elantra. (You might have seen that when you looked at Wikipedia.) I am pretty sure that the Sonata got PZEV only for 2009,
#219 of 515 Re: Problems with Elantra-update to my original post #189 [mkepanther]
Jul 19, 2008 (11:18 am)
PLEASE DON'T BUY THIS BRAND!!! My fiasco with them (the dealers and corporate) has completely escalated now. I have contacted the BBB and will pursue having the dealership/Hyundai corporate return my car and pay off my loan. This is an absolute joke!!! I had my brand-new car for about 26 hours (I had driven it 100 miles since I bought it), when it malfunctioned and died in the middle of an intersection. Extremely dangerous! I tried to have it towed, but Hyundai roadside assistance was a total failure. They could not get a tow truck until the next day. I was able to re-start the car and have my husband drive it to the nearest dealer to repair it. We are now at DAY 10 of the brand-new car being in the shop. They don't foresee having it fixed until DAY 12, which is Monday July 21 (I bought my car on Tuesday, July 8). In the course of these 12 days being in the shop, the car was hooked up to the computer ONLY ONE TIME that I know of. That process returned an "error code" which stated there was a misfire on cylinder 1. The dealer has then only driven my car to try replicating the problem, and checked wires, cables, whatever, to make sure "they weren't loose". Meanwhile, they have put 300 miles on my car!!!
During the process of them simply visually inspecting my car and driving it around like it's a free cab service, I asked them if the problem could possibly be a faulty fuel pump. (Based on other feedback on this forum, I suspected that there may be a problem with the fuel pump.) The dealer said "No, we already checked the fuel pump and there is nothing wrong with it". Additional days passed by, and no answer on the source of the problem with the vehicle. During a big chunk of the time the car has been in the shop, I have had to call and request status updates. The dealer has not made a point to call me and update me. The dealer kept saying that they couldn't find anything wrong with the car.
I started filing complaints with the BBB, NHTSA and Hyundai corporate (plus posting here on this forum). All of a sudden (Wednesday, July 16), the dealer calls and says that their regional person contacted them and told them to replace the fuel pump on my vehicle. (I'm not sure what prompted the regional people to contact the dealer about my car). The dealer tells us they have to order the fuel pump, and expect that it will be at the shop on or before Friday, July 18. They said my car should be repaired by the end of the day on Friday.
My husband called the dealer again on Friday (7/18/08) for an update, and the dealer then asked to keep the car one more night. They wanted to test drive it some more and then if everything appears ok, they will release the car to us on Saturday, July 19 (today). We waited until 11AM today and called the dealer for an update (they hadn't called us yet). The dealer then says that the car won't be ready until Monday sometime. They said they needed to run ANOTHER test on the car (he said they have to test the fuel pump). Now the earliest the car will be ready for pickup is Monday afternoon/early evening (7/21/08). The brand-new vehicle will have been in the shop 12 DAYS by the time we can get it back...and I only had the car in my possession for about the first 26 hours.
The dealer said that when we pick it up, it will have about 3/4 a tank of gas in it, which is about the same amount I dropped it off with. They have piled 300 miles onto my brand-new car, they haven't given me the courtesy of a FULL gas tank. I've paid 12 days of car insurance, loan interest and lost out on 12 days of free XM radio service. I also had to use my other car for commuting, which doesn't get as high of fuel economy as the Elantra (I bought the Elantra to SAVE MONEY ON FUEL COSTS, etc, but I haven't seen the benefits of owning the vehicle since it's been in the shop for going on 12 days). I've completely lost out and am getting screwed over by Hyundai. They have no intention to make anything right, and they act like this isn't a big deal to have a 26-hour-old car break down and then be in the shop the next 12 days.
I will follow through with arbitration and pursue getting the car returned and loan paid off. The service I have gotten from the dealer is pathetic at best. The dealer had not returned calls to Hyundai corporate. I have spoken with Hyundai corporate 4 times now and they haven't done much exept escalate the issue to their regional level. The regional people were supposed to call me within 3 days, but I haven't heard from them yet. (Monday will be the 3rd full business day, and I'll be flabergasted if they really call me.)
Oh...and the sales manager I spoke with earlier this week who treated me like a liar (and then later apologized for treating me that way) is no longer with the company. I tried to call him today and found out from the receptionist that his last day was Tuesday (7/15/08). Interesting!!! I spoke with another equally pleasant manager (sarcastic) and he said "We (the dealership) has NO return policy on new vehicles. Once you drive it off the lot, it's yours."
The dealer clearly doesn't stand behind their product at all when they act like a problem vehicle is "yours". This dealer also doesn't take responsibility for selling a poorly made vehicle to an innocent victim. The manager I spoke with (this new one is a real peach!) said that it's not the dealer's responsibility to return a car and pay back my loan. He said that I have to deal with Hyundai corporate, and have THEM purchase back my brand-new pile of worthless metal (AKA the new car I bought).
Buyer beware...when you buy from this company, the problem (AKA car) is YOURS to deal with. YOU are the one who owns it, and the dealer will take NO RESPONSIBILITY to make you whole again. You will lose out on the use of your car (FYI - don't trade in your currently-dependable other car when you buy from this company...you will need your first car as a back-up when your new Elantra is sitting in the shop for 12 or more days), you will waste money on insurance, loan finance charges, fuel economy, worth of your vehicle while the dealer piles on hundreds of miles on your new car... The fun is neverending!!!
Please don't think that I'm some anonymous person who is angry about my purchase. I am a hard-working mother with a Master's Degree and I work 10 hour days and commute 2 hours each day. Never in a million years would I have thought this would happen to me. I didn't ask to buy a worthless car and have it sit in the shop this long and this early in my car ownership. This Elantra nightmare has really been a disaster and it's really gotten ugly. This problem could happen to ANYONE who buys this type of car falsely thinking they are getting a reliable, dependable, cost-effective car. The Elantra clearly fails to live up to everything the dealers talk it up to be. Please don't fall for the dealer's sales pitch, and p
#220 of 515 Re: Problems with Elantra-update to my original post #189 [mkepanther]
Jul 19, 2008 (11:57 am)
It really sucks that your new car has been in the shop for 10 days because of a faulty fuel pump. No fun at all. I know because during the first six months I owned a new '95 Mystique, it was in the shop many days for multiple problems and recalls. So I empathize with you.
But I also think you are being unreasonable in your anger towards Hyundai and the dealer. Yes, it appears your dealer could have given you better customer service. But you are blaming them for decisions that you made. For example, you decided to decline their offer of a free rental car while yours is in the shop. Yet you now blame them because you had to use your other car for commuting, that you had to use your other car as a back up. It was not their fault that you decided to reject their offer of a free rental car. So why blame them for that?
Also, you complain that the dealer has driven your car in their attempts to determine the cause of the problem. 300 miles seems like a lot, but what it could mean is that they were trying very hard to determine the cause of the problem, and they simply couldn't replicate the problem you had, so they kept trying. And the only way to do that was to drive the car. Would you have been happier had the dealer not driven your car at all? That they guessed at the cause of the problem? Do you think the reason it's taken so long to return your car to you is just maybe that the dealer, and Hyundai, want to be very sure it's fixed properly, because of the nature of the problem and what it could mean for anyone riding in it? If this kind of problem happened to one of my cars, I'd want the dealer to take whatever time they needed to make sure it was fixed properly.
Also, you expect a dealer to exchange your car (which can never again be sold as a new car) for a new car, just because your car had a faulty fuel pump. What if everyone who has a fixable problem with a car would demand a new car? Since you have a master's degree, you can probably figure out the financial implications to the dealer and/or manufacturer.
If you purchased the Elantra because you expected it to be perfect, then you had an unreasonable expectation. The Elantra has a proven track record for above-average reliability, but it's not perfect, nor is any car model perfect. So if you have a problem with a car in the future, and the problem requires the car to be kept at the dealer more than a few hours, my advice is, take the dealer's offer of a free loaner. Drive the loaner--put the wear and tear on it vs. your other car. Be firm but polite in your dealings with the dealer and the manufacturer. They aren't always as great as we'd like them to be and they can make mistakes, but they're human beings and they appreciate being treated as you would like to be treated. When people are treated with respect, they tend to reciprocate. At least that is what I've found over the years.