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#253 of 515 Re: Fuel pump failures only with PZEV Elantras? [vad128]
Jul 27, 2008 (5:04 am)
Did she buy it from Highpoint Hyundai in NJ??? I only ask because I live 11 miles from them in NY and our cars came from the Port of Newark to them first and then they were sent to our Dealer over in NY. Highpoint Hyundai has a lot of them on their website in NJ. That's Sussex County, NJ. I found this out by going to www.hyundai.com and registering my Vin#.
It would be interesting if you register hers and see if it originated out of Highpoint Hyundai like ours did. I would be very curious to know what you find out.
Do what I did too...I had the carfax for one month when I started looking for a used vehicle. And then saw the ad in the paper for a Hyundai Sonata. And the price was only a few thousand more than 2005 cars I was looking at.
I went to buy a Sonata, have a 32" inseam and couldn't drive the darn car. My foot was flipping backwards on the gas petal. I couldn't have that as I broke that ankle in 93. So, hubby has shorter legs and he was thinking about the Sonata for himself.
Then when I got dissapointed the salesman said would I like to test drive the Elantra. I had already tried to drive all the Nissan's and Kia models and had the leg room problem. But said ok. And was really surprised I had leg room. When hubby saw the price on mine and the comfort, thats when he decided to get one too. He could have gotten the Sonata, short legs he has. But the price was good and the ride was fantastic that we took for a test drive.
OK..so Carfax says my car was service 3 weeks before I bought it. As I ran the Vin # since I still had 3 weeks of it. Hubby's car was not serviced. So I figured maybe the fuel pump had to be swapped out in NY once the car came over from NJ due to the emissions in NY now. Hubby took the car in the showroom.
So, I am hoping my fuel pump was changed. The dealer told me it was just a routine service. Now, since when does a new car not sold get a service job done? And I plan on calling Hyundai tomorrow and asking THEM what was reported as serviced.
#254 of 515 Re: Fuel pump failures only with PZEV Elantras? [schukanuoslady]
Jul 27, 2008 (6:44 am)
Fortunately I make a living as an automotive tech for a Japanese car dealership. Because of that, I sometimes have a problem trusting others to fix my own car therefore I do it myself.
PZEV by the way is not the engine type. It is the emission type (PZEV=Partial Zero-Emmision vehicle). Engines for the 2008 Elantra GLS & SE are both the same. If I was positive that the fuel pump on my daughters vehicle is the problem pump, and because it's easy to access,I would replace it in a heartbeat. Money I can always find. My daughter is priceless.
I know that life is a chance but I try to better my chances.
#255 of 515 Re: Fuel pump failures only with PZEV Elantras? [vad128]
Jul 27, 2008 (7:11 am)
Vad128, I understand your concern but I would not replace the fuel pump at this point because the fuel pump problem is not confirmed yet. If you go to the parts dept at Hyundai, they should be able to tell you if they have updated fuel pumps for this vehicle.
#256 of 515 Re: Fuel pump failures only with PZEV Elantras? [gomst1]
Jul 27, 2008 (10:32 am)
Once again, your insights are much appreciated. I'm with you and feel that as long as the car is not exhibiting any problems, it's best to wait for Hyundai to diagnose the problem and then issue a TSB or formal recall. I think it would be rare for Hyundai to replace an entire fuel pump on every vehicle, when the culprit could be one coil or something of the like. If I replace the pump at this point, I may actually end up taking out a good pump and putting in a defective one. In the meantime, I have advised my mother to be aware if she senses any hesitation/sputtering or trouble starting the car. Do you think there is any chance that Hyundai will act quickly on this? My guess is that these recall campaigns can take months to initiate.
Just out of curiosity, what made you purchase a Hyundai for your daughter if you are an automotive tech for a Japanese car dealership?
#257 of 515 Re: Fuel pump failures only with PZEV Elantras? [vad128]
Jul 27, 2008 (11:29 am)
Safety, Value, Comfort and the simple design made me purchase the 2008 Elantra SE for my daughter. This vehicle drives almost like a luxury car much quieter than the more expensive cars in this class. Traction control and stability control is very important to me as she is a new driver. The brakes is very good too. I drove this vehicle at high speeds through winding mountain road and it is very stable. The only thing I did not like about this car is the rear (RED) turn signal light. I was following her when she was signalling for a left turn and I barely noticed that red turn signal light in the middle of the day. It's a potential hazard so I did two things to the vehicle. I replaced the side mirrors with amber chevron-blinking mirror LEDs and ordered replacement rear outer tail light assemblies that have amber turn signal lights. I ordered these parts direct from Korea where the 2008 Elantras have amber outer tailights. They call them Hyundai Avante over there. I had to wait at least a month to get the blinking mirror LEDs as they are made to order. I am still waiting for the rear outer tail light assemblies.
#258 of 515 Re: rear sway stabilizer bar? [biggar]
Jul 27, 2008 (5:22 pm)
I drove both models and felt the SE handled better than the GLS. I'm not sure why. It could be that the SE has wider tires as well as stability control.
I have had my SE for 4 days. Am getting used to the proportional steering, as I have not had a car with this type for some time. I seem to need to make steering corrections but it probably is the electronics varying the tension of the steering wheel.
#259 of 515 Re: Fuel pump failures only with PZEV Elantras? [gomst1]
Jul 27, 2008 (7:39 pm)
Now I feel like a real idiot here because all along I have been saying emissions and was half asleep when I wrote that post...
So sorry about the messup.
Ok... So if you are a Tech for a Japanese car dealership I bet its a Toyota dealer. Am I correct?
If not, well I am not up on all the dealers.
But if you are a Tech for Toyota I lost my 97 Taco due to the frame corrosion. Thats why I have an Elantra.
Ok... I better stop posting when I am tired. LOL
Thanks for correcting me. I have to start previewing my posts before I post them.
#260 of 515 Re: Fuel pump failures only with PZEV Elantras? [schukanuoslady]
Jul 27, 2008 (8:31 pm)
Don't worry lady. Nobody is perfect. For now I would like to remain anonymous about which dealer I work for.
#261 of 515 Other problems with the 2008 elantra?
Jul 28, 2008 (10:03 am)
I was interested in getting the 2008 Elantra SE,but I'm worried about the problems with the fuel pump. I noticed some documented complaints on about automobile.com on the Elantra, and besides the common fuel pump problem, it looks like a couple people had problems with the air bag deploying as well. Has anyone heard of this issue in the past, hopefully these were just a fluke.
#262 of 515 Re: Other problems with the 2008 elantra? [cyshes]
Jul 28, 2008 (1:49 pm)
Thanks for the link. It is interesting to note that the first complaint happened on May 8th, then increase from there. I wonder what part of the country these problems have occurred. There does not appear to be the stall before then. Hopefully this will help the investigators determine what went wrong. Maybe they tried a new fuel pump?
I have 200 miles on my SE with no hints of stalling (as I knock on wood and pray).
Will take the other car on vacation next week.
I will politely show this to the service manager tomorrow and ask him what he knows.