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#285 of 515 Re: concerned [lightfootfl]
Jul 31, 2008 (6:37 am)
Did ANYBODY here bother to read post # 261 and click on the link he posted? I did and was glad I did. I am reposting it here.
As for a Sonata....there are already safety recalls on 2008 from the website above that I found. I found it last night looking for safety recalls on the Elantra.
And my Elantra only cost $13,995. My dealer gave me a huge discount along with a $2000 rebate I signed over to him. Here is the safety link on the Sonata recall.
I still have to check the date of production for my car and I have to call hubby on the road and tell him when he parks his 18 wheeler to call me and tell me the production date of his Elantra as it was his fuel pump that caused the accident in NJ.
Plus, I noticed my car sluggish under 25 miles an hour the last 2 weeks. I called Hyundai Sat. nite and put in a report and they told me to take it to the dealer and they gave me a case number. And the dealer said they couldn't find anything wrong, but yet as I left the dealership the car was not sluggish under 25 miles.
And hubby had gotten into my car and said, something was misfiring just like his did the day he headed for NJ and then an hour later the fuel pump died on his car. Thats why we took it to the dealer when he got in my car to drive.
Well, I don't know what the dealer did, but if my car is starting to misfire and they did something I would like to know about it, and they had us sign warranty repair paperwork but wrote the invoice up that the customer complained of sluggish engine under 25 miles but nothing found. My husband is on his 2nd 18 wheeler and his first one was used. This one is 7 yrs old bought new and he has been thru everything with injectors not working and much more. So when he says he can hear a misfire he should know as we have the repair bills to show for the 18 wheeler.
I think everyone should check out the first link from the other post. That website has all the complaints filed so far. Ours is #16 on that website.
Jul 31, 2008 (6:57 am)
Folks, there's a few things everyone needs to remember.
1) The number of overall problems reported is a tiny fraction of the number of '08 Elantra's on the road currently. You can't gauge the level of the problem based on the number of problem posts here. It's quite common for people who are having problems to come looking for information, or to connect with others who have had similar problems. The majority of happy Elantra owners with no problems aren't likely to be posting on internet message boards, until and unless they have a problem.
2) Turning away from the Elantra based on a few reported problems and buying something else does not guarantee that you will not have problems with what you do end up buying. Almost all models have reports of problems. The odds are about the same as buying an Elantra. Spending more for a different make and model with less standard features than the Elantra does not guarantee you will not have problems, nor does it necessarily reduce the risk of problems.
3) The '08 Elantra is a still a lot car for the money, with the SE also having outstanding safety features like ESC.
This is just my personal opinion, but based on everything I know now and taking the above information into consideration I'd still buy an Elantra today, even if cost were not a factor in my decision.
Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.
#287 of 515 Re: concerned [schukanuoslady]
Jul 31, 2008 (7:48 am)
I bet he recalibrated the computer...
Jul 31, 2008 (7:56 am)
I think the fuel pump problem only effects cars recently purchased, not the entire model year, as evidenced by the timing of the complains. The problems all started around May of this year, and all were recently purchased (IIRC). See the link that was reposted a few posts earlier. If you can narrow the scope of the cars down to those recently sold, then the % of problems increase because you have a smaller sample of vehicles.....Yes, every car has problems, but are they safety issues? What matters now is how Hyundai responds to the obvious failures.
I think everyone will agree that the Elantra is a great vehicle and worth puchasing, but the fact that a serious safety issue exists still remains a factor.....
#290 of 515 Re: concerned [kennedy1707]
Jul 31, 2008 (8:58 am)
Haven't posted here in a while but decied to put my 2 cent in it.
Sure, you can look at other cars but you have to be just as careful. I wouldn't "run" to any one brand because no matter how good the reputation of a car there could always be a problem.
"Honda Motor Co. is recalling 182,756 Civics, the automaker's second-best selling U.S. model, to fix a wheel-bearing seal that may leak and cause the wheel to fall off". Bloomberg 9/14/07 http://www.lemonauto.com/complaints/honda/honda_civic.htm
2007 TOYOTA CAMRY Defect Summary:
ON CERTAIN VEHICLES, DUE TO IMPROPER ASSEMBLY OF THE AIR BAG INFLATOR, WHICH IS USED IN THE SIDE AIR BAG, THE CURTAIN SHIELD AIR BAG, AND THE KNEE AIR BAG ASSEMBLY, SOME INFLATORS WERE PRODUCED WITH AN INSUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF THE HEATING AGENTS NECESSARY FOR PROPER AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT. IN THIS CONDITION, THE EXPANSION FORCE OF THE GAS MAY BE INSUFFICIENT TO PROPERLY INFLATE THE AIR BAG WHEN THE SRS SYSTEM IS ACTIVATED DURING A CRASH. - Recall ID from NHTSA: 06V096000
Problems can effect a large number of cars or small. The one of the Camry was only for 133 of them but to assume you will get a trouble free just because it's brand X isn't the smartest way to get a car.
Jul 31, 2008 (9:16 am)
Hey...look at me. My 1997 Toyota Tacoma was bought back from me at 150% of the kelly BB in excellant condition of what a dealer would sell it for by Toyota due to the frame in June. I never had a single engine problem with it. I lost it because of the frame. And I love the Elantra I bought. I just hope if what 3kids says,....that maybe it is just a certain time frame and that my car does not have the fuel pump go. I still wouldn't give up the Elantra.
And if it does go, I hope its near home and I am in a cell phone area where there is reception to call Road Assisstance for towing. And in answer to the other post about cooling. My A/C cools within a few minutes. In fact after about 15 minutes I have to put it down on number 1 it is so cold.
#292 of 515 Re: concerned [3kidsinback]
Jul 31, 2008 (9:32 am)
That may be a non govt. website, but our post there is what I reported on the other website. And if you click on details you will see the govt.report.
#293 of 515 2008 Hyndai Elantra A/C
Jul 31, 2008 (9:20 am)
Just wondering if anyone knows - is the A/C on the 2008 Elantra belt driven, or is it the newer electric type where it doesn't make the engine sluggish/waste as much gas when you turn it on? Also, do you think that the A/C/Heat on the 2008 model has a strong enough blower motor? I really don't want another car that takes 10 minutes to cool off because the blower motor isn't strong enough.
#294 of 515 Re: 2008 Hyndai Elantra A/C [w0bymagnus]
Jul 31, 2008 (11:49 am)
The compressor is belt driven AFAIK. The blower motor is very high power. It gets very noisy at level 4 in fact due to volume it blows.
The elantra heats up well, but it could use a better compressor to provide better cooling. It's been averaging 80-90 this summer (vs 90-100 like most years) where I live and it takes a bit longer than I had liked to cool the interior for in-town driving. Highway speeds it is more than adequate.
This is the problem of the compressor/evaporator, not blower.