The Elantra SE is a well-rounded package with a roomy cabin, a comfortable ride, nice fit and finish and a quiet interior. It provides excellent braking and very secure emergency handling, aided by standard electronic stability control. Fuel economy is respectable at 27 mpg overall. Acceleration is adequate, if not breathtaking.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Hyundai Elantra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Vehicle was recalled in April, 2020 because the ABS system could catch on fire."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Usual wear I think. It had been a few years and the brakes needed replacing"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust build-up so that the calipers did not completely release from the disc"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Upper guide pin of Front Right caliper became stuck and caused one of the pads to wear prematurely. Turned out that the guide pin grease dried out. I cleaned and replaced the grease, boots, and pads. Rotors were OK."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rusted"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"kept getting stuck"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Keep getting stuck and keep needing replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"break line broke"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"The car is 12 years old and very reliable. I thought it time to have brakes checked. Some servcible wear remained on the pads and rotars but decided it was more convenient to replace the worn parts a little early rather than have to replace them under pressure a few months later."

Anonymous, AL (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Very expensive repair from dealer"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"seems like brakes run out early"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"brake pedal went right to the floor"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear passenger break pad was making a horrible noise so both rear break pads were replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Parking brake will not release if engaged."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Locked up so that I had to tow car to the car repair shop"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The parking brakes gave up completely"

Rafael N., IL (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"difficulty keeping it adjusted,functioning and the drum/rotor wears out prematurely"

Keith M., NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"i had to replace the rear rotor and brakes in less than 12000 miles"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Put in brakes (as they wear down as expected) and less than 3 months later the rotors has rusted and caused them to engage when not needed. So, had to replace them again"

Lee S., PA (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"See my comments on the caliper."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed after 13000 miles.1.5 years after previous replacement"

Tom P., MA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"substantial parts of brakes needed replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Just usual wear"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear rotors rusted badly"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"They squeaked. Had to be resurfaced"

Rafael N., IL (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors need replacement rather than being turned because they were rusty"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rear brake rotor/drum wears out to quickly and is difficult to repair and replace"

Keith M., NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"Both lower A-arms (in front obviously) had worn bushings that had to be replaced to pass Pennsylvania State Inspection"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Lower control arm bushing replaced right front side"

Rick H., NL (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic or air suspension

"I've complained about noise when the car hit the bump; they finally said 'well, XXX needs to be changed' right before my basic coverage expired... They said 'lucky you!' but I thought such parts shouldn't break within 5 years"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Steering pump required replacement"

Philip B., MD (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Front suspension mostly had to be replaced. Diagnosis was wear and tear. Granted the car lives on terrible Brooklyn streets, but it was the second time major work needed to be done to front suspension. Replaced joints, struts, and tie rods"

Brendan R., NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn out rear shock. Excessive tire wear"

Patrick M., NC (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Passenger-side front strut has been broken for almost a year"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I needed both replaced at 96,000 miles with moderate use."

Benjamin O., NH (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car has required multiple repairs to the suspension, although it lives a tough life being street parked in NYC. I suspect that, yes, the suspension components are a bit brittle - it has had to have significant suspension repairs on 4 occasions. However some of these visits were likely due to hitting bad potholes. Otherwise the car has basically been bulletproof."

Brendan R., NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Shocks are very worn"

Peter W., OH (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"brace holding both rear wheels rusted away and had to be replaced"

Michael P., PA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Speaking and clunking. I had them replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Front struts seized and rear shocks got soft and leaked."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I can't comment because I haven't had it officially diagnosed or fixed yet"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It is kind of an anti-problem as, while the shocks and struts had to be replaced and it was rather expensive to get done, this is the first time in 145,000 mile it had to be done. so though expensive it is a great thing that I have only had to do it once so far"

Douglas J., CT (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace the struts as they were worn and needed replacing."

Linda S., MD (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was the struts and several other things. They're REAL good at finding things that need repairs at my expense"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced front strut rods"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Had sway bar replaced"

Anonymous, MB (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"i dont know from a mechanical point where the problem was but the car would stall while i was driving, causing a very hazardous condition. The car had previously been fixed by Hyundai, under a recall, for this same problem. As I only had 32000 miles on the car at the time of the second incident, I fought for and managed to get Hyundai to replace the entire steering column at THEIR expense, as it should be. The incident was also reported by me to the National Transportation Review Board"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rack & pinion needs replacement at 120,000"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Power Steering rack failure."

Anonymous, CT (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"front sway bar links needed replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a recall for a steering issue, but I haven't received the formal notice yet"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Wheel bearings failed in left front wheel. Made loud noise when up to speed"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bearing noise vrry loud at 62 mph"

Donald L., OH (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"A/C system stopped cooling. Compressor had failed and needed to be replaced. In addition, a 'gate valve' also failed which meant it could not be closed. This caused hot air to be continually blown into the vehicle when the fan was switched on (on A'C or heat mode)"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"is leaking and now needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Hyundai said it looked like I ran over a brick or something to break the condensor. I did no such thing. Most of my mileage is on a highway."

Anonymous, CT (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"lost refrigerant"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C became a problem in 2012. Flushing & filling the fluid twice, couldn't find the leakage till 2015. Compressor needed to be changed, ended up over $600 for the compressor installment. Till then, $100 every year"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"Aerator - last year the hot/cold stopped working. Aerator was replaced. This year - hot/cold ok, but the part that governs how the air comes through the vents, stopped working. It was replaced. Each part was about $350 CAD"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioner, fan, and heater will stop working for no apparent reason. The dealer is unable to diagnose the problem"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan Belt makes noise"

Eugene W., WA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The fan malfunctions intermittently. It has been like that for years."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The fan will periodically stop working for a period of time, and then begin working again"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"If you turn if off, it won't come back on"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Blower motor burned up stopped working"

Scott B., CA (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Hole in condenser led to leaking of freon"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"condenser sprung major leak and had to be replaced. System fine after repair done."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak at condenser seam making A/C inoperable."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Blower Motor Resistor. Only Blower setting of 4 is operative"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"No air from dash vents, only from foot vents."

Richard R., UT (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Temperature actuator for blend doorwas defective."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Always cold. No heating. Replaced air mix actuator."

Roberto L., CA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"After 4-5years, just werks past warranty oover, cd player wouldn't play or eject cd's. Too costly to replace so can only use the radio"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player stopped working. Dealer said it was beyond repair and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped playing CDs."

Anonymous, DC (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had repaired once. Hard to get to work now, loading, error messages etc. but it will work with patience."

Anonymous, SC (2008 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Just does not work somethings. You have to turn it off then back on and maybe it will work"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"CD player failure"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Will not accept CDs or Aux inputs. Display will not show radio station, i.e. tuning"

William R., HI (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"No sound after a minute or two"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"With the exception of sat radio non of the entertainment components work. It is definitely an electronic component problem"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not eject CDs all the time, and then thinks there is not a CD in there when there is. Likewise, once it finally ejects the CD, it will all of a sudden think there should be a CD in there and continually display 'LOADING'"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"One port is provided. It stopped working at 143000 kms. No way now to play IPOD"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It did not interface with bluetooth smartphone...always had to putpplon speaker phone to talk. It was annoying. I bought and aftermarket stereo with bluetooth function. It resolved all other problems, including the CD that wouldn't come out"

Anonymous, (2008 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"The radio stopped working in the last 6 months. A local mechanic checked the fuses and said that wasn't the problem."

Eric B., MD (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Display constantly says "Loading" on radio/CD player"

Sheri M., NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"With the exception of the sat radio non of the entertainment system components work"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The car alarm frequently comes on spontaneously after the car has set locked up"

R M., AZ (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Break light on drivers side always goes out. It's not the bulb. The passenger side break light is fine"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Auto shut-off feature for non-headlights was not working. Dealer mechanics have no solution except to overhaul the entire computer for $700"

Anonymous, RI (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Since 2013 I have had issues with the rear lights. First it was a tail brake light then the window brake light. Followed by the rear tail lights. Yesterday I was stopped by law enforcement because the right tail light is out. This is the fourth time one of the lights has blown."

Eric B., MD (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Headlights turned on while car was parked with key removed. After boosting car and recharging battery the headlights worked but the daylight running lights stopped working. After much searching they found a damaged resistor which was replaced"

Joseph S., NB (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"The overhead light no longer comes on when the door is opened. The mechanic said that we would need to take it to the dealer. This is a safety issue, but don't want to spend money on an older car"

Lisa C., FL (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"The doors will not unlock when the button is pushed, despite the alarm being disengaged. Requires use of ignition key to get into car"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"1. The monitor doesn't tell me which tire is low on air pressure. 2. It shows a problem even when there is enough air in all four tires"

R M., AZ (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems to be very sensitive. Comes on even if the tire pressure is ok."

Anonymous, (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"1 monitor failed because there is a steel valve stem in an aluminum body that carodes and cannot be removed from the body. A replacement costs $185.00 (X's 4 wheels) And, the TPMS is far from accurate, even when the car was brand new"

Rodney L., NE (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Driver's side seat belt warning light and chime activates even though the seat belt is engaged. This happens fairly frequently, and randomly, even while driving."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"The windshield washer stopped spraying last year, and the mechanic got it working. This year the motor had to be replaced"

Lisa C., FL (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"rear door handle broke off - repaired it"

Anonymous, (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car door handles broke off on passenger doors"

Sharon J., IL (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Both windshield visors broke off within 3 months of one another! One new one (OEM) cost over $100.00!!! I bought 2 new ones for around $50.00 each, but neither has the built-in sliding visor extension"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The car came with a Spoiler as part of tje SE Trim, and the paint on the Spoiler is Chalked and Faded. That is the only paint problem I have had. The Color is Silver"

Stephen H., FL (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"fading paint"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"clear coat is peeling off badly. started about 6-2018. Looks really bad now, and getting worst by the day!"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"clear coat peeling off badly."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"clear coat is peeling off red paint. looks bad."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust spots on front hood, nearer front windsheild"

Anonymous, NM (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Engine light came on. Needed repair of emissions"

Lawrence J., NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The O2 sensor is failing"

Harvey B., CA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"The fuel pump assy need to be replaced"

Dante C., CA (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light came on, diagnosed fuel pump issue and expensive fix"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"FUEL PUMP LEAK"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"The Check Engine Light came ON and the code reader indicated the Upstream O2 Sensor. No noticeable change in performance."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Both O2 sensors failed 2000 miles after the warranty expired"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission warning light on"

Deepak P., BC (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"Stopped shifting right into gears, made car inoperable"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Will not click into park. . Therefore even though selector has been placed in park car will still roll. Parking “Pawl” does not lock. Very dangerous"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Difficult to change gears. Car jerked"

Sue M., FL (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"About one year after purchase in 2009 (used), transmission shifts roughly. Continues to this day, only getting worse over time."

Joseph D., GA (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car jumps when stop / rough idle / turns off"

Lee E., GA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Car jumps when stop / Turns off"

Lee E., GA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"For last several thoUSnds miles of driving, the transmission was noticeably beginning to slip. Eventually the car was taken in for a check up and it was determined it needed a new transmission. Transmission was replaced and the cost of replacement w"

Vladimir R., NV (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"A radiator hose broke. I was driving on the highway at night and did not know there was a problem until the engine seized up"

Thomas Z., NC (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Regular wear required replacement"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"I LOOKED AT THE OLD BELT AND DID NOT THINK IT NEEDED REPLACING"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"The timing belt failed in the engine, scrapping the engine. However, we were overdue for a timing belt replacement, so preventive maintenance would have kept the engine in working order"

Matthew P., AL (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"3rd belt replaced at 160000 miles. Belt broke after only 32000 miles. Should have lasted 600000."

James A., FL (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Routine replacement $920"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing belt broke and had to be replaced"

John B., UT (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"The car cabin is very noisy. Stabilizer bar bushings seem to deteriorate quickly"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Possibly loose dashboard"

Colin R., MD (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"on black rough roads"

Jack M., NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"just get a lot of wind noises on the highway. sounds like the windows are down but not"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"at speeds higher then 50 pronounce noise"

Jack M., NY (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Rear driver side...door would not open...seized up"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Rear door seized. Could not open. Rear door latch fell off."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"front passenger lock doesn't always work and you have to work to get the door shut"

Sharon J., IL (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Seat belts

"Chime keeps dinging even when seat belt is attached."

Anonymous, SC (2008 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Window motor failed.Mechanic stated that he found lack of lubricant was why motor failed"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Engine ran rough. Diagnosed as MAF sensor. Engine hunting at idle still remains. Causes engine to die at stop periodically."

Joseph D., GA (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

"an engine mount was replaced to repair noise and vibration problem"

Rick H., NL (2008 Hyundai Elantra 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"use mobil 1 synthetic oil since I bought the car. No leaks just used a pint of oil in past 12 months & have to change the oil each year"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission was replaced at no cost to owner at 99000 miles"

Vladimir R., NV (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission would slam into the next gear with a jolt"

Harvey B., CA (2008 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Deteriorating Later found out best practice to keep tank at least half full."

Anonymous, IA (2008 Hyundai Elantra Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

CV joint

"Boot cracked. Entire half shaft assembly was replaced, this is he only way to buy the failed part other than a junk yard"

James C., OH (2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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Recalls
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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
Feb 04 2020
An electrical short within the ABS Module may cause an engine compartment fire, even when the car is turned off, increasing the risk of an injury.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain 2007-2010 Elantra and 2009-2011 Elantra Touring vehicles. On February 21, 2020 Hyundai expanded the recall to include 46,425 model year 2007-2008 Entourage and 2007 Santa Fe vehicles. Moisture may enter the Anti-lock Brake (ABS) Module and result in an electrical short.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will install a relay in the vehicle's main junction box to prevent the risk of an ABS short-circuit while the car is turned off, free of charge. The recall began April 2, 2020. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-371-9460. Hyundai's number for this recall is 188.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V061000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 476111
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Feb 23 2015
If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2008-2010 Elantra vehicles manufactured June 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010, and 2009-2010 Elantra Touring vehicles manufactured November 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010. The electronic power steering (EPS) electronic control unit (ECU) may sense a discrepancy in the steering input signals and, as a result, disable the steering power assist.
What should you do:
Hyundai will verify the proper operation of the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) and update the EPS control unit, free of charge. The recall began April 14, 2015. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 127.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V100000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 204768
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT
Apr 01 2013
Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of Park without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 Accent, model year 2007-2011 Azera, Sonata and Sante Fe,2006-2011 Tucson, 2009-2011 Elantra Touring, 2007-2010 Elantra, 2008-2011 Veracruz, 2009-2011 Genesis, 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, 2007-2008 Entourage, and 2006-2008 Tiburon vehicles. Originally, in April 2013, Hyundai recalled 1,059,824 model year 2007-2009 Accent and Tucson, model year 2007-2010 Elantra, model year 2007-2011 Santa Fe, model year 2008-2009 Veracruz, model year 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe, and model year 2011 Sonata vehicles. In September 2013, Hyundai informed the agency that it was adding more vehicles to this campaign, representing an additional 652,512 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 1,712,336. In the affected vehicles, the stop lamp switch may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake transmission shift interlock feature, preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.
What should you do:
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. The safety recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Hyundai at 1-800-633-5151. Hyundai's recall campaign number is 110.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V113000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1712336
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Mar 15 2011
THE FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAG COULD DEPLOY IN CRASHES IN WHICH IT SHOULD NOT DEPLOY, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY TO THE SEAT OCCUPANT FROM THE DEPLOYED AIR BAG.
Summary:
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 ELANTRA VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 14, 2006, THROUGH NOVEMBER 1, 2008. THE FRONT PASSENGER SEATS IN THE VEHICLES CONTAIN A WEIGHT SENSOR DESIGNED TO DEACTIVATE THE RIGHT FRONTAL AIRBAG WHEN OCCUPANTS OF CERTAIN WEIGHTS OCCUPY THE SEAT. THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR FOR THE WEIGHT SENSOR IS LOCATED UNDER THE CENTER CONSOLE, BETWEEN THE FRONT SEATS. UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES THE CONNECTOR COULD BECOME CONTAMINATED AND MALFUNCTION SUCH THAT THE FRONT PASSENGER AIRBAG WILL DEPLOY REGARDLESS OF THE WEIGHT OF THE OCCUPANT.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A PROTECTIVE COVER OVER THE WEIGHT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM CONNECTOR TO PREVENT CONTAMINATION. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTING TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI'S CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-633-5151.
For more information:
HYUNDAI'S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 099.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V143000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 188697
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Mar 15 2011
A HIGHER PRESSURE DEPLOYMENT THAN INTENDED INCREASES THE RISK OF INJURY RESULTING FROM AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT.
Summary:
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2008 ELANTRA VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 14, 2006, THROUGH AUGUST 29, 2007. THE DRIVER'S SEAT TRACK POSITION SENSOR DETERMINES THE SEAT'S FORE AND AFT POSITION AND ALLOWS THE DRIVER'S FRONTAL AIR BAG TO DEPLOY AT THE PRESSURE APPROPRIATE FOR THAT SEATING POSITION, WITH A LOWER PRESSURE DEPLOYMENT IN THE MOST FORWARD SEATING POSITIONS. THE AIR BAG CONTROL MODULE MAY RECEIVE AN UNSTABLE ELECTRICAL SIGNAL FROM THE SEAT TRACK POSITION SENSOR SUCH THAT, IN A CRASH THAT REQUIRES DRIVER FRONTAL AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT, THE DRIVER'S AIRBAG MAY DEPLOY AT THE HIGHER PRESSURE THAN INTENDED IF THE SEAT WAS POSITION IN ONE OF THE FORWARD POSITIONS IN WHICH A LOWER PRESSURE DEPLOYMENT IS INTENDED.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE AIR BAG CONTROL MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTING TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI'S CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-633-5151.
For more information:
HYUNDAI'S SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 100.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V179000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 95783
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Dec 29 2008
AS A RESULT, POOR ENGINE STARING AND HESITATION MAY RESULT. OTHER ENGINE PERFORMANCE ISSUES MAY ALSO RESULT AND LEAD TO A CRASH.
Summary:
HYUNDAI DE PUERTO RICO (HPR) IS RECALLING 347 MY 2008 ELANTRA VEHICLES. THE FUEL PUMP MOTOR MAY NOT HAVE THE PROPER, UNIFORM INTERNAL ELECTRICAL SURFACE CONTACT. THIS MAY CAUSE THE FUEL PUMP TO PRODUCE LESS PUMPING PRESSURE THAN REQUIRED TO SUPPLY THE FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE VEHICLE'S FUEL PUMP SUBASSEMBLY. THE RECALL BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 9, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HPR AT 1-800-981-0188.
For more information:
HPR RECALL NO. 086.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V694000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 347
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Aug 25 2008
POOR ENGINE STARTING AND HESITATION MAY RESULT. OTHER ENGINE PERFORMANCE ISSUES MAY ALSO RESULT INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING 65,000 MY 2008 ELANTRA VEHICLES WITH 2.0 LITER BETA ENGINES. THE FUEL PUMP MOTOR MAY NOT HAVE THE PROPER UNIFORM INTERNAL ELECTRICAL SURFACE CONTACT. THIS MAY CAUSE THE FUEL PUMP TO PRODUCE LESS PUMPING PRESSURE THAN REQUIRED TO SUPPLY THE FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL PUMP SUBASSEMBLY FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI AT 1-800-633-5151.
For more information:
CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V429000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 65000
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