2001 Hyundai Sonata GLS 6 cylinder


Still a bargin


Rear drivers side window mechanism failed - repaired under warranty.

Side air bag recall.

The battery needed to be replaced at 43,000.

An engine sensor went bad before 20,000 miles.

All four brake rotors are warped at 25,000 miles.

Air conditioner replaced twice at 40,000/45,000.

After 15,000 miles the OEM tires were worn smooth.

18,000 Driver widow cable broke off.

Electric firing coils replaced at 10,000 miles.

General Comments:

Auto transmission is not very good at kick-downs.

The car had a nasty smell when I accelerate...the dealer thinks I am crazy... any ideas.

There have been two recalls.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2005

2001 Hyundai Sonata


I wanted to get rid of the car in year 2


The car had excessive squeaking at 6 months (at about 4000 miles). I've had my brakes changed at 3 times because of the excessive brake squeaking.

Next, I had to replace the transmission at about 38,000 miles.

The check engine light came on so many times.

The car "sputters" when I drive it on... especially when I'm at the stop. Then the check engine light came on again. The car only has 40,000 miles.

All these problems were covered by warranty, but it's such a hassle to take it to the dealer so many times.

General Comments:

I would not recommend a Hyundai.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd February, 2005

23rd Mar 2006, 07:25

I Bought a 2001 Hyundai Sonata brand new never been used before. I figured the car would last a long time if you properly took care of it. Boy was I wrong. This car has been nothing, but problems. In the 1st 2 yrs we had the car I can't count how many times the check engine light has come on. We have had everything replaced in this car. It started with replacing an engine coil, then the transmission, catalytic converter, alternator. There is a lot more I know that was replaced, but I didn't want to make this to long. These are major components in a car I can't believe at less than 50,000 miles they would need to be replaced. Now at 61,000 miles we are having major electrical problems. Our headlights and high beams keep blowing out for no reason. It's become a real danger. We are driving along at night on the highway and no warning at all lights gone. No one seems to be able to find the problem. We have had extensive diagnostics run on the car. Unfortunately after 61,000 miles the headlight problem is not covered under warranty anymore. Anyone got any advice for me?? Running out of patience and money! I'm ready to just trade the car in. I will tell you one thing I will never buy a Hyundai again. Thanks, Out of Patience 06!

2001 Hyundai Sonata


Not worth the money or warranty


Battery died after I had it for 5 months.

Windows (all four) fell off track and needed new window track motors.

Airbags were recalled and have been replaced. The light still comes on constantly.

Timing and balance belts went out after 64,000 miles which seems a little soon.

Paint job is poor, peeling off side windows and doors. This happened after a few months of having it.

General Comments:

This car is worse than good, no wonder there is such big warranty. Beware it won't cover the major things that will happen to your car after the 60,000 mile mark. Useless.

The service department has been brutal. I'm tired of them acting like I'm a mechanic and should know better. I'm a girl, too. They are rude and condescending. They can't fix my car, or maybe they aren't trained to fix the Sonata. It broke down on me and I took it in and they said it was the timing belt and would cost me $600 to fix. Ouch! So the next day they tell me that it's going to cost $1135 now, because they have to replace the gaskets, seals, and valves. I was literally crying at this point. Then it takes them two weeks to "fix" it. I go to pick it up and they tell me it's going to be $1235. The parts were $440 and the service was $700. Then I take it home and the car dies on me that sames day. We take it back because I'm hoping that I didn't pay them $1235 to break it. We had to leave it there over a week and they fixed it again. This time it ran worse than before, jerks and shifts rough. The car stalled out again. So we take it back missed half a days work to set there so they could fix it because they accidentally gave out all the loaner cars. I was promised that there would be one available. So we leave again and it still stalls now were scheduled to take it back. I only hope they can actually fix it this time because I'm still out $1235. After four weeks this ridiculous. Don't get this car and if you have it get rid of it. Read the reviews people.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st September, 2004