1997 Hyundai Sonata GL from North America
Baffling array of problems
Occasionally, the automatic locks would activate by themselves.
My crank pulley literally flew off for no apparent reason. After repaired, there was a high pitched squealing noise whenever the car was running.
This continued into chronic charging problems. The alternator was replaced three times. The battery twice replaced. (all ground wires checked and repaired/replaced as needed) (still no luck)
Horse power overstated by at least7%
-notified of class action settlement-
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th May, 2004
27th Apr 2009, 14:45
I had a similar problem with my Sonata in South Africa with the crank pulley falling off.
The car locks itself, even when trying to open the door with the key. The switch for the central locking system broke as did the release latch for the boot. Back brake calipers binding caused endless problems. Recently a front shock snapped. In SA, servicing is very expensive.