1999 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.5 from North America


A great car for the price, but you get what you pay for in the service area


Recall on the mass-air sensor.

Fuel injector leaking.

Front brakes.

Faulty battery.

Engine is getting noisy.

Brakes are getting noisy.

General Comments:

The performance of this car is great overall. The 170 hp seems like a lot more. Acceleration, handling, braking are all acceptable or better.

The problems I have had seem typical of Hyundai. The dealer told me that the noise in the brakes is normal as the car gets older (that is not normal). There have been a few recalls, nothing serious.

My biggest complaint is with the dealer. They seem to feel that getting service is not a big rush. While the warranty is 10/100, it can sometimes be a pain to get the car in for a service in a reasonable timeframe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 9th August, 2001

5th May 2003, 04:43

I purchased two identical 1999 Sonata's from a local Hyundai dealership. Each had about 10,000 miles. At 18,000 miles my wife's car had to have the front brake rotor's turned because they were rusty. The dealership said that the car was not being driven enough and that rust had collected. At the time wife was driving between Cincinnati and Columbus in preparation for our daughter's wedding on a weekly basis. At 34,000 miles the car went in to the dealership's service department because of a grinding noise. The car had a dragging sensation also. The Service Department rep said that they had never seen that before and claimed user error. We were told that the car was being driven with the emergency brake in the "on" position. It would cost over four hundred dollars to repair with new pads and and rotors.

At 45,000 miles my car is now making a dragging sensation too. I would like to know if this is a coincidence or if there are other 1999 Sonata owners with similar complaints.

25th Jul 2003, 10:28

I am the one who placed the original comment here. Like I said, the 170 HP felt like a lot more, and I was always satisfied with the performance. I'd like to add another VERY important thing...SAFETY. Last week, someone ran a stop sign, and hit the passenger side of my Sonata at 55 mph. The airbag and side impact door beam saved my life. I walked out of the car with some cuts and bruises, mostly from glass and banging around. Everyone that has seen the car is amazed I lived... the entire car was destroyed. It the resale value was not HORRIBLE, we'd be buying a new one to replace it...

At the time of the accident, the car had 72,200 miles... and we hadn't had any problems other than what I listed initially. Overall, a solid car. The dealer just needed some help!!

1999 Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 from North America


Hyundai gives you a lot of bang for the buck


The Check Engine light came on a few times and the engine stalled, however this was the result of a wiring harness that had too much tension on it. It was easily remedied by just rerouting it.

The fabric for the seats are weak and separates at the stitching. When I take it to O'Hare Hyundai of Chicago Illinois they take care of these few problems I have had right away with no problems, and I get a free car wash every time.

General Comments:

The Sonata lacks the power I like, but does the job pretty well. I have really enjoyed this car, and I am looking forward to seeing what Hyundai will do next. I hear that the Tiburon is due to be revamped and will offer a V6.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2001

1999 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.0 from Germany


Good reliability and very comfy


Nothing within 2 years. Compared to the previous cars I had (VW, Opel) this is amazing. Most other cars have at least some minor problems during this term.

General Comments:

I now understand why Hyundai dares to give 3 years of warranty whereas the European brands only give you one year. On nearly 50,000 km I have not had the smallest problem.

Concerning comfort, this car has far more comfort items than the average car has, and also the driving is better than average. Benzin consumption is acceptable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2000