2003 Hyundai Sonata Base from North America - Comments

26th Oct 2004, 05:37

I am having problems with my 2004 Sonata, it vibrates to much. I also spoke to a friend who went to the Attorney General's Office and got his money back. You should try that like I am going to do. I will stick to my Chevy's. I had a Monte Carlo which I kick myself now for trading it in. I do a lot of traveling and figured I need a good warranty.. what a laugh. You need the warranty because there is always something failing.

30th Nov 2004, 18:04

I have a 1997 sonata Hyundai that has been giving me problems for years. I have replaced transmissions twice gaskets, reworked heads, motor mounts, sensors, etc. There is not enough room on this paper to list all the repairs I had done on this vehicle. The roaring, frying pan noise that is heard while driving this vehicle is very aggrevating and no one seems to know where its coming from so Ihave to deal with that each day. I have spent so much money on repairs hoping that each one would fix the problem. While I'm driving the speed hand goes down to zero, very scary situation. I wish I had never heard of Hyundai. I wish I had enough money to buy me another car. This car is not reliable at all.

2nd Jan 2005, 10:48

I have a 2003 Hyundai Sonata. The only problem (so far) has been, what I consider, somewhat excessive vibration when idling - in gear. It is most notable when stopped at a light. When I put it in Park or Neutral - the vibration is considerably less - but, nevertheless still there. It has been in the shop four times to look at this. Each time I have been told there is nothing wrong.

20th Jan 2005, 11:07

I have a 2002 Hyundai Sonata LX that I bought used. It has been a great car. No vibration problems at all and the car handles great with 35,000 miles on it.

25th Feb 2005, 22:41

86,000 miles are on my Sonata. I have had several electrical problems with my car since I bought it and the dealership has had trouble recognizing and fixing. The window motor has gone out as well as the wiper motor and mirror control motor. When I put on my brakes, my dash lights dim. If I accelerate to quickly my dash lights will go out!

4th Mar 2005, 08:21

I have 2 Hyundai Elantra's, a 2000 and a 2001. The 2000 has 93000 miles, and the only problem I ever had was the trans had a leaky seal, and that was fixed, and the dealer gave me a rental in the meantime.

The 2001 only had a one time problem with the check engine light, which turned out to be an evap code (bad batch of gas caused it). Dealers try to be evasive at first, because warranty work is not their main bread and butter. Don't hesitate to call the main headquarters in California and get a case number. They will send a rep if you can't get satisfaction with the dealer.

I want to always buy a Hyundai, and I'm a former GM assembly line worker. These cars are the best I owned in 34 years of driving.

6th Apr 2005, 10:53

Sonata 2.4L (2004)

Stability at more 200kmh.

Ensure alignment, balancing & tires is regularly maintained.

Good handling (grip) at high speed conner (requires manual handling: sports mode @appropriate gear).

Ensure TCS, ABS, EBD & BA is equip + running.

Reliable breaking and BA (properly used).

For center dashboard rattle sound, request the mechanic to: check the wiring inside the center dashboard (make sure they are well clip/tied). However this process require the removal of the center panel temporarily.

Reverse LCD not in proper place.

Main issue is outside noise is loud (even when all doors and windows are closed: static condition/not moving).

This occurred after almost a year in used.

However, Hyundai is yet cannot determine the issue.

29th Jun 2005, 17:23

I have recently purchased a 2005 Sonata and I wish that I would have researched customer satisfaction instead of company ratings. My Sonata has just 1,000 miles and the vibration felt while idling is terrible. A new car should not shake the steering wheel when running as this model does. As I've researched other customer comments I have found that several others report having this problem. Maybe hyundai usa will receive enough complaining reports and fix this. It really can't be good for the overall value while parts are being continuously shaken loose. Anyone considering a 2005 should be aware as the sales person will not alert you to such a defect.

18th Oct 2005, 14:42

I own a 2003 Hyundai Sonata and the car is OK for the money. However, I do have one problem that just won't go away. The windshield wipers bounce across the windshield when engaged when raining, streaking the windshield and it makes it very hard to see under these conditions. I have taken my car to the dealer at least 6 times and I have been informed that this problem is a characteristic to all 2003 Hyundai Sonatas! I can't believe this. This is a defect that Hyundai and the Dealer won't take care of. I doubt that I will ever buy another Hyundai. Every time it rains this problem causes me heart burn. A new car should have windshield wipers that work properly.

2nd Jan 2006, 01:01

I have a 2004 Sonata GLS. The tire's had to be replaced at 24000 miles.

15th Feb 2006, 08:30

I have a 2004 Sonata and just like the rest of you who bought a Hyundai from 02-05 I'm experiencing the same vibration problems, not to mention leaking windshield, which the dealer just sealed with some caulking that has fallen apart. Also my armrests on the door seem to crack and pop when pressure is placed on them... I have brought my car in numerous times and I always get the same story nothing is wrong... I will NEVER buy another HYUNDAI.

23rd Mar 2006, 19:19

I have had similar issue's with my 2001 Hyundai Sonata. It started with the paint chipping off the door handles 2 months after it was purchased. We have had the engine coil, transmission, catalytic converter, alternator, and battery replaced all under 50,000 miles. Now at 61,000 miles We are having major problem's with our headlights. Some type of an electrical problem. The headlights and high beams burn out for no reason. Very dangerous when driving at night and with no warning have no lights. We have changed the headlights several times. Have had diagnostics run and no one seems to be able to find what the problem is. Any one have any idea what could be causing this??? Unfortunately after 60,000 miles the warranty will not cover my headlight problem. I would never buy a Hyundai again.

19th Nov 2006, 12:14

I bought a 2002 Hyundai Sonata in June of 2003. It was considered used since it had 18,000. miles on it. It has been pretty good up until now.

While I was driving it I heard a squealing noise for a few minutes, followed by a loud banging noise. I called my roadside assistance on my cell phone. I was never told that I had a 5 year factory warranty. When I bought it I was told and given a paper saying 90 days warranty, that's all. I called my local dealer to ask if I did have any warranty since my mechanic said to look into it because it sounded like a serious repair. I was told I had a 5 year that is up in January 2007. They came and towed the car to my local dealer after telling me it would be all set. come to find out the timing belt slipped and then broke which then ruined the engine. I was told for 3 days that they were taking it apart and it would be covered. On the 4th day I got a call that the is only covered for 4 years and they werent sure now if it is covered. they said they had to get the okay from the factory rep. this went on for 3 more days when they finally had it all apart and agreed it needed a new engine, cost $4000. They said they would cover it, but I would have to pay $460. for all the small parts, spark plugs, oil, etc. I also was refused a loaner car or rental car because they were paying for the engine. It should be ready maybe the day before Thanksgiving. I would say that Hyundai doesn't make you lemonade it sell lemons. We will see how good the repair is once I get it back.