22nd Jan 2007, 07:20

Had to replace washer wipers at 8000 miles? Yeah, that would be a REALLY good reason not to buy a car...

23rd Feb 2007, 08:05

Has anyone had a problem with their Sonata's paint chipping off like egg shells? Please let me know if you have and if it is a factory defect. Any little bump the paint falls off. I am tired of fixing it.

2003 Sonata.


8th Jun 2007, 08:47

Have a 2003 Model 350. When headlight switch position is in "auto", no problem. When switch is "on" there is a clicking and flashing of lights that occur even when engine is off. Mechanic suggest not using "on" position. Besides finding a new mechanic, any ideas?

29th Jun 2007, 16:53

I purchased a used 2001 Sonata in 2001 with 7000 on the clock. I had to have the transmission replaced at 30, 000 miles and was charged for transmission oil and a filter. I also had to replace the battery when the car was less than 2 years old, and had the rear brake cylinders leak on one side on two different occasions. The car was under warranty on all these repairs, but I was always charged something for incidentals.

At 65000 miles the oil pan was almost rusted through and had to be replaced. Then I asked for the fuel filter to be replaced and was told the fuel lines were rusted and needed to be replaced. Thank god they covered that under warranty, but not without a fight. The always want to charge me for repairs which should be covered by the so called "bumper to Bumper" warranty. My CD player quit functioning after 3 and 1/2 years and was not covered by the bumper to bumper at that time.

For example each master cylinder leak required a replacement of the drum brakes because they were saturated with brake fluid. The Transmission required new fluid and a new filter. Hyundai must not pay dealers enough for the repairs.

Now the right Headlamp (Low Beam) is not functioning. The car is out of warranty and I'm wondering how much it will cost me.

10th Aug 2007, 18:47

I have a 2002 Hyundai Sonata GLS which I bought in December of 2001. I have had to replace the window regulators in three windows (One of them twice. I am waiting for the fourth window to go out now - praying it doesn't happen), the relay switch (when my car wouldn't lock anymore and wouldn't set the alarm), the oxygen sensor and now it is in the shop because I was driving home from work today and the engine started racing when I was coming to a stop. Then after the light changed and I pressed down on the gas pedal, it was very sluggish to respond and the check engine light came on. The dealership has to keep it to run a diagnostic on it (which alone cost me $100 - if the problem isn't under warranty). I hope it isn't going to cost me an arm and a leg. I can at least be thankful that I haven't been going through what I use to go through with my previous car, a 1988 Plymouth Sundance that I kept for 14 years. There was always something wrong with it, but it kept going. I was at the Chrysler dealership so many times they knew me when I would come in!

27th Aug 2007, 20:32

I think the Hyundai Sonata 2003 Gold is a great car...

14th Nov 2007, 14:20

I have a 2002 Hyundai Sonata that has had electrical problems form the start. My mother owned the car first, and when she had it the radio had to be replaced because it got so hot it stopped working. Then she had to have it towed in 2 times due to the alarm going off for no reason and it wouldn't stop.

I've had the car now for about 3 years. In the beginning I just had the normal wear and tear. But it seems ever since I hit 70,000 miles the car has been falling apart.

My rear driver's side window stopped working. The part was $200 and my dad fixed it.

The rear passenger side door doesn't unlock.

The locks have always locked and unlocked repeatedly like 10 times in a row.

My driver’s side taillight has gone out 4 times in one year. And the headlight went out twice. At first they said I have a poor connection. Then went on to ask if I had anyone to fix it for me because I can just buy a kit at any parts store. I was shocked. I said yes I have you fix the car, why else would it be here?

Then I brought it in for a front-end alignment and they wouldn't do it because I needed new tires, which I can understand. But then I had a knocking noise when I turned right and took it back in 3 days later and they said my axle was broken. I was like you couldn't have told me that 3 days ago when it was in for a front-end alignment.

I had it in the shop 3 times in one week because my battery light kept coming on. First they said the connections were loose. Then I had a cracked pipe. Then some sensor was bad that told the car how hard I was pressing on the gas peddle.

The latest theory on why my lights go out is because I need a new alternator. But I took it to a different place and he said my alternator was fine. The part at the dealer is $400, so I am glad I did not get it done.

Needless to say, there maybe something wrong electrically with the car and they are either to lazy or stupid to find the problem and fix it.

10th Jan 2008, 15:33

I just bought a 04 Sonata, 4 cy and I too have noticed the vibration when stopped at a light. It is not as bad when it is in park. Also, my CD player works sometimes. I can't even get the CD out of the CD player at times. It's not as good on gas as I thought it would be for a 4 cy. I was driving a mustang and was terrible on gas so I was excited about getting the car since I figured it would be good on gas, but I get around 24 mpg. My friend has a 6 cy and she gets better gas mileage than I do. I do love the way it rides, but I am a little disappointed in the car; not sure if I am going to be happy with it.

2nd Feb 2009, 19:52

Bought my Sonata used with 14,000 miles, I drive 85 miles a day round trip to work and home, the car now has 105,000 miles on it and I have never had a single problem with it. Even has the original battery in it. Stop complaining about little things in life like oh my car vibrates at red lights.

21st Aug 2009, 21:04

I have a 2007 Sonata I purchased new. It has driven well, but I had to have both head lights replaced during the warranty period. Since the warranty has run out I have now had to have three more head lights replaced and three brake lights. I currently need to replace one brake light and both headlights. The high beams work, but not the head lights.

Has anyone else had this problem? Is there a simple fix for the electrical problem I am experiencing?

I have enjoyed my car and believe it has driven well for the three years 106,000 miles I have had it, but the headlight issues are annoying. Any help would be greatly appreciated!