hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,895 miles

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problem #13

Oct 162013


  • 50,000 miles
We had our vehicle warrantied for the rotten frame on our vehicle last year. At that point you would think Hyundai would have warned us that our brake lines were swiss cheese just like our frame, these cars rot out, the entire vehicle is a death trap. The brake lines broke 3 times in the past 6 months after sections were already replaced. These vehicles need all the brake and fuel lines replaced immediately!!! this is not routine maintenance and should be recalled immediately!! the power steering line rotted out 5 years ago, this car was made out of really crappy metal. Dangerous vehicle. Everything on this vehicle is rotted out beyond what is normal, the wheels, the brake drums, everything on these vehicles rot to the point of swiss cheese. After 10 years these vehicles are very unsafe. Our vehicle only has 50,000 miles on it.

- Watchung, NJ, USA

problem #12

Sep 272013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Fuel tank has split in half due to poor welding. Seems to be very similar to the issue with 1998 Hyundai Sonata. 3-4 gallons of gas leaked onto the ground within a few hours.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #11

Dec 012011


  • 85,000 miles
Not many seem to know the solution here. After much research online and going to a mechanic site... I spent $250 on a canister, ,, valve... and filter... that was suppose to fix the problem. No go there. So now I much contact Hyundai again.... after their only advice was to bring it to a dealer. The dealer sold me the parts and said that this would fix it. Just want to point out that there are many consumer's online that are searching for an answer. Imagine all of a sudden.... your car that you have maintained and kept in good shape... no longer lets you put gas in the tank.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #10

Sep 152011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
My vehicle had a recall on it in 2004 for the fuel system, gasoline storage and fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Tank assembly. According to the home office the valve fix was installed on my vehicle in 2005, I have no record of the installation. In 2011 my vehicle broke down and I had it towed to a shop. It turned out to be the fuel pump, so I had it replaced with a new fuel pump I purchased at an auto supply shop. After the installation of the new fuel pump my vehicle would hesitate to start, the gas was taking to long to get to the injectors. After researching I found out about the recall not remembering anything about it or having a valve installed. My question is on such an important recall why isn't there notice at the auto supply stores on vehicles and parts on recall. A raised flag if you will, so when I (someone) go to purchase the new fuel pump a notice would have come up about the recall. Now the Hyundai corporation refuse to fix this very serious problem without cost to me. I think it is Hyundai responsibility to get the word out in every avenue available out there about the recall. They knew the fuel pump was bound to fail one day and had to be replaced. Going back to the dealer (who was the only one who knew about the recall) is an option not the only option.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #9

Mar 132011


  • 71,000 miles
I recently took my 2002 Hyundai Sonata to kroger gas station to fill up my tank that was on 1/4 full. However, when I got there and started to pump my gas it started out by only pumping out $0.05 of gas before the pump clicked off. Then it only was pumping $0.03 of gas before it clicked off. I tried to gingerly squeeze the handle to make it pretty much drip out, but that was not working either because it kept shutting off. I ended up going to a bp gas station bc I thought maybe it could have been the kroger pump, but the same thing happened. I ended up pumping $16 of gas which took me about 10 minutes to do! I have 71,000 miles on my car and just started having this problem 2 days ago. Gas will not pump more then a few cents before it shuts off and I am worried that I will run out of gas as well because I don't want to fill it up either if people have problem with gas spewing out.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #8

Jan 012009

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
Problem filling gas to the gas tank. It shuts off several times when I put gas.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #7

Sep 032010


  • 242,000 miles
Was driving 2002 Sonata with child in car daughter got dizzy from gas fumes gas tank was leaking from top of tank, called Hyundai motor Corp said car wasn't covered out of warranty, took it to the dealer was told car gas tank had to be dropped to find the problem, Hyundai refused to pay for tank to be dropped, finally took it to be fixed at a local service person, found the gas tank was leaking from the middle of the tank at the half way mark, he found the tank was leaking to a stress crack on the tank, I find this to be a safety issue regarding this matter, there is a safety regarding stress cracks on the Sonata please call me at [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wantage, NJ, USA

problem #6

Apr 192009


  • miles
2002 Hyundai Sonata, when fueling vec constantly cut off the fueling takes about 10 - 15 min's to fuel with a 1/4 tank of gas in the vec before re-fueling. This happens no matter what station I'm re-fueling.

- Brooklyn, OH, USA

problem #5

Sep 262009


  • miles
Engine light keeps coming on. Took for repair and the code states there is a problem with the air/fuel mixture. Auto repair shop asked if we turned the gas cap atleast 3 turns after last fill--yes we did. We previously were not able to pump gas the pump would shut off everytime we tried to pump. Auto repair replaced charcoal filters in the neck of the fuel tank has run fine since this engine light started.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #4

Aug 192009


  • 111,789 miles
Can't put gas in my tank, I would have to slowly put it in and sometimes I only can get 4-6 dollars although I have driven all day and my gas hand states that I am on empty. I really feel that this is a safety hazard, I could possible run out of gas while driving and cause a collision, or just over flow my gas tank, this I am very, very concern about. Please help me.

- Debary, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 012008


  • miles
No concern with incident. Concern with defects with fuel tanks and fuel tank functions.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 072005

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
We have been having the car 4 years when we first got the car there was a strong gas smell and still does when we took it to dealership. They couldn't find problem. Know I find this so now I know what the problem is and I'm trying to take care of it.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #1

Oct 102007

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,847 miles
On 10/10/07 my wife drove approximately 8 miles home from work and parked her 2002 Hyundai Sonata in the garage. About 5 minutes later she noticed the smell of gasoline in the house, and returned to the garage to investigate. Gas was pouring from the gas tank fill door on the car. The garage floor had a 6' diameter puddle under the car. She opened the garage door and backed the car out onto the driveway and positioned a catch pan under the car. Approximately 1/2 gallon of gas was in the pan after she opened the filler cap to relieve the pressure. The car had less than 3/4 tank of gas at the time. We delivered the car the dealer that night for repair. They returned the car on 10/12 after replacing a canister and valve assembly under warranty. This is the second time this has happened, with the first time being approximately 18 months earlier, also covered under warranty. We feel very lucky that we didn't have an explosion or fire, which would have been a likely event with the amount of raw gas and fumes in the garage had we had a gas water heater. It is now four days later and we still have not gotten the smell of gasoline out of the house and garage. My wife is also afraid to park the car in the garage. Just to add to the whole experience, the service writer was rude to my wife when she picked up the car, and we now have a dent in the left rear door.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA