really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,175 miles

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problem #11

Apr 082017


  • 200,000 miles
My headlights keep burning out. I have had to change them at least 3-4 times per year. After the most recent change they blew back in within two weeks. I have to drive with my high beams on at all times.

- Saint Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #10

Nov 112015


  • miles
ESC light comes on intermittently common problem with Hyundai. Previous recalls and current recall on some models. I am filing a complaints with national safety so that a recall can be extended to more vehicles. Hyundai is unwilling to fix these issues without a recall. Want people to pay out of pocket for something that is a manufacturing defect.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #9

Oct 012015


  • 190,000 miles
The ESC off light is always on.

- Davenport, FL, USA

problem #8

Jul 012013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 89,600 miles
Within the last year and a half I have replaced the low beam headlights approximately 6 times. 3 times on the right headlight and 3 on the left. My mechanic can not tell me what is causing this. He said it looks like a grounding problem. Have you had any reports of this problem or is this an isolated problem? the cost of these bulbs are getting too much to bear. It seems to be getting worse because I replaced the left light last week and the right light today (12-8-14).

- Sparta, NC, USA

problem #7

Dec 012014


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while stopped, he was made aware that the drivers side headlight failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that both head lamp assemblies needed to be replaced. The mechanic informed that the passenger side headlight was burned. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #6

May 012014


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the rear deck stop light wiring and frame detached from the socket. After inspecting the vehicle and removing the bulb from the socket, the contact noticed that the bulb and wiring fell into the trunk and burned items within the trunk. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be inspected. The contact was advised that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 13V113000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Belen, NM, USA

problem #5

Dec 022013


  • miles
The third brake light bulb is not easily changeable.

- Grafton, NH, USA

problem #4

Dec 012011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
2009 Hyundai Sonata. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle brakes recall notice. The consumer asked the dealer why had he not been notified of the recall, and the dealer replied, that Colorado was not one of the states included. It only covered the East coast, because of the harsh winters and salt used on their highways. The consumer stated on several occasions, he had to take the vehicle to the dealer, to have the brakes replaced.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #3

Jul 292013


  • 92,323 miles
My ESC off and check engine lights came on. My mechanic indicated it was due to a bad brake light switch as my rear brake lights and cruise control did not work. He replaced the brake light switch but a couple days later the check engine light came back on. The computer listed a different code, stating the brake light switch is not compatible, but the rear brake lights work off and on. Awaiting follow up with my mechanic as he was going to check with Hyundai.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #2

Mar 132013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
Headlights dim but don't automatically shut off when turning off the car thus draining battery leaving dead car.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #1

Jul 042009


  • miles
The light emitted by the low beam headlights is so focused as to create a tunnel effect. This non-diffused light does not allow for any illumination other than straight ahead and no higher than the level of the headlamp. In conditions of total darkness, it is as if your are wearing a long brimmed cap with blinders. As you drive up or down a hill, the light shines "into" the rise or dip in the road. When going around a corner, the light does not "lead" the vehicle around the bend, it "lags" behind creating a dark zone as the car goes around the bend. When the bright lights are switched on, the tunnel effect disappears. Hyundai has said there is nothing wrong with the lamps or with their design. They contend that it is a design feature of the particular lamps and that they are effective. The vehicle is not safe to drive in the dark.

- Downingtown, PA, USA