definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,600 miles

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problem #5

Sep 042013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 45,500 miles
Drivers side visor does not stay up in any position.

- Westmont, IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 192013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Lowering the driver side sun visor made a crackling noise then the visor would not stay in a fixed position up or down. Currently, I taped it up to old it out of my field of vision for driving until I can get it to the dealer. I certainly hope this is covered under the 5 yr bumper to bumper warranty.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 212012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 48,500 miles
Drivers sun visor hangs down, will not stay up.

- Clarksdale, MS, USA

problem #2

Dec 142010

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Rear window shattered while commuting into work this morning on interstate I-95. The glass repair man stated new cars sometimes have a faulty wire that causes these windows to shatter. I was using the heater & had the defrost activated outside temperature: 27 degrees C. 2009 Hyundai Sonata gls. West palm beach, fl.

- Lantana, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 052010


  • 13,000 miles
I purchased a 2009 Sonata for my wife's safety, driving the roads of Texas to and from work. I notified Hyundai about a serious and dangerous instrument panel control design flaw.. the Sonata manual is self-explanatory starting at page 1-101 - addressing known and frequent fogging all windows issues. Briefly, it is unconscionable to ask the driver, while driving, take one hand off the wheel, look down, find, read and manually reset multiple exact positions in temperature, A/C and fan speeds to defog all windows. At 70 miles, or any mph--this is a disaster waiting to happen. Sonata Hyundai windows fog quickly, completely and frequently blinding the driver necessitating distracting changes to be made to balance multiple changes in outside to inside temps along roads. Defogging is achieved--only-- with outside air intake vents open. Life threatening maneuvers to drive safely are distractions designed into the Hyundai instrument control system. In all my years I have not found such an incompetent, unsafe, unreasonable and life threatening design in any automobile, or over the road rig I owned. If hyunda's answer is they cannot fix or reprogram the system, I am selling the car as quickly as they say no. This design is a death trap, unsafe to drive, and a threat to others on the road as well.

- Dallas, TX, USA