really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
109,391 miles

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problem #25

Mar 042010


  • 83,032 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Hyundai Sonata. The contact received a recall notification regarding the NHTSA campaign id number was 09V124000 (suspension). The contact attempted to notify the manufacuturer on several occassions which there were no resolutions. There were three appointments scheduled for the recall repair which were rescheduled by the dealer. The vehcile had not been repaired under the recall. The contact was concerned about the safety risk. The current mileage is 83,032.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #24

Mar 242010


  • 172,935 miles
Backing out of drive, right front fell. I am told the sub frame is rusted

- Veedersburg, IN, USA

problem #23

Oct 132009


  • 141,908 miles
I was using the as normal, then the car began to pull to the right. My first thought was that I needed an alignment, but as I was pulling into a store I heard a pop and then the right wheel would not roll. I then contacted a tow truck to have it towed. I got the car a Hyundai Sonata lifted on jacks and jack stands an noticed rust and corrosion on the subframe and seen that the arms connecting the wheel components to the frame had broken.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #22

Aug 112009


  • 185,000 miles
I own a 2000 Hyundai Sonata. While driving my car at about 20-30 mph my sub-frame collapsed which caused my front drivers side tire to come completely off. When the subframe collapsed it fell on my axle which damaged. While there was a recall on the subframe my axle was not covered even thought the subframe collapsing is a direct result of my tire and axle detaching from my car. After voicing my concern Hyundai stated to me that they do not cover subsequently damage and that was nothing else to be said or done. This to me is a bunch of crap! if the subframe was not defective I would of never endured these problems with my vehicle. I have not had any major problems with my car until now. I have contacted Hyundai's consumer relations and they have done nothing no one is taking responsibility. I will contact my attorney general about this. This is not fair! thank god I was not seriously hurt because I would have been on my own. As they said they do not cover subsequently damages.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #21

Jun 202009


  • 136,000 miles
2000 Hyundai Sonata engine cradle rusted out, no accident, one owner, NJ. Hyundai covers repair for years 2001-2004 for the same exact defect but will not cover the year 2000.

- Franklinville, NJ, USA

problem #20

Jul 302009


  • 146,000 miles
I have a 2000 Hyundai Sonata that the front right subframe has completely rusted through and there is another huge hole on the other side as well. I know Hyundai has issued a recall, but it does not affect my state-tn. I am a single mother and student who has put a lot of money in that car. Transmission, axles, timing belt, alternator, starter, both ball joints, both tie rod ends, both wheel bearings, air flow sensor - twice. This problem is one Hyundai needs to fix. Even for those not in the salt belt states.

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #19

May 232009


  • 100,000 miles
Hi I'm an owner of a 2000 Hyundai Sonata who resides in the state of Iowa. I'm writing in regards to the Hyundai recall #089. The lower control arm has detached from the sub-frame on my vehicle rendering it undriveable. I haven't received a notification letter about the recall yet. Do I need to actually receive the letter before I can contact a dealer/service center for repairs?

- Mcclelland, IA, USA

problem #18

Jun 012009


  • 122,000 miles
Frame rusted out on right front passenger side. Right front wheel came loose collapsed, breaking trans axle.....repair costs over $2000...not...including possible damage to transmission, if I did get frame repaired...many conversations with Hyundai, never told there was a recall on this problem with this vehicle... junked car....found out about recall nbr-78622 after getting rid of the car....Hyundai told me, since I no longer own the car....I am out of luck....

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #17

Mar 092009


  • 151,000 miles
I was pulling out of a gas station into a very busy intersection during rush hour traffic in my 2000 Hyundai Sonata. I then heard a snap, a grinding noise, and I could no longer accelerate my car. I was almost hit by several cars passing by at high speeds that did not see my car because they were coming around a corner. Two men stopped behind me and pushed my car back into the parking lot of the gas station. I called a tow truck, and they looked at my car the next morning. The mechanic said that it was due to my front subframe being completely rusted away. It resulted in almost a complete suspension control arm detachment from the vehicle, and wheel separation. They are currently waiting for the new part to come in, in order to fix the car, but the bill is estimated to be $1,500.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #16

Mar 032009


  • 120,000 miles
2000 Hyundai Sonata, 1200000 miles noticed car was pulling to the right ion snow covered roads, did not drive to work next day on highway, son was taking to repair facility, right front wheel collapsed. Lucky was not on highway, repair facility says front suspension/frame was rusted through.

- Linden, NJ, USA

problem #15

Dec 302008


  • miles
I have a 2000 Hyundai Sonata. When the car was first purchased in February of 2006 the car had transmission problems where the car would not accelerate past 25 mph. I had to have the transmission replaced. Then later in that year while driving on the highway at about 65 mph I noticed the car would sway dramatically when you turned the will right. Taking the car back to the dealer they claimed to be just that the car needed an aliment. Now in 2008 I have had to have the right axle of the car replaced because while pulling away from a stop light the right wheel fell from the car at a 45 degree angle. Taking it to a tire shop to have the car inspected they informed me that the whole front underside of the frame was drastically rusted and that driving the car in the state would lead to a wreck or worse. Now I am lost and don't know what to do I have done research on the problem and I have found over 20 reports of this car model having this problem and it is very upsetting that no recall has been placed on these death traps on wheels. Someone needs to take responsibility for this before some dies.

- Basehor, KS, USA

problem #14

Feb 122009


  • 89,000 miles
2000 Hyundai Sonata, subframe rotted out and lower control arm mounts broke off, it was discovered during a pre-alignment inspection after the car started pulling to the right.

- Lawrence, MA, USA

problem #13

Feb 032009


  • 113,549 miles
2 weeks ago I noticed the car pulling to the right as if the alignment was off. As I was driving the car started pulling very hard to the right and could hear the tire squealing. I slowed down to turn into a parking lot and the car dropped slightly and wouldn't move. It was making a grinding sound. I noticed the tire on the passenger side wasn't aligned properly. It was broken. After having the car towed to a auto shop. (cv pros) ed told me that the problem happened because the frame rusted out. He showed me where the rust broke the front suspension bar is what I think he called it. He said that was the reason that the wheel came loose and that a car of only 9 years old should not rust completely through in that amount of time. After checking the web sight "lemon laws" I found where there were many complaint of 1999 through 2002 Hyundai Sonatas prompted a federal probe because of the same problem.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #12

Jan 082009


  • 98,985 miles
The vehicle started rattling in the steering column and randomly jerking to the right slightly. Over a period of 2 days the jerking to the right frequently (about every 30 seconds or less) made the car almost uncontrollable. The wheel has shifted about 1 inch back on the passenger side. The car is in the shop now and the engine cradle has almost completely rotted out on the passenger side. If it had gone on for any more time, people could have been killed. The fix costs well over $800 and I am absolutely outraged to see that this has happened in the same year and model of my vehicle to many other people.

- Lynn, MA, USA

problem #11

Dec 312008


  • miles
After failing a New York state inspection, I was shocked to discover that my 2000 Hyundai Sonata gls had a rusted engine cradle the size of a fist on the right hand side. No previous inspections had indicated that there was this impending hazard. Consequently, I can no longer drive my vehicle, and according to the mechanic, it was a mere matter of days or a simple rough road that would have caused my subframe to detach without any prior warning. I have contacted Hyundai and am awaiting a response and fully expect them to not only repair the engine cradle, but make owners aware that models manufactured between 1999 and 2002 face this hazard to themselves and others on the road due to their own manufacturing defects.

- Vestal, NY, USA

problem #10

Dec 132008


  • 168,000 miles
Son was driving vehicle and another vehicle had suddenly stopped in front of him and he had to apply the brakes suddenly and turn his wheel. Right front lower control arm pulled completely out of the of the engine cradle causing damage to fender and suspension and drive train. Insurance company has totaled vehicle because of this. No correction has been done as of yet.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #9

Oct 152008

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 117,500 miles
I have a 2000 Hyundai Sonata V-6, and during a mechanic's inspection of a worn rear strut he noticed that two, large holes had rusted through the sub frame, engine mount. The mechanic stated that this is a dangerous condition and poses serious threat.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #8

Oct 052008


  • 174,417 miles
Right front wheel became detached and car skidded to a halt on busy road. The same thing happened 8 weeks ago to the left front wheel. I have since seen on the internet that this is a known issue with this make/model of Hyundai.

- Dunstable, MA, USA

problem #7

Sep 092008


  • 115,750 miles
I was on my way to work, when I drove over a pot hole and the front end on my car is now resting on my tires due to severe rust in the frame.

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

problem #6

Aug 112008


  • 85,000 miles
Rusted frame, unsafe to drive.

- Catasauqua, PA, USA

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