pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
58,900 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (7 reports)
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problem #7

Feb 232022


  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

Last year I noticed a piece of paint missing from the roof of my vehicle approximately 3-4 inches wide. The paint continues to chip away and is now chipping in other areas of the vehicle.

- Brenda E., Hartford, CT, US

problem #6

Jun 012022

Sonata 2.4L Gei

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

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This is bs. The paint is falling off in chunks. This is only a 2016. I've seen older cars with paint not like this. This is defective paint. I have contacted Hyundai numerous times about this and they act like they don't want to fix it. I shouldn't have to pay anything because of their crappy paint job. They haven't even apologized. Keep telling me someone will get a hold of me. I'm getting the run-around with Hyundai. I will never buy another Hyundai in my lifetime. Plus they've already had 3 recalls that we had to take in to get fixed. Don't waste your money on Hyundai vehicles. Plus the ac water leaks into the passenger side floor board. Don't even know what causing that. That's fine that since we've gotten it. Nobody wants to fix that either. That's when the ac is off.

- Wendy G., Yoder, IN, US

problem #5

Jul 082019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

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paint peeling

I will try to spot fix but if it becomes an issue where I need to repaint, its safe to say this will be my last Hyundai.

- Scott P., Roebling, US

problem #4

Dec 012019

Sonata SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles

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paint peeling

I just bought this car from Carvana in November. Finally had the time to take it to a body shop to see about patching the peeling paint. I will post more pics of paint peeling on the hood. The one pic now is on the roof. I was told it's a known issue and Hyundai will not fix it. There was a class action lawsuit that was dismissed with prejudice so it could be re-tried. The car is 4 months out of the warranty for the paint. I'm sooooo upset about this.

It's not just Hyundai either. I'd love to be able to sue the paint manufacturer if I could find out who it is.

- Mary R., Virginia Beach, US

problem #3

May 202020

Sonata Limited 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

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paint peeling paint peeling paint peeling

Not sure what to think of this.

Sadly we decided to trade in our F150 because my wife was not comfortable driving and parking such a large vehicle. We opted for the Sonata because of the so called good Warranties that the sales person ran through quickly that most can't keep up with. At the time of purchase we did not read through all the small details and missed the 36 months on the paint.

It first started about 2 years ago with a small chip and gradually proceeded to peel and seemed to stop for a while at about the size of a tennis ball. Just before Xmas I decided to hose the car down and the paint just kept coming off as seen in the pictures.

I've owned many cars in my lifetime and most of them had small paint chips and scratches, but none of them ever started peeling paint like this, even after a few years.

After researching and reading up that Hyundai most likely will not repair the poor workmanship, I feel the Korean vehicles a very slight upgrade from a Chinese product. I will not be buying a Korean product again.

- Rainar Z., Marianna, FL, US

problem #2

Apr 192021

Sonata SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

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paint peeling paint peeling

I noticed a section of the paint missing off the roof of my car. One morning I came out to get in my vehicle to go to work and realized about a softball size section of the paint was missing. I naturally thought something had hit my car or it had been vandalized. I take good care of my car and it's not that old. After having it inspected, I was told the paint must be defective and it was peeling off. They had seen several of the same vehicles with the same issue. Cost to repair it would be $1,800 or more!

I called the dealership and was told, there are no recalls on it, we can take a look and submit pictures to corporate but more than likely they won't cover it. What!?!? I will never ever ever ever buy another Hyundai. I got curious and looked it up online, this has been an issue and lawsuits have been filed over it. It has to do with the type of paint they used on certain models. I'm beyond pissed. I have to shuttle people around for my job from time to time and represent my company in this vehicle.

- Michelle P., Knoxville, TN, US

problem #1

Oct 012019

Sonata Limited 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

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paint peeling paint peeling

I am extremely disappointed with the issues I have been experiencing with my 2016 Sonata and the peeling paint. It started on the hood and little by little pieces of paint were starting to come off. I had a body shop look at the hood and they indicated that these models were having this issue and that the paint would eventually start coming off all over the car. I had them repaint the hood and while they were preparing to paint, the original paint would just peel completely off and the small areas became bigger areas and they had to do more work than was expected. Now, I started noticing that the roof is starting to peel. I had reached out to Hyundai about this issue after researching and there had been a class action suit filed about exactly this situation and the case was thrown out.

I have owned 3 Sonatas and have been a very loyal customer. I cannot believe that Hyundai has not stepped up and taken responsibility for something that is blatantly wrong with their paint jobs on these cars. My car has only 35,000 miles and is dealer serviced and very well taken car of, cleaned and waxed often so it is not an issue of mishandling or lack of car. It is very frustrating that now I either have to get rid of the car before this issue gets worse or have to have the car completely stripped of its original paint and repainted. This car is paid for and in excellent conditions and I now have to take make some serious and costly decisions. Shame on you Hyundai for not taking responsibility!

- Rosel B., Miami, US