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2.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,367 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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1998 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 082005

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The drivers side door latch broke. Caller had to roll down the window to get the door opened. For about 6 months the handle had a hairline crack in it, and now the handle had 4 cracks. It is not strong enough to open the latch. Dealer and manufacturerr have not been contacted yet. Also caller had to replace all 4 of the window rollwers.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 212005

Sonata

  • miles
The passenger window would not roll up, it got stuck in the middle of a rain storm. The passenger door will not open from the inside and the windshield wipers stopped working as well and replacing the fuse did not solve the problem.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #4

Dec 082004

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
Follow up to complaint #10102430, pasenger door will not open from inside/outside, after removing inside door panel fished out a broken spring rusted through, was able to repair with $.50 spring from local hardware store, checked drivers side and found same spring about to rust through, if Hyundai used stainless spring would have prevented problem, fell sorry for that person trying to seek medical help at a emergency room entrance when door won, T open, transmission also goes out of gear when after slowing for ez pass then slams into gear.

- Greenwood Lake, NY, USA

problem #3

Dec 082004

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

After closing passenger door it will not reopen, inside door handle appears not to engage linkage, passenger would not be able to exit vehicle in a emergency, other similar complaints on file with ntsb.

- Greenwood Lake, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 242004

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
There are many things that have occurred to my Hyundai Sonata 98 since I got the car as of September 2003. I've had to pay over $700 in transmission replacement costs, and fuel injection systems that had previously been fixed at the dealership while warranted (bob ciasulli Hyundai). In addition, the driver's side plastic door handle is no longer working which was supposedly fixed by the "dealer service station". later I found out there has been a recall on most Hyundai 98 Sonata models for the plastic door latch. I am unable to get out of the driver's side. A safety hazard. And even more frustrated and tired of dealing with bob ciasulli's dealership.

- Montclair , NJ, USA

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problem #1

Jun 152003

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,200 miles
Same as ODI id number: 1003666. Front doors do not unlock from inside or outside and must crawl through back seat to get in to the front seat. Passenger side door stuck first and passenger had to get out the window. Two weeks later drivers side stuck. Two weeks later parking lights were left on at work and doors were locked... battery died...door locks are electric... front door key only unlocks back doors if you have a good battery! couldn't get in car to open hood to jump battery...had to leave car at work for days trying to get hood open with stiff wire and finally was successful when thick enough wire was used. Don't dare to lock car up again...I still find it locked up many times a week. Must be self-locking. Dealer told me this is a safety hazard and will not pass inspection. Dealer told me parts are about $100 for each door and $200 labor for each door to cut through the interior panel to get access to open them so they can work on them. That's a $600 fix that can happen over and over again because manufacturer used cheap plastic parts in the locks when they shouldn't have.

- South Burlington, VT, USA

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