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1.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,271 miles

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1998 Hyundai Sonata electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 142004

Sonata

  • 281,884 miles

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

I bought my Hyundai in 2004. My 1998 Hyundai Sonata vehicle driver and passenger interior part of doors are stuck. I had the passenger side front door repaired the same year. It stuck again in 2006 and has been that way to this day. My problem now is that the driver side door is now stuck as of July 10 2010. I cannot afford repairs at the moment because the car just cut off while driving Friday, July 16, 2010 and hopefully I can afford the repairs to get it working again. I must climb over the seat to the back and go out of the rear passenger door. The driver side rear door is not working because of the latch (they continue to break) and I have replaced all of them at one point. They are $25 at the jay mark Hyundai. They are listed below: Driver side window is broken. I went down and never came up again. I could not afford repairs then and asked the mechanic to push it up and put a screw so that it would not come down again. The latch has broken and been replaced twice. The third time I was not going to buy another latch. The door is stuck and will not open. The passenger side window will not go down completely. The passenger side front door will not open it is also stuck and has been for years. I had it repaired and about a year later it would no open again. The rear driver window will not go up and stay up. It will come down inch by inch until a certain point and now I cannot get it to go up again. The latch is also broken on that door as well and I had that latch replaced but only once. The electrical system caught fire.the electrical system is in disrepair again because the tail lights will work for a couple of days at a time and then they are out again or it will short out the bulbs and at night I must slightly touch the brakes while driving to have the tail lights and avoid a ticket. Because of the electrical problems they car will not pass inspection. The system is never ready. The battery will short from time to time and I must replace.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 292005

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
Caller stated: Brought car in for inspection. When the car was hooked up the monitor status with the onboard computer red not ready on everything. Mechanic told consumer that he had to drive the car on a highway for 20 minutes, then drop down to 15 mph for 5 minutes, and then repeat, followed by a rest period of 5 hours. All to get the computer to give out the correct reading.

- New Windsor, NY, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Jun 182002

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Turn signals and hazards failed. All fuses, control box, and wiring were checked and problem could not be found. In addition, electric window assembly plastic pulleys have broken in 3 of 4 doors. Causing windows to remain in either up or down position.

- Newport News, VA, USA

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