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5.5

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,455 miles

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1998 Hyundai Sonata transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #11

Mar 122006

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

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

When driving out of my parking lot, two pieces of equipment fell off of my vehicle. One looked like a belt and the other a small drum. My automatic transmission would no longer function and I was forced to coast into a parking spot in the lot.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #10

Apr 072000

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1998 Hyundai Sonata 4 cylinder with automatic transmission. Repeatedly would go into neutral in critical situations like freeway merge. Only way to engage drive again was to shift into neutral and re-shift back into drive. On at least one occasion had to find way off road and shut off engine and restart in order to get into gear. Dealer refused to fix and stated all were like this. Could have killed me. The manufacturer and dealer were totally unresponsive even when reported under the full warranty. Unpredictable. Incident cound approximate. Date approximate

- Lexington Park, MD, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Oct 232003

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles

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

With 39,000 miles the transmission has failed.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #7

Apr 091999

Sonata

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought this car used from budget car sales, less than 3 months the original transmission went out, earnhardts replaced with a so called rebuilt one, less than two years on this transmission and it went out. At the time of the first failure the milage was about 27,700, when earnhardt's replaced the transmission they did it with a rebuilt one. The service agent said at the time that I drove it off the lot the guarantee would be 5 years or 60,000 miles and when it went out it had around 42,200 miles on it. When I had the transmission checked, there was metal shavings in the pan. So I had the car towed to cottmans transmission in mesa, AZ. Where it sits because I didn't do anything to this transmission. It is a faulty rebuilt transmission that was put into the car. I feel I shouldn't have to pay for a lousy rebuilt one anyway. According to the tsb's there have been three different items listed on the transmission and I haven't received anything from Hyundai. There was no notification from them at all. This is my only car and I am a single mom. I need this car for work. There needs to be a solution to this problem. I hadn't even owned this car for less than 2 yrs. And I don't understand why it needs a 3rd transmission. There definitely is a problem and Hyundai and earnhardt doesn't want; to take responsibility but yet they want to take my money for which I don't have. I can't even find a consumer address for them on the internet. Thank-you for looking into this.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #6

Nov 171999

Sonata

  • miles
Transmission both times while on the highway. 1st time under warranty, this time it's not and apparently it is okay for the transmission to go out not even a year after being replaced, brakes were serviced and fixed, windows fixed not under warranty, also my gas cover became loose & fell off while traveling down the highway and the strip on my door is coming off

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #5

Jan 092000

Sonata

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I bought the car from the dealer with no front brakes and transmission that faild the next day.

- Duette, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 211999

Sonata

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle automatic transmission malfunctioned, causing the vehicle to hesitate and may result in a crash or be rear ended. Cause unknown. Dealer cannot determine the cause.

- Ogdensburg, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 151999

Sonata

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When shifting from 2nd to drive there is a reving of the tachometer sometimes up to 4,000 RPM before the shift is completed and sometimes there is a banging noise.

- Central Fa, RI, USA

problem #2

May 301999

Sonata

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On two occasions the transmission failed while pushing on the accelerator, vehicle shifted in neutral on its own, almost resulting in possible collision.

- Tallahasse, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 121999

Sonata

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While coming to a stop sign, without any prior warnig, the tranmission drops, causing the vehicle not to go forward and the vehicle would go in reverse. Also, brakes are working intermittently, and when consumer lets his foot off the brakes there is a sqeaking noise coming from the brakes. In addition, there is a problem with the timing belt.

- Townsend, DE, USA

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