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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
130,167 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.

2001 Hyundai Sonata body / paint problems

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2001 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 152016


  • 196,000 miles


Was informed approximately 2006-2007 by good samaritan, bill osterhage, that his daughter's 2002 Hyundai front tire rod axial broke D/T major corrosive issues with frame defects. He contacted an attorney for class action law suit to be started D/T safety issues to prevent death to others & repair frame to rob carey at rob.carey & From 2006- until 2009 during routine oil changes, I asked kerry Hyundai in alexandria, ky to check my frame D/T visual rust & about recall. Hyundai finally admitted after multiple complaints during routine maintenance in a letter to me on 6/24/09 that there was a recall on 4/16/09 and my frame to be replaced. 8/15/16 I lost control of my 2001 Sonata, Hyundai while driving on expressway during rush hour D/T major corrosive issues causing right rear tire rod to break. I did two 360 degree turns from fast lane to slow lane. Grace of god I didn't crash or cause any accidents. Filled report with Hyundai dealer & corporation 8/16/16. Corporation stated that there is corrosive settlement for front frame and another for the rear frame. Has been two weeks and Hyundai corporation has not contacted me back, but stated compliant alone with pictures taken by dealer has been sent to "regional agent". manager of service department from dealership at kerry Hyundai alexandria, ky, jeff, stated "the matter is out of his hands and representative from Hyundai corporation is to handle matter. Also, jeff, manager of service department at kerry Hyundai, stated "damage to frame cost more than what care is worth". mechanic at kerry Hyundai stated that "Hyundai has major issue with frames, this is the third one this month, of August, that has come in D/T corrosive defects, and one of the cars was only three years old". please do something before someone is killed. Life is a precious gift and no monetary amount can replacement it.

- Alexandria, KY, USA

problem #5

Dec 132014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
My cars front subframe broke due to corrosion and axle fell apart while driving.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #4

Dec 052012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the subframe was corroded. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 117,655.

- Aurora , CO, USA

problem #3

Aug 202012

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles


The subframe has rusted out on the right side of vehicle causing it to no longer be drivable until the subframe is replaced. I was pulling into my driveway when the vehicle became inoperable because it turns out subframe had rusted through.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #2

Jan 032012


  • 162,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the underbody of the vehicle was rusted and caused fifty percent of the brake line was rusted. The dealer diagnosed that as a result of the under body rust, both the brake lines and the fuel lines were corroded. The dealer was in the process of repairing the under body, brake and fuel lines. The manufacturer assisted with the repair of the under body only and denied assistance with repairing the brakes and fuel lines. The failure and the current mileage was 162,000.

- Sylvan Lake, MI, USA

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problem #1

Sep 052008


  • 86,000 miles
While driving my 2001 Hyundai Sonata, my right front lower control arm broke off, separating my wheel / it collapsed. The tow truck driver told me this and showed me how severe the sub frame was corroded. It broke off, he never saw anything like it. Please help. Is this a recall that I didn't get?

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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