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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,623 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Hyundai Sonata brakes problems

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2001 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 302013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 28,159 miles


Hyundai Sonata 2011 push button start. I am the original owner of the vehicle. Yesterday I went into my car and proceeded to start my car. I had to push the start button three times before actually started up. This happened twice within 2 hours. 5 days prior my vehicle had been to the Hyundai dealership for the recall on the stop lamp switch. An existing recall (NHTSA campaign number: 13V113000) indicates that for the 2011 Hyundai Sonata the stop lamp switch may not function correctly. They, the dealership, performed the service and replaced the stoplamp switch. As result my car is experiencing intermittent switch point contact with the push-button start feature. This is crazy.

- Laguna Beach, CA, USA

problem #6

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

problem #5

Sep 292009


  • 136,000 miles
Complete failure of brake system due to rust and corrosion of brake lines. The 2001 Hyundai Sonata lines came apart due to rust. Reported incident to Hyundai Consumer Affairs and was told it would be covered under recall notice dated: 4-14-09 id# 09V124000 action# EA08016, which included quality issues with cars suspension due to rust and corrosion. Was notified by dealer today that Hyundai was not covering the defective brake lines, because it was not specifically called out in the recall. Fortunately, my son and I were in a parking lot when the brake failure occurred, pedal went all the way to the floor and fluid leaked out of the brake line, which had rusted through. I'm not sure of the scope of this defective, but obviously had we been on the freeway this could have been a life or death experience. Thankfully god was watching over us. Please investigate similar brake failures on this vehicle. Also if there is anything that can be done to help us resolve this matter we Hyundai it would be greatly appreciated.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 172009


  • 91,200 miles


I took my car to a mechanic today to have the brake pads replaced and he found a corroded hole in the sub-frame assembly. He mentioned this was recalled by Hyundai last year but I was never notified of such a recall and I'm upset as this could have caused a very serious accident. Why was I not notified of the recall first of all, and what is Hyundai going to do to fix my car?

- Kingston, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 082006

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
My 2001 Hyundai Sonata was bought new. It has given me nothing but problems from the time I drove it off the lot and as soon as I hit the 60,000 mile mark (the bumper-to-bumper warranty ended at this point), the car constantly has something wrong with it. I have spent thousands of dollars in repairs. The airbags were fixed by the dealer because there was a problem. The brakes had a loud squeak and dealer replaced (under warranty at that time). The side front window motors have been fixed twice and now the passenger side window motor is broken and I had to put tape on it so that it will stay up. The timing belt went out after the warranty. Some kind of coil broke and needed replacement. The engine light is always turning on. I stopped taking it to the dealer after the car broke down, had it towed, dealer in laurel, md claimed to have fixed it, charged me $768, picked up car, same problem, engine light still on and took it back to dealer. Dealer said there was yet another problem. They said they fixed it and they charged me over $500. Still the same problem. I took the car to a mechanic and was charged $45 for the repair. There have been several other problems that I have had to pay for repairs. I just spent $435 on another repair. Now, after each repair, I just wait for the engine light to turn on again for the next expensive repair and yet I'm still making car payments. Absolute worst car I have ever had.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 202004

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
While driving, thr vehicle jerked to a stop. It was discovered that speed sensor was defective. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the manufacture will not accept responsibility. The brakes had worn away, one brake pad was missing, there was a loud grinding sound in the rear of the vehicle and the vehicle refused to shift when turning corners. The service dealer found it nessasary to replace the rear oxygen sensor and found that the output speed sensor was faulty.

- Clarks Summit, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 102003

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
Consumer states while driving the vehicle and applied the brakes there was a noise due to a faulty caliper. Dealer has inspected on several ocassions, change rotors pads but unable to correct the problem.

- Fresno, CA, USA

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