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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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2001 Hyundai Sonata electrical problems

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2001 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 082006

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles

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

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 #1

Sep 212001

Sonata

  • miles
With less than 1300 miles on the vehicle, it began to buck and surge in traffic at 65mph, and the tachometer began swinging wildly from 0 to 2500rpm. After getting off to the side of the road quickly, where it stalled again and again, I called Hyundai roadside assistance for a tow to the dealer. They examined and drove the car, and told me it wasn't acting up for them, and suggested I take it home while they ordered an exhaust purge valve per a 2.4L engine problem service bulletin from Hyundai. While on the highway toward home, it began bucking and the tachometer was swinging wildly again, so I got off to the side, where it repeatedly stalled, and again I called Hyundai roadside assistance for a tow back to the dealer. They rented a car for me, and over the next week replaced the purge valve, but the car also died on them, so they did a more thorough analysis, which showed a failed crankshaft position sensor, which caused ignition spark failure. After replacing that, they called me to come get the car and take it home. This time it failed just as I reached my driveway, again bucking and stalling with the tachometer swinging wildly up and down. For a third time, I called roadside assistance for a tow to the dealer, which promised a search to determine the cause of the failures, involvement of the district manager, and an attempt to obtain a different sensor model in case the batch of available sensors was "bad". subsequent phone calls to the dealership have not produced any answer as to the cause of the failures, delays in obtaining a suitable replacement part, and so far, a total of 18 inoperable days for my new car. This failure is a serious issue; a person at the dealership told me that "other (Hyundai) vehicles with the same engine had the same problem" one of which was there while I was at the dealer waiting for my second rental car. I repeat; this is a serious safety issue; such sudden loss of engine power in traffic can have fatal results!

- Syracuse, NY, USA

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