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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
45,568 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. suction line o-ring with excessive clearance and causing the (1 reports)
2002 Hyundai Sonata AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2002 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 082008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,568 miles


The car was now out of warranty but the dealer gave us one free fix because the history of the car.

Here is part of the letter I sent to Hyundai USA regarding the problem.

"While we appreciate that the warranty has been exceeded, we also believe that the problem is beyond just bad luck.

11/04/01 04/03/06 (4yrs, 11months) Mileage 00000 - 32,494 No A/C problems 04/06/06 09/08/08 (2years, 5months) Mileage: 32,494 45,568 (13,074) 7 A/C problems

04/04/06 Mileage: 32,495 A/C Compressor replaced 05/02/06 Mileage: 33,097 Bad O-Ring on suction line 06/27/06 Mileage: 34,310 Suction hose replaced 05/21/07 Mileage: 40,043 No resolution noted ???? 09/24/07 Mileage: 41,326 No document with the resolution of the problem after 1 week in shop. 08/21/08 Mileage: 45,418 Replace cabin air cleaner 09/08/08 Mileage: 45,568 Replace the suction line.

The history of this problem suggests three possibilities. Poor engineering of the Hyundai air handling system, poor quality of parts used in the air handling system, or poor quality of maintenance. "

I have come to the conclusion that the word HYUNDAI is Korean for crap!

- , Tempe, AZ, USA

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