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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
129,000 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.

2002 Hyundai Sonata body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 172015

Sonata

  • 120,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Sonata. While servicing the vehicle, the contact discovered that the subframe of the vehicle was corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Boston, KY, USA

problem #4

May 152015

Sonata

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle would veer in either direction independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times, but the failure could not be duplicated. The contact stated that the failure recurred and the vehicle droive into a ditch. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, where it was discovered that the subframe was corroded and the bolts separated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- South Mills, NC, USA

problem #3

Dec 012010

Sonata

  • miles
My car made a loud thud while I was driving and then I heard my tire rubbing the wheel well. I had a very hard time steering and called my local garage. I looked on the internet and saw the specs on the recall and called my complaint into Hyundai. I then had my vehicle towed to the nearest dealer where it sits awaiting repair.

- Wilkes Barre, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 032010

Sonata

  • 242,000 miles
Was driving 2002 Sonata with child in car daughter got dizzy from gas fumes gas tank was leaking from top of tank, called Hyundai motor Corp said car wasn't covered out of warranty, took it to the dealer was told car gas tank had to be dropped to find the problem, Hyundai refused to pay for tank to be dropped, finally took it to be fixed at a local service person, found the gas tank was leaking from the middle of the tank at the half way mark, he found the tank was leaking to a stress crack on the tank, I find this to be a safety issue regarding this matter, there is a safety regarding stress cracks on the Sonata please call me at [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wantage, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 082010

Sonata

  • 103,000 miles
2002 Hyundai Sonata, chrome on the gear shift knob peels off leaving a sharp edge that causes lacerations.

- Poway, CA, USA

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