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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,278 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.

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2002 Hyundai Sonata brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #5

May 122004

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,323 miles


Front disc brake rotors we have two 2002 Hyundai Sonatas, model gls 6 cylinder. Both cars have had ongoing problems with front rotors warping and having difficulty braking to an emergency stop. The dealer has replaced rotors on each vehicle once, and within an 18 month period, the problem re-occurs.

- Dix Hills, NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 152003

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,624 miles
Rotors have gone bad. The brakes pump back when brakes are depressed. The dealer turned the rotors at 13624 miles and within 1000 miles the rotors warped again. The dealer was unable to find the cause of the problem. Another service center indicated that eh rotors needed to be replaced.

- Lake Elsinore, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 042004


  • 40,444 miles
During inspection dealership informed the consumer of corroded front/rear brake rotors. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Trumbull, CT, USA

problem #2

May 122004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Hyundai sonota 2002 had front rotors replaced at 10,500 miles due to warping. Front pads were in excellent condition. At 43,500, was told by dealership all 4 rotors were warped during state inspection. So, only 33,000 miles on new front rotors. Both front and rear brake pads were still in excellent condition (virtiually new). This documented on the cars state inspection report done by the dealership. Dealership contacted local Hyundai rep who refused to replace rotors. Reason, excessive braking by driver so not faulty materials from Hyundai. Two reports don't coincide. Excessive braking and excellent brake pasds. Local rep did not come into dealership to view condition of car or do any investigating into potential faulty manufacturing materials. Owner filed a complaint with Hyundai Consumer Affairs. Credit the dealership for complimentary cutting of rotors but history shows rotors will warp again after cutting.

- Center Valley, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 212001

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
2002 Hyundai, Sonata has 28,000 miles. Have had to have rotors replaced 3 times since 11000 miles. Car shakes after rotors have been on car for about 4 or 5 thousand miles.

- North Warren, PA, USA

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