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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,800 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 282005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,600 miles


Vehicle stalled out while driving at 45 mph. Consumer pulled over to the side of the road, tried to start the vehicle, and it would not start. Vehicle was towed, and the timing belt was found to be defective.

- Mastic, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 272002

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
8/27/02 belt noise and burning rubber smell. The pulley belt was replaced. 1/33/03 recall on automatic transmission would not shift out of first gear. Throttle body assembly was replaced. 9/8/03 car engine raced to 5000-6000 rpms, had to turn off ignition. Service department can find no explanation. 9/16/03 check engine light comes on. While in park, engine races to 5000 rpms. After 3 restarts at the ignition, the idle returns to normal. 9/21/03 check engine light comes on. Wait to take to dealership. 10/7/03 service department says they can find no problem. 10/23/03 check engine light comes on. Service department says there is a leak in the fill vent valve, repair. 12/18/03 recall service done. 5/9/04 check engine light comes on. Ignore, it goes off after two weeks. 8/6/04 check engine light comes on. Ignore, it goes off after two weeks. 11/4/04 while traveling on a highway, vehicle does not respond to braking. Collision occurs, acceleration continues, car spins out of control across two lanes and into a grassy field. I put it in park and shut off the ignition in order to stop the car from continuing into the fencepost. Patrolman said the throttle was open. Insurance company valued the vehicle a total loss. Recall campaign: The consumer could not slow down the vehicle. After impact the consumer stated that the engine was still racing and she was still pressing the brake. The emergency brake had to be pulled to stop the vehicle. The officer on the scene started the vehicle and the engine was still racing. Yhe battery and alternator were replaced.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

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