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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,120 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Hyundai Sonata steering problems

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2003 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 112015


  • 160,500 miles


03 Hyundai Sonata gls (V6). Driving 55mph hit pothole and lost steering. Pulled over, removed rf wheel to discover control arm bolts ripped out of the subframe from rust. Heard about recall and investigated. Car was inspected for recall in 2010 passed then at dealer in marlton, NJ. Waiting for call back from different dealer to find out the procedure to file a claim. Dealers in SE pa are not customer oriented so making complaint here to document incident.

- Upper Darby, PA, USA

problem #6

Dec 182014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
No accident, dealer says recall#09V124000 is only applicable to original owner and they will not fix it, ,,sounds wrong "????"

- Troy , MI, USA

problem #5

May 132013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Return power steering line started leaking. Vehicle was almost impossible to steer. All fluid drained out.

- Hatboro , PW, USA

problem #4

Sep 142011


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated while driving 25 mph the steering wheel detached from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the welding that was holding the steering wheel together broke. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 120,000.

- Ogden, UT, USA

problem #3

Apr 082011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Merged into left lane on highway going about 65mph. Car spun to face opposing way. Hit wall on passenger side, spun back around and went across highway to hit opposite wall. Car had been totaled as I walked away with.

- Riverhead, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 222009

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 78,289 miles
While driving I realized the steering was getting more and more difficult to turn upon pulling aside I noticed a fluid leaking near the right axel upon further investigation I realized the power steering fluid reservoir was empty. I refilled it and turned the steering and the fluid just gushed out. If I continued driving this could have been fatal if I did not have the strength to steer the vehicle correctly as the steering wheel got stiffer and stiffer, the entire power steering line failed in New York due to rusting. The replacement part was $120 and labor an additional $200. The mechanic said he repaired many failures like this in NY. Even the dealership said they made alot of sales of this line because in NY the salt from the roads in winter cause rapid corrosion of the parts, I think this is very similar to the subframe issue and a recall should be put into effect to save even one life.

- Huntington Station, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 022003

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52 miles
We purchased a 2003 Hyundai Sonata (base model) and the vehicle pulled to the right. I took the vehicle to the dealer and a alignment was performed. We got the vehicle back and again noted that it still pulled to the right. Returned to the dealer and this time they stated they could not confirm our complaint. We were told that vehicle normally pulled to the right upon acceleration and that the design of the roads caused it to pull to the right as well.

- Madera, CA, USA

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