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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,333 miles

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2003 Hyundai Sonata wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2003 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 142009


  • 145,000 miles


I have a 2003 Hyundai Sonata. I have had nothing but trouble with this vehicle. I purchased 2 sets of new tires in the past 4 years and have had roughly 15 flat tires. I also most recently almost killed myself and my 3 kids w/ having the tire rod almost crack. I had a bill of $385 to have just that one part to be fixed. I have been on hold for over an hour now for the recall number I received in the mail. I am a single parent and need to be reimbursed for my troubles as this was directly related to the recall letter I just received. Please contact me.

- Cumberland , RI, USA

problem #2

May 012004


  • miles
When I replaced the tires with the specified size tire after having the car for about 23,000 miles, I had the problem with the hubcaps shifting and shearing off the valve stem. I took the car back to the tire dealership (bf goodrich tires) and they tried to solve the problem. They called the dealership who told them it was the tires, but that was illogical. They wound up putting metal stems on all four tires as it was happening on the front tires but rotation would require metal stems in all tires. This kept the hub caps from shearing the stem, but the caps would slide up over the stems so as to make it impossible for me to check the air in my tires. Finally after about a year and half of headache, I finally bought new wheels for the car. This completely solved the problem. Hyundai would never admit to the problem and tried to tell us that the tires were wrong. Like others have stated, there is nothing in the owners manual that states that one has to buy Michelin tires. When I finally bought the new wheels, the tire dealership attempted to mount the new tires on the old rims that came with the car and the tire could not be mounted on the rim and hold air. There very definitely is a problem with those wheels but Hyundai never would admit it and only offered to buy a new set of hub caps which did the exact same thing. I like the wheels I bought but I should not have had to buy them. Hyundai should have replaced the wheels on the car. I experienced five flats on the front end of my car before the metal stems were put in. Very poor design on the wheels.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #1

Feb 122005

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
I purchased a 2003 Hyundai Sonata in June 2003. At 18,000 I had to replace my front tires due to wear. I had the correct size mounted and it went flat approximately 5-6 times. My dealer kept saying it was the tire dealers fault however, if the correct size tire is used it could not be their fault. Car dealer refused to look at until about the fifth time. I became irate and they took it in. I was told my car will only use the exact same tire that came on it from factory. This is not in any of the car information or owners manual. Any other tire used causes friction on the wheel cover causing it to move and cut the tire valve. I feel this is a huge safety issue. If the tire had gone flat in heavy traffic or at higher speeds it could have caused a fatal accident. Luckily, it kept going flat after it was parked. I just had two more tires put on, the exact same ones that came on the car standard. We'll see what happens.

- Sissonville, WV, USA

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