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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,912 miles

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2004 Hyundai Sonata body / paint problems

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2004 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #13

Jan 192015

Sonata

  • 104,000 miles

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

The chrome plating on the interior door latches is peeling off causing passengers to cut their hands/fingers when opening the door.

- Garden City, KS, USA

problem #12

Jan 052015

Sonata

  • 140,000 miles
Took car to mechanic for fuel pump work. He informed us that the engine cradle is rusted beyond repair and is un-safe to drive. I found the recall online and called Hyundai. They informed me that remediation had been done in 2009. (a new hole for drainage had been drilled in the engine cradle frame and a sealant applied). Evidently this did not stop the corrosion of the frame and caused a weakening of the frame and a crack in the structural area of the frame. Is Hyundai liable to repair this defect? I can supply pictures of the defect and crack in frame if necessary.

- Rittman, OH, USA

problem #11

Jun 182013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 101,650 miles
Thin coating of chrome peeled/broke off causing razor sharp edge. My hand was lacerated on this handle.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #10

Mar 082013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles

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

The right side of the engine cradle broke (due to corrosion); the result of this broke the right front half axle, and detroyed right front tire.

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #9

Jun 102011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
The internal floor on driver side shows obvious erosion from normal salt exposure in the winter. Dealer ignored my complaint of the erosion when I went to address another recall regarding salt erosion. Me and a family member received cuts on the finger from peeling covering on interior door handle. Paint near exterior handles scratches easily and eventually reveals the color of the second layer of paint which is a drastically different color from the car's exterior paint color.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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problem #8

Sep 012009

Sonata

  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Sonata. The vehicle had water damaged due to a defective air conditioning hose sealant that allowed water to penetrate which caused mildew to form on the interior of the vehicle. The dealer stated that the instrumental panel will need to be removed in order to replace the damaged wiring and sealant. The contact stated that a year ago water penetrated the interior of the vehicle due to the sealant around the brake lights. The VIN information wasn't available. The manufacturer will be contacted. The failure mileage was 39,000 and the current mileage was 69,000.

- Northfield, NH, USA

problem #7

Jul 182010

Sonata

  • 102,000 miles

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

Interior door handle chrome peeling off causing sharp metal that can cut fingers or hands.

- Amelia, OH, USA

problem #6

Jul 042010

Sonata

  • 93,000 miles
Inside door handles thin covering (appears to be aluminum) is peeling apart and I have cut my hand on the sharp edge which came apart. Dealer will not replace the handle because Hyundai has not recalled the 2004 models which has the ***same problem* the 2003 model.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 252010

Sonata

  • 14,200 miles
Chrome is peeling off the interior door handles causing cuts to hands/fingers on my 2004 Hyundai Sonata.

- Bloomsbury, NJ, USA

problem #4

Mar 012009

Sonata

  • 85,000 miles
2004 Hyundai Sonata. Built iin February 2004, the chrome plating of the interior door handle came loose. Our hands have been cut several times by the sharp edges of the chrome that is peeling back. Finally had to peel the chrome off and sand the edges.

- Cedar, MN, USA

problem #3

Nov 102009

Sonata

  • 138,000 miles

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

Recall on 2004 Hyundai. I called 5 dealers to have them inspect my car, due to the recall I received about possible frame rusting. The wait is any where from 10 days to a month, just to have them look at the frame. I explained that my car is showing the signs of damaged rusted frame. I requested that they either. Pay for my room or pay for my car rental.

- Belle Vernon, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 282008

Sonata

  • miles
Chrome covering is peeling from handles and shifter resulting in pieces being stuck in my hand and cuts.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #1

Jan 012009

Sonata

  • miles
Chipping paint on door handles especially on the ones that are less used. Paint not matching when repairs are done.

- Elizabethtown, NC, USA

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