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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,637 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.

2005 Hyundai Sonata lights problems

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2005 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 172015


  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Sonata. The contact was informed that the brake lights were illuminated without the brake pedal being depressed. The contact stated that the battery had to be disconnected in order for the brake lights to turn off. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V280000 (exterior lighting). The failure mileage was approximately 58,000.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #10

Sep 162011


  • 38,000 miles
I had come to a complete stop attempting to merge into traffic, as I pressed on accelerator, I felt it go down under my foot, thus hiting the right rear bumper of the car in front of me.this was the first time. The second time happened in January. 2012. I was turning into my parking spot, and I had softly braked. And as I pressed on the acceleator, and like the first time, I felt the accelerator go down beneath my foot, without pressing too hard. I ran into my apartment, and caused a good deal of damage to well as my car. I have not had an incident since, but I remain scared that it will happen again. I took vehicle to oxmoor Hyundai, in louisville, and could not find find anything wrong, and I had to pay just under $100 to tell me this. And my auto insurance went up drastically.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #9

Jul 282013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
I have not owned my 2005 Hyundai Sonata for one year yet and is experiencing a confusing time with one set of the exterior lighting not working at all, the fuse were checked so I was told that it may be the switch, also the electrical system on the power doors always lock three out of the four doors. The check engine light goes on and off every other week the code says its a oxygen sensor. The lighting it restraining me form driving at night.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #8

Nov 052012


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that they had to change the headlights three times in the last 6 months. The high beams continued to function, but the low beams failed sporadically. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and the dealer replaced the bulbs, but did not discover any type of electrical failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 98,000.

- Clinton , SC, USA

problem #7

Dec 162005


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Sonata. Both front headlights and fog lights turned off intermittently. The bulbs were constantly changed but the failure continued. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 10,000 and the current mileage was approximately 57,000.

- Oswego, NY, USA

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problem #6

Jul 192010


  • 80,000 miles
I have replaced passenger side headlights twice in the past six months. Now both brake lights not working. The fuse is fine and the bulbs are fine. I found recall on other models of Sonatas for this specific problem of brake lights but Hyundai says that my car is not part of the recall. They say that my VIN number was not negotiated in the recall.

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #5

Jul 032010


  • miles


Low beam headlamps blow out approx. Every 3 to 4 months. No one has been able to give any reason for this. Auto parts personnel state that headlamps should last for years. Lamps in the 2005 Sonata have to be replaced at least 3 or 4 times per year. Dealership could not provide any information concerning headlamp failures. This seems to be a common problem with the 2005 Sonata. Replacement lamps are very weak unless sylvania silverstar ultra night vision lamps are used, but they are about $50 for a pack of two. That is at least $150 to $200 per year for low beam headlamps. Does anyone have a solution to this problem. This has been happening every three to four months since we bought the car new in June 2005.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #4

Nov 232005


  • 10 miles
My 2005 Hyundai Sonata has very weak low beam headlights, this has been ongoing since the car has been brand new.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #3

May 212008


  • miles
The 2005 Hyundai Sonata gls has several problems that should be under warranty and recalled, close to the 2006 recalls. We own a company and have purchased over 12 to 14 Hyundai. We have found that the Sonata gls 2005 has problems with the airbag deployment, seatbelt restraint, the front tires are closer to the back & not centered on the wheel well (has been this way since purchased, but they do not correct.), have electrical problems & that unibody type frame & so on. In an accident where a truck left the tail gate down & a ladder hit the windshield, the car was then parked, turned off, the keys taking out of the ignition & then began looking for the cell phone then proceeded to open the door to get out infer all that the driver's side airbag deployed which also caused the front driver's seat belt to lock up & can not be pulled out to wear. Hyundai states that this is not warranted even though it was deployed after the accident occured. Hyundai had a great warranty 10 years ago. They do not stand up to their warranty as before & I have found that some of the warranty has changed. I have switched to Toyota. Hyundai has done nothing so far to correct.

- Dickinson, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 252005


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that she has repeatedly experienced failures with the electrical system. On nine occasions, she had to replace the bulbs for the headlights and brake lights. The vehicle has been inspected by numerous dealers, but none of the technicians could determine the cause of the failure or provide a sufficient remedy. The failure mileage was 15,000 and current mileage was 83,000.

- Oneida, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 202007

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
Head lamps and fog lamps burn out all at the same time, possible short in wiring.

- Ontario, OR, USA

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