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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,242 miles

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2006 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 062011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The contact also mentioned that the rear door locks and front passenger window failed to function. The contact then stated that the rear driver's side door failed to latch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the passenger's side occupancy sensor mat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 2,000. Updated 06/10/14

- Hallandale, FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 012009


  • 75,000 miles
At first it was the radio, turning on and off by itself when I would try to lower the volume it would be louder. My headlights would go out and turn on again, my emergency brake light will turn on as my car would stop in the middle of the street. Air bag deployment sign is on and the bag it is not deployed. The ABS, ESC and other glow lights will turn on; sometimes I cant roll down the windows or lock the car with the button. Now my car will not start, no power and it resets my clock. I have gone to the dealership twice and they are greedy money hungry !@#$% who do not care for their customers, I replaced the battery and the alternator and its been through diagnostics and the alternator was the only thing found wrong. I have issues with the car at least twice a day and three times its died completely. This is an 2006 Hyundai Sonata it should not give me these problems.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #3

Jul 102007

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,710 miles
Since last six months the driver side power lock is not working and also the windshield water pump is not operating. I have bought this vehicle brand new from the dealership. And approximated 19,750 mile. The car is 2006 Hyundai Sonata V6.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 012006

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,500 miles
I noticed around this time that the latch holding the center console shut in my 06 Sonata was loose. I tried to put it back into place, but it then broke free in my hands. The console will fling open over most speed bumps. I'm worried in a crash that anything inside of it will fly all over the place. Plus there is a potential for this to surprise the driver and cause a crash. A local dealership will be replacing the whole console, but I wanted to file a report and see whether or not this is an isolated incident.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

May 142006

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Doors lock with keypad while doors are still open. After shopping I buckled my son in his car seat and put the groceries in the vehicle. Apparently I inadvertently hit the lock button on the keypad as I was placing my son in his car seat. I sat the keys on the center console, closed the back door and went to get in the driver door and the keys were locked in the vehicle as well as my toddler son in his car seat. I called 911 and after attempting for an hour they were unable to get into the vehicle. The choices were break a window to get in (thus traumatizing my son) or have a private citizen attempt to break into the vehicle. A locksmith was called after my son was in the car for a 1/2 hour and he never showed. A private citizen had to take two screw drivers and pry the door open to be able to reach the door handle and get the door open, thus resulting in damage to the vehicle. The damage to the vehicle is not my concern. The fact that the doors will lock with the keypad while still open is the safety concern. I have owned Honda and Ford in the past and neither of which will open will do the above. I also know people that have Saturn, Toyota, Dodge, and Chevrolet and these vehicle doors will not lock with the keypad while the doors are open either. I have contacted Hyundai and they said it is not a manufacture defect the car is designed that way. I lodged a complaint with Hyundai Consumer Affairs and they didn't seem to feel it was a safety concern. In my opinion this could have been very dangerous if the weather were 90 degrees or if my son was an infant child. I feel that the vehicles need to be recalled so that this doesn't happen again to me or any other Hyundai owner.

- Grove City, OH, USA

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