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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,758 miles

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2006 Hyundai Sonata lights problems

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2006 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Oct 012014


  • 170,000 miles


Takata recall - in September 2014 my battery were going dead. Changed battery and it went dead also. After the 4th time for the battery to go dead, noticed the sided beams were on. When I had the lights in the auto position, when going underneath a bridge, the lights will comes on and goes off accordingly to the light outside. When daylight, you will not know known if your lights are on or off. So this was problem was the cause for my battery to go dead. Started noticing at night when turning off vehicle after using headlights, the side beams will not cut off until after trying 15 to 20 minutes of trying to turning it off. Took vehicle to dealer, at first they thought it were the switch. After one hour of waiting, found out it was not the switch and they had put the old switch back. Stated that it was the junction box needed to be replace.

- Petersburg, VA, USA

problem #23

Feb 052016


  • 139,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at various speeds, the headlights failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the headlamp assembly failed and needed to be replaced. While the independent mechanic was attempting to change the lights, the fuse blew out. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08E021000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 139,000.

- Bardstown, KY, USA

problem #22

Aug 062015

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The parking lights will automatically come on by itself when the car is off and there's no key in the ignition. I have returned to my car from work and the lights would be on draining the battery. In addition, while driving the parking lights will come on and go off as well as in the dash when the switch is in the off position. I have video but it's not downloading.

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #21

Apr 112007

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 19,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that both headlights failed to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who replaced the headlight bulbs. The failure recurred numerous times and on each occurrence, the bulb was replaced. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign number 06V180000 (exterior lighting) however, the VIN was not included. In addition, both rear doors would only unlock manually and the brake light failed to operate when the brake pedal was engaged. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 19,000. MA 09/25

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #20

Mar 142014


  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that that while she attempted to park, the gear would not shift out of park as the brake lights failed to illuminate. The dealer advised the contact that NHTSA campaign id number: 09V280000 (exterior lighting) was previously performed on the vehicle however, it did not correct the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 117,000.

- Hyatsville, MD, USA

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problem #19

Feb 132014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Head lights dims, flickers, dashboard lights dims, radio shut off when slowing speed, sometimes brakes light come on.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #18

Nov 272013


  • 1,100 miles


TL-the contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated whenever the ignition was turned off the automatic headlights and other exterior lights on the vehicle remained illuminated. The headlights would have to be turned off manually each time. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 1,100.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #17

Jun 012012

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
First of all the time and mileage are approximate. We experienced difficulty in turning off the parking/dashboard lights in our 2006 Hyundai Sonata. Flicking the stalk back and forth a few times would eventually turn them off. I asked my mechanic and called 2 local Hyundai dealers and all agreed the only solution is to replace the entire fuse/relay box. After consulting a few Hyundai forums I learned that this was a problem affecting some 2006 and 2007 hyundias and that owners were paying between $700 to $1200 to replace the faulty part. Many owners are upset that Hyundai does not issue a recall. On Monday, January 27, 2014 the stalk stopped working. A call to Hyundai North America not only resulted in no help in finding out which fuse would disable the lights but also assured me that Hyundai seems to expect the life of such parts to last just past the warranty expiration date. I decided to pull out the relay located under the dashboard which turned off the lights (among other things). The next day when my wife left work after inserting the relay back in, she couldn't get out of first gear and slowly things started to stop working such as the heated seat and the rear defogger. Once home, I disconnected the battery, waited a few minutes, reconnected the battery and road-tested the car. Everything worked normal; however, this is the only way to turn off the lights. On Sunday, February 2, 2014 I bought a battery quick-disconnect and wired the other end to the existing Hyundai positive battery cable. Now, while we wait weeks (possibly months) to have the money to get this part replaced, my wife will have to leave work and in a dark parking lot, reconnect the battery using this quick-disconnect tool. While the car sits at home and at her place of employment, it remains unlocked with no alarm, I can provide digital pictures of this along with other complaints about the car.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #16

Jul 082013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
Brake lights do not illuminate. Recall id #09V122000 dealer offered no help, said it was out of warranty, I would have to absorb cost.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #15

Jun 262013


  • 76,600 miles
I was driving my sisters car and noticed the headlights would dim and then come back on after a second.. I went to a gas station to get gas and a gentleman pulled in next to me saying he turned around to let me know my lights flickered dull to bright. He said a friend had the same problem in their Sonata and had it to dealer many times and no fix. He said they traded for a Honda. My sister loves this car and its paid for, but if this is a problem, is there a recall?

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #14

Mar 012013


  • 71,000 miles


P0504 brake switch A/B correlation. Light ABS - ESC/off and check.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #13

May 172012


  • 72,000 miles
My car started having problems in may that when I look them up, are listed as issues that have been recalled by Hyundai yet when I contacted Hyundai these were not open recalls on my vehicle. My ABS/ESC light comes on and off. If I turn my car off and re-start it then the light will be gone, only to come on again at some point when I'm driving. I just got new brakes in January and my brakes seem to be working fine. The only time I was concerned was during a road trip when the light was off, but came on when I slammed on my brakes on the highway. My air bag light came on around the same time the brake light started consistently coming on. This light does not go away. I have also been told that I have a back break light that is out yet when I took it to get a new bulb it was working just fine. Then the next day when backing up, I could see my car's reflection in a window and that light was out, indicating some sort of electrical short. To top it all off, my check engine light came on today and I will be taking my car in this afternoon to see what that is. My car is up to date on all maintenance. In the last 7 months I have had new brakes, new spark plugs, and a new battery. I'm not sure why these lights are on but it is very frustrating to see recalls for some of these issues, and they just aren't on my car specifically.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #12

Apr 252011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
During operation of the vehicle, when vehicle engine speed drops to approximately 1000 - 1100 RPM, headlights will dim or briefly shut off, radio will shut off, and interior fan speed will drop. This happens for approximately 1 second and is intermittent. From searches of the internet, this appears to be a common problem requiring replacement of the positive battery cable assembly. I do not understand why this has not been handled via a recall, especially since headlights dimming off or shutting off during night driving is extremely dangerous. This has happened on multiple occasions to this car. In addition, probably due to this voltage drop problem, several headlights, brake lights etc., have had to be replaced. This has already cost me several hundred dollars in troubleshooting and repair, prior to learning about the cable assembly.

- Evans, GA, USA

problem #11

May 152007

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
2006 Hyundai Sonata parking lights won't go off or go off and come back on.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #10

Nov 052009


  • 40,000 miles
2006 Sonata now has an intermittent electrical problem. These problems manifest themselves usually when the gas is not being applied, but not necessarily when the brakes are being applied. The headlights will go off and then come back on; the radio sometimes will go off and then come back on; the A/C fan sometimes sounds as if it has turned off and then comes back on; several times I noticed the ESC light and ABS light come on when the radio and lights and ac turned off and then came back on. At times these outages will occur when the turn signal is used. All these happenings have been reported to the Hyundai service department but they say they can't get it to repeat the symptoms or find a problem.

- Orrville, OH, USA

problem #9

Apr 042007


  • 24,000 miles
I bought a 2006 Hyundai Sonata at the beginning of the model year in August 2005. Since that time, I have replaced the low beam headlamps at least 4 times. On two of those four occasions, the headlamps burned out after only a few months of use. This seems to be a systemic problem and Hyundai refuses to acknowledge it.

- Perrysburg, OH, USA

problem #8

Sep 012010

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 60,200 miles
See E-mail exchange: Dear [xxx] : thank you for contacting Hyundai motor America. We apologize you were not satisfied with our previous email. We appreciate the opportunity to address your comments regarding the rear brake light in your 2006 Hyundai Sonata. We understand how this can be frustrating to you. However, we are unable to provide instructions on how to replace the rear brake light. In addition, this information is withheld from your owner's manual, as it is only recommended that the replacement be completed by an authorized Hyundai dealership to ensure it is done to Hyundai specifications. If you choose to complete this replacement without the assistance of your dealership, to ensure it is done correctly, it is recommended that you purchase a service manual. However, it is not required. The warranty coverage for bulb replacement is 12 months from the date of first use (dfu), or 12,000 miles, whichever occurs first, for factory defect in part or workmanship only. Hyundai's written warranties are legally binding agreements that can't be altered or extended for any reason. In addition, Hyundai dealerships are independently owned and operated, and set their own pricing on vehicles they sell and services they provide. We are unable to regulate any service costs, or force your dealership to complete the service free of charge. We apologize about any disappointment this may cause. We have documented your request under case # [xxx]. thank you for contacting Hyundai Consumer Affairs. Email response from Hyundai consumer affairshyundai Consumer Affairs, I find your reply to be total [xxx]. you have designed a safety hazard into your automobiles. Your reply that I must either pay for an expensive dealer charge or pay for a maint. Manual while my car which is 500 miles over the warranty is unacceptable. I am filing a complaint with the fed. Agency in charge of safety hazards. I own 2 Hyundai's now. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lynnfield, MA, USA

problem #7

May 152010


  • 45,687 miles
The light bulb for the third brake light on my 2006 Hyundai Sonata is burned out. I was advised by both the dealership and Hyundai that it will cost $ $85 to replace the bulb because there is no user access to the bulb. The dealer must remove the entire back seat and rear deck to perform this replacement. As I cannot afford $ $85 at this time, my third brake light remains inoperable. The car is still under Hyundai's bumper to bumper warranty.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #6

Apr 012010


  • 90,000 miles Hyundai states that they do not replace the lamps [bulbs] due to this recall. Case # 3905707 from agent id # 54221 states that the lamps are not covered under the recall even though the recall directly relates to their premature burning out.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 272009


  • 74,400 miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) I own a 2006 Hyundai Sonata, [xxx], the vehicle constantly burns out the headlamps. Since purchase in 2006, the car has gone through 4 sets of headlamps. The last time this happened my wife was driving on a rural road at night when both headlamps burned at once. This incident created a hazardous condition where she was momentarily totally unable to see the road. This failure mode seems to be a systemic problem that Hyundai refuses to acknowledge, and their response is just to recommend replacement of bulbs as they burn out.

- Milford, NJ, USA

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