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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
25,642 miles

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2013 Hyundai Sonata miscellaneous problems

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2013 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 212016


  • 68,000 miles


My sunroof has exploded twice in the past 18 months. The first time I was driving down the expressway when I heard what sounded like a gunshot. Shortly after, I realized my sunroof was shattered with glass falling into the vehicle. The noise almost caused me to swerve onto traffic in the other lanes. Of course, Hyundai said it wasn't covered under warranty. The 2nd time which happened yesterday, I came to work and parked where my vehicle remained all day. I even strolled by my car during lunch as I hopped into my friend's vehicle and saw no damage. My car sits in my assigned parking spot right outside my office window at our local armory. When I got into my vehicle last night and drove off I could hear what sounded like dirt/gravel from the tires but soon realized it was glass from the sunroof. The car was stationary all day. Now Hyundai is telling me that I am responsible for the damages again. Not acceptable.

- Mercedes, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 172015


  • 25,000 miles
Takata recal: Female was involved in accident where there was an apparent issue with steering or veering into the left lane resulting in the death of female. No other variants where able to be found during investigation. Vehicle was in motion. Crash report div315049359. After review of a large number of complaints in reference to the issue I began reviewing the case notes. There is potential that the crash was due to inability to steer correctly or the car steering override system improperly correcting to the left. I would like to request an investigation or information on getting an investigation initiated in regard to this death and general issue.

- Monroe, VA, USA

problem #6

Nov 042015


  • miles
My vehicle has been an issue since I purchased it. I have taken it in five times for the same issue with the sunroof leaking and damaging the interior of the vehicle. I have also taken it in for replacement of cv joints twice and as of yesterday for the third time with no resolution. When I dropped off my vehicle it was fine with no lights, no oil change light on or anything, but they called to let me know I had sludge in my engine and it is going to lock up on me. My bumper to bumper warranty will not cover it so I will need to pay out of pocket to fix the issue on a brand new car.I have also had to change my tires on the car at least eight times in the last 3 years. I purchased a warranty for tires and rims, but as usual they have loop holes. They promised I can change my rims if I had any scratches, but when I tried to change them, they have denied my request for three years. It is frustrating to know that what they promise is a lie.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 022015


  • 37,107 miles


The car sent me an email and it is not my car. This has happened since it was new. Isn't this a severe security problem for the real owner" no one has ever responded at hyudai. I have made contact on several occasions over the years. I guess they don't care. It seems that the automotive industry has no concerns with respect to privacy. I hope my next new car has better control over this type of information. I wonder if anyone in government cares"

- Hughson, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 122015


  • 33,000 miles
(keyless entry) the car intermittently starts. When this occurs, the car will turn on, but will not start. The dashboard lights will come on and the steering wheel and brakes will lock. Sometimes after a couple tries, the car will start. There has been a few instances where the car would not start for hours and had to be left at the location, but will work the next day. This seems to occur mostly in the afternoon, after the car has been sitting out in the sun for a long period of time. There has been an attempt to jump the car, but was unsuccessful.

- Austin, TX, USA

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problem #3

Apr 282015


  • 40,000 miles
My car revved to between 4 and 6 thousand rpms when I was parking in my work parking garage. In the process I ended up hitting two SUVS and did over $5,500 in damage to my car. I took my car to our Hyundai service to have the engine looked at and they couldn't find anything wrong with it. On Friday, May 15 as I was driving home from work on rt 70 at the top of braddock mountain my car revved again for no reason. Luckily I wasn't in traffic when the rev happened. This rev has also happened when my husband was driving the car.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 142012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 30 miles
There is an ongoing steering problem where the car drifts dangerously to the right. I noticed it within the first few days of the car purchase. I brought it to the dealer and was told, this is within "specs." The district service manager refused to ride in the car while I drove it to demonstrate the issue.

- Mt Juliet, TN, USA

problem #1

Oct 062012


  • 2,000 miles
On 6 occasions the TPMS warning light has come on, all at speeds 75-80, all after driving about 2 hours. (trips to la, tucson). The tire pressure checked out ok when I stopped each time. I brought the car to the dealer 4 times, but each time they could not find a trouble code. The Hyundai bluelink diagnostic system has indicated a trouble condition since the beginning, and still indicates a trouble condition even though the dealer has indicated it has been reset on more than one occasion, and was reset again by Hyundai usa on 1/2/13. The TPMS does not come on when the tires are cold, as one would expect. The dealer indicated they can not duplicate the problem, and the car shows no trouble codes. I have contacted Hyundai usa and they indicate there is nothing they can do. Because of all the false warnings, I am concerned that I will not know if there is a true problem with my tires or just another false warning from the tire pressure monitoring system.

- Anthem, AZ, USA

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