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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,173 miles

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2005 Hyundai Tucson engine problems

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2005 Hyundai Tucson Owner Comments

problem #12

Nov 022015


  • 81,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Tucson. The contact stated that while making a turn at 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was able to restart after waiting. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 81,000.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #11

Sep 152007


  • 24,000 miles
I was slowing to a stop and could feel that the car was going to die and it did. I took it to the dealer and they did a fuel induction service and it seemed to fix the problem.the dealer should have not charged me for a car so new, but they put under the service "maintenance" which I didn't find out till a couple years later when it happened again and I called the dealership. I have since had the same incident happen 5 times and after reading several people have had the same thing with no explanation I decided to put my incidents in so that more people would know it isn't just a single happening of the same thing. After this happens I take the car on the freeway and floor it meaning to blow out what I think may be stuck in the fuel line"??" it always works for a while. This thing doesn't occur for any particular reason and I have the car well maintained. I now have over 120,000 miles and the last time it did this was about 6 months ago. Thank goodness nothing bad has happened because of it.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #10

Aug 252012

Tucson 6-cyl

  • 110,936 miles
Engine on our 2005 Hyundai Tucson turned off in the middle of a busy highway going approximately 40 mph. Managed to turn/roll off the road without power or power steering. Had to restart car several times as it would stall out on acceleration or when slowing to turn. Paid dealership $209 to "fix" the problem, but the problem still exists a month later and is getting progressively worse each day. Dealership did oil change, vehicle inspection and replaced "P0444 evap purge control valve connector." Clearly this did not solve the problem as this severe safety hazard persists. Hyundai has no answers and several other similar complaints we've read have been filed with the NHTSA. Something has got to be done.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #9

Oct 212013

Tucson 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


Transmission keeps slipping out of gear when you put into gear and car won't move. You stop at a light and even though car is in gear it won't move. Flip it back and forth on auto gear shift sometimes it moves. Other times it changes gears or slips out.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #8

Jun 192014

Tucson 6-cyl

  • 49,143 miles
While stopped at a light the engine revved up to a high rate. I tried to put the transmission into neutral but put it into reverse instead, the high rate of revs continued, finally got it into neutral and engine went back to normal idle speed. When light changed put transmission into drive and proceeded home (a few blocks) without incident. This happened about 13 months ago whereby the mechanic replaced the idle speed control and throttle position sensor. Also they did a throttle body and fuel injection service at that time.

- Wilmette, IL, USA

problem #7

May 272014


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Tucson. The contact stated while driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled and all of the warnings lights illuminated in the instrument panel. The contact mentioned that the failure had occurred once prior to the recent failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 100,000.

- Shavertown , PA, USA

problem #6

Apr 172011

Tucson 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


While driving on the freeway engine stalls with no warning car loses all power. May or may not start again in a few minutes. We took the car to our mechanic cars started right up. No error codes came up this has happened three more times with the same results at different auto shops. I have contacted Hyundai they say they are not aware of any problems. Doing some internet research shows that many people are having the same issue this is a safety issue it could easily cause an accident.

- Redding, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 192011


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Tucson. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, she approached a traffic stop signal and the engine stalled without warning. The failure recurred sporadically. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and independent mechanic who both were unable to locate or duplicate the problem. The contact was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 202013

Tucson 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
Vehicle was traveling at approximately 40 mph when the vehicle suddenly stopped running and blocked the center lane of traffic on a busy thoroughfare during rush hour. Attempts to restart the vehicle were unsuccessful at first. After 15 minutes vehicle was able to start and stayed running. This type of incident has also happened in the past - vehicle will be traveling at speed and will just suddenly shut off and not restart. Vehicle has been taken to a service shop to be evaluated. Vehicle has a new coil pack, plugs, wires, throttle position sensor, A/C compressor, and timing belt. Vehicle, once repaired, is going be sold due to its continued unreliability and tendency to just stall at any time at any speed.

- Sun Prairie, WI, USA

problem #3

May 192010

Tucson 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Misfire cylinder #5. this has been an ongoing problem shortly after my mother gave me the vehicle at apx. 24,000 miles. The car was transported from the East coast here to Arizona. It has been in and out of Hyundai dealerships and still no fix, with my father paying the bills, which is hard for him being on a fixed income, but my safety as well as his grand children are paramount. The vehicle will quickly slow down from a 70 mph speed to 35mph without warning and sometimes the engine light will come on (code P0305). I made a complaint once before (case #389816). This continuing problem with no fix has me have several near misses of a rear end collision, which so far I have been lucky not to have. The most recent repair was on June 14th thru 15th, 2013 and the problem was back on the Monday after picking the vehicle on Sunday, the 16th. When the problem first happened the vehicle was still under the extended service agreement and of course it's now expired will the same problem that wasn't researched during that time. I have seen many comments with owners having the same issues on Hyundai's forums, so it's not my imagination. Can someone please investigate these claims so that the problem can be solved? if I could afford a new vehicle it would solve my problem and pass it to someone else, but I don't have the money to do that. Please help, thank you.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jul 212012


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Tucson. The contact stated that while decelerating, the engine stalled. The vehicle immediately restarted. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a personal mechanic for a diagnosis; however the failure was not able to be duplicated. The dealer was notified and scheduled a time to examine the vehicle. The manufacturer was also notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 99,000.

- Clayton, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 232010


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Honda Tucson. While driving approximately 10 mph, the contact approached a stop sign and the engine stalled with the entire instrument panel illumination. The engine restarted immediately. The failure occurred twelve times. The battery was replaced by an independent auto shop. The failure persisted and became progressly worse. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired for the defect. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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