hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,513 miles

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2008 Hyundai Azera electrical problems

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2008 Hyundai Azera Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 202016


  • 80,500 miles


Oil leaks from the front cylinder bank straight into the alternator causing it to fail prematurely. The NHTSA issued a recall for this exact same issue for the 2006-2012 Hyundai veracruz (NHTSA campaign number: 14V415000). You concluded in the consequence paragraph "an unexpected failure of motive power while driving increases the risk of a crash." I'm deeply concerned of this happening with my Hyundai Azera as it currently has oil leaking into the alternator. My Azera has 80K original miles. The Azera uses the exact same engine, front cylinder bank gasket, and alternator as the veracruz and subsequently suffers from the same problem that led to the recall issued for the Hyundai veracruz. Please review and compare my claim against the existing recall for the Hyundai veracruz as outlined above. I feel it's worth noting I also currently own a recall effected veracruz and have both vehicles for side by side comparison. I thank you for your time and efforts exploring this issue on my behalf and all other Hyundai Azera owners. Let me know if I can be of further assistance in this matter.

- Claremont, MN, USA

problem #8

Jun 242015


  • 114,615 miles
Air bag light on dash came on indicating the air bag would not work. My local Hyundai dealer ( colonial Hyundai in downingtown, pa) said the front passenger seat belt tension electrical sensor was defective and needed replacing. I paid them almost $500 to do that. The front passenger seat belt tension sensor wiring harness was the object of a previous recall on this car and was done. Since the electrical sensor is on the same wiring harness which was the object of a recall I contacted Hyundai America (800-633-5151) and asked them if they would cover the cost of replacing this electical sensor since it was on the same wiring harness that was the object of a previous recall. They assigned me a case # 8052515 and got back to me and said they would not cover this cost. Seems odd that they would cover repairing part of this electrical assembly but not the rest of it so I am appealing to NHTSA for some help here or clarification. Thanks for your attention to this matter, thomas J. wright, jr.

- Coatesville, PA, USA

problem #7

May 102014

Azera 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
I was using my mothers car and after parking and returning to the car the ignition key would not turn in either direction, I was told by the dealer that the ignition switch and housing had to be replaced, after research I discovered that this is a common problem for Hyundai and Kia cars, I got stranded because the car was unable to be driven and had to be towed to a dealer, ( there are only two keys on the key ring).

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #6

Jan 052014


  • 43,450 miles


I purchased a used 2008 Hyundai Azera from a non-Hyundai dealership. Several days after taking possession of it, we drove it on an overnight trip out of town. On the drive back home, the front driver's seat, which is equipped with full power seat controls, moved forward autonomously, crushing my husband against the steering wheel while we were on the highway. He quickly pushed the power seat control to move the seat back, but as soon as he let go, the seat would move forward again. After several incidents of moving the seat back only to have it move forward again, he pulled over, got out, pushed the seat back, and got back in. However, once he was back in the car, it moved forward again. After moving it back yet again, it didn't move again for a little while. I contacted the sales person the following day. He said I needed to clear the "seat preference" memory (which I subsequently did several times) but otherwise he (and the dealership) disavowed any responsibility. Due to inclement weather, I drove another car for several days. But, when I went to drive the Azera, the front driver's seat was up against the steering wheel, having moved on its own sometime after the car had been parked/turned off. I continued to find the seat up against the steering wheel over the next several days, despite it being in a normal position when I had turned the car off. Then the driver seat start moving forward while I was driving. I was able to override the control temporarily. I parked the car, but when I attempted to get back in it, it kept pinning me against the steering wheel. I finally managed to hold the seat switch with all my strength to drive the car several block home. It has since been towed to a Hyundai dealership to be repaired. Given the other complaints of the seat moving on its own, I believe there is a defect in the switch equipment that Hyundai should fix.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #5

Jul 152013

Azera 6-cyl

  • 49,900 miles
Car is locked, parked and no one is in it. The back reclining portion of the drivers will move towards the steering wheel by itself. I will move it back to position and begin to drive. The seat will move on its own toward the steering wheel, smashing me. I had to remove the headrest just to have some room. I will keep my hand on the seat controls and try to move it back into original position. Sometimes this works but most of the time will not let me move it. While this is going on, my seat belt is also getting very tight and uncomfortable. Several people have seen this happen and some have seen it while no one was in the car. The back of the drivers seat just moves toward the steering wheel. I am afraid to drive this car. If I cannot get the seat to return to position I am up against the air bag, which also scares me. If I had an accident while all this is going on, (and this is very frightening for me), the air bag would deploy and it wouldn't be good, I am sure. This is something I hear about on the news, air bags killing someone. I really need some assistance with this problem. This is a very serious and possibly dangerous situation. I would appreciate your help.

- Marcellus, MI, USA

problem #4

Feb 072012


  • 64,000 miles
The drivers side door is randomly unlocking without provocation. It happens most often when idling at a complete stop, accelerating from a complete stop or from a slow speed. The auto-lock function is disabled for up to several seconds after each occurrence so the door can not be relocked. In the beginning this happened rarely. Now it's happening daily.

- Fox Lake, IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 032009


  • 21,000 miles


While driving on the expressway the car lost all acceleration and I had to maneuver out of traffic to the side of the road. I was traveling out of state and it happened several times before I could get help. Due to the danger it was towed to a dealer and they reported a throttle sensor was bad.

- Fox Lake, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 102010


  • 25,803 miles
Automobile surged, then went from 60+ mph to 20+ mph (limp along mode). No check engine light until 20 mph mode was reached then check engine light came on just before car engine died. ESC system was activated during incident - potentially by sudden speed decrease?. pulled over to side of road and had to be towed 45 miles to nearest dealer. Incident was 100+ miles from home with dealer tow - repair was 140 miles from home. Car mileage - 25,803. Dealer replaced throttle sensor and performed ECM update as a result of this visit. Previously had same vehicle (3 weeks prior - 25,187 miles) at another dealer for similar complaint with surging problem. No check engine light present. It took them 2 days to diagnose problem, then had to wait for part and then install - total time at dealer (including over weekend) 5 days. Drove car into dealer for first repair, no tow needed. Initial dealer called tech support to help diagnose and initiated a case number with them. Replaced mass air flow sensor during that visit. Same symptoms at first incident including vehicle 'surging' at high rates of speed (50 mph+). lucky there wasn't a major injury or fatality with the type of speed drop in the second incident. I had just exited the busy interstate about 5 miles earlier for a 2-lane local highway. If the second incident had occurred on the major highway I fear a substantial crash and possible fatality would have occurred. After second incident, I called Hyundai America to report incident and lodge complaint. They are 'investigating'. very concerning that this involves a throttle problem and potential electrical system failure at high rates of speed with no notice. This defect could easily cause a potential serious injury or fatality. Very disappointed with this Hyundai which we bought for reliability and safety.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 132010


  • 34,345 miles
2008 Hyundai Azera.......driving speed limit (75) when the check engine light comes on but I have no acceleration ability. It occurred three times and but did make it home. In talking to a dealer he knew immediately that it was a throttle sensor. Had this happened while passing or on a road w/ no shoulder, it could lead to an accident or fatality. Hyundai America nor the dealer didn't seem very concerned...surprising considering the Toyota problems.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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