hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,800 miles

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2002 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 052012

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


I financed my car in and around 3yrs ago, it was on 48,000 which we thought was such a great deal. Tabs and reg. Was do coming up in Dec which was and how our nitemare began, we were to go get emissions done low and behold it didn't fail but also did not pass it came back not ready, we drove it for hrs went back still not ready, we then had to get tabs so car would not get towed. The next year no emissions, this year still not ready and unable to get tabs, we actually found out problems way before us, my question is should they have even sold that cannot be registered nor tabbed, in fact I fill that someone at Hyundai needs to make this right, we even purchased it from Hyundai in renton, wa. Please help me !!! thank you, very much

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #4

Jul 252008


  • 57,000 miles
I own a 2002 Hyundai Sonata which has severe passenger side engine cradle rust. It would not pass vehicle inspection. The mechanic has suggested welding the frame to "bandage" the problem. I have read the other stories from owners of the same car and believe something should be done before there are deaths related to this defect. I am afraid to drive my car, it's like waiting for something to happen. My son also drives my car on occasion.

- Jeannette, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 152008


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 40 mph, the service engine soon light illuminated. On hot days (90 degree weather), the light illuminates and remains lit. However, in cooler weather, once the vehicle is turned off and restarted, the service engine soon light dims. The dealer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V178000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly). The current mileage was 40,300 and failure mileage was 40,000.

- Homestead, PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 012006

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
- the contact stated that while driving the 2002 Hyundai Sonata at 45 mph the vehicle lost power without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after waiting approximately ten minutes. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, who advised the contact that the failure was due to the crank sensor, cam sensor, and the timing belt. The mechanic made the repairs. However, the same problem occurred the next day. The contact stated that the vehicle was then taken to the dealership, and they informed the contact the problem was due to the crank sensor, cam sensor and the timing belt. The dealership made the repairs however, the same problem continued to occur. The dealership then advised the contact that the module assy- timing and alarm system were faulty and needed to be replaced. The dealership repaired the module assy- timing and alarm system. The contact stated she has not had a problem with the vehicle since this replacement. The vehicle currently had 74000 miles.

- Harvest, AL, USA

problem #1

Sep 022005

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Subject:2002 Hyundai Sonata.I have two problems ones the airbag light the other is engine light on.these could lead to a serios injury accident, if airbags dont work or if I cant stop car because engine dies!I know someone else that has the same problems with hers.my warranty has expired, but they should be responsible to fix both problems!anyway my main problem is the engine light that stays on, the car dies whenever it wants.I think this is a common problem with these cars and they dont want to fix.please look into it for all Sonata owners, this should be a recall fix!thank you!

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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