really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,000 miles

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2002 Hyundai Sonata engine problems

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2002 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 272004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


We recentlty purchased a used but showroom condition Hyundai Sonata with somewhere around 29,000 miles on it from a dealership. After about three weeks my son had to leave it in a parking lot. The throttle/cruise control cable (even tho he did not have the cruise control on) was stuck. He thought the problem was fixed so hedrove the car a few more weeks and was on his way home when the same thing happened again only this time he ran into a utility pole. The car was damaged pretty baddly but thank the lord he was not. He could have been killed. The utility company is charging us about $4000 or more dollars for the work they had to do to the pole. I called Hyundai Consumer Affairs. The car is at a Hyundai dealership. Consumer Affairs is mailing me a form to fill out. I do not know if Hyundai is going to claim responsiblity or not. I feel that this problem needs to be researched to see if there have been any other problems with the throttle/cruise control sticking making it impossible to stop or causing any other problem. I hate to see someone die from this.

- Bluffton, SC, USA

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