hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,688 miles

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2003 Hyundai Sonata suspension problems

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2003 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 202016


  • miles


Subframe rusting so much that the dealer told me that the car is unsafe to drive and won't let me take it out.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #7

Apr 112015


  • 160,500 miles
03 Hyundai Sonata gls (V6). Driving 55mph hit pothole and lost steering. Pulled over, removed rf wheel to discover control arm bolts ripped out of the subframe from rust. Heard about recall and investigated. Car was inspected for recall in 2010 passed then at dealer in marlton, NJ. Waiting for call back from different dealer to find out the procedure to file a claim. Dealers in SE pa are not customer oriented so making complaint here to document incident.

- Upper Darby, PA, USA

problem #6

Dec 182014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
No accident, dealer says recall#09V124000 is only applicable to original owner and they will not fix it, ,,sounds wrong "????"

- Troy , MI, USA

problem #5

Jul 032014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


Very heavy rust on right side, the sub frame gave way and ripped the cv axle out of its housing.

- Newton, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 012013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the rear of the vehicle began swaying abnormally. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where the mechanic stated that both rear struts would have to be replaced. While the repair was being performed the rear driver's side upper control arm fractured. The mechanic stated that the rear upper control arm and frame were severally corroded. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000. Updated 1/6/14

- Shickshinny, PA, USA

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problem #3

May 092011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that during routine maintenance, the local repair shop confirmed corrosion near the sub frame. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer but the manufacturer was contacted and they advised that the VIN did not qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V124000 (suspension). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 106,000.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 142009


  • 145,000 miles
I have a 2003 Hyundai Sonata. I have had nothing but trouble with this vehicle. I purchased 2 sets of new tires in the past 4 years and have had roughly 15 flat tires. I also most recently almost killed myself and my 3 kids w/ having the tire rod almost crack. I had a bill of $385 to have just that one part to be fixed. I have been on hold for over an hour now for the recall number I received in the mail. I am a single parent and need to be reimbursed for my troubles as this was directly related to the recall letter I just received. Please contact me.

- Cumberland , RI, USA

problem #1

Jan 092004

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When coming to a stop, the consumer heard a rumbling noise. The vehicle vibrated soon after that. Dealership was unable to resolve the problem. The steering wheel would shake along with the vehicle when sitting at idle and more when the A/C was on. The vehicle also pulled to the right.

- Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

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