really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
88,862 miles

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2006 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #16

Oct 272016


  • miles


I done had 2 accidents in this car, each time a deer ran out in front of me while driving 60 mph or better and I hit it and tore my front end up both times and each time the airbags never came out, so this last time, my car was totaled and the airbag never popped out...

- Harrison, GA, USA

problem #15

Aug 292016


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic for a state inspection. While the vehicle was on the lift, the mechanic noticed that the rear cross member was severely rusted and multiple holes were present. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 119,000.

- Bar Harbor, ME, USA

problem #14

Aug 072016


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 30 mph, the front undercarriage fractured without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 66,000.

- Stillwater, MN, USA

problem #13

Aug 142015


  • 210,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 30 to 40 mph, the vehicle ran over a bump and the rear end moved back and forth. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the rear passenger side tire was out of alignment and the subframe of the vehicle was corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 13V354000 (suspension); however, the VIN was not included. The approximate failure mileage was 210,000.

- Lawrenceburg, IN, USA

problem #12

Apr 012013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The driver's side front door handle broke loose. Then a couple of weeks later the driver's side rear door handle broke loose. Today 26 Jan 2014 the passenger's rear door handle broke. Hyundai told us back in April 2013 that the door handle problems was not their problem since our warranty had run out. Having owned quite a few cars and all for more than 7 years and none has ever had their door handle snap loose. To replace a door handle costs around $150. I have replace the drivers side front door handle. Seems to me that losing 3 out of 4 door handles is a result of a major defect in the car and should be the manufacturers responsibility. And now that the rear doors can no longer be opened from the outside I believe this defect is a safety issue.

- Sun City Center, FL, USA

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problem #11

Nov 152012


  • 91,232 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for routine maintenance and was informed that the rear frame was rusted. The vehicle was repaired previously for the failure. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was deemed unsafe to drive. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 91,232.

- Holly, PA, USA

problem #10

Jun 232012


  • 150,000 miles


Driving home one night car pulled to the left tire almost was off the car thank goodness that I was not traveling fast and not on a highway and my children were not in the car. Find out that my cross member in the rear of my car had snapped now this is a car that is garage kept and to the car dealer that I had bought it from brand new and suppose to check it with a 10 point system everytime I get the coupon in the mail which is about every 4 - 6 months was never seen the crack from reading the internet this is not the 1 St car to do this. Please try to get this problem corrected. Please make this car safer before someone gets killed thank you !

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

problem #9

Jul 042013


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated while driving 20 mph the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle began to swerve. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic for inspection and they stated that the sub frame was corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Covington, PA, USA

problem #8

Jun 262013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 55,560 miles
My 2006 Hyundai Sonata has two maybe more door handles that have either broken are in the process of breaking inside the door. I believe this is a manufacture/design defect and the responsibility of the manufacture to correct. Have made numerous contracts to the manufacture to resolve this issue and to there alternative dispute resolution party (BBB) they suggested and still have no resolution to the correction. I have the package emailable that was sent to the alternative dispute resolution party however they said the vehicle was to old to meet their arbitration conditions.

- Fleming Island, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 142013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 113,400 miles
I went to a sears auto center back in December 2012 to get an alignment. In the first week of May 2013, I went back to sears to have my alignment rechecked because I was experiencing shaking while braking. They told me my rear brake shoes were corroded and falling apart and I needed to change them, along with getting new rotors and brake pads. After have these parts installed, the mechanic called me over regarding my alignment and said the rear suspension frame was corroded and rusted in 2 places, causing the tow to go out of alignment. They said I needed to either replace the whole subframe or have a steel beam welded to it for stability so they could get the correct alignment specs. If I didn't fix it, the alignment would always be off. They also warned me that if I traveled with my vehicle long distance, the frame could break where the corrosion occurred, causing an accident. 2 weeks ago, I was driving at about 35 mph in my neighborhood when my steering wheel listed to the left about 45 degrees and my rear wheels started to lean in. The driver's side rear wheel was also turned outwards which caused the car to fishtail and swerve uncontrollably during driving. I felt very unsafe and my car has been parked in my driveway since until I can get it towed to a repair shop.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 102013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 4,300 miles


91 year old was driving and hit by another car. The car drove him into a tree. The air bag went off and produced sufficient internal injuries that he died. The air bag went off too hard. If there were no air bag, he would have lived.

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 282013


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the driver's side door handle failed and the door could not be opened. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection and was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Calls Springs , FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 032011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Brought car into dealer as engine light was on. Dealer explained to me that I needed a new gas cap ($200). Did not fix problem and when returned to dealership I was told that I needed to replace the gas tank as it was rotted. I had owned the vehicle for a year but how does a 6 year old car have a rotted gas tank? dealership (balise Toyota, springfield, MA) claimed "well that is new england for ya". I am over 70 years old and have owned a number of cars in new england over the years, none of which have ever had a rotted gas tank.

- South Hadley , MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 302012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 31,501 miles
On December 30th 2012 time:11.52 am while making a slow turn into a parking area of sikh temple, 16000 stirling road, southwest ranches, FL33331 tel: 954 680 0221, my 2006 Hyundai Sonata suddenly accelerated uncontrollably for no reason, an accident resulted with minor damaged to other property and minor damage to the front of the 2006 Sonata. Is there anything wrong with the vehicle's speed control?

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 012012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,801 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the vehicle rear end swerved while driving but the contact thought that the failure occurred due to low tire pressure until the electronic stability control light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where a diagnostic test was performed. The failure was located on the rear left and right wheel where the frame was corroded and cracked causing the rear tires to wear prematurely. The vehicle was repaired. The left and right frame, radius arm, lower control arm, and tires were replaced. The approximate failure and current mileage was 159,801. Updated 01/15/13 updated 1/24/2013

- Jeannette , PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 112010


  • 59,000 miles
I have rust starting to form on the exterior deck lid seams. The rust id not surface rust but has started to bubble the paint at the seams above the license plate and rust at the spot welds. There is also the beginning of rust through on the inner surface of the deck lid.

- Keansburg, NJ, USA

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