hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,193 miles

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2006 Hyundai Sonata drivetrain problems

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2006 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #11

Dec 252016


  • 174,497 miles


Takata recall on christmas night my car wouldn't go in reverse.it has transmission fluid in there.I drove around to the store and it won't go over 60mph.

- Desoto, TX, USA

problem #10

Nov 042014


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the gear shift failed to switch into park as the ABS and ESC warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #9

Jul 072014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 75,720 miles
When I started the car in the morning the( eco off) light came on, and there was no power, but the engine was still on. I pulled over to the side of the road, shutoff the ignition, when I started the car again, everything was normal. The check engine light was on. It happens every time that the car is parked overnight. The solution is always the same, pull over and cutoff the ignition for a few seconds.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #8

Jul 302014


  • 84,903 miles


The system warning lamps illuminated, then the engine shut off and would not restart. Evaluation showed that the alternator had failed and was covered with engine oil which had leaked from the front valve cover gasket onto the alternator. This failure is the same as NHTSA campaign number 14V415000, which covers another Hyundai vehicle.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #7

Aug 082014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Vehicle is no longer able to shift into drive. When shifted into reverse display shows park and vehicle will not move, when shifted into neutral display shows reverse and vehicle will go in reverse, when shifted into drive display shows neutral. Drive is completely missing.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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problem #6

Jun 012012

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
First of all the time and mileage are approximate. We experienced difficulty in turning off the parking/dashboard lights in our 2006 Hyundai Sonata. Flicking the stalk back and forth a few times would eventually turn them off. I asked my mechanic and called 2 local Hyundai dealers and all agreed the only solution is to replace the entire fuse/relay box. After consulting a few Hyundai forums I learned that this was a problem affecting some 2006 and 2007 hyundias and that owners were paying between $700 to $1200 to replace the faulty part. Many owners are upset that Hyundai does not issue a recall. On Monday, January 27, 2014 the stalk stopped working. A call to Hyundai North America not only resulted in no help in finding out which fuse would disable the lights but also assured me that Hyundai seems to expect the life of such parts to last just past the warranty expiration date. I decided to pull out the relay located under the dashboard which turned off the lights (among other things). The next day when my wife left work after inserting the relay back in, she couldn't get out of first gear and slowly things started to stop working such as the heated seat and the rear defogger. Once home, I disconnected the battery, waited a few minutes, reconnected the battery and road-tested the car. Everything worked normal; however, this is the only way to turn off the lights. On Sunday, February 2, 2014 I bought a battery quick-disconnect and wired the other end to the existing Hyundai positive battery cable. Now, while we wait weeks (possibly months) to have the money to get this part replaced, my wife will have to leave work and in a dark parking lot, reconnect the battery using this quick-disconnect tool. While the car sits at home and at her place of employment, it remains unlocked with no alarm, I can provide digital pictures of this along with other complaints about the car.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 122013

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


The transmission initially went out on my vehicle which was replaced under warranty. I went to pick up my vehicle from those repairs and as I drove home approx 3 miles I felt something was wrong with the vehicle's response, then the steering grabbed as I made a right turn and did not release almost causing me to strike a vehicle. The steering was "grabbing" or sticking turning left and right, I returned to the dealer, their inspection determined that the steering rack "let loose", the dealer put in 2 power steering pumps, and two steering racks and flushed the system multiple times. The third rack seemed to have resolved the issue however the dealer could not say how or why this happened or what caused this although I did not have any issues with the steering prior to dropping the vehicle off for the replacement transmission work. The dealer stated they had never seen this issue and could not give me any explanations to the cause.

- La Grange, IL, USA

problem #4

Apr 142013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving home from the grocery store, my ESC light came on. Had trouble steering the car and there was a squealing noise coming from the back end. I was informed by my mechanic that the problem is that the rear axle housing is cracked/rusted and that the wheel is crooked. The car is currently undriveable. I had read in the paper about rust causing problems with the rear suspension control arms and believe that I am experiencing the same problem. I contacted the Hyundai dealership where the car was purchased to see if this would be covered under the 100,000 mile drivetrain warranty (car has approx. 80,000 miles on it), but was told that they weren't sure. I have an appointment scheduled for repair, but will not be able to have it done, unless it is covered.

- Springbrook Township, PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 012007

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
S10 appropriate handling re defective engine-malfunction indicator light and erratic RPM reading involving reduce acceleration fm owner of a 2006 Hyundai Sonata LX. The consumer stated the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealership several times, only to be told there was nothing wrong. The tail lights burned out, the passenger side air bag light illuminated when the passenger seat was occupied, the ESC light would blink while driving in the rain and due to the ESC light being on, the vehicle would become un-drivable.

- York, SC, USA

problem #2

Oct 102006


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. Approximately six times, the brake module warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. As a result, the transmission locked on the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer's service station and they discovered a defective module. The module has been replaced six times, but the failure still persists. On another occasion, the vehicle was taken to the same service station, but they could not diagnose the cause of the failure and had to call the factory for a suggestion. The module was replaced again and there had been no further occurrences since. The mileages were unknown.

- Prattville, AL, USA

problem #1

Jun 102008


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 60-70 mph, the speed would decrease to 20-30 mph without warning. The vehicle would not shut off, but it would jerk repeatedly while it decelerated. The failure occurred without the brake pedal being depressed and has taken place numerous times. The vehicle was taken to three different dealers. Initially, the transmission was replaced, but the failure recurred 1,400 miles later. Secondly, the dealer stated that the cylinoid needed to be replaced. The repairs were completed, but the failure recurred 1,600 miles later. The third dealer stated that there was another cylinoid that needed to be replaced and the repair was made. Two weeks later, the vehicle continued to jerk at speeds no greater than 70 mph. The vehicle jerked back to 20 mph automatically. The dealer test drove the vehicle and the supervisor stated that he had never before experienced this type of transmission failure. The dealer stated that the electrical harness needed to be replaced. The repairs were completed; however, the dealer stated that they could not guarantee the failure would not occur again. After the repairs were performed, the instrument panel failed. A police report was filed. The failure mileage was 38,000 and current mileage was 188,000.

- Newark, TX, USA

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