really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,837 miles

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2006 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Jan 122010


  • 34,400 miles


While merging on to highway car would not stop accelerating, had to cut off engine to stop the car. This is 2nd incident with the same car, first incident occurred in Feb 2007. Gas pedal assembly was replaced after the first incident, parts were lubricated. After talking to regional Hyundai representative, service manager mentioned that there were few similar incidents (2007) that's why they replaced the gas pedal assembly.

- Caldwell, NJ, USA

problem #7

Aug 232008


  • miles
2006 Hyundai Sonata - when I put my foot on the gas pedal especially during city driving (nyc), the car lurches forward. Other times when I put my foot on the gas pedal it is slow to accelerate and then it lurches forward. I have taken the car 3 times to the dealership and they claim there is no problem, that it was probably from the mat causing the pedal to accelerate. However, the problem persists and after the recent problem with Toyota's gas pedals I wanted to bring this problem to your attention. Hyundai corporate has now advised me to take the care back to the dealership for a test drive to determine the problem.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #6

Oct 042009


  • 53,000 miles
Vehicle on several occasions has accelerated on its own while stopped, operating from 0-50 mph going forward and also in reverse at minimal speed causing personal injury and property damage.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 242009


  • miles


That's the problem there is no serious event leading up to the problem. It is happening because theses cars are not built for safety. I have had my car for 5 months and there are some serious problems, Hyundai and you all may not think so but it is. If it was your car that had all of these problems you would be complaining also. Problems that I have with my Hyundai Sonata: Passenger airbag light on every time you crank up, airbag light in the dash board on, check engine light (sensors going bad in the car). If its not equipped for the car don't try something that's going to have people spending out of the pockets and then paying for a car also. Recalls on 06 Hyundai Sonata what's the purpose if it cant be fixed everything on the recall list is happening to my car. If I had a second chance I would not have bout that !@#$% from Hyundai.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #4

Aug 072008


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated to 80 mph. The contact depressed the brake pedal with both feet, but she could not stop the vehicle. There were no prior warnings before the failure. The dealer stated that the only way the vehicle could accelerate that fast is by her floormats becoming stuck to the accelerator pedal. She replied that the floormats do not move and she was driving uphill at the time of the failure. The vehicle is currently at the dealer. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Los Lunas, NM, USA

problem #3

Jul 262007

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 65 mph with the cruise control activated, the vehicle suddenly accelerated to 85 mph. The brakes were applied, but the vehicle did not stop until the key was removed from the ignition. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer was unable to duplicate or repair the failure. The failure mileage was 25,500 and current mileage was 26,000. Updated 12-12-07.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 032007

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,826 miles
- while driving up a hill at a speed of 30 mph, the contact was applying the brake pedal to slow down, but the accelerator pedal became stuck, causing the engine to roar loudly. The vehicle accelerated unexpectedly and the contact tried to apply the brake pedal, but the pedal would only go down approximately an inch. The contact continued to apply brake pedal with both feet, but with no results. At this point contact went to the middle lane of the road changing the vehicle from automatic transmission to manual mode. The contact down shifted from 5 to 4 gear while the engine was still revving. At this point contact turn the ignition off, but the engine didn't go off causing the contact to rear end another vehicle at a speed of 30 mph. Twice before this accident, the contact experience the battery losing power to the vehicle. The first incident occurred 24 hours after purchasing the vehicle and the second was in December 06. When the contact took vehicle to the dealer they stated that there wasn't anything wrong with the vehicle. The contact can provide copies of invoice repair and police report. Updated 02/21/07.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #1

May 102006

Sonata 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,200 miles
: the contact stated while accelerating at anytime the vehicle hesitated without warning. The dealer indicated this was the design of the vehicle. The consumer stated the vehicle goes into neutral when the accelerator was released it would stop. Updated 07/05/06

- Cave City, AR, USA

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