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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,841 miles

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2006 Hyundai Sonata suspension problems

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2006 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #48

Mar 162018


  • 247,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 25 mph, the contact heard an unknown noise coming from the vehicle. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road and noticed that the rear driver's side wheel was tilted. While the vehicle was in front of an independent mechanic shop, a technician inspected the vehicle and informed the contact that the crossmember detached and the vehicle needed to be taken to a Hyundai dealer. The vehicle was towed to autofair Hyundai (1477 S willow St, manchester, nh 03103, (603) 634-0635) where it was diagnosed that the crossmember detached and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V354000 (suspension). The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 247,000.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #47

Oct 082013


  • miles
Takata recall

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #46

Jul 252017


  • 114,000 miles
I took my Sonata in to a independent mechanic for the annual state inspection and was told that the front sub- frame was rusted/corroded and would need replaced. I was researching this on the computer and saw that this is not an uncommon safety issue and called Hyundai customer service and they took my info and told me that my car was not covered, but I could at my own expense take it to an authorized dealer and have it evaluated. They gave me a case # 10454251, I told them I was going to file a complaint with the NHTSA. My car has 114,000 plus miles on it.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #45

Jun 222017


  • 268,491 miles


Lower control arm rusted at frame caused front wheel to shift to rear and steering issues. Due to the rust damage this vehicle is no longer safe to operate. The shift in the tire location occurred while accelerating normally from a stop on a village roadway, going straight in traffic. I believe this vehicle was manufactured with substandard steel as Hyundai as since improved the steel used in the manufacturing process on this model. I filed a previous complaint regarding the rear subframe which was replaced on the same vehicle.

- Pulaski, NY, USA

problem #44

Apr 192017


  • 152,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle began to swerve independently and failed to slow down as expected. The contact had to pump the brake pedal multiple times to slow down the vehicle. The contact pulled over, exited the vehicle, and noticed that the rear driver side wheel was turned at an odd angle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rear cross member had rusted and failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V354000 (suspension), but the contact had not received notification of the recall. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 152,000.

- Waltham, MA, USA

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problem #43

Mar 172017


  • 180,000 miles
Rear crossmember heavily rusting, I am told by my mechanic it will lead to control arm failure and loss of control of the vehicle.

- Ware, MA, USA

problem #42

Oct 292016


  • 86,000 miles


Right frontwheel has a squeeking noise that occurs when going over bumps. Right sun visor will not stay inupright position.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #41

Jul 312016

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 161,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 45 mph, the rear suspension failed and the electronic stability control sensor illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that both rear suspension arm assemblies, alignment, and the lower arm plate failed and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired, but the cross member later failed due to corrosion. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V354000 (suspension). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 161,000.

- Big Lake, AK, USA

problem #40

Aug 122015


  • miles
Vehicle front suspension makes sound when we drive on uneven roads, bumps. Checked with couple clinics, all says design fault. I have this sound for 2+ years and I am worried. Front both tires suspension makes this sound.

- Prospect Heights, IL, USA

problem #39

May 012016


  • 157,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. While braking, the vehicle veered right or left and a scrubbing noise was present. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the front suspension arm was faulty. Also, while driving, various speeds, the vehicle suddenly shut off and the front driver side air bag sensor light illuminated. The cause of the failure was undetermined and the manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 157,000.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #38

Jan 302016


  • 105,348 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. While making a left turn at 20 mph, an abnormal sound emitted from the vehicle and the check engine and ESC warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the front and rear control arms needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,348.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #37

Jan 262016


  • miles
Clunking, trunking and squeaking noise from front side side when going over bumps or turning.complained to dealer in 2008 and 2011.they test test drove and said it is normal or can not reproduce the 2016 they are saying it need replacement of front upper and lower control arms costing around $2000. I see from discussion forums this is a common problem with this vehicle. Dealer and manufacturer may be avoiding to address when vehicle is under warranty.

- Plainsboro, NJ, USA

problem #36

Dec 012015


  • 85,000 miles
Air bag light in instrument panel remains on at all times. ESC indicator turns off at random times while driving. Rear suspension knocks when fuel tank is low (I.e. near empty).

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #35

Dec 102012


  • 100,000 miles
I own a 2006 Hyundai Sonata, at 100,000 (hwy miles) the front upper control arms became squeeky and detatched from the rubber bushings, making a horrible ride and clunking sound when I would put the car into gear. This problem makes the car bouncy and unstable. There is also a knocking or loud clicking sound in the engine at crusing speeds, when I barley push the gas pedal. It sounds like the air intake control valve. It goes away when I accelerate. The radio and cruise control electornics seem to work only when they want too!

- Placerville, CA, USA

problem #34

Jun 192015


  • 77,000 miles
My car currently has 83000 miles and already has bad upper control arm in the front. I should not be having this issue this early and it began when I had less mileage than 83000. I hear squeaks when going on cracked pavement.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #33

Sep 042014

Sonata 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Hyundai Sonata. Consumer writes in regards to replacement of drive belt issues. The consumer stated there were no issues with the vehicle, prior to the drive belts being replaced. A few weeks after the belts were replaced, the vehicle was not performing well when driven. There was hardness on the accelerator pedal, there was a slight, faint chirping, faint grinding sound when the A/C was turned on. The manager informed the consumer, the noise was coming from the A/C/panel and maybe a loose flap. However, the noise continued. The vehicle was returned to the mechanic, who inspected the vehicle and discovered the belt that was installed was not the correct one for the vehicle. However, after the original belt was installed the noise was still present, but not as loud. Also, the struts were replaced due to hearing a noise when going over bumps.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #32

Oct 252015


  • 220,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. While driving at 15 mph, the ABS indicator illuminated. The contact maneuvered the vehicle to the side of the road where it was discovered that the rear driver side tire was outwards. The contact stated that the tire was able to be adjusted back into place, but was not safe to drive. The vehicle was towed back to the contacts residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 13V354000 (suspension); however, the failure recurred. The contact stated that the dealer did not repair the cross member assembly and only sprayed the cross member with a coating. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 220,000.

- Jacobsburg, OH, USA

problem #31

Aug 172015


  • 140,000 miles
On 17 August 2015, I was driving my 2006 Hyundai Sonata at 75 mph in the left lane of I-64 near nitro, wv. As I passed a tractor trailer while entering a slight curve to the left, without warning my car violently fishtailed causing the rear end of my car to momentarily go under the tractor trailer while my front end was headed toward a four foot high concrete median. By the grace of god I was able to steer out of the situation without hitting either the truck or the wall. Corrosion of the steel cross member in the rear end caused the left rear control arm to detach suddenly. I had the vehicle towed to the local Hyundai dealer where I had previous routine maintenance and recall work performed. Later that evening I researched the NHTSA site for recalls on my vehicle and found the following notice which I had not received: Report receipt date: Aug 12, 2013 NHTSA campaign number: 13V354000 component(s): Suspension when I questioned the service personnel as to why I did not receive the notice, their records showed my vehicle as registered to the original owner. I purchased the vehicle in 2007. There appears to be gross negligence on the part of both the dealer and Hyundai in not informing me of this recall. As stated above, the dealer had performed recall work on my vehicle while it was in their shop for routine maintenance over the past 3.5 years.

- Hurricane, WV, USA

problem #30

Mar 142014


  • 65,000 miles
Problems with right control arm and from strut mounts. Thump noise when bumps are there. Initially, the dealer said everything looks fine. I asked them to check thoroughly and they said that problem with right front lower control arm. The dealer reported that it cost around $1220 to repair. I am concerned about the safety me and my family. A similar recall has been done (number 113). It is too expensive to hear with no fault of ours. The Hyundai need to take care of it. It still makes a noise under hood.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #29

Jan 152014


  • 120,000 miles
Car has started making clunking sound from rear end of car. Took to an auto mechanic replaced struts wheel bearings has spent hours on trying to find noise, even to the point of riding in the trunk for 15 blocks.very concerned this could lead to something bad.

- Blueeye, MO, USA

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