definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,519 miles

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2008 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #46

Sep 012011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


On my 2008 Hyundai Sonata - first my passenger side and now my driver's side sun visor does not stay in position. No matter how you manipulate the visors (all the way up, or attempting to block the sun) it falls to the same position which impairs the drivers view of the road. I have had to safety pin my visor to the roof of the car, which is unsafe when driving into the sun. This has been a problem in previous model years and Hyundai needs to do something to remediate this problem, regardless of the mileage on the car. I've also read that even if you get them fixed, they continue to break down the road.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #45

Sep 282011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 88,371 miles
Visor broke when I tried to put it up and now will not stay up. It just hangs in my line of vision and is causing a serious visibility problem. I checked on line and saw story after story of people having the same problem. It is definately a defective part that is a hazard and I believe there should be a recall.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #44

Jun 012011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The driver side visor started falling down by itself when you hit a bump or just for no reason falling down hitting me in the head and blocking view unexpectantly. Now it no longer stays up can no longer use have taped up.

- Ionia, NY, USA

problem #43

Aug 302008

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 60,812 miles


On my 2008 Hyundai Sonata gls first my passenger side and now my driver's side sun visor does not stay in positions and falls blocking drivers view. See online that this is a problem with these cars. Hyundai usa should be required to replace these defective sun visors regardless of mileage.

- Island Park, NY, USA

problem #42

Jun 012010

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I have a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. The sun visors continue to fall down or sag. I've had both visors replaced within the last year and half. Luckily, my car was still under warranty. However, they have failed again since then, and now my Sonata is out of warranty (I have exceeded 60K miles). My research shows that the visor tension rod loses tension over time and eventually fails resulting in visor sag. Obviously this is an ongoing problem because the replacement visors haven't been re-engineered, this according to a Hyundai rep. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see the hazard here -- the visor can block the driver's view or worse scalp you if in an accident. What does Hyundai do" they check your warranty status and replace it with same defective part, or worse, if out of warranty, they offer to sell you a replacement at $85. Really!! the dealerships claim no responsibility as does apparently the Hyundai corporation, which should be investigated by the NHTSA for failure to acknowledge a recall. How many complaints does it take? and why are Hyundai consumers stuck paying for a safety defect that is unambiguously clear? if you don?T believe me, talk to any owner of an ?06, ?07, or "08 Sonata. This is really upsetting to me because I thought Hyundai was doing a good job. Now, I'm having second thoughts. Issue a recall already!! the P/N for the right side visor is 85202 0A750qdqqh by Hyundai America. I don't have the option to select that under the equipment tab so I posted it here.

- Saginaw, TX, USA

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problem #41

Aug 092011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Sun visor will not stay up. Falls down exactly at the height of my forehead so that if I get in a wreck, my forehead will exactly hit the "edge" of the visor and crush my forehead. Since the direction of impact against the visor is exactly in the direction of the width of the visor, major fatality would occur. (think of hitting your head against the "side" of a piece of cardboard - no harm done. Now think of hitting your head against the "edge" or end of the cardboard - major damage to your forehead.

- Sherman, TX, USA

problem #40

Jun 202011


  • 65,000 miles


Driver and passenger visor falls down and blocks vision.

- Claxton, GA, USA

problem #39

Jul 152011


  • miles
Passenger side visor started to fall down obstructing vision. Dealership replaced the visor and now the driver side visor is doing the same thing obstructing the vision of the driver while driving causing a safety issue.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

problem #38

Apr 252011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Moved driver's side visor to block sun and now visor will not stay up and hangs straight down and partially blocks driver's view of highway and oncoming traffic which I fell is a serious safety hazard. Problem has not been corrected.

- St. Joseph, MN, USA

problem #37

Jun 142011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 49,803 miles
While attempting to use the sun-visor by pulling it down, the visor would not move, then made a popping sound. The visor then sagged, and will not return to the upright position. After research, I see that there have been many other similar complaints, especially in states with hot/humid conditions, such as where I live (in Mississippi). The visor will not stay in any position except straight down, and impedes visibility, and becomes a hazard when getting into the vehicle.

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #36

Jun 082011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles


The passenger side sun visor will not stay up and is a danger because it hangs down in view. Its in the arm where something is broken, needs replaced.

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #35

Oct 282007

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
Driver side visor impairs visibility significantly. The visor hangs down in drivers view and stays there. We have hit our head on the visor many times, which hurts and causes more distraction from driving. We have not had luck in fixing it and do not have money to replace it due to job loss and high monthly payments. When I sit in the front passenger side, I get the "passenger airbag off" light which comes on randomly and I am way over the limit in weight for it to happen. I have sat correctly and still do as told by my dealer. (which was told to me was the cause of the light on/off randomly). The ESC light comes on right after starting to drive ex. Letting off emergency brake, and placing in 1st gear. This continues for several weeks maybe a month or more, then will randomly go away. This is a danger as we rely on our careful driving and the ESC which has saved us many times in our other vehicle. The paint started wearing a month after we bought the car (which we bought off the showroom floor and it only had 32 miles on it) and "warranty" does not cover it. We now have a polka-dotted car. It continues to rust and peel and makes us extremely dissatisfied with our cars looks as we were so proud to have bought our 1st brand new car. The payments are painstaking but we said, "it has such great reviews and it is a safe car for us and our son, so it's worth it" but you can not put a price on safety and there are several things that are impairing a safe drive especially when my husband has to drive 45 minutes to work everyday-yes, one way.

- Sophia , NC, USA

problem #34

Dec 012009


  • 25,000 miles
Our 2008 Hyundai Sonata, at around 25000 miles began to have intense screeching from rear brakes. Local mechanic informed us hydraulic piston was stuck/rusted open and was wearing brakes totally down. He was able to grease and do painstaking repairs to pistons. Had to replace shoes/rotors. Neither visor will stay up they have sagged to the point that we have escorted to industrial velcro to keep them up.this has nearly caused 2 accidents.

- Philipsburg, PA, USA

problem #33

Jan 192011


  • 61,000 miles
While driving on the interstate the driver's side sun visor was pulled down, the visor could not be returned to the up position. The visor is in line of sight of the driver. I replaced the driver's side sun visor and now the passenger side sun visor is doing the same thing. A week ago the ESC off light turned on and now it turns on randomly but resets it self when car is turned off.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #32

Jan 132011


  • 102,000 miles
I own a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. When I was getting in to my car, the sun visor on the driver side popped and broke about a year ago. Not only does it obstruct my view in the windshield but it also blocks a portion of my rear view mirror. I have had it replaced once before and it broke again about 2 months ago. The part is expensive, difficult to find, and even the dealers have to place a back order on the part. No matter what other options I try to use, they all fail so I am reluctant to try anything else at the risk of it falling, hitting me in the head, and causing me to have an accident.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #31

Dec 232010

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
The drivers side sun visor keeps falling down hindering visibility. The visor does not stay up even after trying to force it. Looks like a manufacturing defect where regular use of visor wears out the spring/assembly.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #30

Jan 212011

Sonata 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Driver's side sun visor flops down in front of the driver's eyes.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #29

Jun 012010


  • 55,000 miles
2008 Hyundai Sonata. At 20,000 miles the driver's side visor started to sag, and not return to its full upright folded position. At 40,000 miles it fully failed, in the fully down position it blocks a tall persons field of vision. I resorted to sewing velcro to to the visor and ceiling to hold the visor in place. Now at 60,000 miles the passenger visor is starting to droop, and not return to the full upright position. The passenger visor is used a fraction of the amount of the driver visor; therefore is experiencing the problem later. It appears that inferior springs have been used. Online formums indicate this problem going back to 2006 models.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #28

May 112010


  • miles
I purchased my 2008 Sonata on March 11, 2010 about two months later the driver's side visor came down and will not go back up in its original position. It hangs in my line of vision making it very difficult to see. Sometimes I have to hold it up manually and that in itself is very dangerous. I heard this is not covered nor is it a recall through the manufacturer. This is definitely going to cause an accident and I sure hope there are no serious injuries or deaths due to something that could have been and should have been recalled a long time ago seeing how many complaints there are about the same problem. It might seem minuet to the manufacture but to the people who are driving it, it is very dangerous and scary. I am at the point where I dread getting into the car to drive due to this because it hits me in my forehead and sometimes it hurts and it definitely distracts you. Please be responsible for the defect and have it recalled and fixed correctly for all of our sakes, let's not wait for a tragedy.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #27

Oct 122010


  • 0 miles
2008 Hyundai Sonata both the driver's side and passenger side sun visors drop down into the line-of-sight view out the front windshield. There is no possible way to prevent it from blocking the driver's view. Once they fail, it is permanent, they will not stay up and out of the way ever again. This is a safety issue which someday will cause an accident resulting in property damage, injury, or possible loss of life. These parts will fail even if replaced because of an inherent design defect. Here is a link to numerous other complaints regarding this same issue. www.howtomendit.com/answers.php?id=157121.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

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