really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,011 miles

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2012 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #12

Jul 132016


  • miles


I'm hearing clicking in steering wheels, it feels as though the steering will fall off. I was told I need steering coupler replacement

- Elmwood Park, IL, USA

problem #11

Apr 112015


  • 19,012 miles
Low profile hancock tire 225 / 45 R18 has a sidewalls with a lip on it that extends above the wheel's.. each of the tires shows spots where a part of the tire's lip was sliced right off or in big gashes...or is it tire rot?. each gash are noth even close to the rim and shows no sign of hitting a curb. Each of my tires have a vo U please of these gashes. Dealer said nope thats not normal but its holding air so nothis they can do.. the new 2012 Hyundai Sonata equipped with these tires was purchased in July 2014.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #10

Sep 072014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
My car caught fire while being towed by my motorhome in South miami, fl on route to key West, fl. A South miami, fl Hyundai dealer repaired my car but did not replace all the parts paid for by my auto insurance company. The repair shop did not keep the burned parts as requested by me and my insurance company representative. Later, another Hyundai dealer completed the repairs as authorized by Hyundai usa after numerous communications with me, but the Hyundai dealer would not provide me with the burned parts as requested. Hyundai did not report that a fire had caused the damage. Not sure if Hyundai usa or its dealers have requirements to report fires in their vehicles. I have names of contacts with Hyundai usa in ca. I have the burned TPMS sensor not replaced by Hyundai, but paid for at my expense to a tire store in my home town. I have pictures of my car on fire; pictures of the burned parts on car in possession of my insurance company representative; I have receipts from the South miami Hyundai repairs, and I have receipts from the other Hyundai dealer for parts needing replacement but not replaced by the South miami Hyundai dealer but paid for by my auto insurance company. I also have a receipt for replacement of the burned TPMS sensor by a tire store in my home town. I filed a complaint against the South miami Hyundai dealer with the local government Agency responsible for licensing auto repair shops in that county.

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #9

Dec 232013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles


Rear tires are cupping every 10,000 miles. I had front and rear alignment done and no change. Read online it is a big issue with these. Maybe faulty manufacturer struts? sounds like tires are about to fall off the rear hubs. Very loud. And keep having to buy new tires.

- Kerrville, TX, USA

problem #8

Sep 042014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Tires wear unevenly and excessively fast. 60,000 miles and three alignments and four set of tires.

- Castleton, NY, USA

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problem #7

Mar 072014


  • 24,000 miles
I was driving from my sisters at 17 mile and garfield home when I noticed my low pressure tire warning light had come on. I stop at the marathon gas station at 14 mile between hoover and schoenner to fill the tire. That is when I noticed the tear/cut in the sidewall of the tire. Air would not fill back into the tire. I even tried to use fix a flat, and that would not work either. I just had my oil changed at the dealership a few days ago, and they had checked on their sheet that everything was normal. Needless to say I am very frustrated with this. Especially since I had heard there has been issues with Hyundai and their tires having this exact problem! I am hoping to have this problem rectified...don't even no where to start! [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Center Line, MI, USA

problem #6

Jan 112012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Sonata equipped with a set of kumho solusk H25 tires, size: P205/65/R16 and dot number yol4ypl81411. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph in the snow, the tires began to slip. The contact stated that he took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the tires needed to be replaced due to bad tread. The tires were not replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but a remedy was not provided. The failure mileage was 2,000. Updated 03/31/14 the consumer stated when the tires were cold, there was no grip, while driving in the snow, when the tires warmed up, the snow stuck to the tires

- Oclair, WI, USA

problem #5

Jan 312014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 35,500 miles
The passenger side airbag deployed without reason. The tremendous force and flying debris caused the driver to react and brush the front passenger side wheel against the curb. Plastic pieces were thrown throughout the front of the car. Luckily, there were no injuries. Earlier that same day the car had been serviced by the Hyundai dealer for a radio issue.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #4

Apr 132013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 15,366 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Hyundai Sonata with kumho solus KH25 tires, size: P205-65-R16. The contact stated that the tires on the front end of the vehicle were exhibiting an abnormal noise. In addition, the tires became worn prematurely. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where the cv joint and axle were replaced. The failure recurred a total of three times and the vehicle was taken to the dealer each time, but with no resolution. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 15,366 and the current mileage was 16,000. The dot number was not available.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 212013


  • 32,200 miles
The 18 inch tires on the 2012 Hyundai Sonata have zero traction on any surface that is not dry. A dusting of snow makes it impossible to drive this car. Traveling at 5 mph while turning from a dead stop into the neighborhood on a light coating of snow caused the car to slide out of control and hit a large rock causing front fender/ bumper damage then bounced back onto the road. This is not the first time the car has slid on anything but a dry surface. All last winter, we had to leave the car in the garage if there was any snow on the ground. We have never had this problem with another vehicle. It is undriveable in any snow. I have complained to the dealer and they say they have heard about complaints on the 18 inch tires, but offer no solutions. These tires are a hazard and need to be replaced. I have looked for snow tires or other solutions, but they are not made for 18 inch wheels.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 092012

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
After purchasing the car new in Sept of 2011, we received notice from Hyundai advising of recall due to pulling whiling driving. We contacted the local dealer multiple times and were advised they were waiting on the technical specification on how to fix the problem. This has continued since November of 2011. The driving condition of the car has continued to decline and has even caused the front two tires excessive wear. The front tires already need replacement. The car drifts off to the right severely when you release the steering wheel, causing fatiguing of the arms due to continued correction of the steering.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 162011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 55 miles
1) the vehicle is purchased on 10/15/2012 at mileage 45. After driving 10 miles felt vomiting sensation and head ache due to vehicle constant vibration. My wife in the passenger seat also felt the same. I have my friends drive the car and they felt the same. 2) reported the problem to the dealer through text message on 10/16/2012 (Sunday) via text message as the dealer ship closed on Sunday 3) taken to the dealership on 10/17/2012 morning to check up. On first attempt dealer says there is wheel balancing problem, so performed wheel balancing and tire rotation and returned the vehicle to me saying it fixes it 4) with in 10 miles of driving, found same issue (head ache and vomiting sensation) due to vibration. 5) taken to the dealership on 10/21/2012, on second attempt, dealer says he needs to replace axle. 6) how can a brand new vehicle is not inspected for axle problem and sold to customer" also how can dealer ship failed to find the axle problem on first attempt"

- Spring, TX, USA

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