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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,202 miles

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2013 Hyundai Sonata body / paint problems

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2013 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #13

Dec 142017


  • 16,218 miles


The white paint is chipping away from the trunk and right rear panel. Maaco's evaluation indicated a paint defect with certain car brands, which includes Hyundai. The paint bubbles and then breaks. Maaco stated the likelihood is that it will happen in other parts of the car. If untreated, corrosion will eventually set in.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #12

Nov 022017


  • 95,000 miles
I have now replaced the housing rear brake light unit 3 times due to shorting out. The most recent short has caused the housing unit to melt causing a replacement of just the bulb not an option. The tag lights turn off and on and appear sometimes to be burnt out. This is also a short/wiring issue. This is a huge cause of concern for a trunk fire as this happens when the vehicle is in motion. I have been pulled over as a warning to get the lights replaced. Also, the spoiler on the vehicle has not only cracked all the way through but is also peeling due to coating issues. Only the spoiler on the car is the problem.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #11

Apr 142017


  • 157,850 miles
Sonata recall on April 14, ,2017 driving at 65 mph on I 75 my engine exploded and I successfully was able to maneuver to the shoulder. I ha be subsequently been sent a recall from Hyundai about this dangerous defect that they have been aware of for over 18 months. However the destruction does not end there. Hyundai motors of North America replaced the blown engine with a new model engine and after I had been driving the vehicle again for 36 hours and under 300 miles...the new engine caught on fire totally destroying my vehicle again due to my dilgence and the cincinnati fire department we were able to extinguish the fire with damage to other people or property. Hyundai has serious quality control issues. The car was on 4 th street in downtown cincinnati when the fire broke out.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #10

May 032017


  • 19,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 70 mph, the wheel well fender plastic cover detached. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 19,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #9

Jul 012014


  • 20,000 miles
Original tires on the vehicle (kumho) wore out after 30K miles and became very noisy after about 20K miles. Replaced the tires with a set of hankook optima H727. Now have 27K miles on these tires and they are just as noisy as the original stock tires, although they are wearing a lot better than the kumhos. I believe it is a design flaw with the vehicle itself as there should not be the tire noise entering the cabin like it does. I am running a set of hankook optima H725 on a 2008 Toyota rav4 with 124K miles and 55K miles on those tires. There is virtually no noise coming from those tires into the cabin and I hesitate to purchase another set of tires for my Sonata until a determination is made regarding the excessive noise.

- Lancaster, NY, USA

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problem #8

Jul 102015


  • 25,574 miles
Locked unoccupied vehicle was parked outside in a clear open area and panoramic glass roof spontaneously shattered.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #7

Apr 272015


  • 28,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the dashboard was melting and other sections started melting. The failure recurred continuously in warm weather. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 28,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 072014


  • 5,000 miles
I was pulling into a parking space when the car accelerated into a stone wall. I have contacted Hyundai and they claim there is nothing wrong with the vehicle, but I know differently as I drive it. It continues to randomly accelerate while driving along, just hope it doesn't happen again while trying to park.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #5

Jul 212014


  • 12,623 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated while driving at an unknown speed, a scrapping sound emitted from the front driver wheel. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that that fender liner needed to be replaced. The failure was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 12,623.

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 022014

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 9,800 miles
My wife had an accident today which seems to be caused by some kind of mechanical acceleration when she was pulling into a parking space. It all happened so fast that, at first, she thought she might have pushed the accelerator instead of the brake. But, as the fog of the incident clears, she recalls slowly applying the brake to pull into the parking space and the next thing she knows is that the engine is racing and she's knocked down metal signs, trees and bushes. The car would not stop. She just missed the front of a building. We were relieved that no people or vehicles were also involved. She sustained no injuries and the air bags did not inflate. We are glad that she wasn't on a highway and where much more damage could have occurred. The car has been towed to casey's auto body, at 4515 ohara ave, brentwood, ca 94513-2206 in case you would like to inspect the vehicle. There is a lot of damage to the front and driver's side front from the signs, trees and bushes. We do not have an estimate yet from casey's. I also have sent this information to Hyundai.

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #3

May 162014


  • 25,000 miles


I was T-boned tonight in an accident~~ I was driving approx. 35 and another car drove straight into my drivers side of my car going about 25-30~~she hit hard enough to ruin both doors, "crumpled" metal, rear fender, and scrub tires~~ none of the airbags deployed"???" need better safety than this~~~ I got tossed around pretty good inside~~~~4 hrs later and I am in severe neck and shoulder pain!!!

- Auburndale, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 012013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 16,665 miles
When I came out to get in my car, at work, I noticed that front bumper on the passenger side was pulled away from the body. No scratches or signs of impact were visible. The parking space butts up to grass. I took the vehicle to the dealership where purchased and was told that they get 30 to 40 of these complaints a year. They said the clips that hold the bumper do not hold up under all conditions. Because of the extreme low clearance between the bumper and the road, almost any pothole or bump or concrete parking block could cause them to break. This has to be a defect in the clip attachment of the bumper to the vehicle and a design flaw for the car to be so low to the ground. The dealer said the repair, which actually entails replacing, painting and attachment, comes to just short of $900. This could be a safety hazard should the car hit a pothole and the bumper flies off, obstructing the driver's vision, safety and for those behind.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 272013

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 900 miles
I was on the right most lane on highway 121 at 70 miles speed when my car started pulling right & left as if it was skidding on ice. The weather was fine. It was very scary. I was holding the steering with both hands. After that day, whenever I go over the speed of 60, car starts pulling left & right. I have to be extra careful while driving on the freeways.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

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