really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,228 miles

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2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 012016

Sonata Hybrid

  • 62,000 miles


The Hyundai Sonata hybrids have a belt called "hsg belt" which broke in my vehicle, causing the car to die while on a very busy highway. I was on the side of this highway for 5 hours waiting to be towed. The dealer communicated that the hsg belt broke and is a part that is recommended to be changed every 30,000 miles. That is rediculous! this should be a recall as owners are unaware of this part going bad in such a short time. It also causes significant damage when it brakes ($1600). Most importantly it put me in a very dangerous situation. At minimum Hyundai should be required to send all owners a notice communicating this part should be replaced so often! Hyundai now considers this part a "maintenance" part, thus it isn't covered under any warrantee. In my opinion this is Hyundai making an issue go away by calling it a "maintenance part". it is dangerous and the issue or replacement is not adequately communicated to the Sonata hybrid owners/buyers.

- Islamorada, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 162015

Sonata Hybrid

  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Hyundai Sonata hybrid. While driving 25 mph, a loud knocking sound was heard from the hood of the vehicle. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed, but the cause of the failure was not found. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 64,000.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 132016

Sonata Hybrid

  • 52,765 miles
Car stopped in the middle of local street road and not able to be driven to move to side of road. Car towed to delaer for repair. Want to warn about this danger to other owners. We were lucky since no one was behind us when the car immediately stopped in the middle of the road. Car was repaired by delaer as follows. Tech scan codes and found codes U1007, P1775, P1774. Tech check A/T fluid, red color, smell normal. Reset codes, codes come back. Tsb provided by tech line. Tech follow tsb#14-hc-003, result to replace oil pump control unit and recheck. After replacing oil pump control unit, same problem present. Tech replace oil pump, and found open yellow wire from oil pump unit to oil pump. Car runs normal and no codes present at this time. Tech try to put the old oil pump and pump module back in, problem happened again. Tech confirm the pump and module are bad. New oil pump and module reinstalled. Car under warranty and repair was successful. Delaer did a good job keeping me informed on the progress, even though it took longer than expected to repair the car.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 192015

Sonata Hybrid

  • 28,000 miles


On 19 Jul 2013, an insured driver on my auto policy was driving in North Dakota and hit a deer. The right fender, right headlight, hood and bumper were damaged. She called me & I told her if it was safe to drive, to continue driving. She kept driving and then the overheating light came on. She pulled the car over in less than a minute. She called me again & I told her to call Hyundai roadside assistance. The vehicle was towed to abra in bismarck, nd. They repaired the vehicle. The cost was $9760. They were in the process of moving it from the repair shop to the paint shop, which was right next door. They turned on the engine & as it was sitting there, it started spewing radiator fluid. They turned it off and took the car to Hyundai of bismarck. They determined that the heads were warped and the engine was destroyed. After the cost of the new engine was added to the cost of repairs, the car was totaled. I don't think that if a person pulls over within a minute of the overheating light coming on. That it will warp the heads. The whole reason for the light is to warn the driver.. I believe that either the motor was defective or the computer within the vehicle was defective & didn't come on early enough before there was damage to the heads & was not caused by the person diriving. This insurance claim went too fast and usaa signed off and totaled the vehicle just on numbers, not on any inverstigation of the reason why the heads were warped and destroyed the engine. The 414 number is the driver. The 262 number is my number in rehab and I can be reached at any time. Very respectfully, tony

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #2

Nov 012013

Sonata Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 5,600 miles
The vehicle lurches forward during deceleration thus pulling pressure off of the brake pedal and causing you to put even more pressure on the brakes to compensate. Vehicle will slide on icy roads at this point. Vehicle also has little to no acceleration on electric motor after the vehicle is hot. Making a left turn from a stop with oncoming traffic is hazardous since the vehicle can take up to 7 seconds before it accelerates enough to complete the turn and clear the oncoming lane. Both problems seem related. The first would appear to be free wheeling with no engine type braking applied while switching from engine to electric. The second would be from no electric motor engagement during initial acceleration from a stop or slow to turn maneuver.

- Stow, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 122013

Sonata Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
Engine shut off and battery only lets you go 1/4 mile pulled into parking lot turned car off waited 5 minutes and car started back up. Took car to dealer but could not find anything wrong told me to drive it. It happened again in April they had car for 7 days but could not find anything. Told me to drive it. It started again on june17th they say there is nothing wrong.

- Beverly, NJ, USA

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