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Automatic Transmission Problems of Hyundai Sonata - part 1

Hyundai Sonata owners have reported 64 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Hyundai Sonata based on all problems reported for the Sonata.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 1
Failure Date: 10/30/2012

The contact owns 2012 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the vehicle rolled away when the vehicle was turned off. The contact turned the vehicle off by the push to start button and did not realize that he never put the vehicle in park. The contact exited the vehicle and the vehicle began to roll down a hill. The contact was able to re enter the vehicle and managed to stop it without crashing into anything. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 8,000. . . Updated 12/14/12.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Hyundai Sonata 2
Failure Date: 07/11/2012

The contact owns a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated the steering wheel became very difficult to steer while turning right. The contact stated that the failure occurred twice. The contact spoke with the dealer and was informed that water got onto the steering belt and caused the failure. The contact felt that there was more of an issue because they were unable to shift the vehicle out of drive and into park when they attempted to park. The failure and current mileages were 25,651. . . Updated 08/15/12 the consumer stated the battery light illuminated as well. Updated 08/21/12.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 3
Failure Date: 03/04/2012

From: consumeraffairs@hmausa. Com subject: Hyundai Sonata 2011 date: tue, 6 Mar 2012 18:01:34 -0700 dear javier rivera: thank you for contacting Hyundai motor America. We appreciate the opportunity to assist you, but we apologize for the circumstances that prompted your contact. We would like to refer you to your servicing dealership for the diagnosis of your battery concern prior to any decisions being made about a buyback situation. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you but we need additional information regarding your situation to review your case further. Once you have contacted your dealership for the repair details, please contact us with the dealership contact information that includes who is working with you and what they are offering to do to address your concerns. We have documented your comments. Your case number 4751061 can be referenced if we can provide further assistance. Thank you for contacting Hyundai motor America. Consumeraffairs@hmausa. Com sent: mon, 05 Mar 2012 20:55:27 -0700 subject: Hyundai Sonata 2011 to whom it may concern, I am the owner of a Hyundai Sonata hybrid 2011. I recently bought the car in November 2011. I was very excited of buying my first hybrid and the significant savings in gas. I have been happy with the car, although I have realized that the savings in gas were good in the beginning, but have dramatically decrease lately. I thought it was our driving and had not paid too much attention to this until yesterday when the following incident occurred. Yesterday, Sunday March 4, 2012, around 9:00 am on our way to church with the entire family, while my son, 15 years old with a learners permit. Out of the blue the car jerked, stalled and completely lost power on southwest parkway. My son, an inexperience driver, totally panic and almost crashed into a passing car. The car was towed to the dealer, round rock Hyundai in TX. Today the dealer was unable to give additional in.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 4
Failure Date: 08/06/2011

I have a 2011 Hyundai Sonata se, I have brought it to the dealership 3 times with the same issue. I know there is something wrong with the transmission and they keep telling me that they cannot duplicate the issue and send me on my way. It has happened numberous times when my fiance or I have driven it, now my daughter (who just got her learner's permit) had it happen to her. The tranny slips, it makes a loud clunk when trying to go in reverse then the car will not move. I have to put the car in park, turn it off and on again then try again! other times I will be drivong and the car revs up and wont move then slips into gear and then clunks back in gear again causing the car to buck. I dont know what has to happen before this gets fixed!! or hurt! whichever comes first! I am over this!!! I need a car that works!! I am so frightened to have my kids drive the car only for something bad to happen and them not knowing how to handle it scares the shit out of me!!! that is a lawsuit in the making!! someone please help!!!.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata 5
Failure Date: 08/02/2011

The contact owns a owns a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the headlights illuminated dimmer than normal and made it very difficult to drive at night. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the headlights were performing up to standard and they could not alter the design. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 3,788 and the current mileage was 13,000. Updated 06/06/12 the consumer stated the low beams did not project adequately when driving up and down hills and driving around curves. The low beam head light projection decreased up to 50% and sometimes more than 50% depending on the size of the hill or curve. The consumer also stated the vehicle shifted in a rough manner and a fender lining was replaced.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 6
Failure Date: 07/16/2011

While backing up my car at a slow speed the car abruptly stopped as if I hit a brick wall and made a loud crashing sound. The indicator letters in the dashboard were blank and the shifter gears letters were not illuminated. Car was able to get into drive and was parked, I turned the motor off for a few minutes and restarted the car. Was able to get it home and will call the dealer ASAP.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 7
Failure Date: 07/02/2011

Brake switch failure. Left car immobile.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 8
Failure Date: 06/12/2011

I stopped by the gas station to fill up and turned off my car. After filling the gas tank I attempted to start my car and was unable to get the car out of "park. " I tried multiple times and even asked the gas attendant to try and they were unable to get the vehicle out of park as well. This lasted for about 10 minutes before I was able to get the car out of park and proceed on my way.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 9
Failure Date: 03/28/2011

The transmission in my 2011 Hyundai Sonata has failed twice. There is a silenoid problem. First time it blew 2 silenoids @ 1,400 miles, felt like I hit a cinder block the 2nd time @ 2,700 miles, the transmission blew out on a major highway. Dealer advises multiple 2011 Sonata's coming in with silenoid issues.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 10
Failure Date: 02/11/2011

Vibration in steering, grinding noise in transaxe, low tire pressure (by dealer), refusal to perform 3,750 mile maintince secdule (dealer refused).

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 11
Failure Date: 02/01/2011

My new Hyundai Sonata se 2011 fail to start or to turn off ( I have to restart the car in order to do it). Besides that once in a while the transmision indicator does not show any letter on (r or d or p or n). Again,I have to restart the car then it goes on normally. When driving the transmission downshifts abnormally.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 12
Failure Date: 12/28/2010

I recently purchased 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2. 0t limited. The car has 1200+ miles on it and I have it for 4+ weeks. One major problem is the car is pulling to the left and the steering wheel is not at absolute center. Steering this car feels very heavy when I turn to the right and very light when I turn to the left. I am not sure what is going on and why this problem. Can you please help? I have submitted an email to Hyundai and will be taking the car in to the dealer this week to have it checked. VIN = [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 13
Failure Date: 12/07/2010

My 2011 Hyundai Sonata transmission went after 2 months. The rpms went haywire and it switch gears. I took it to the dealership and changed the transmission. I hope this doesn't happen again. However I 'm finding alot on the internet in reference to this issue.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 14
Failure Date: 11/10/2010

While very cold (in the morning during all winter) my 2011 Sonata had shifted from 3rd to 4rt gear very fast and I had very high rpms. I was told that I have to leave my car with them for couple of days and they did not provide me with the loaner.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Hyundai Sonata 15
Failure Date: 09/28/2010

Check engine light come on when it rains 2005 Sonata and transmission won't shift till the light goes out.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 16
Failure Date: 09/15/2010

I have a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. I purchased the car in August of 2010. About a month after owning the vehicle, the engine light came on. When I took it to the dealer, they recorded the code and then said it was the ac. I was asked to wait 15 seconds before turning the ac on after starting car. So I did that. About a week later or so later, the light comes on again. Take it back twice after this, they record the code and then the switch is replaced. I maintain my car with all maintenance requested and I drive it on the highway. I had the tire light come on a few months later - was told it was the temperature. That eventually went off. Next was the engine light yet again. This time it occured after I took the car in on June 17th for an oil change. They told me a recall was on the transmission and they did the recall update. Immediately after this update, the car drove terribly. Very loud, very rough. About a week after this update, the car breaks down in the parking lot. It has done this now about 5 or 6 times since June (today is July 20th). I take it to the dealer and told I need the engine light on in order to repair. The light needs to come on two or three times before Hyundai will replace. The engine light sometimes comes on, sometimes does not, but it is guaranteed to break down. It is most definitely the transmission as it will stall and then hesitate. The lights on the gear shaft go away completely and the dash lights go away so you have no idea if you are in park, reverse, etc. Last time my engine light came on, it went back off that night. The problem continues and Hyundai can't seem to fix. I read online from a general search on this car that this is a resounding issue across the board with others as well. I am frustrated and something should be done. I called corporate and got nowhere. I continue to get the runaround. They should be investigated before someone dies from their transmission issue/lack of concern for the safety and wellbeing of their drivers.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Hyundai Sonata 17
Failure Date: 09/15/2010

Hyundai Sonata 2010 v6 sedan rolls backwards on incline when in drive. Basically goes into freefall in time it takes to put foot from brake to accelerator. Also steering is very swimmy. Tend to over or under steer and lots of sway in chasis when turning or changing lanes at high speeds on freeway. Have taken to dealer multiple times and told it is the way it is designed. Sounds flawed to me.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Hyundai Sonata 18
Failure Date: 04/01/2010

Re- 2001 Hyundai Sonata I was on way to work going 93 north towards boston 1 exit away from work when I went over 3 small bumps on highway nothing out of the ordinary, yet my tires felt as if they were not stable I was only going 60 slowed down to 30 took off ramp 1 block away from work, then completely stopped at a cross street intersection to take a right. I proceeded then I flew forward in my car. My car stopped short for a second I thought I hit my shifter in neutral or reverse, that was not the case, I was in drive. Put car in park it made a searing ungodly sound I didn't know what was happening. I got out of my car just as two men came running over to help me. We noticed the tire completely against inside wheel frame. I just had a rim replaced not even 1 month ago and new brakes and tires yet I wasn't sure what this tire like that meant. I couldn't understand why I seem to be having to replace so many things, one right after another, however I was told after towing car to firestone that my whole car undercarriage frame subframe is completely rotted and that the axle is snapped and may even have damaged transmission I called Hyundai to put a complaint in. They told me I have a recall on my car when they looked up my car by the VIN yet I was never notified. They seemed quite caring and empathic to my situation, yet the last question they asked me, blew me away. Christine the operator from Hyundai asked me one more question ms. __ what do you plan to get out of this? are you kidding me? what a question, I asked if I should get a lawyer, and was it an voluntary or involuntary recall she said that Hyundai put this recall into effects after the company realized and found that they may have a defective corrosive situation, yet on the web they were obviously investigated first then did something about it. She said recalls started in July of 09 and are still being issued to date, she said she'd mail me a packet to fill out and send back -OH joy!! cant wait.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Hyundai Sonata 19
Failure Date: 03/30/2010

The contact owns a 2010 Hyundai Sonata. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph attempted to park the vehicle on an incline. When the ignition was turned off the key was removed with the gear shifter in the drive position. Suddenly, the vehicle rolled down the incline into another parking space. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 3,500.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Hyundai Sonata 20
Failure Date: 02/09/2010

I was backing up slowly when the car suddenly accelerated without me touching the gas. I was about to put it into forward gear when it suddenly lurched backward.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Hyundai Sonata 21
Failure Date: 11/12/2009

Went to dealership and advised of a transmission problem. Supposedly a service flag was sent to dealerships and just "flush" the transmission. 5 days later and 550 miles from home, the car broke down, was towed and advised I needed a new transmission. Still sitting out of state waiting for the part to arrive.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Hyundai Sonata 22
Failure Date: 10/27/2009

Traveling north on interstate 15 at 75 mph, with the car on cruise control. At the start of a curve the car started to accelerate. It reached over 5,000 rpms. Stepping on the brake accomplished nothing. I shut off the cruise control it continued to accelerate over 6,000 rpms I shut the engine and finally got control of the car. During this time I had gone off the highway down a ravine hitting boulders and rocks and into the desert and damaging my car. I re-started the car and the engine sounded weird. I shut the engine again and waited for a longer period before restarting. It sounded better so I shifted the car into gear and started forward slowly. There was a transmission firm nearby. They put the car up on a computer, and I was told that the code read p. O. 12. The mechanic told me that he unwound the cruise cable by hand and it should be safe to drive as long as I did not use the cruise control. I brought the car to the nearest Hyundai dealer and they said that the code had been erased. Later during Hyundai investigation I was told that the mechanic said he had removed the code in order to test the cruise control. On my return home I brought the car back to Hyundai and they said they could do nothing. I am thankful that my wife and I were not harmed. All I want is Hyundai to accept the responsibility of fixing the car. Hyundai was not helpful in anyway and instead acted as if I made up the entire incident. They told me a decision would be made in 4-6 weeks. After the 6 week period I contacted Hyundai it is still under investigation. Now t hey tell me there is no time period for a decision. Can you please advise me what I should do next.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Hyundai Sonata 23
Failure Date: 06/15/2009

The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that entire rear subframe had rusted. The contact called the dealership and was advised to take the vehicle in for diagnosis. The vehicle had not been repaired for the problem at the time the complaint was filed. Also, while driving at 40 mph, the vehicle would drop from fourth gear to first gear suddenly. The vehicle was taken to the dealership and repairs were performed on the censors; however, the problem was not fixed. The failure mileage was approximately 95,000. The current mileage was approximately 112,000.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Hyundai Sonata 24
Failure Date: 05/09/2009

The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. While the vehicle was parked in the contact's driveway, his child was able to place the gear into neutral. The vehicle rolled backward, struck a utility box, and drove over a bicycle. When the vehicle struck the utility box, the passenger door was almost torn off. There were no injuries. The dealer sent a packet with paperwork asking for the vehicle description, insurance reports, and pictures. The vehicle is currently at the collision center being repaired. The entire passenger side was damaged. The failure and current mileages were 19,000. Updated 06/23/09. Updated 06/23/09.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Hyundai Sonata 25
Failure Date: 03/14/2009

While driving close to home my Hyundai Sonata 1999 started pulling to the right , getting more severe by the minute. I decided to go home. By the time I got home the front right wheel was leaning towards the outside of car. I took the wheel off and discovered that the lower front control arm separated from the frame because of severe corrosion in the sub frame of car.

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