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2012 Hyundai Sonata repairs by problem area

Engine (19%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (13%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 94 repairs.

2012 Hyundai Sonata repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (25%)

< $100 (67%)

Chart based on 12 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2012 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 274hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Hyundai Sonata in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2012 - Jan 2014
Jan 2013

6200 mi
Turbo Waste Gate out of adjustment. Intermittent problem with Turbo not working. Code hard to catch. Bought my own OBD2 diagnostic tool to catch the code. Once caught the dealer fixed it. Car without turbo runs like it has 50 hp 
Oct 2013

14440 mi
Passenger electric mirror would "stick" and not rotate. Intermittent problem. Dealer replace control unit in door, but it made no difference. New mirror needed. Now works properly. 
Hyundai Sonata in New York, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2016
Apr 2015

18700 mi

US $10
Radio lost all volume, thought it was fuse. Needed reset with paper clip, reset hole upper left hand corner of unit. Mechanic kind enough to charge me nothing for this during other maintenance. 
Jan 2016

24700 mi

US $120
Battery slowly died over a week of use in cold weather. 4 years into ownership, battery replacement not unusual. 
Hyundai Sonata in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2014 - Aug 2014
Jul 2014

29000 mi
I was having problems with the automatic transmission--late shifts, inconsistent, struggling to find a gear. I took it for service and they "re-learned the transmission adaptive learning" (their words, not mine) and the problem seemed to go away. 
Hyundai Sonata in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2012 - Jun 2015
Jun 2013

15500 mi
Nav System defective. Operates correctly on a random basis 
Jul 2014

34680 mi
Defective transmission pan sensor and harness.It required two separate trips to get all the parts replaced. Covered by warranty. 
Jun 2015

48360 mi

C $900
replaced front brakes; machined rear rotors; rear brake caliper service 
Hyundai Sonata in Indiana, United States
Jun 2012 - Jun 2013
May 2013

24300 mi
It was a TSB issue with the turbocharger. 
Hyundai Sonata in Florida, United States
Jun 2013 - Dec 2015
Jan 2015

29000 mi
Turbo charger wastegate needed adjustment 
Feb 2015

30000 mi
Clip holding wastegate rod broke and needed to be replaced. Was not correctly fixed earlier 
Sep 2015

36000 mi
Turbocharger exhaust clamp broke. Lost boost. Dealer replaced under warranty 
Hyundai Sonata in New York, United States
Nov 2014 - Mar 2015
Jan 2015

73000 mi

US $270
Turbo Oil Return line was leaking. Turbo was making whining noise and continued even after the repair. Oil failure appeared imminent. 
Hyundai Sonata in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2014
Oct 2013

42000 mi

US $58
Tire pressure sensor 
Jan 2014

46000 mi
AC hose broke and lost refrigerant. AC blew hot at all times. 
Hyundai Sonata in Puerto Rico
Apr 2012 - May 2014
Jan 2012

4000 mi
Changed expansion valve, but it did not fix problem 
Feb 2012

4500 mi
Change a/c compressor. This fixed the problem. Adjusted panoramic roof. (they uninstalled inside roof panels) Change a/c compressor. This fixed the problem. Adjusted panoramic roof. (they uninstalled inside roof panels) 
Mar 2012

5000 mi
Roof started to rattle again. Dealer had the car for 3 days. Still no fix. 
May 2012

9500 mi
This time dealer gave me a rental. Left car again at dealer. Contacted Hyundai Dist of PR. 
May 2014

36000 mi
Car was making a loud sound on drivers side front tire suspension. I went for service several times with no luck into repairing this problem. Also A/C started again to stop cooling when stopped. A/c Compressor has been changed two times. 
Hyundai Sonata in Virginia, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2016
Dec 2015

57000 mi

US $300
routine brake pad and rotor replacement 
Hyundai Sonata in Kansas, United States
Nov 2011 - May 2013
Jan 2012

2000 mi
vehicle pulls to the right in all weather and all road types 
Apr 2012

9300 mi
XM radio constantly displays "loading XM" and will not load XM. Dealer said XM radio connection was loose in the radio/antennae. They tightened the connection which fixed it for a week, now XM still does not work. 
Jun 2012

12000 mi
Radio replaced due to faulty XM module. Radio is working now. However the dealer damaged the dashboard near the radio while installing the new radio. I had to bring the car back to the dealership to get the dash fixed to how it was before. 
Hyundai Sonata in Illinois, United States
Sep 2011 - Feb 2012
Jan 2012

2000 mi
Battery dead 2 days in a row. Defective battery-at least 1 dead cell-replaced under warranty while I waited. 
Hyundai Sonata in Ohio, United States
Aug 2011 - Mar 2016
Sep 2011

1500 mi
after three visits squeek finally isolated to allignment dowels on rear subframe rubbing against holes in body. Solution was to remove subframe and drill hole diameter larger. no problems since 
Sep 2014

49000 mi
AC compressor makes intermittent excess noise and intermittly blows warm air Start button intermittent. Problem corrected, when they did the recall for shifter cable. Switch was damaged and was intermittent... Had shifter position sensor replaced and now ok. 
Nov 2014

51000 mi
Oil pan leaking 
Mar 2015

58000 mi
Vacuum booster inop 
Mar 2016

79000 mi

US $173
Steering rack replaced under warrenty 
Hyundai Sonata in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2015 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

54560 mi
Noticed knocking from rear suspension when driving over bumps. Mentionned to dealer. Dealer replaced end links left and right. Under warranty, paid nothing. Noticed squeaking from headliner, especially when cold. Mentionned to dealer. He suggested sunroof seal replacement. Performed under warranty in the spring. Noticed improvement, but its warmer now. We'll see next winter. 
Hyundai Sonata in Florida, United States
Jun 2013 - Jun 2015
Jun 2014

28000 mi
Steering wheel inserts peeling. They were replaced. Sounded like a blown speaker. Dealer determined that the radio needed to be replaced. Chrome trim on passenger side of the hood was loose and pulling away from the car. 
Apr 2015

37000 mi
Car won't start. Have to shift from park to drive more than once before starter will engage. Dealer could not reproduce. Has happened SEVERAL times since. 
Hyundai Sonata in Minnesota, United States
Feb 2012 - Sep 2014
Aug 2012

4700 mi
Rough shifts. Transmission temperature range sensor replaced 
Hyundai Sonata in Oregon, United States
Jun 2012 - Mar 2016
Mar 2016

51000 mi
Computer wasn't calculating fuel mixture correctly so turbo failed to engage. Didn't affect ability to drive. Quick diagnosis and fixed under warranty. 

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2012 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Hyundai Sonata in Utah, United States
Jul 2011 - Mar 2016
Mar 2012

5000 mi
Wheel alignment and electronic sensors were tweeked 
Hyundai Sonata in Missouri, United States
Apr 2012 - Jun 2012
Jun 2012 Thumping noise when going over bumps are imperfections in road surface at low speed. Dealer unable to fix problem. Dealer replaced vehicle with new 2013 Sonata. 
Hyundai Sonata in California, United States
May 2015 - Jun 2015
May 2015

23000 mi

US $170
Weird noises stemming from engine compartment. Luggish transmission operation. Has not affected performance thus far. 

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2012 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

198-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Hyundai Sonata in Michigan, United States
Oct 2014 - Feb 2015
Dec 2014

53000 mi
Complete engine replacement. Rod Knock...blew a rod. 
Hyundai Sonata in Maryland, United States
Jun 2011 - Mar 2016
Dec 2014

32000 mi

US $50
3rd headlight issue in 2 years... Said It was a bulb but issue was intermittent. Not sure it is resolved. 
Oct 2015

42700 mi

US $25
5th lighting failure in 2.5 years! 
Jan 2016

44700 mi
6th lightbulb since buying the car! They say that's normal but doesn't seem like it to me. 
Hyundai Sonata in California, United States
Nov 2014 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015

63000 mi
Camshaft locked up and damaged the engine. Under warranty, they replaced a whole engine. 
Hyundai Sonata in Utah, United States
Dec 2015 - Mar 2016
Mar 2016

50000 mi
Neutral saety switch 
Hyundai Sonata in Illinois, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2015
Dec 2015

19000 mi
paint on steering wheel peeled off. replaced by dealer under warranty. 
Hyundai Sonata in Illinois, United States
May 2012 - Mar 2016
Aug 2015

59000 mi

US $350
Replace high pressure fuel pump 
Hyundai Sonata in California, United States
Oct 2014 - Mar 2016
Feb 2015

59300 mi

US $86
Windshield washer pump failed 
Hyundai Sonata in Ohio, United States
Oct 2012 - Mar 2016
Nov 2012

18500 mi
Vibration noise while driving at slow speeds 
Jan 2013

21000 mi
Vibration while driving at slow speeds 
Mar 2013

23000 mi
Vibration while driving at slow speeds 
Jun 2013

27000 mi
Vibration while driving at slow speeds 
Nov 2013

33000 mi
Vibration at slow speeds. I am giving up on this problem because the dealer refuses to fix it. This will be my first and last Hyundai 
Feb 2015

53000 mi

US $330
New front brakes. Happy that I got 52,000 miles out of the first set. 
Hyundai Sonata in Alberta, Canada
Aug 2012 - Jun 2013
Mar 2013

15500 mi
Heated seats swithes were backwards. Dealership switched switches 
Hyundai Sonata in Texas, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2016
Oct 2012

39000 mi
Loose heat shield. Repaired 
Hyundai Sonata in Ohio, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2013
May 2012

6800 mi
Heater hose was improperly installed at the factory. Service manager said the he has seen a number of this repairs for this model of Sonata 
Jan 2013

12000 mi

US $93
Right Front Caliper was corroded need cleaned and lubricated 
Hyundai Sonata in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Jan 2015
Jun 2014

31000 mi

US $80
Rubber seam around passenger front window defective. Battery replaced. 
Hyundai Sonata in California, United States
Apr 2013 - May 2013
May 2013

10000 mi
Cruise Control Seatbelt and Roof Problems 
Hyundai Sonata in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2011 - Jan 2012
Aug 2011

1000 mi
Steering pull to right 
Oct 2011

3000 mi
steering pulls to right, tsb fix unsuccessful improperly applied paint on roof 4th attempt to repair right pull 5th attempt to fix right pull 
Jan 2012

5000 mi
Still pulled to the right when sold. improperly applied paint on roof 
Hyundai Sonata in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2013 - Dec 2014
Dec 2013

40300 mi
A button on the steering wheel would sometimes not work. They replaced all the buttons on the wheel in a few hours and for free. 
Aug 2014

46160 mi
Passenger door's lock/unlock button popped out. Was probably broken internally when I bought it used, but I never used the passenger lock button. They replaced it, no problem or charge. 

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2012 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 Hybrid 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Hyundai Sonata in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2012 - Aug 2012
Jun 2012

4960 mi
Passenger side seatbelt adjuster will not move out of place. Dealer removed trim and performed temporary repair to enable movement of the sliding mechanism--replacement parts ordered. 
Jul 2012

4960 mi
Dealer replaced passenger seatbelt adjuster and cover assembly (as it showed signs of stress when adjuster malfunctioned). 
Hyundai Sonata in Illinois, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2013
Mar 2012

1000 mi
BlueLink never has reported mileage. Radio failed to power on this week. Pulling fuse and reinserting restored radio, and now BlueLink is showing correct mileage. 
Aug 2012

6000 mi
Radio would shut off and fail to power back on. It was determined there was an internal short, and radio was replaced. 
Hyundai Sonata in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2012 - Apr 2016
Dec 2013

6820 mi
Shuddering and hesitation on cold engine when the temperature dropped below 0 degrees C 
Jun 2014

9300 mi

C $90
Stuck rear brake pads 
Aug 2014

9300 mi
Rear discs replaced because of unusual wear. Pads kept and system lubed. 
Dec 2015

15500 mi

C $110
Brake pads were stuck. 
Hyundai Sonata in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2012 - Sep 2013
Dec 2012

3000 mi

US $25
Poor than average gas millage in winter months 
Hyundai Sonata in New York, United States
Dec 2012 - Mar 2016
May 2013

6000 mi
Bought the car in the dead of winter, no idea that A/C didn't work, took to dealer, they recharged, everything OK now. 
Mar 2016

46000 mi
Check engine light came on again, on a previous routine service visit, they said it was because I had the car 'on' while filling gas, but I didn't do that this interval. Cleared the code, and the light came back in about 500 miles. 

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2012 Hyundai Sonata 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Hyundai Sonata in Michigan, United States
Jun 2012 - Jan 2015
Oct 2012

7700 mi
Interior piece came loose. Put clip back on 
Dec 2013

28000 mi
Fuel pump broke 

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2012 Hyundai Sonata 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Hyundai Sonata in North Dakota, United States
Jan 2013 - Mar 2015
Feb 2013

8000 mi
Parked not used for two days--battery completely dead--dealer charged battery and said battery in good health and holding 600cca as battery is required--??what could have caused the battery to be dead??--what can I do? 

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2012 Hyundai Sonata Repair Histories

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