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Hyundai Sonata repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (12%)

Other (7%)

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Hyundai Sonata transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (15%)

$100 - $499 (45%)

< $100 (26%)

Chart based on 66 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

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

6000 mi Shift shock when coming to a stop. Transmission computer reset and problem resolved. 

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2014 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

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

22940 mi Both left and right axle shafts had to be replaced. Car was making knocking noise when turning sharp and accelerating. 

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2013 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

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

52000 mi

US $300
Transmission shifting hard. They reset the driving mode of the computer, which didn't fix the issue. I then received a check engine light and a Blue Link notification. Called them and they diagnosed a Temperature Sensor issue. 
39000 mi Transmission was shifting very harsh with delayed up shifts. There was also a check engine light present. Dealer reflashed the computer. Problem resolved for a few weeks and has since returned. 
75000 mi Transmission holding gears longer than normal when car is cold. Dealer flushed fluid and updates to software completed. 
31000 mi The transmission began having problems shifting and a warning light on the dash illuminated. A faulty transmission temperature sensor was replaced. 
49840 mi Front axels 

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2013 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

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

6000 mi Transmission would flutter about on the highway. 
1000 mi Transmission lost fluid and slipping. Car would not drive. 
4000 mi Whining noise from transmission under light acceleration at low speeds of 25 to 35 mph. 

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2013 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

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

5500 mi Vehicle downshifts while coasting at 38 mph and 22 mph. Reported to service writer. Dealer reprogrammed computer. Still downshifting. Will require another appointment and visit 

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2013 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

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

11140 mi Transmission slipping in 3rd and 4th gear, hy-brid battery drains from 1/2 to less than 1/8 on gauge. Trans.fluid smelt burnt. Transmission replaced. 

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2012 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

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

4700 mi Rough shifts. Transmission temperature range sensor replaced 
34680 mi Defective transmission pan sensor and harness.It required two separate trips to get all the parts replaced. Covered by warranty. 
49000 mi 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. 
29500 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. 

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2012 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

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

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

50000 mi Neutral saety switch 
18500 mi Vibration noise while driving at slow speeds 
21000 mi Vibration while driving at slow speeds 
23000 mi Vibration while driving at slow speeds 
27000 mi Vibration while driving at slow speeds 
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 

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2012 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

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

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

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2011 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

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

22000 mi Check Engine Light On - Replaced transmission temperature sensor 
35000 mi TFT Sensor replaced 
60 mi Engine started stalling. Dealership thought it may have been a fuel contamination or bad spark plugs; upon disassembling the engine it was found to have a broken/melted exhaust valve in cylinder #2.  
9300 mi Replaced paddle shifters and car was shiftable from 1st to 6th gears; previous to that sensor was broken and the only drivable gear was "D". 
14880 mi Newly installed paddle shifter assembly broken; no manumatic transmission selectable. Replaced paddles again. 

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2011 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

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

47000 mi Transmission shifter fails to engage car into gear. Have had this problem since car was new...dealer has not fixed after repeated visits. This was attempt #4 for them to try to figure it out AGAIN. 
120000 mi

US $200
Vehicle lurches 
12000 mi replaced shifter (2nd time), replaced start button, replaced brake light switch 
39060 mi Transmission sometimes failed to shift out of park. Inhibit switch replaced umder warranty. 
43000 mi Popping noise. New drive shaft installed under warrantee 
2139 mi transmission sliped after initial take off loud bump, bang into next gear, let off pedal let it coast, pressed pedal rpms raced to 5k released tranny stuck in 4th gear limped to dealer no word on repair yet 

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2011 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

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

42728 mi Car would not start. Towed to the dealer. Plastic fork part on the starter broke. It was replaced under warranty. 
53000 mi No start, battery ok, no gear indicator on dash, rough shift from park to R or D. Faulty Trans Range Switch replaced. Transmission feels smoother now. 
65000 mi Same issue as what happened before with rough shifting and gear indicator on dash going blank. First time they thought a recent transmission recall would fix it. It didn't and they replaced TRS one one more time under extended warranty. 
32700 mi Both front axles had been squealing when fully turned at slow speeds. The dealer found an appropriate repair bulletin and replaced both front axles 
32240 mi A/T temperature sensor shows cold transmission. Service bulletin put out by Hyundai on this problem. Result was rough shifts occasionally and check engine light on at higher altitudes (5,000 ft +). 
52080 mi transmission sensor 
41000 mi When switching gears, the gear indicator showed blank and check engine light was on. The problem was caused by faulty gear position sensor, replaced, problem is gone. 
84300 mi

US $450
Both CV joints bad. 
47120 mi Squeaking sound coming from rear passenger side tire. 
27700 mi Leaking trans with fluid on TOP of the transmission case. "Cleaned" and put dye in. Wait for new leak (which by the way has shown up again). 
32000 mi Leaking breather bolt. Could not fix bolt/bolt hole. Replaced entire transmission with reman. 
1400 mi Replaced 2 silemoids - no 5th or 6th gear. While driving @ 50 mph, felt like I hit cinder block. Car stuck in 4th gear. 
2700 mi Replaced transmission - pulling out total melt down with transmission. Stuck in 4th gear RPM's @ 5K. All with my 5 year old with me on major road - not good. 
102000 mi

US $165
Problem when shifting...sensor went bad. 
43300 mi The transmission is also apt to act a little 'jerky' at times. However, since it spits out no codes, its considered ok. 
59000 mi jerky 
8000 mi Passenger Door has tinny hollow sound when shut. Dealer heard sound and admitted it sounded bad however can't repair it. Customer unhappy with outcome. 
38000 mi Clicking transaxle during sharp turns when extremely cold 
47300 mi recall done on the shifter sensor. Shifter failed to recognize that the care was in Park. 
49700 mi Recall work done under warranty - can't remember the tsb. Something with a sensor. Occasional hard shifts. Now have them a lot less frequently, but still sometimes. Now so infrequent that dealer probably won't replicate. 
33162 mi

US $125
Heard a loud bang while turning left at approx 40 mph, car jerked real hard. There was also an electrical burn smell inside the vehicle as a result of the incident. Service couldn't duplicate the issue thus, no repair was done. 
21000 mi Bad transmission sensor. Replaced under warranty. 

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2011 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

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

7759 mi Nvld, ecu 
31000 mi Dealer had to install a new transmission under warranty 

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2010 Hyundai Sonata

Engine not specified

93000 mi Jerks when down shifting at stops has code p0449 stored.  

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2010 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

87000 mi

US $761
leaking axle replaced;  
23000 mi Jerky shift from 2nd to 1st gear when the car is decelerating. 

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2010 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

10540 mi Problem since 250km, 4th visit. Finally agreement:double flywheel clutch is faulty - causing RPM drop on engagement/stalling/rough changes. Entire clutch replaced under warranty. In shop 19 days, replacement vehicle provided.  

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2010 Hyundai Sonata 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

29140 mi

$8
Transmission was slightly jerky from 2nd to 3rd. Checked the fluid and was slightly low. I topped up the fluid and the transmission felt a but better. 

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2009 Hyundai Sonata

Engine not specified

28000 mi

US $1
transmission shift down to 1st gear real hard...dealer hooked the car up and did a software update ...took 30 min. and everything is ok 

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2009 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

249-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

34700 mi

US $84
REPLACEMENT OF TRANSMISSION FLUID. 

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2009 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

120300 mi

US $100
A faulty sensor was found thanks to my check engine light. Not sure what the name of it was 
104700 mi

US $200
software upgrade to stop transmission from jerking when coming to a stop 
33000 mi Car was downshifting into 3rd roughly. The dealer reset the computer values to the default. 
29000 mi Hard downshift from 3rd to 2cnd when the car was cold. A software update was applied. This took care of the problem. 
68000 mi

US $90
There was an issue with a hard downshift. Not sure if it was the adaptive driving feature or firmware. The adaptive driving was reset and new firmware was applied per a TSB. I had to pay diagnostic fee, but not repair cost. 
17960 mi Hard(er) shifts. Acceptable, would not call them a problem, but not as smooth as when new. Drain and fill ATF with original SPIII ATF, shift quality noticeably improved. Required about 3.6L of ATF. 
20000 mi I'm still having an issue with my transmission but the dealer didn't see any problem. I dropped off my car for 2 days in July, but the dealer said there was no problem which I'm still experiencing. 
33217 mi Transmission jerks when downshifting while slowing down. Started doing it during a recent trip and when i checked, there was no oil. I refilled. Problem returned after 2 day. Dealer couldn't identify and told me to bring it back when it happens regularly. 
34000 mi

US $486
Problem with transmission downshifting while slowing down. When cold, the transmission gives a big jolt when downshifting. As the car heats up the problem disappears. Did the 30k service which included tranny service but problem remains. 
84000 mi

US $150
Transmission was shifting very hard from 4th to 3rd. Had to have the transmission control computer reset and updated to newest firmware. Not covered by warranty. 
9150 mi Same issue, dealer had car for 18days, ended up having to replace the transmission. Took parts from stock car to verify it was not computers. 
49500 mi

US $600
Transmission was jumping when downshifting. Had to pay for a reprogramming of the latest firmware for the transmission computer as well as a transmission flush. 
102000 mi

US $120
Transmission had developed a hard downshift to 1st gear when transmission was cold. There was a TSB concerning the problem - dealer did the required computer update. 

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2009 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

59000 mi Clutch and Clutch Slave Cylinder 
28000 mi Clutch would not return back down to floor; after restart it worked and dealer could not replicate. 
48160 mi

US $1317
Clutch, pressure plate & throwout bearing replaced. Flywheel refaced. 
13000 mi The clutch pedal would grab high, low, then stay enguaged, then a popping noise and the clutch pedal went to the floor with fluid coming out of the transmission.  I had the car for 13 miles and the same condition came back, stopped working on my home street, had the service manager come out and confirm, and needed to be towed again.  Replaced some valve (Service advisor said they didn't know what it was) in the clutch system and replaced the slave cylinder again. At this point it was irrelevant,the car is unreliable. Hyundai and dealer refuse to work on the car anymore, I'm Stuck. 
13460 mi Blown Clutch Again. replaced Slace Cyl,and reservior tube. 
8000 mi clutch falls to floor on a soft foot. clutch pressure not spec. Dealer ordered new part. Same problem. Soft foot makes clutch fall to floor without pressure to pop up. 
18000 mi Weak clutch, required pumping pedal. Slave cyl rebuilt. 

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2008 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

234-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

2000 mi Transmission low of fluid. Dealer added fluid. 
39000 mi Car has a shake. Feels like a tire out of balance. Dealer says it is the torque converter locking up and all 08 Sonata's will shake between 40 and 50 mph. 
71500 mi Dealer replaced transmission. When leaving dealership, I felt a clunk from the transmission and the check engine went and stayed on. 
72000 mi Check engine light code showed an internal failure of the transmission, transmission replaced again. 

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2008 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

162-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

110000 mi

US $696
Broken dual-mass flywheel. Problem diagnosed but not repaired. 

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2007 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

234-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

16740 mi Crank shaft damper pully. 

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2007 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

162-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

7000 mi Vibration in manual transmission when shifting between third and fourth gear. Dealer says this is normal, I do not agree. 

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2007 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

162-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

13000 mi CVC boot came loose on the driver side. Covered under warranty. 

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2006 Hyundai Sonata

Engine not specified

77000 mi Transmission slipping. Dealer replaced transmission.  
176300 mi

US $3000
Replaced tranny 

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2006 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

235-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

34000 mi I don't know the exact name of the part that failed, but it was some sort of acceleration pedal "link" that was faulty from the factory (or so the tech said). It caused the car to have 1/4 of its usual power and could not be driven faster than 30 mph. 
83000 mi felt like rougher than normal shifting; could not replicate. Problem subsided and is no longer noticeable. Road test only... no charge. 
147000 mi

US $244
drivers side cv joint needed replacement due to severe vibrations 
98000 mi noticed growling/rattling/grinding sound coming from engine compartment. got louder over a few weeks. took to the repair shop. they say transaxle will have to be removed and will cost at least $1000 
98000 mi

US $1176
noise from engine compartment got louder. after weeks of driving check engine light came on. flexplate rivets had loosened. dropped transmission to replace flexplate. there is a service bulletin on this. 
76000 mi

US $300
Tranny was making a whining noise in 4th gear and shifting early into 4th going up hills, resulting in loss of power. Dealer found nothing wrong. Symptoms remain unchanged. No faith in dealer any more. 
93000 mi

US $260
CV joint had unpacked itself, slung all grease. Was making noise. Cleaned and regreased. No issues now. Independant shop looked at same problem and swore it was strut mounts. Dealer proved MUCH value in experience. Nailed it. Happy. 
135300 mi Transmission would not shift out of first gear. Dash indicator showed D1. D1 is not a valid option. It should be D or 1, but not D1. Once towed to shop, the mechanic was unable to replicate the problem. Suspect bad connector or moisture 

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2006 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

162-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

67000 mi

US $1500
Changed clutch since it was manual tranny. Replaced entire clutch. 

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2006 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

162-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

150000 mi

US $381
Gear shift was sticking. Gear shift mechanism was cleaned, and one part was replaced. 
161200 mi

C $500
Replaced CV boots due to rubber breaking. 
54560 mi Clicking noise from front with braking and turning at the same time. Was told there is TSB: installed spacers on axles. Cost nothing: warranty repair. 

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2005 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

138-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

57040 mi Transmission replaced under warranty. 

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2004 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

138-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

49500 mi

US $353
Replaced transmission. Needed seals to repair, parts were backordered. Kept car almost 4 weeks, eventually Hyundai said to replace entire transmission instead of waiting for parts to rebuild. $3500 job but still under warranty (except for clutch parts). 

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2004 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

138-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

99000 mi

US $305
Front axle was replaced again. Front axle had been replaced less than a year before by dealer. Very unhappy with dealer. Everytime I take my car to the dealer--they have my car for 2 weeks to a month and the car returns with same problem. 
81300 mi Right boot torn, boot and axle replaced. 
99000 mi

US $450
Car had boots that were torn, and so the CV joints and axles were replaced. 
112000 mi

US $600
left front axle boot was cracked and failing, entire axle replaced 
119700 mi

US $120
Self-Replaced both driver/passenger cv axles. 

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