2nd Generation (1989—1994) Sonata Problems

This generations ranks 13th out of 52 Hyundai generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (50%), electrical (25%), and the transmission (25%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Shifting Problems 1 complaints at an average of 130,000 miles in the 1992 Hyundai Sonata.
  2. Lacks Power When Accelerating 1 complaints at an average of 117,000 miles in the 1992 Hyundai Sonata.
  3. Stalling Out Intermittently 1 complaints at an average of 150,578 miles in the 1990 Hyundai Sonata.

What Sonata Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Hyundai model years.

Watch out for the 1992 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1994 0 1 8 0.0
1993 0 1 8 0.0
1992 2 1 7 2.12
1991 0 1 5 0.0
1990 2 3 4 0.53
1989 0 3 4 0.0

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