3rd Generation (1995—1999) Sonata Problems

This generations ranks 16th out of 52 Hyundai generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the electrical (20%), engine (20%), and the transmission (20%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Failure 1 complaints at an average of 42,000 miles in the 1998 Hyundai Sonata.
  2. Rack & Pinion Went Out 1 complaints at an average of 100,000 miles in the 1999 Hyundai Sonata.
  3. Transmission Failure 1 complaints at an average of 120,000 miles in the 1998 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 1998 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1999 1 4 101 1.16
1998 5 1 17 4.43
1997 1 2 30 0.17
1996 0 1 27 0.0
1995 3 2 27 0.66

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