4th Generation (2000—2005) Sonata Problems

This generations ranks 32nd out of 52 Hyundai generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (20%), interior (10%), and the electrical (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Excessive Vibration When Idling 8 complaints at an average of 36,342 miles in the 2005 Hyundai Sonata.
  2. Makes Noise to Start but Would Not Start 1 complaints at an average of 32,000 miles in the 2004 Hyundai Sonata.
  3. Sub-frame Rotted Out 2 complaints at an average of 136,500 miles in the 2005 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 2005 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2005 53 1 21 9.79
2004 18 1 27 7.09
2003 13 6 51 5.7
2002 13 7 63 3.31
2001 7 3 63 1.54
2000 6 4 65 1.87

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