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The Sonata has many of the right ingredients for success, these include power, comfort, and convenience. Further, Sonata delivers a quiet ride. It also accelerates and brakes well. The package is marred, however, by mediocre emergency handling.
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There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2005 Hyundai Sonata has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Hyundai Sonata owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

“The power plug is in the passenger side of the trunk. It pulled out, and was fixed under warranty. Then pulled out again. too expensive to fix. Defect, should never have come out in the first place. A weak spot”

Jane S., OH (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“The outlet in the trunk as the fuse blowned a few times”

Anonymous, QC (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)
Clock

“The clock does not always display, which is annoying. Again, too expensive to fix”

Jane S., OH (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“Display disappeared and reappeared without doing anything”

Anonymous, QC (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)
Headlights

“entire headlight fixture must come out to replace lamps. Second - spring holding lamps in place if it breaks the whole headlamp assembly must be replaces. No clips sold seperately from manufactuer”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“since the lights go offf when the key is removed, I use them as daytime running lights and we are constantly gong thru headlights”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Brake light could not shut off brake lights pin on brake pedal came out”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.7-L V6)
Horn

“expensive to replace. Stopped working after 10 years”

William B., OH (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)
Interior lights

“Hard to find overhead dome light replacements- Hundyi does not say they exist - only dashboard lights work. Dome light went out when door switch replaced”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“one of the remote door openers stopped working”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.7-L V6)

“When the left front pass door is shut all the doors lock, even when the engine is running. Got locked out the first time it happened”

Michael P., IL (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)

“Come on when there is not a problem”

Terry B., OK (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The check engine warning light came on and the dealer got it turned on at great expense”

Richard S., CA (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Not covered under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“just broke a couple of weeks ago. never had problems with the ac before”

Anonymous, LA (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“Noisy, bearings starting to fail. Repairs not done yet but estimated from $700 to $2,400”

Oswald H., ON (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“not working”

Scott M., UT (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Seized”

Jimmie G., VA (2005 Hyundai Sonata LX 2.7-L V6)

“The motor and air direction assembly is one unit. So the whole unit had to be replaced than just the motor unit”

Dhiman M., ON (2005 Hyundai Sonata)

“Had a leak and continued to run low on freon. Took several times to find the problem. Still runs low on freon occasionally although we replaced the condenser”

Anonymous, MS (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.7-L V6)

“The air conditioning his not worked in this car, despite adding more coolant, for a long period of time”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“When lights on auto/off- left running lights on and discharged the battery. Had dead battery 3 times as a result of the lights”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

“Developed leak. Replaced by independent shop”

Thomas M., GA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.7-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Chrome trim around rear windows (left and right) has detached. Dealer said adhesive would not secure the trim. Mounting would need to be ordered and replaced with trim already in place. Not done due to excessive cost”

R H., FL (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Window trim came off”

Dale V., CA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)

“I've lost the chrome trim around all four doors; and I've also noticed it missing on other cars of the same make and model”

Todd M., VA (2005 Hyundai Sonata LX 2.7-L V6)

“all exterior door handle modules have lost paint due to peeling. Was originally told that even though the condition was unsightly, because not a safety issue, replacement at Hyundai expense was not allowed”

R H., FL (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The chipping is occurring mostly around the door handles and the side mirrors”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust around the rear wheel wells. Looks terrible”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusting & bubbled behind each rear wheel”

William B., OH (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)

“Despite applying a rustproofing treatment almost every year, the underside of the car has become very rusted. The body over the rear wheel wells has begun to rust through”

Richard G., QC (2005 Hyundai Sonata LX 2.7-L V6)

“Despite being rustproofed many times, the underside of the car is quite rusty. The exterior above the rear wheel wells has begun to rust under the paint”

Richard G., QC (2005 Hyundai Sonata LX 2.7-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Rear brakes rotors replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.7-L V6)
Parking brake

“Didn't work”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Brake pads separated from the shoes”

Anonymous, KY (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)
Regular brake failure

“Brake line ruptured due to rust”

Richard G., QC (2005 Hyundai Sonata LX 2.7-L V6)

“Replaced all brake pads in summer 2014. Car was driven about 1000 miles total over 8 months (would sit 2-3 weeks at a time). In May 2015, braking felt poor so took it to shop. Shop said all the rotors were bad and brake pads stuck due to rust. Had”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“replace one rotor and turn another”

Anonymous, WI (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“When you first turn the car on there's a very loud whine”

Char B., AZ (2005 Hyundai Sonata LX 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeal over last four years, finally found issue was timing belt... when it broke. zero clearance engine so now car is scrap. 228k miles. We forgot about the recommended timing belt change every 100k”

Michael G., NY (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“For the last several years there has been a terrible rattle in the backend, I've had it checked several times. I've changed tires, had the floor in the trunk tacked down, nothing has ever chenged”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)
Wind noise

“wind noise from the time we purchased the car. most of the noise seems to come from around the driver side door”

Anonymous, LA (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.7-L V6)
Air or water leaks

“Water pump failure and the filler neck on the radiator broke AFTER the water pump and hoses had been replaced”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

“Trouble starting car after filling with gas. Once it starts up, I have no problems starting vehicle”

Marilyn M., TX (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.7-L V6)
Fuel pump

“Everytime I fill up with gas, I have trouble starting car. After that, I have no trouble starting car”

Marilyn M., TX (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.7-L V6)

“This is a low mileage vehicle we inherited, and within the last year, we had to replace the fuel pump twice. When a car stops in traffic, it's never a good thing. The car would sit for about 3 minutes, then restart, go a few blocks and die again. The problem was a combination of the bad fuel pump and a defective wiring harness. We only take the car on local trips now”

Kevin C., CA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Not experience a problem. Repair was recommended by repair people for this car. Front and Rear shocks and strut assembly”

David S., CA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Minor repairs needed in linkage because of excessive play in the steering wheel”

Wayne S., VA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“replaced both axles in January 2015”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“Failure of gas pedal sensor at approximately 160000 miles. This is apparently a typical mileage that it fails, but the symptoms are hard to diagnose. Major symptom is brief drops in speed while using cruise control”

Anonymous, NE (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.7-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Sensor”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Must use 4 quarts of oil between each oil change”

Terry B., OK (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

“Car smoked and stalled. There were also leaks that needed to be repaired”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Hyundai Sonata Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The only problem I had was getting the timing belts fixed correctly. I had to go to a Hyundai dealership for the repair as no one else seemed to know the problem I was having and only replaced 1 timing belt which didn't resolve the problem. Hyundai n”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Hyundai Sonata GL 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“not retracting”

Scott M., UT (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“Battery needed to be replaced when 4 years old”

Wayne S., VA (2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Jul 21 2009
ANY OF THESE MALFUNCTIONS COULD LEAD TO A CRASH.
Summary:
HYUNDAI IS RECALLING 3,011 MODEL YEAR 2005-2007 ELANTRA, TUCSON, SONATA, AZERA AND ACCENT VEHICLES. A MALFUNCTIONING STOP LAMP SWITCH MAY CAUSE THE BRAKE LIGHTS TO FAIL TO ILLUMINATE WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED OR MAY CAUSE THE BRAKE LIGHTS TO REMAIN ILLUMINATED WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS RELEASED. A DEFECTIVE STOP LAMP SWITCH MAY ALSO AFFECT THE OPERATION OF THE BRAKE-TRANSMISSION SHIFT INTERLOCK FEATURE SO THE TRANSMISSION WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BE SHIFT OUT OF THE "PARK" POSITION. IT MAY ALSO CAUSE THE ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL (ESC) MALFUNCTION LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE, AND IT MAY NOT DEACTIVATE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE STOP LAMP SWITCH FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT HYUNDAI OF PUERTO RICO CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-787-999-4310.
For more information:
HYUNDAI OF PUERTO RICO RECALL NO.91B026.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V280000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3011
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