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#20 of 66 2000 Sonata Sub Frame Rust
Oct 03, 2009 (7:45 pm)
I just got a couple of new tires today and was told I had a probable alignment problem. I took it to someone and they told me they could not even do the work on it due to a big patch of rust on the sub frame just behind and to the right of the driver side front wheel. The Midas shop told me I would probably have to get a new car but said that should not happen already. It only has 64K on it and we have kept it in the garage. No other rust on the car at all. I was just browsing the web and came across this site. Obviously it looks like others have had the same issue. It sounds like a number of you were able to get Hyundai to fix it with no cost? What exactly should I do? Do I first just take it to my Dealer? If they don't cooperate, who do I call? This is a life saver if this can be fixed. This car should still have a lot of years left for me with only 64K.
#21 of 66 Re: 2000 Sonata Sub Frame Rust [mark327]
Oct 04, 2009 (4:04 pm)
All Hyundais, purchased new, come with a 7year/unlimited miles anti-perforation warranty.
The following is from HyundaiUSA.com:
Covers 7 years unlimited miles starting with 2005 Model Year (previously 5 year/100,00 Miles for 2004 and prior model years).
Covers perforation (rust hole through the body panel from inside to outside) corrosion of original Hyundai body sheet metal due to defects in material or factory workmanship, under normal use and maintenance.
Excludes surface corrosion
It doesn't specifically mention the subframe, but perhaps this would be a good way to start talking to Hyundai about a warranty issue.
Here is their contact information (also pulled from HyundaiUSA.com):
You can reach us at:
Hyundai Motor America
P.O. Box 20850
Fountain Valley, CA 92728-0850
Phone : (800) 633-5151
Email : consumeraffairshmausa.com
My suggestion would be to call their customer service line, and see what they can tell you. Let us know how it works out.
#22 of 66 Re: 2000 Sonata Sub Frame Rust [mark327]
Oct 04, 2009 (4:40 pm)
There's a recall that is "officially" for 2001-2004 Sonatas for the subframe. But interestingly, this recall shows up when you do a search on recalls for 1999 and 2000 Sonatas also. So I am wondering if Hyundai might honor the recall for your car?
The NHTSA recall ID is 09V124000. You can either find details at the NHTSA site or at sites like Edmunds.com (look up the 2000 Sonata in the Used Cars section, and there's a link to recalls).
#23 of 66 Re: 2000 Sonata Sub Frame Rust [mark327]
Oct 05, 2009 (8:31 am)
Just call the national Hyundai phone number and tell them what is going on. In my case, they sent a tow truck out free of charge to pick up my 2002 model. I think it had about 110K miles at the time. The subframe was replaced and I was given a loaner car to drive.
Oct 05, 2009 (5:54 pm)
Thanks to everyone for making prior posts to help me find this site, and for the great information after my post. I called the Hyundai consumer affairs number you provided and had no trouble at all. I was the original purchaser of the car, and while it was a 2000 and not a 2001-2004 they are going to have it repaired. They took my information and said there was a campaign number for it. They gave me a work number so it would be ready when the dealer needs the info. I called my local dealer and they put me on the schedule for when they can do my repair/replacement. They are about 3 weeks backlogged on repairs for the sub frame rust. It sounds like many are able to be repaired quickly, but others need the replacement kit Hyundai provides. They work on about 4-6 a day. The full replacement takes them a day to do. So you are not without a car for long. Thanks to everyone again. PHEW!!!!
#25 of 66 Re: Success [mark327]
Oct 06, 2009 (2:09 pm)
I'm glad it's going to work out! I'm sure it's a huge relief.
#26 of 66 Hyundai Sonata 2001 subframe recall
Oct 31, 2009 (12:30 pm)
My fiance was driving her 01 Sonata to work when she loses control and hits the ditch line. We have it towed to a hyundai dealership which said it qualified for the recall. After calling the consumer affairs hotline, we find out that the recall only covers the frame and labor. They said it did not cover any other damage that might have been caused by this defect, for instance, if the axle, ball-joints, etc. were damaged, we are liable. They did not even cover the towing or offer us a rental car. Does anyone know of a Number to call for legal assistance on this matter?
The only thing the said was that we could file a Good Will Reimbursement Form after the car was fixed and we paid for it. But we really cannot afford an $800+ bill right now, especially since it was no fault of ours for the frame breaking. Any help would be awesome!!!
#28 of 66 Re: Hyundai Sonata 2001 subframe recall [beecher1]
Nov 18, 2009 (12:25 pm)
Last week my local mechanic told me ( when I did the oil change) and showed me the the rust on the sub-frame. He said that it has to be replaced as soon as possible. My Hyundai is 2000 sonata. Then I called local dealer and reported the issue. he said that there is no re-call for this vechicle and I may have to pay the repair fee. but he has to do the estimate before that. Than I called national consumer affairs and told them my issue. ( The guy I spoke looks very professional and guided properly) They also said that there is no re-call. But it was originally operated in chicago and wisconsin ( currently in california) , so falls into their campaign managment category and directed me to take the local dealer. tomorrow I am taking to the local dealer. Hope everything will go good and Hyundai will take care of the service.
#29 of 66 Re: Hyundai Sonata 2001 subframe recall [tamilnadu]
Nov 18, 2009 (6:11 pm)
If you are the original owner you should not have a problem. I also had the 2000 Sonata and consumer affairs took all my info and gave me the campaign number. I had to make an appt with the dealer to evaluate it to see if it needed a new subframe or just the repair kit to fix it. But both were covered. I had to wait about 3 weeks to get it fixed due to the backlog of work fixing them, but they replaced it for free.