Join Date: Dec 2015
location: New Jersey/USA
2016 Sonata Hybrid Plugin Limited
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2016 Sonata PHEV - Left me stranded
Well, after preaching how wonderful my 2016 PHEV has been, it finally bit me in the a$$.
19,500 miles, 1.5 years old, still on the 4th tank of gas. 18 miles or so left in EV range, over 3/4 of a tank of gas.
On my way home from work, driving 50 MPH in the left lane of a very busy 4 lane road, my dashboard lit up with a HEV something or other error - Turn off engine and park vehicle, DO NOT DRIVE. However, it had already turned itself off! I had zero throttle control, and could only brake. I signaled to move over to the right, but rush hour traffic was having none of it...I managed to coast to the right side shoulder to get to a safe place, but it was a VERY dangerous maneuver with no throttle control, and only the car's momentum to get me there.
I hit the SOS on the mirror, and Hyundai roadside assistance took my report and told me to wait to hear from the towing company.
Mind you, it was literally 100 degrees out. (Philadelphia area) [Maybe this had something to do with the failure?]
Eventually, the tow truck showed up, and we bumped into another odd/bad issue. The car refused to go in to neutral. Well, it did, but the wheels were still locked up. Nothing we did would fix this issue. We tried calling Hyundai to help with this issue, but they said Neutral is Neutral, and it should roll.
It didn't. This caused all sorts of problems, but I won't bother going into the long details. Eventually the car ended up at the nearest dealership.
Service was gone for the evening, so I won't know anything until the morning.
I have to say, I'm incredibly disappointed. I've owned a ton of cars over my lifetime, including some heavily modified cars that had no business being 100% reliable, but this is the 1st car that has ever stranded me, and it did it in an incredibly unsafe manner. My car instantly went from one that I recommended at every opportunity to one that I wouldn't hesitate to warn people away from.
Let's see how this turns out...