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2011 Hyundai Sonata



  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    What? are the springs protruding? Exactly what could the dealer determine by removing the seat? As long as it is correctly manufactured e.g. no lumps, no padding misplaced, no broken frame or springs which can pretty much be ruled out by what they already did (compare it to another car) what more would expect to find?. Did you spend any seat time in this car, or one like it, before buying? So, since you solicted opinions here is mine, you either don't fit the seat or the design doesn't suit you. Both should have been evaluated before spending $20,XXX only to find "you don't like it". On the slim possibility the seat itself is defective in some obscure way the best shot at determining that would be to try to find one to rent and use it for a day. By the way how much time do you spend driving daily? Maybe it is a matter of seat adjustment?
  • petdogdfwpetdogdfw Posts: 26
    I have had my 2011 Sonata Limited for about a year. The only thing I would say about my seats is that they are very firm and seem a little hard, but really it has never really bothered me. I have driven it on a trip and it doesn't seem too bad.

    There have been numerious comments about the seats not being soft enough, but that seems to be the intended design for this vehicle. I have also driven the Genesis Sedan and the seats are more plush but the cost is also much higher as it is more of a luxury car.

    The dealership tells me the seats may soften a little over time.
  • alookmanalookman Posts: 141
    Targettunning, Hyundai needs to hire you as their PR man.

    Unless you can keep a car for few days, test driving hardly allows long term or long drive experience. I found them to be fine, but I have read comments from reviews that the seats are not the most comfortable, but it's very subjective. My nephew right away rejected Sonata on basis of seats not being comfortable but till you sit in them for few hours it would be impossible to determine that.

    How about the seat cushion with massager? That may be the short term fix!
  • ahossa1ahossa1 Posts: 52
    R U a plus size person? there's not much redress when the seats are hard. I believe the seats were not made softer to keep the car low priced. I guess U may have to trade in and get a car more comfortable. I normally rent a car for a day to try it out for road and engine noise cuz that's a big problem for me. I like quiet cars. I test drove the Kia Optima EX (200 HP) and I drove on Sunrise Highway on Long Island, NY and a lot of road or tire noise protruded into the cabin. I know folks are raving about this car and the Sonata but too much noise for my liking. Now the Buick Regal is a pretty quiet car in both trims but the experts keep finding hosts of problems. Just read Inside Line on edmunds.
  • gofalconsgofalcons Posts: 13
    Tell me how to evaluate a seat. Alot of cars i test drove i could tell right away i wouldnt like the seat. As for the Sonata, i test drove a few times. I actually didnt have this problem for the first couple weeks of driving it. So unless i can test drive a car for weeks then there is no way of knowing if the seat will fit me. I think there is something in the design, something small, that over time just built up and now i am feeling pain. I tried all types of adjustments on the seat, nothing works. Its possible it is not enough lumbar support, and going to look into a cure for that.
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 13,454
    While I will admit that the seats are a bit firm but they really aren't that uncomfortable. They seem to give me the support I need, don't have any real issues with them.

    2008 Sebring Ragtop, 2011 Hyundai Sonata.

  • moontrainmoontrain Posts: 83
    The driver seat on my Limited is ok, but my wife said that the seat she sits on is too low. We had to go and buy a pillow for her.
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 13,454
    My wife also says the passenger seat is low. I do think they put the passenger seat in rather low.

    however she is the main driver of the car so its not that big of a deal.

    2008 Sebring Ragtop, 2011 Hyundai Sonata.

  • rysterryster Posts: 564
    Installed new cabin and engine air filters this morning. After 13,000 miles the cabin filter was absolutely disgusting. Black with large pieces of debris embedded in it. Replacing it was a 5 minute job. Used a Wix cabin air filter, part #24013. Based on the condition this filter was in and the ease of replacing it, I intend to start replacing it every 6,000 miles instead of letting it go 13K-15K miles.

    Also replaced the engine air filter. The original was very dirty. Again, a very simple 5min job. Used a Wix filter, part # 49540. 12K-15K miles seems to be the useful life of the engine filter.

    Ordered the filters online and saved a bundle over what the dealer was going to charge. Paid $30 total for both filters, including shipping. My dealer quoted me $30 just for the engine air filter. The cabin filter was going to be another $40.

    Interestingly enough, both of the Wix filters are stamped "Made in South Korea", and appear virtually identical to the OEM filters. Perhaps the OEM filters are Wix filters?

    These filters are very simple to replace, and I recommend people try to do it themselves instead of paying the dealer inflated prices to do it.
  • flyboy21flyboy21 Posts: 7
    I have a 2011 Limited and have taken 2 trip of over 1700 mi. and have not had the problem with the seat. I am 75 so I think I would have had a problem.
    I did have a problem many years ago but after I took my billfold out of my back pocket and put it into my front pocket I have not had any problems with any seats.
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    What vendor did you order the filters from?
  • rysterryster Posts: 564
    I used Rock Auto

    I believe I may have transposed the digits on the engine air may actually be 49450. The Rock Auto site has a great interactive catalog and will return the correct parts based on the vehicle model and year.
  • gjb01gjb01 Posts: 2
    edited April 2011
    I just got my Limited Turbo today and when I got home after about a 35 mile drive, I had the burning smell. It's the reason why I came to this forum - sounds like others have had the same.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,174
    edited April 2011
    Most, probably all, brand new cars have some burning smell for awhile after purchase. It's just the factory coatings and stuff being burned off the parts that get real hot. Often test drives don't get the parts that hot so you don't notice the smell or the demo you drive may have already been through the initial burning smell thing. Don't worry about it unless it continues for quite awhile or you see smoke. ;)
  • moontrainmoontrain Posts: 83
    I can not get my Ipod touch to work. I am using the cable that came with the Ipod.
    Do I need another cable or should the one I have work? How do you get it to work?
  • denp3denp3 Posts: 99
    Yes, you need the special cable from Hyundai.
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    edited April 2011
    Well, I simply tried to apply some common sense. Sure, you don't usually get to keep a car for a very long test drive BUT seats are, as you say, one of those subjective things that everyone takes a chance on when they buy any car but this person wants to have the dealer remove the driver seat to check...what exactly? That seems silly and pointless and that is what I pointed out. I wish Hyundai would hire me, I'd probably be making much more than I do now!! :)
  • rich27514rich27514 Posts: 41
    I am very happy with the seat on my new Sonata. However, I have run into problems with seats before. My Hyundai let me take a Sonata for 2 days to make sure the seat was okay for me. I have done that with other dealers, as well.
  • keyman2keyman2 Posts: 78
    edited April 2011
    What Hyundai Dealer do you deal with?I don't think it's in NYC?I didn't buy my car yet due to alot of problems with sickeness of my girlfriend.I'm looking to buy one next month I hope.I've seen the 2011 Elantra limited and it looks great without the engine pip.I'm looking for a good dealer,I had one Atlantic but the guy left.They still seem pretty good?
  • rich27514rich27514 Posts: 41
    Johnson hyundai in Cary, NC. I have had similar experiences at other dealers in MA and CA, but I have never bought a car in NY.
  • nickysnickys Posts: 42
    Well, my butt hurt at first but not nearly as bad as riding in the passanger seat of a 2010 corvette.

    After several hundred miles I broke in the leather/it molded to my butt...
  • moontrainmoontrain Posts: 83
    My Sonata is now 1 year old. Does anyone know how to get the newest map updates?
    After 1 year there must be updates. I have version 2.11.13.
  • shot_mosshot_mos Posts: 24
    You can check for the availability of any upgrades for your navigation system at :

    Hyundai MnSoft

    HYUNDAI MNSOFT provides updates on regular basis once a year. Customers can order their updates using our secure web site directly or by ordering from our customer service representative over the phone.
  • gjb01gjb01 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the info!
  • lfr3lfr3 Posts: 12
    I bought at Atlantic Hyundai because the price was the best. I am not happy with the Service dept. My car has been in 4-6 times for a bluetoth pblm. Finally I was told by Atlantic service that California Service, says there's nothing they will do. I have also been through the North East Regional Service Mgr who says go back to the dealer. The NE regional mgr says CA did not say that. Who's lying? My car is still not fixed. Person on other end hears echo and misses every 2-3 words?
    I was told that on Long Island, Huntington has the best service dept. I will use them for new issues, but I can't for the current ones since it will void out the Lemon Law issue.
  • schdyschdy Posts: 233
    Have you tried a different phone? Most bluetooth problems are related to the phone or carrier.
    I bought my first car in 2002 from Atlantic. Next 5 I purchased from Huntington. Best service and best price when trading in!
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 13,454
    edited April 2011
    Person on other end hears echo and misses every 2-3 words?

    When you are using the Bluetooth try turning down the volume on the radio. The echo can be from the microphone picking up the speakers. Turning down the volume may reduce the effect or even eliminate it. That might also cure the missing words.

    2008 Sebring Ragtop, 2011 Hyundai Sonata.

  • hjc1hjc1 Posts: 183
    BEWARE OF KOREN AUTO IMPORTS In March I ordered a S.S. Chrome metal lower level door trim for a 2011 Sonata. What I received was Chromed plastic trim piece. ( They subsequently changed the web site to read chrome plastic trim)

    My Son thought he would do me a favor and mounted this trim before I got home. I called their U.S. representative Sherwood automotive to advise them that their description was wrong and I wasn’t happy. They offered me a $20.00 credit against another purchase and said they could not issue me a credit against my credit card because they changed companies who handle these transactions.
    I decided to use this credit for another purchase a graphite overlay for the door switch panels ($59.95) For a 2011 Sonata. Received the overlays and guess what they did not match the cut outs for the 2011 Sonata. Called again and gave them the information on what was wrong about the fit. They said I was wrong and all they would do is give me RMA # and would deduct a 20% restocking fee and I would have to pay postage to return their error. Oh but now I could a refund check…… they didn’t offer this before only credit
    DO YOU WANT TO DEAL WITH COMPANY LIKE THIS? I’ve learned my lesson “A word to the wise should be sufficient”
  • moontrainmoontrain Posts: 83
    edited April 2011
    I called them ( mnsoft ) and they told me it will cost me $220.00 for the new upgrade.
    You wll have to pay everytime you want an update. Out now is version 3.07.06, I have 2.11.13.
    At that price I think I will wait until next year or the year after.
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 13,454
    OK I took a day trip yesterday of 250 mile round trip. Seats weren't bad at all, didn't feel any adverse effects from the seats.

    Funny thing is according to the computer we got better mileage once we got off the interstate driving around in town than we got on the highway. Of course driving there we were driving into very high winds (at least 25 MPH based on observing flags). Got much better gas mileage on the way home. :blush:

    2008 Sebring Ragtop, 2011 Hyundai Sonata.

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