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2011 Hyundai Sonata



  • Please help me talk Hyundai into making the 6 speed manual transmission available
    in the sportier SE model, and the upcoming 2.0T(274 HP Turbo). Right now they're only
    putting the stick shift in the "base" GLS model. BORING!! I want the sport tuned
    suspension, the 18 inch wheels, and the sportier interior of the SE, but I don't want the
    automatic (even with the "paddle" shifter levers on the steering wheel - WOW!).
    If Hyundai put a crisp, close ratio "stick" in the SE and the 2.0T, I'm sure it would sell in
    sufficient numbers to be profitable.
    Let's put some pressure on the marketing gurus at Hyundai to make the fun of shifting for
    ourselves available to a wider range of auto enthusiasts.
    I came very close to buying a used Caddy CTS "V" from CARMAX last week. Big V8,
    400HP, 6 speed stick. The price was at the high end of "retail" and they offered too little
    on my trade. Besides, I'd rather wait and see if Hyundai will see the light and tap into
    another segment of the buying public.
  • meikmeik Posts: 63
    Thanks for the link. I checked their website and thinking of getting Carbon Fiber one for the same area you are considering of.
  • denp3denp3 Posts: 99
    After reading some reviews on the 2011 Sonata, they say the steering on the highway is a little vague. Has anyone had an issue with that. I have a Limited on hold when it comes in. I have an 06 now and that performs quite well. Trying to make sure I will be happy with 2011.
  • caseybrucaseybru Posts: 47
    I bought a 2011 GLS and I am really enjoying it. I bought the $750 option package and the dealer threw in all the smaller options such as cargo net,Floor mats,Wheel locks,etc. I live 230 miles from nearest dealer. My keyless entry [fob] works every thing as it should "except" the horn doesn't sound when pressing panic button or when alarm is armed and you pull on door handles. Horn only sounds when horn button is pushed. The car also does not chime or "chirp" when key is left in ignition and door is opened or lights left on. Any ideas, other than driving the 460 miles round trip to dealers???
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,174
    to a wider range of auto enthusiasts

    Feel free to try and absolutely nothing against the Sonata but it is not a car really meant for "auto enthusiasts". It's a very competitive, probably #1 value midsize family sedan with a version that is a little tighter sprung for people that like that sort of ride(SE) and that's about it. Even the Mazda6 with the V6 doesn't come in a manual anymore and that was always known as the drivers car of the midsize sedans. Same with the Altima I believe.

    IMO, Hyundai is going to be selling so many of these cars that they won't be searching for a way to reach that 1-2% of people that may want a stick in the uplevel versions. However, it's possible they may just offter a stck in the SE Turbo down the road when things settle down. You have to admit, they have been pretty busy putting out some wonderful new product to do everything at once. Right now I think they are going to building these as fast as they can and probably don't want a burp in the steady stream of auto trannies moving down the line.

    Why??? Because that "other segment of the buying public" that you think is out there just didn't buy it. Why would they want to cut into their models that are actually meant for driving enthusiasts like the rear wheel drive Genesis line? Especially when they see all the other manufacturers dropping manuals in anything other than their absolute entry price versions. BMW sells a small percentage of manuals and they bill themselves as the car for enthusiasts.

    I feel for you but I think it's getting to the point that if someone really wants what you seem to be looking for, the price of entry is probably going to be higher than Sonata....maybe like the Caddy you were looking at.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 3,174
    Check your owners manual. Sometimes certain things can be shut off. I have a car that you have to push the lock button twice to get the horn to chirp to tell you it's armed and I didn't discover that for about 6 months after reading some more of the owners manual. However, it doesn't seem like an emergency button would have that option. Wouldn't hurt to check the manual closely though.
  • meikmeik Posts: 63
    I read a quite similar issue on some other forum or this thread somewhere....
    If I remember correctly, "alert" feature uses different "speaker" located in somewhere around front fender. The poster said he had a bad speaker so that his dealer replaced it for him.

    However, you might want to check car's system setting first. There is a way to "personalize" things using "trip" button on your steering wheel. You can find those information in your Owner's manual.
  • ethandouethandou Posts: 15
    My new 2011 Sonata GLS Automatic is still within its 600-mile break-in stage. Today when I drove out and stopped at a traffic light several minutes later, the engine stalled just before a full stop! The speed was from about 30 mph and I don't think it was a hard break. The car shook a while before the engine stalled, just like manual car shifted to improper gear. I changed to "P" and started the car again. It seemed nothing happened. Is this a severe quality problem?
    By the way, I often hear some noise like clicking mouse button 5 times per second from passenger side. It only disappears when the shift is at certain gear and I'm not stepping on the gas pedal. After a while after speed is down and shift changes, it sounds again. I don't know if this is normal or I'm too sensitive :confuse:
    Thanks for any suggestions.
  • norm8_lakesnorm8_lakes Posts: 41
    edited April 2010
    Well I finally got the Pearl White with camel interior this morning. Beautiful car.
  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 2,722

    I'm all for this! Hope it can happen~

    This would be one way for Hyundai to steal sales from Honda. Honda is abandoning manuals. If Hyundai became the company that gave the option of a manual throughout the line of its sports sedan, it could become the affordable BMW--which is what Honda has sometimes been called.
  • moontrainmoontrain Posts: 83
    Does you camel interior have woodgrain or black accent panels,and if it is wood,is the woodgrain brown ( like wood ) or black? I too am waiting for a Limited with camel.
  • Wood trim inside Limited Trim level Camel interiors is black. I got to spend some time in new Limited models with Camel and Wine interiors. Dave Edwards Hyundai here in Spartanburg, SC had two Phantom Black models one with Wine, one with Camel. I definitely don't like the Wine in person...I'm a bigger fan of the Camel. But yes, the woodtrim is black, not brown.
  • syitalian25syitalian25 Posts: 303
    I have the SE but the car has never stalled, even during the break in period. It is possible it was just a one-time sort of thing that will go away on it's own, but if it happens a few more times I would take it into the dealership. I also have not heard the clicking noise so I'm not sure what that's about. I know this is not too helpful but just didn't want you to put up with it if something is actually wrong (maybe a sensor?)
  • moontrainmoontrain Posts: 83
    I always thought wood was brown not black. I guess my Limited with the camel will have to go from the dealership to the detail shop. It should be in about the 10th of April.
  • jsmit86jsmit86 Posts: 116
    If you get a wood kit, please post pix... I am considering doing one.
  • meikmeik Posts: 63
    I have a Limited model about for a month but have not had any engine issue or ticking sound from a passanger seat.

    I would give a call to service dept of your dealer and let them know and check if they have any idea about it.

    They probably have no idea at this point but you can report it to them at least. When it happens again, you can call them right away and they might want to tow your car in.

    I believe there is a sort of "black box" that keeps last electric signal about for 20-30 seconds. So once they tow your car in, they can analyze it to see what causes the issue. However, if you restart your car and move, those records will be overwrited with new data.
  • caseybrucaseybru Posts: 47
    While I was signing papers for my GLS , I heard about a lady's car doing same "stall". It turned out she had accidently shifted to the manual side and it flooded her engine. The mechanic that was sent to her , shifted to Park and everything was fine. She was just doin a test drive. Also, always make sure your gas cap is screwed on proper or your test engine light will come on. My problem with no horn sound when panic button depressed is still open for counsel. I have studied my manual very close. I called the dealer and they guess the "fob" has lost memory. I tried both my fobs and neither of them cause horn to sound but they open and close locks and lights flash for 30 seconds when panic button depressed and when theft is armed and I pull on door lever. I believe it is in the alternate horn that serves the keyless fob. Any ideas appreciated.
  • ethandouethandou Posts: 15
    Thanks for all the replies. I'm pretty sure the gear was on "D" because I remember I pushed the shift stick all the way up to "P" when restarting the car. No lights were on in the panel until the stalling that caused 3 lights on. I only remember one of them is "ESP". Anyway, I'll report to my dealer on Monday. Hope it won't happen again. :lemon: :confuse:
  • dash5dash5 Posts: 421
    Is it just me or do others think the color coordinated(with the leather color) trim on the steering wheel look tacky in anything other than the black interior?

    I agree and I want the camel interior. Is there anything that can be done about that? After market or request a black steering wheel? Cover or something? Although on second look I guess it's not as bad as I had remembered going by this picture:

    Camel Interior
  • yoonnyyoonny Posts: 33
    I leased a 2011 Pearl White Limited with black leather interior to replace an Acura TSX. Here are some observations after 3 days of ownership.

    Pearl white is beautiful.
    Eco light makes me want to drive like a grandpa. Been averaging 34 mpg in mixed driving per the trip computer.
    I and many many other people can't believe this is a Hyundai.
    Everyone thinks this is a luxury brand car.

    3 blink lane change signal
    Little light by sunroof button (but doesn't appear to be a mood lighting)
    Dimension stereo sound is great

    Dislikes (nitpicking):
    Horn (supposedly being replaced with stronger horn for currently built sonatas)
    No light inside the center console
    No digital readout for automatic temperature

    Things Hyundai should consider for 2012:
    Power passenger seats
    Auto up/down for passenger window
    Trunk cargo net
    Put instant MPG info together with average MPG info like Acura (it's more fun to look at both at the same time)

    4 cyl engine noise is similar to TSX. It's got plenty of power and the car is very quite when driving, very little wind or road noise. Steering feel is good, suspension to me feels just right, not soft but not too hard. Overall, I am impressed with the new Sonata and this has to be the best value whether you lease or buy. More updates comings soon. Ask any questions you may have.
  • I agree with power passenger seats.
  • meikmeik Posts: 63
    Again, when you report to your dealer, ask them if they want to tow your car to check the recorded information on your car when it happens again. I hope it won't happen again, however, if it will happen again, it would be better happen sooner.
  • Its the woodgrain brown. I would send some photos, but I don't know how to send it on this site.
  • Here is the photos of my 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited Pearl White w/camel leather interior.
  • dash5dash5 Posts: 421
    Says I have to log in to see them Norm. Can you make them public somehow? Congrats on the new car!
  • jsmit86jsmit86 Posts: 116
    Great pix Norm. The wood is a very dark brown. I understand now how many thought the wood was black. I have a Pacific Blue with a Gray interior coming. I'm not sure if I will keep the Piano Black accents, or try to change to a wood of some sort.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,905
    Looks like Hyundai is borrowing more and more design bits from the European manufacturers. On the Sonata, those include the turn signals in the mirrors (although non-European cars increasingly have those too), the 3-blink turn signals, and the little light overhead that illuminates the shifter below. My 2007 Rabbit had all of those features. I really got to like the 3-blink turn signals--I wish all cars had those.
  • moontrainmoontrain Posts: 83
    edited April 2010
    There is a digital readout for the temperture built into the radio.
  • midas69midas69 Posts: 118
    There is a digital readout for the temperture built into the radio.

    No, that's for the outside temperature. But there is none for setting the auto temperature controls. It's a dial knob.
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