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2011 Hyundai Sonata



  • It has happened to me before. It's on the outside if the wipers swipe it away... try Rain-X. Great prooduct.
  • jsmit86jsmit86 Posts: 116
    In your manual, there is a section called Defog Logic. Read that for instructions on how to proceed, but I can give you some info.

    If you have a Limited or a car with the auto climate control, check this.
    Turn your system on auto. Turn the temp down all the way. If the blue LED in the AC button lights up, you need to change the Defog logic. (LED should be off)

    What this does is control the compressor to run automatically at moderate temps, therefore reducing humidity levels. If set the wrong way, the compressor will only run when AC is needed to reduce cabin temp.

    I don't have the exact instructions handy, but it involves a certain sequence of pressing the climate control buttons to reverse the Defog logic.

    IMHO, it would have been better if Hyundai reversed the way the LED for the AC worked; have the LED show when the compressor is on in the normal defog logic mode. Their default is to have the light show OFF in that mode even though the compressor is running. If you cannot figure it out, bring your owners guide in to the dealer, and have them set it.
  • I have a 2011 base Sonata GLS with the black material seating. The car has 5700 miles, and the driver's seat is showing signs of wearing out. I have an app't with the dealer to have them look at it. Has anyone had a similar problem?
  • I have a 2011 Sonata Limited with around 38K miles on it. My car has the wine colored leather interior and my driver seat starting showing signs of wear early too. The dealership advised me that it is from me sitting down hard in the seat when getting into the car especially when I wear jeans. I think it is odd that a new car seat would wear out that soon. Anyway, they replaced the front seat leather on the drivers seat and suggested that I always move the seat back a few inches whenever I get into or exit the car.
  • open fuse box radio fuse has a plastic clip witch will not alow fuse to come all the way out simply pull fuse untill it stops wait a few sec. and push back in this will reboot comp. and should solve prob. worked for me. good luck.
  • Hi everyone

    I have a 2011 Sonata GLS with popular equipment package. It was one of the first off the line, bought in May of 2010 (very close to sticker price, :( ). Now has about 35k miles on it so well within warranty still. My first Hyundai. I've had Nissan, Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen and Chrysler (!) before, never a new car this bad. I have had a ton of problems with it and I now think it is a lemon and am not sure I can rely on it. I would like some feedback on:

    A) should I change it right away,
    B) is this experience typical for Hyundai.

    1) Steering recall and other recalls from first models.
    2) Pathetic horn (moped horn?) eventually stopped working altogether. Fixed under warranty with better horn but not before an eighteen wheeler nearly crushed me while I was frantically banging on the horn.
    3) Uneven tread wear means nasty Kumho tires are very very loud, adding to already high noise level on freeway. Probably toe-in problem but dealer won't fix. Dealer blamed dealer in previous state for not rotating tires on schedule (I am sure this was done). Now ready for new tires, but I don't want to invest in Michelins as I am not expecting to keep the car much longer.
    4) Carpet in drivers footwell (in front of floor mat) has hole worn in it already. Not fixed.
    5) Underneath engine cover fell off in parking lot. Probably stupid dealership did not reattach correctly, but could be symptom of another problem (why was it unbolted in first place?).
    6) Brake sensor faulty and replaced under warranty (was causing activation of traction control along with other problems).
    7) Concerned about bearing noise hidden by tire noise - sounds like rear bearing is going and that wheel hub is noticeably rusty.
    8) As with other early models, lower Fed crash test ratings.

    So, bad experience with both the car and with two separate Hyundai dealerships. If other people's Hyundais are better, maybe I would trade for a newer one, but this doesn't fix the dealerships. Also, since I bought when they were brand new the best deal I could get was about $500 off sticker - I paid about $23k - so I have lost about $10k on the car now if I trade it. It would have been cheaper to lease a Mercedes, and I would have enjoyed driving it a lot more!

    If the car is only worth $13k now, would this drop a lot more the minute the 5 / 60 warranty expires?

    Let me know what you think.
  • nj2pa2ncnj2pa2nc Posts: 813
    My husband and I owned a 05 Hyundai elantra GT, bought new. When we traded it for a '11 sonata gls in July 10, the elantra had 100k+ problem free miles. We were not planning to buying a new car. While at the Hyundai dealer (excellent one) for normal service we looked around at the new cars. They had a Venetian red one with 6MT. we bought it with a nice discount. It has been a problem free car. Unfortunately my husband passed away suddenly in Aug. So I regretfully had to sell it as I do not need 2 cars.
  • 5193251932 Posts: 2
    Sadly, I am acquainted with some of these issues and others. I had never owned a Hyundai before but when the 2011 design came out, I fell in love with the lines. I text drove it and was impressed so I bought it. I currently own the 2011 Limited Sonata. Although the car has a lot of great features, especially for the price, the comments I had always heard about Hyundai still hold true. They don't last. I will be getting rid of mine next year and am sad to say I will not buy another Hyundai. I have owned Toyotas, Hondas, Fords, Nissans and even Mitsubishis and I've never had this many issues. Hyundai has a lot of mechanical work to do before I would consider buying another one and that is years away.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 4,284
    Not sure what you're talking about. Our kids '08 Accent is in excellent condition with just one warranty issue since new. Very pleased with the car and planning on buying another one in '14 for the wife. Every car company has a few lemons I suppose.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • Hey Lex350, were you unable to get your tail light problem covered under warranty? thanx, sparkyzfan
  • I also have a 2011 Limited Build date of 3/2010 and had to have my driver seat replaced this year for the same reason. Car only has 9000 miles on it.
  • We bought our Sonata in Jan 2010, within six months the seat was coming apart on the drivers side. Fought with the dealer finally got them to replace. They could not even do it themselves and had to send the seat out to another location. We were 2 weeks without a car and they fought to even give us a loaner. Finally got the car back and within 5 months the seat started coming apart again. They refused to fix it.
    Next problem the car would not start. You could get in it and drive to the store, when you came out and tried to start it you would have to stomp the brake several times then it would finally start. Took it to the dealer and they said nothing wrong with it. After this happened several times and then left my wife stranded at night we traded the car in a bought a Nissan. No more Hyundai cars for us.
  • I cannot address the seat repair issue although we did have to have the driver side seat cover replaced on a 2006 Civic we bought new well before the car had 9K miles due to a patch of "wear through" however the no start issue is a known problem with the brake light switch and a repair should have been simple, change the switch!! Boy, to change cars at the first fault is a luxury many...most cannot afford to do. Nissan has the potential for failure as well, in fact I just read of a recall already on the latest and greatest 2014 Altimas (possible loose bolts on some suspension component I think). Perhaps you will receive that recall letter soon (assuming you bought an Altima) good luck on your new ride, nothing is perfect.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    edited December 2012
    Nissan has the potential for failure as well, in fact I just read of a recall already on the latest and greatest 2014 Altimas...

    What is really amazing about that is Nissan is recalling cars they haven't even made yet!


    The first Hyundai I owned was a 2001 Elantra, one of the first 1000 or so of that new design to reach the USA. Before I could even drive it off the lot, I was told it had an airbag wiring issue that had to be fixed under a recall, and it was. Then after owning it awhile I noticed a squeak when I depressed the clutch. Kinda annoying to say the least. I took it into the dealer and they "fixed it"... found out later they only put some lube on it. So a few months later it started squeaking again. Took it back again. Told them lubing it didn't work... told them what I'd found on a web site about a seal needing to be replaced. So they just lubed it again. A few months later, it started squeaking again. Took it back and DEMANDED they replace the seals. They did. Problem solved.

    So it was a nuisance, but otherwise it was a great car for its time, and I reluctantly sold it in 2006 to my sister. She still drives it. It's needed some fix-up (12 years old) but nothing major has broken on it in all that time. And this was a car designed in the late 1990s, before Hyundai's big push on quality.

    That was one experience that taught me not to give up on a car too soon.

    Oh btw, I just leased a 2013 Sonata to replace my wife's 2007 Sonata. :)
  • I have a 2011 Sonata GLS that had the driver side seat wearing out with 28,000 miles. Hyundai replaced it under warranty.

    I am having major issues with tire wear as well as other people are. Tires keep cupping/feathering even with repeated wheel alignments, rotations, and balancing. New set of tires are cupping with only 3,013 miles on them.
  • datagendatagen Posts: 107
    Interesting, I have a 2011 Sonata Turbo and my seat is so hard, I am kinda at a point that I wish it would wear. I have a cushion that helps but I do not drive this fella more than three hours at a time or I won't have an [non-permissible content removed] and I will have to go to the rest room to spank it in order to get the feeling back. As far as the tires, I am beginning to notice wear and plan to take it in for a check. In reality, what can we expect? From what I understand we have the worst roads of any country out there. Hankook tests were conclusive of the fact of wear in the US and looked at the cost of change of the formula verses replacement. Other than that, the car has been a work horse for me and I am happy with the decision. In other words, more positive than negatives. :shades:
  • Update......I have an app't. for the dealer to replace the driver seat in my 2011 Sonata. Now the question is what will eventually happen to the new one? Maybe a seat cover is called for, although who would think you'd need a seat cover on a 2011 with 6.000 miles??
  • I am also having problems with the driver side seat. For the the last 2-3 months it sounds like a old rocking chair that creaks... I plan to take the car into the dealer in the next two weeks. My 2011 Sonata GLS has 22,000 miles on it, and this would be 6th problem with the car since purchase in May 2011. It is my hope the dealer fixes this problem.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
    If you were recently denied auto warranty coverage for a surprising reason, please email no later than Wednesday, January 9, 2013 to tell your story to a reporter.


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  • zolte77zolte77 Posts: 12
    Took car to dealership last week. They lubricated the bolts, etc. Noise came back within 4 days... It is louder now. I need to take it back into the dealership. As this is the 6th problem with this car.
    Not happy.
  • I too have a 2011 Limited with leather ( build date 4/2010 ) the seat started to peal and my dealer replaced the leather on the driver side.
  • I know this has been almost 2 years ago for you, but do you happen to have the name of the dealership where you took yours? I am having exactly the same issue w/ my 2011 Sonata. The dealership has passed me on to Hyuandai customer connect and Hyuandai customer connect keeps telling me I need to continue to work w/ the dealer. The last time i spoke to the service manager at my dealership he told me they couldn't do anything w/out being able to duplicate the problem. I told him about your post and he said if we could track down that mechanic that they may be able to talk to them to see what they did? Please let me know if you have that info.
  • MY seat material was replaced by Allen Samuels Hyundai in North Richland Hills (Fort Worth), TX.
  • Was the questions about the seat material replacement or the trunk opening? My car had both issues and both issues were resolved at Allen Samuels Hyundai in Fort Worth.
  • slaterjonesslaterjones Posts: 3
    edited February 2013
    I have a 2011 Hyundai Sonata, bought in 2010 when the new style first came out. While I love the look of the car and the significant power it gets from a 4cyl, I have been disappointed by a number of quality issues. One that I have not been able to find reference to anywhere is cracking of my headlights from the inside out. It first started with subtle lines / cracks on the inside of one lens and then the other and then spread and got worse with time. I kept meaning to bring it in to Hyundai, but never did (Yes, my fault!). I don't know if the bulbs were getting too hot, or it was some other issue but now the cracking has made its way all the way through the glass. I brought it to Hyundai and they (of course) are stating that they have never seen it and that it looks like I might have hit something. I gave them the history and said that it's not logical that I would somehow hit something which would crack both lenses, but not damage any other aspect of the front of the car - since the nose sticks out further then the lenses. I would love to hear from anyone else who might have experienced this issue. Help!
  • That sounds a lot like the problem I posted here last year except mine was with the tail light mounts. If you don't want to try to do it yourself, you might want to take your vehicle to a reputable independent mechanic and have them check the tail light mounts for cracking before your warranty runs out. You bought yours about the same time I bought mine. I am convinced that there are a lot of sonatas out there that have some of the tail light mounts broken that will never be noticed because you wont know there is a problem until all of them break. I am still waiting to hear from Hyundai concerning my claim, but, I don't have much hope they will do the right thing. I guess it is easy to offer a 100K/10 year warranty if you don't honor claims. :confuse:
  • thanks for weighing in! I will definitely look into that. Agree with your comment about the warranty offered. Did you have the sport with low profile tires? Those things are not durable at all! the smallest bumps have gouged them and peeled away rubber. My car is pausing when I use the manual shift mode and move from 1st to 2nd. The alignment is screwed up, breaks went to fast, seats stain with even water drips, center console gets stuck, drivers mats wore out way too quick, bulbs burn out fast, driver seat fabric is already loose, etc etc. I have just found that there are so many little quality issues, but enough to make me wonder whether I would ever buy one again.
  • pegasus17pegasus17 Posts: 536
    edited February 2013
    REF: 5321
    I have a 2011 Sonata GLS leased in April 2010 (mfg date March 2010) with low miles. I was considering buying it after the lease is up but decided to trade/turn-it-in after reading about many quality issues that arise after substantial time/miles on the car. While i agree about the style and power, i don't want to get stuck with paying for quality issues after the warranty runs out. FWIW, my salesperson did provide me with a list of "exclusions" for the warranty at the time of purchase so i knew the 10year/100k mile warranty wasn't as comprehensive as the marketing suggests (for the most part). Luckily i've had only two recall items (both software) and two minor issues (power window switch, burned out interior bulbs) to date. i hope that hyundai steps up and takes care of your headlight issue - i can't believe they wouldn't cover it. I'd call the national help line and file a complaint to get a case Number. GL.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,910
    First, take this to Hyundai Customer Support and see what they say. If they side with the dealer, tell them you are filing a claim under warranty and it's THEIR responsibility to PROVE the cracks were caused from external damage and are not a defect. Should be obvious, e.g. pitting or other damage on the outside of the lens where the cracks are... ALL the cracks.

    Some dealers are better than others re repairing a car under warranty. My dealer has been really good about it over the years with multiple Hyundais. The only claim they denied was when a clutch failed on my 2001 Elantra, they said they took it apart and said it had been "abused". I thought they were telling me one until I checked with the main driver of the car, my oldest son, and he admitted he had in fact "abused" the clutch many times. Also my wife (3rd driver of the car) admitted abusing it too. :sick:
  • Thanks Backy, I appreciate the feedback. I'm going to take this to a different dealer than the one I got the car from. Maybe they will respond differently. It's worth a shot. I'll post an update after my visit.

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