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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2011 Sonata has a seriously defective engine that seizes without warning. It was awarded the dubious honor of being the first CarTalk / CarComplaints Turd of the Week in late September 2015.

A class action lawsuit was filed in May 2015 against Hyundai that claims the 2.4L Sonata engine is defective. More info here.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
43,469 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata steering problems

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 11 of 42)

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problem #623

May 242016

Sonata

  • 78,522 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owned a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 35 mph, the steering wheel seized and the contact lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle crashed while maneuvering around a curved road. There were no warning lights illuminated. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 78,522.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #622

May 182016

Sonata

  • miles
I noticed my steering wheel had play in it. Took to Hyundai dealer and they stated I needed a coupler and intermediate shaft and bolts to be replaced. My vehicle had 73,008 miles. Asked why this could happen on such low miles they stated parts don't last forever. Dealer summit the claim to Hyundai and Hyundai denied therefore I had to pay for repair since this was a safety issue.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #621

Dec 102015

Sonata

  • miles
The steering wheel all of a sudden felt loose one while I was driving and then it started making a rattling noise and it can be heard when I turn the wheel, go over a bumps or if I drive faster then 60 miles per hour it gets really loud with a constant rattling noise, my car only has 72000-73000 miles on

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #620

Jan 122016

Sonata

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

At 62,000 miles the steering wheel felt tight, and then suddenly it felt loose when I turned the wheel to the right, and then it started a clicking noise every time I turned the wheel to the right or left. Over the next 3,000 miles it has become progressively worse with clicking and rattling any time I turn the wheel, even sitting still. Going over any bump makes a rattling noise in steering column. I see this is a very common problem in 2011 Sonata's and wonder why there is no recall?!!

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #619

May 122016

Sonata

  • 65,000 miles
Upper steering assembly joint is loose. Causing a clunking sound when driving over bumps, manhole and driving at 60mph

- Queens Village, NY, USA

problem #618

Jan 012015

Sonata

  • miles
Clicking sound from the steering wheel. Will happen at rest or motion. Progressively got worse. Also produced a thud sound on bumps on interstate. Dealer indicates the steering coupler had failed. I told them I seen many other people with the same problem. Why was it not covered by manufacturer with it being so widespread issue? cost me $394.48 for dealer to replace including the recommend alignment.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #617

Apr 012016

Sonata

  • 56,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2011 hyundia Sonata. The contact heard a clicking noise coming from the steering column when turning the steering wheel in either direction. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering wheel coupler was faulty. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 56,000.

- North Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #616

May 032016

Sonata

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. When the vehicle was in motion and stationary, the steering wheel became loose. When the vehicle drove over a bump in the road, the steering wheel made a loud rattling noise. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 108,000.

- Jefferson, GA, USA

problem #615

Dec 182015

Sonata

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving various speeds, the steering power steering seized and the eps light illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the eps control unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was notified of NHTSA campaign number: 16V190000 (steering) after the failure occurred; however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. The VIN was not available.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #614

Nov 102015

Sonata

  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V190000 (steering) several months after the failure occurred. The steering wheel made an abnormal noise and vibrated extensively for an extended period of time. The vehicle was taken to more than three independent mechanics who stated that there was an electric power steering failure. The dealers were unable to provide a specific diagnosis to repair the vehicle. The vehicle was also included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V759000 (service brakes, hydraulic) and 15V568000 (engine). The failure mileage was not available. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Lumberton, NC, USA

problem #613

Mar 092016

Sonata

  • 57,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I took my car into the dealership over a month ago because of noises coming from the steering wheel. I knew that they had recalls before on steering but they told me that my issue was not covered under the recall. The issue is a steering coupler involving the steering column. They also have a new recall announcement made on April 16, 2016. There have been many complaints with the same steering issues with this vehicle and Hyundai expects money out of pocket for it. Now when driving, the steering has gotten worse with increased speeds there is shaking and clicking. Any little bump in the road will cause clicking in the steering wheel. Even sitting still, it will click once you turn the wheel. I was told that this is a dangerous hazard but I cannot afford to get this fixed when obviously this is an ongoing issue with Hyundai and their recalls.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #612

Apr 182016

Sonata

  • 67,000 miles
The steering column began to loosen and eventually had to be replaced because it was no longer safe to drive. I had to replace it at my cost at 67,000 miles.

- Suffern, NY, USA

problem #611

Feb 032016

Sonata

  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that there was an abnormal noise that progressed near the steering wheel. In addition, the oil had to be refilled every four to six weeks, but there was no presence of a leak. The contact was unable to determine where the failure originated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for the engine crank shaft recall and it was indicated that the steering coupling needed to be replaced. The contact was informed that the VIN was not included in the engine crank shaft recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was also excluded from NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V568000 (engine), 16V190000 (steering), 10V457000 (steering), and 10V426000 (steering). The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic who stated that he would not install the part because it was not an oem revised part from the manufacturer. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer to determine if the manufacturer would be able to provide a repair solution. The failure mileage was not available.

- New Port News, VA, USA

problem #610

May 022016

Sonata

  • 69,000 miles
Clicking in steering wheel dealer stated needed new coupler cost 4.00, labor $334. Also airbag light remains on, dealer stated clockspring repair $372. Mileage 69000. Checked Hyundai websites, numerous repairs for these sames issues on the 2011 Sonata, both issues should be a recall issues. With so many of these cars having the same issues, these wld appear to be defects in the manufactured with the cars.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #609

Apr 272016

Sonata

  • 101,000 miles
While driving 45mph I experience my steering wheel shaking and it leaves the vehicle hard to control and it pulls to the right. I then started to experience my car not starting after sitting for not even 5 minutes and this has been occurring for 2 days. I took my car to the local dealership and was advised that I needed to replace the starter lever and steering coupler. Both of these are common defects of this model and has been recalled in the past. I called Hyundai today and was told that I am now responsible for the cost of the repairs regardless of what happened in the past. The repairs are going to cost me a little over $600 when the parts are plastic and wouldn't cost more than $20. A complaint has been filed with the BBB as well...this is a major safety issue on this vehicle and the manufacture needs to do a better job at building these parts.

- Lithia Springs, GA, USA

problem #608

Apr 042016

Sonata

  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving 30 mph, the steering column made a loud thump noise and the steering felt loose. The failure was noticed while driving and while the vehicle was parked. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering coupler needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 104,000.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #607

Nov 202015

Sonata

  • miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that there was an abnormal noise coming from the steering wheel and that the steering wheel felt stiff. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V190000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Justin, TX, USA

problem #606

Apr 012016

Sonata

  • 100,000 miles
Myfront passenger seat belt went out about 7 months ago. Since then I am now having issues with my front driver seat belt. I have to insert it 3-5 times for it to latch. Sometimes it doesnt latch at all. All in the parked status. There is nothing "stuck" in the buckles. I am also having issues with my key getting stuck in the ignition when I put it in park and try to take it out. This has been going on foratleast 2 years.

- Gary, IN, USA

problem #605

Jul 142015

Sonata

  • 85,000 miles
My car's steering wheel was making clicking nose. It probably started some time last year, but I didn't think much of it B/C sound was very faint. But now, the noise is pretty loud and that it's affecting the car's driving performance. The steering wheel shakes when I drive over a certain speed limit; makes noise whenever I turn, go over a bump, or whenever I turn the steering wheel even when it's stationary.. I brought it to the dealer and dealer said that the steering coupler needs to be replaced. This is a poor design and, more importantly, a safety issue that Hyundai needs to address with a recall asap before someone gets hurt!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #604

Apr 052016

Sonata

  • miles
My car's steering wheel was making clicking nose. It probably started some time last year, but I didn't think much of it B/C sound was very faint. But now, the noise is pretty loud and that it's affecting the car's driving performance. The steering wheel shakes when I drive over a certain speed limit; makes noise whenever I turn, go over a bump, or whenever I turn the steering wheel even when it's stationary.. I brought it to the dealer and dealer said that the steering coupler needs to be replaced. Though I own the car for over 5 yrs, I only have $51K miles on it. This is a poor design and, more importantly, a safety issue that Hyundai needs to address with a recall asap before someone gets hurt!

- West Covina, CA, USA

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