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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:
43,980 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata steering problems

steering problem

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 36 of 43)

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problem #153

Mar 212011

Sonata

  • 1 miles

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

Car pulls left. Worsens with speed. Has been to the dealer twice. First attempt was an alignment. Second attempt was a replaced strut. Still not fixed and the issue is a major safety hazard. Lemon law paperwork has been filed.

- Monmouth Beach, NJ, USA

problem #152

Apr 052011

Sonata

  • 1,077 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle began to shake and veer towards the left. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the vehicle was realigned yet the failure persisted. The contact also stated that once the vehicle came to a complete stop, the steering wheel would independently turn all the way to the left as if she had removed her hands from the wheel. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the contact was told that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 10V426000 (steering:gear box:shaft sector). The vehicle was not repaired and the failure persisted. The failure and current mileage was 1,077. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 05/13/11 updated 2/8/12

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #151

Apr 242011

Sonata

  • 2,400 miles
2011 Sonata pulls hard left.

- Copley, OH, USA

problem #150

Jun 012010

Sonata

  • 50 miles

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

Car pulled left first time I drove it on the highway. Had dealer work it four times since buying the car in may, 2010. Twice the performance appeared to improve, but then it would get worse after I had it in for an oil change & tire rotation. Dealer suggested it 1) had to do with me driving in the left lane and 2) these sporty suspensions are just more sensitive - they don't handle like a "comfort car". I've driven sport suspensions before & never experienced anything like this.

- Hampton, NH, USA

problem #149

Apr 142011

Sonata

  • 415 miles
Hyundai Sonata ltd turbo pulls to the left.

- Wilmette, IL, USA

problem #148

Nov 252010

Sonata

  • miles
Vehicle always pulls left when driving at any speed. Problem noticed day after purchase. Vehicle has been in service 4 times for this issue & still pulls left.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #147

Oct 302010

Sonata

  • 50 miles

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

My 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T limited pulls to the left at all speeds (not torque steer). The car requires constant clockwise pressure on the steering wheel just to keep the car from veering to the left. The pull occurs in all lanes, but it is especially dangerous in the left lane where it will leave the road in approximately two seconds without a steering correction. My car has been in for the left pull issue five times now, and there is still no solution to this problem. In addition to the safety concern, the tires will wear prematurely and in an uneven fashion. Since their engineers have been unable to provide a viable solution, Hyundai should really think about a recall at this point in time.

- Proctorville, OH, USA

problem #146

Dec 162010

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 50 miles
Bought a Hyundai Sonata 2011 model 2.0turbo in December 2010. Car pulls heavily to the left resulting in constant pressure that needs to be applied to steering wheel so the car won't change lane by itself. At low speed (35mph nd under) not an issue, but above 45mph the car is unsafe to drive. Have taken to dealership 3 times already, they changed camber bolts then put a new strut but none of these corrected the problem.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #145

Mar 232011

Sonata

  • 71 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the vehicle pulled to the left repeatedly while driving. The failure recurred each time the vehicle was driven. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer several times where the steering wheel was aligned and the struts were replaced yet the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where for further inspection. The manufacturer was contacted and a complaint was filed. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 71 and the current mileage was approximately 1,000.

- Ashby, MA, USA

problem #144

Apr 012011

Sonata

  • 6 miles
Car pulls left from moment driven off lot. When release steering wheels it moves from center to left and then car rapidly moves left. Constant pressure is required on right side of steering wheel. This is a dangerous safety issue. Vehicle movement not as bad when passenger in car. Returned car to dealer for alignment and balancing. When this did not fix the problem a company engineer came to look at the vehicle who drove it and pronounced it fixed. Nothing had changed it still pulled as hard left as before. I took it back to the dealership and test drove it with the mechanic who had worked on the car. With me in the passenger seat the car drifted right (I outweigh the mechanic by 100 pounds). Mechanic told me he was frustrated by these cars, all the turbos with 18 inch wheels pull left. He thinks it is either the wheels size since Sonata's equipped with smaller wheels don't pull or the power steering assist needs adjusting. Hyundai is denying problem exists.

- Greenwich, CT, USA

problem #143

Apr 112011

Sonata

  • 100 miles

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

New, 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T. Cars consistently pulls left at all speeds greater than 30 mph and in all lanes of travel.

- Saline, MI, USA

problem #142

Feb 242011

Sonata

  • 4,000 miles
I have a 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE. This vehicle pulls to the left. I checked the tire pressure in all tires after the vehicle sat for about 16 hours and tire pressure was the same in each tire and at the correct pressure. I took it to the dealer and was informed the vehicle is in spec and no issue found. However, it still pulls to the left. This pull is more noticeable at speeds above 60mph. When driving on the highway, in order to drive straight the driver must turn the wheel slightly to right. I have had numerous vehicles and this is not normal.

- Rochester, MI, USA

problem #141

Apr 012010

Sonata

  • 3 miles
I have a 2011 Sonata SE which I've taken to the dealer 4 times for steering issues. The car pulls to left and I must apply pressure at all times to the steering wheel to keep the car from veering off the road. There is an issue with the steering system and the dealer is giving me the run around and telling there is nothing wrong with the car. Someone is going to get hurt due to this issue unless someone gets the problem rectified.

- Illinois, IL, USA

problem #140

Dec 012010

Sonata

  • 5 miles
My 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T constantly pulls left while under very mild acceleration and cruising speeds. I took it into the dealer for the problem and they said it was torque-steer and that it happens on all fwd vehicles. I've had my fair share of fwd vehicles and I've experienced nothing like this. It pulls under the lightest acceleration.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #139

Apr 152011

Sonata

  • 230 miles
New 2011 Hyundai Sonata steering problem. The vehicle feels very unstable at highway speeds. Driver must constantly fight to keep the vehicle in lane. At a minimum it is distracting. Worst case this car could drift into another lane. There is something wrong this electronic steering. Dealer tells me its fine.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #138

Mar 152011

Sonata

  • 500 miles
2011 Hyundai Sonata steering problem - car constantly pulls left - dealer did realignment - not effective.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #137

Apr 092011

Sonata

  • 18,000 miles
2011 Hyundai Sonata left pull issue. I must apply a pressure to keep the car going straight on a flat/straight highway. This youtube clip is an excellent description of what I see. www.youtube.com/watch?V=eddyzwogozu also I found another site w/ a similar listing: www.Hyundai-forums.com/T56918-official-2011-Sonata-left-pull-poll.htm.

- Hinckley, IL, USA

problem #136

Apr 012011

Sonata

  • miles
Car pulls to the left since brand new. Very noticeable when driving at a high speed for a length of time. Constant right pressure must be maintained on steering wheel to prevent car from moving to the left. At a slow speed on back roads the pull is not that noticeable. For some reason, when taking a right turn off a highway ramp, the left pull increases, which requires increased right pressure on the steering wheel. Have had car checked at dealer, alignment was checked, and told everything is fine. Researching the Hyundai forums, it appears my Sonata is not the only car experiencing this problem, and as of this date, Hyundai/Kia have no fix, or even acknowledge their is a problem.

- Boonsboro, MD, USA

problem #135

Mar 282011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 350 miles
I purchased a new 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE turbo. It pulls badly to the left. It requires constant concentration or you will be in the oncoming lane. Dangerous!

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #134

Mar 282011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,350 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the steering wheel would abnormally pull to the left when driving at highway speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed an alignment but did not repair the problem. They stated that the next step would be to replace the vehicle strut. The manufacturer was contacted who stated that they were aware of the problem and were currently working with the dealers to have the problem fixed. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 3,350 and current mileage was 3,400. The consumer stated the strut was replaced. However, the problem continued. Updated 05/31/11

- Trumbull, CT, USA

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