Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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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 37 of 42)

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problem #103

Nov 282010

Sonata

  • 1,000 miles

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

2011 Hyundai Sonata has a constant steering pull to the left. Dealership says it's the nature of the beast. It is clearly not! has me worried for safety!

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #102

Feb 192011

Sonata

  • 60 miles
2011 Sonata gls drifts to left immediately unless steering wheel is constantly held/steered to right. Taken to dealer for repair at approximately 700 miles, they aligned all 4 wheels. Car is still drifting left, will return to dealer for further action. This is a safety hazard! please investigate!

- Troy, MO, USA

problem #101

Feb 232011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 233 miles
I bought brand new 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T limited on 02/23/2011. Whenever I drive it, I can feel the pull to the left, mostly on highways. I have to constantly put effort to bring steering to the center. It can be dangerous at a time when vehicle is next to you or when you are changing the lane or when you are driving on left most lane.

- Enfield , CT, USA

problem #100

Aug 122010

Sonata 5-cyl

  • 1,910 miles

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

I purchased a Hyundai Sonata 2011 on 6/27/10. This car pulls to the left when driving on a daily basis. I have to hold the steering wheel to the right, in order for the car to drive straight & not drive off the road. After many service appointments, I have had 2 new tires & 4 alignments, none of which have solved the problem. I have already dealt with the Hyundai district representative who has done nothing for me.

- Goshen, NY, USA

problem #99

Jan 192011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 1 miles
2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T limited - steers/pulls left in all road conditions. The severity of the pull gets worse as speed increases.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #98

Feb 212011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 50 miles
2011 Hyundai Sonata SE 2.0T. Pulls left at highway speeds. No known fix. Please do something before someone get hurts!!!

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #97

Jan 012011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 50 miles

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

Purchased a 2011 Sonata off the showroom floor. First day of driving noticed the vehicle drifted noticeably to the left no matter where the crown in the road was. Took vehicle back to dealer and they worked on it and said it was fine. My wife picked up the car and called me and told me it was still drifting left. I had her return the vehicle and they kept it for a week and then stated it was fixed. I picked up the car and drove it a few days and it was better but still drifted, after a week it got back to where it was, returned the vehicle for repair for a third time, dealer kept car for over a week and said it was fixed. For the first couple of days it was better, shortly after for the forth time its has started again.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #96

Dec 152010

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 130 miles
Ordered & purchased a brand new 2011 Sonata SE turbo in radiant silver via Hyundai of nanuet who swapped my vehicle out from glick, Hyundai of monticello, NY. Since the first drive home, the steering wheel has been off center & constantly pulls to the left side of roadway at various speeds more pronounced at higher speeds. This is not an isolated defect as there are hundreds of exact complaints & growing for this model year new car. A factory recall on this issue should be ordered after determining the root problem & a effective solution. Please do the right thing, we all can't be wrong!

- Highland Falls, NY, USA

problem #95

Feb 042011

Sonata

  • 4,600 miles
I just purchased a 2011 Sonata turbo and am experiencing strong gas smell inside car when going at slow speeds. I also notice it pulling to the left. Cannot tell the difference between high and low beam with the headlights.

- Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #94

Jan 172011

Sonata

  • 264 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact removed his hands from the steering wheel and the vehicle drifted abnormally to the left. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician stated that the vehicle was properly aligned and he was unable to diagnose a failure. The contact stated that the failure occurred constantly and when driving at various speeds. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that they could not offer any further assistance because the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 264.

- Stony Point, NY, USA

problem #93

Jan 012011

Sonata

  • 9,000 miles

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

2011 Hyundai Sonata SE w/ navigation pulls to the left. Now the front left tire has a big bubble on the side wall. Car is only driven on the NJ turnpike. 12000 miles. I've tried calling up hankook about the tire but no response from them. The service manager at Hyundai admitted to the 'pulling problem'. says its prevalent on all their models especially on the Sonata SE & turbo 2.0. also, he mentioned that the remedy to fix the problem is to interchange the tires from left to right! unheard off! he also said that there is something wrong with the vehicle's 'cambor bolts' Hyundai is lying by omission of facts to the public. My wife and I feel swindled and cheated. We use this car to drive to New York everyday and now we can't because we're afraid we might have an accident. Please help!

- Plainsboro, NJ, USA

problem #92

Feb 112011

Sonata

  • 3,000 miles
Vibration in steering, grinding noise in transaxe, low tire pressure (by dealer), refusal to perform 3,750 mile maintince secdule (dealer refused).

- Mcadoo, PA, USA

problem #91

Jan 032011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 32 miles
Purchased new Hyundai 2011 Sonata turbo.from day one experienced extreme pulling to the left while driving at any speed. Dealer tried to correct problem by alignment, tire exchange, etc. Still to no avail. Called Consumer Affairs and regional representative evaluated vehicle. They put a camber adjustment kit on it and the problem persisted. They then had Hyundai engineers evaluate it and proceeded to put a new strut assembly on the vehicle "two times" and the problem was lightly corrected but still pulls to the left. I have owned the vehicle for one month and it has been in the dealership more than in my possession. Car has less than 700 miles on it. Hyundai does not know how to proceed.

- Ohio, OH, USA

problem #90

Oct 112010

Sonata

  • 610 miles
The car constantly pulls left while driving down a straight road. I have been to dealer two times in three months. I could have gone everyday to the dealer to complain. The steering wheel is never centered. You must always keep correcting the wheel to stay straight. The dealership diagnosed it as needing an alignment adjustment, this is the second time. I have made a third appointment which a tech rep is coming to look at the 2011 Sonata SE.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

problem #89

Feb 032011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 50 miles
Purchased new 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T limited. Upon initial test drive car seemed to track okay with large male passenger in passenger seat of vehicle. I did not remove hands from the wheel during test drive. As soon as I left the car lot after purchasing the vehicle, noticed that steering felt lopsided and was seemingly a bit harder to turn and hold to the right than the left. The first time I let my hands free from the wheel the vehicle began moving to the left. The vehicle now seems to consistently pull itself to the left except at bewildering times when carrying passengers or going over specific road crown conditions and purposely manipulating the steering wheel to 'hold' itself a bit to the right. Wheel always reverts to pulling itself back to the left and staying there. It is a very unstable feeling to have to fight this phenomenon. To me it is completely unacceptable behavior for any car, let alone a brand new model. Entirely unsafe to drive. Requires enormous amounts of concentration to constantly correct the pull not to mention actual physical strain that compounds quickly. Also car does not straighten itself out after initiating a turn. Car keeps turning to the left far too much. Every other car I've ever driven has straightened the wheel and itself out simply by removing hands from wheel. I thought this was expected on any vehicle built unless expressly designed and sold openly as a new kind of left turning car design. Tire pressure checks okay. Vehicle will go into service for an alignment, but was only built 2 weeks ago. Please please please open a serious investigation into the 2011 Sonata issue and help us consumers out who are driving unsafe vehicles.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #88

Nov 032010

Sonata

  • 6,700 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle pulled to the left. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer three times for a wheel alignment. The contact had not yet confirmed whether the vehicle was included in recall 10V426000 (steering: Gear box: Shaft sector). The failure mileage was 6,700.

- Wyoming, RI, USA

problem #87

Aug 232010

Sonata

  • 500 miles
At 40 mph and higher, vehicle is hard to steer. Have to constantly correct to keep in own lane. This is the second Sonata with the same problem. Software performed, not a fix. Do not feel safe driving on three lane highway for fear of vehicle changing lanes. Hyundai is ignoring problem.

- Country Club, MO, USA

problem #86

Jan 022011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 150 miles
2011 Hyundai 2.0T noticed in the first couple of days of owning the vehicle it pulled to the left. Returned it to the dealership for service on alignment. I was told the alignment was out and the problem was fixed. Seemed okay driving home. The very next time I drove the vehicle it began to pull left once again. If I didn't hang on to the wheel so tight while driving the car would lose control very quickly. Certainly a safety issue. I have since told my dealership I would like a loaner vehicle until this problem is resolved as the vehicle is not safe for the road.

- Aurora, 00, USA

problem #85

Sep 102010

Sonata

  • 25 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that when driving at highway speeds the vehicle would drift to the left. This failure does not occur at lower speeds. The contact stated that the dealer replaced the string module and struts, but that did not repair the failure. The manufacturer looked through their inventory and found an identical vehicle; however, the vehicle also experienced the failure. The manufacturer agreed to buy the vehicle back from the contact. The failure mileage was 45 and the current mileage was 1700.

- Georgetown, SC, USA

problem #84

Dec 312010

Sonata

  • 108 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The contact stated that the vehicle pulled to the left while he drove at any speed. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer several times where the steering column assembly was replaced and an alignment performed the failure continued. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The failure mileage was 108 and the current mileage was 500.

- Madison , WI, USA

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