definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,022 miles

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2011 Hyundai Genesis electrical problems

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2011 Hyundai Genesis Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 132016


  • 125,412 miles


Complaint: Total loss of vehicle due to electrical wiring harness failure. After recall 13V113000, 04/01/13, exterior lighting:brake lights: Switch was fixed by dealership, we had repeated problems with interior lights failing, then with license plate light blowing out, and as time went on other electrical things not working- but only intermittently - would not repeat the problem when we had it looked at. Finally, at a city street stoplight, my husband driving and I am in passenger seat, I noticed wisp of smoke. Car then filled with smoke that smelled like burning electrical. Opened windows, seemed to clear, only a mile to destination, and nothing seemed wrong otherwise. When we stopped, checked all over vehicle and could not see problem. Car sat an hour. When time to leave, car would not go in gear, and dashboard warnings appeared. While car turned off, reverse lights came on and we could not make go off. Car towed to shop. Took two weeks for shop to figure out problem was in wiring harness along passenger front and rear. Many wires had insulation melted and/or charred, leaving them exposed and touching. Geico deemed the vehicle a total loss - even if the wiring harness was replaced, would still not know cause. Photos attached. I wanted to report this so if it is because of a common issue, maybe it would have the chance of being fixed so others might not lose their car to this problem.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #5

Jan 022013


  • 27,162 miles
Power steering stopped working while N motion on highway while turning N curve case #5206878, front door power window switch replaced, brakes went out suddenly while getting off interstate traveling from one sate to another, engine replaced, radiator cracked & split, alternator replaced

- Harvey, LA, USA

problem #4

Jan 132014

Genesis 6-cyl

  • 35,060 miles
After second time another window lift (failed without any use) fell down, went to dealer for repair. [the darkened window films were left scratched with open spaces at each repair.] auto released to customer for a few days until parts would arrive, after recall service. Was told stop lamp switch replacement would fix all previous ESC and transmission lockup complaints. Not! after leaving dealership when slowing to 20 mph with electronic doors locked and windows closed, tapped brake, caused automobile to lurch violently to a sudden stop in rush hour traffic. Smoke filled the interior and neither doors nor windows would open, and dash lights flashed intermittently on a random basis, with out logic, and died. Auto was immobilized and could not be shoved nor driver extracted by fire department response (2). Eventually was able to cause passenger power window (only) to lower halfway during final flash from lights. With help was able to escape. Trunk was opened with manual key (key fob inoperative) and swelled battery was melting down, with ventilation, did not explode. The oem battery location failed by sedimentation shorts from a "goosey" suspension. Dealer retrieved vehicle, after window lift replaced, demanded customer removal by putting bad battery from another vehicle in for jump start. Drove to nearest after market store for adsorbed glass mat (agm) battery to preclude future fires. Driver's door actuator total failure replaced (37631). Brake light switch replaced again (46704). Brake switch diode recall refused by dealerships that continue to also refuse to adjust emergency free play, at any cost. Porous oem tires replaced for safety. This car is considered unsafe to drive unless one window remains lowered for an escape path.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #3

Apr 222013

Genesis 6-cyl

  • 26,000 miles


When engaging the turn signal, the headlights will flash off and back on quickly. This only happens when the headlights are set to "on" (as opposed to "auto"). it does not happen every time the turn signal is engaged, but it happens 15-20% of the time. It is distracting to the driver of the vehicle as well as other drivers around the vehicle. I've researched this and found it is not an isolated case: genesisowners.com/Hyundai-Genesis-forum/showthread.php?S=15515fe08925adeb2371411165fe2C76&T=12026&page=2.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 162013

Genesis 6-cyl

  • 26,500 miles
Noticed that the head lights shut off for a couple of seconds when making a turn onto a ramp on an interstate. Seemed to happen when the turn signal was operated and has repeated a dozen or so times since the first occurrence, but can go weeks to months between incidents. I think that the head light selections switch was set to "on" at the time as I have not noticed this to occur when set to "auto."

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 152010

Genesis 6-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Genesis. While the vehicle was stopped in the drive position with the engine turned off, the vehicle suddenly rolled forward. The contact jumped back in and applied the brakes to stop the vehicle. The vehicle did not have a key as it had a keyless ignition. The contact believed the failure occurred because the vehicle could be shut off although it was not in park. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The failure mileage was 6,000 and the current mileage was 10,000. Updated 03/24/11 Hyundai informed the consumer, they were aware of the problem, but did not offer a fix. Updated 09/19/11

- Henderson, NV, USA

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