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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
46,858 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata steering problems

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments (Page 2 of 51)

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problem #981

Oct 162017


  • 109,446 miles


For the last few months, my steering column shakes and rattles anytime it goes over 60 mph. I had a tire repair at a local shop and the guy suggested I may need an alignment but because they told me at the last minute of picking my car up at their closing hours and having to go to work, I waited to get it looked at. I took it to a local Hyundai dealer for one recall campaign and asked them to assess the issue with my steering wheel rattling and mentioned the guy at the other place mentioned an alignment.the guy dismissed the car symptoms I described and said the noise was from the bottom spoiler hanging. It wasn¿T assessed and I took it to a Goodyear affiliate and they needed more time to assess why it was the steering but were able to tell me in fact that it was potentially loose. Between October 2017 and Jan 2018 is how long people have been looking at it with no assistance

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #980

Sep 122015


  • miles
While driving the vehicle, it goes to the left and the right. I have had alignments done and being told by mechanics that the alignment is okay. I have spent more money on repairing it and it still drives the same. I have read online many complaints about the power steering. I'm concerned of how much more money I have to spend, if it will even fix the problem. From what I have read online their has to be a defect! I purchased this vehicle September, 2015.

- Channahon, IL, USA

problem #979

Jan 022018


  • miles
Air bag sensor is on horn stopped working

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #978

Mar 012018


  • miles


2011 Hyundai Sonata. Consumer writes in regards to steering shaft plastic coupling component and starter gear plastic fork/lever issues. Consumer has another vehicle correspondence in artemis.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #977

Jan 032017


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 60 mph, the steering wheel became very loose. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be tightened. The vehicle was not repaired. A local dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that there were no open recalls. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000. The VIN was not available.

- Weirton, WV, USA

problem #976

Feb 102018


  • 80,000 miles
Steering appears to have "play" in it whenever turning the wheel to turn either right or left

- Middle River, MD, USA

problem #975

Dec 012017


  • 100,500 miles


The steering wheel had play in it after the dealer worked on my car for another recall. It has since gotten worse and makes a clunk noise. I looked it up and there was an extending warranty that they never told me about till after I mentioned it and had reach 100,000 miles and my warranty had run out. Wouldn't it be nice to be informed about this by mail or the dealership where I regularly take my car for oil changes! this vehicle has more recalls that I can't keep up!

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #974

Oct 202017


  • 96,000 miles
I was driving down a city road and lost all control of my vehicle while turning left into traffic. There was a loud mechanical sound as I turned, the steering wheel locked up, warning lights came on in the dash, and neither my brakes nor my steering would engage. The brakes kicked back on, but I had to force the wheel through loud popping and cracking and a loss of power steering. The car was towed to a regular mechanic where they found the power steering assist had failed. The power steering assist had just been replaced 7 months prior due to a recall, because of this same problem (campaign 143). When the mechanic called and asked the Hyundai dealer if there was coverage to replace this part, they said no. I had to pay $900 to the other mechanic for a replacement and the tow and went without a car for almost 2 weeks. The recall placed a defective part in my car, then made me pay to replace it.

- West Lafayette, IN, USA

problem #973

Jan 152018


  • 130,000 miles
When turn steering wheel at all, get a delay and then a click or clunk type feel.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #972

May 212016


  • miles
I purchased my lemon vehicle from webb Hyundai in highland, in and purchased it used in March of 2013. I'm always hearing about this 100000 miles warranty, my vehicle hadn't quite made it to that, when I first questioned the clicking in the steering wheel and shaking of my vehicle; because my car was used for me to daily travel throughout the entire state of Indiana, my vehicle in July 2017 had exceeded the 100000 mile and the used warranty stated coverage only up to 60,000. However, I wrote Hyundai, took it back on several occassion and they did actually fix my engine, thanks to the recall, in which they first denied me for 45 days, when I receive my vehicle back I told them about the clicking noise and I always was given some lame excuse and it's amazing how in July of 2017 they were constantly calling my phone and I even got an email on July 12, 2017 on how they've been attempting to phone me, not mentioning all the continual calls I had given them prior to this. However, during this time our family was dealing with a crisis in which me getting back with them was not as urgent and when I did try returning the call on several attempts between August and September of 2017, I never received a call back and I still have ownership of the awesome lemon that was sold to me.

- Gary, IN, USA

problem #971

Jan 222018


  • 125,000 miles


The steering wheel began clunking when it was turned even slightly. When I took it to get repaired, they could not tell me if it was the steering shaft or the rack and pinion. Also, shortly after we got the car, the engine went out in it (before the engine recall was issued). The dealership put in a junkyard engine and now I am having the same issue with it knocking. The left front axle boot is torn as well, and there is no indication how this occurred. The rear brake and tail lights are impossible to keep working. We change one and another goes out. We went as far as to change all of the brake and tail lights at the same time and less than a week later one was out again. The cruise control will come on but is unable to be set to control the speed of the car.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #970

Jun 012017


  • 115,000 miles
My steering wheel makes a clicking sound when I turn it and when ever I go over bumps. I received a safety notice in the mail about this problem so I took it to glendora Hyundai where I bought the car and they told me they couldn¿T fix it because my warranty had expired. What is the purpose of the safety notice if you¿re not going to fix the problem!

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #969

Jun 052017


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel made a rattling and clicking noise, and the vehicle vibrated violently. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to world Hyundai at matteson (5337 miller cir dr, matteson, il 60443), but was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the power steering coupling needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was out of warranty and could not be repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Calumet Park, IL, USA

problem #968

Dec 282017


  • 60,000 miles
Unable to drive safely due to steering wheel producing clicking sound due to faulty gearbox shaft selector.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #967

Nov 222017


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. While driving approximately 30 mph, the steering seized and caused the contact to crash into a parked vehicle. There were no warning indicators illuminated before or after the failure. The contact stated that the air bags did not deploy and she suffered a head injury, which required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent dealer. Lithia Hyundai of odessa (5000 john ben shepperd pkwy, odessa, tx) was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number: 10V426000 (steering) was relevant to the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 38,000.

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #966

Dec 222017


  • 45,000 miles
My car model, Hyundai Sonata 2011, has been recalled for engine issues. I checked the VIN number of my car and my car has been affected. When I took my car to dealership they told me because my car is not making a clicking noise they will not fix it. I told them that my car has been recalled and I want them to take care of it. They refused it because according to them they did not hear anything. Recently my car started making clicking noises when I turn my wheel. It seems that the steering wheel is loose. I can especially feel it when I go through bumps. Even when I am stopped and turn the wheel from side to side I can hear the noise. I am hoping that when I take my car to dealership they will fix the problem as I saw a recall for this issue as well. Looks like the dealership only wants to fix the smaller type of recalls and not the major pricy ones.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #965

Oct 262017


  • miles
Airbag warning on dashboard, steering wheel components such as volume, cruise control, reset mileage and the rest of the tabs do not function on the steering wheel, rear left side brake light bulb has to be replaced every four months, front right side/driver's side head light bulb wont' come on after replacing the light bulb, inside the cab the above night/passenger and rear guest lights won't come on, after an overall tune up such as oil, filters, liquids and plugs the engine warning light comes on for two days/48 hours. The vehicle engine starts and runs normal every day. The problem is more electrical by the above information. The local Hyundai dealership would like for us to take the vehicle in to check for the problem. About a year ago or less we had a vehicle recall on two specific items. After taking our vehicle to the dealership to see about the two recalls. One of the recalls was looked into and fixed. The second recall was never fixed and the car engine was running in the worst manner, the engine would run and stall, at a stop light while the engine was running, the engine would misfire. We were at the dealership and they wanted us to leave our vehicle so that it could be checked by their technicians while in the process we were told that we were responsible for the problem or vehicle misfiring/stalling of the engine. We called the 888-327-4236 for assistance and our problem was solved. By having your group contacting the dealership and having our second vehicle recall fixed and solved. That's the main reason for not going back to the dealership, apparently they are the only ones in town. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. If we have to go back to the dealership, we'd go back but only with your assistance. Thank you. Email or cell 915-472-5131.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #964

Nov 282017


  • 139,000 miles
2011 Hyundai Sonata limited 2.4L. Inner and outer tie rods have been replaced three times now.. not sure why. The dealership had no answer either. First time replaced at 81,000 miles, then at 112,000 miles and again at 139,000 miles. This last time they said it was ready to break off. One would think these parts would last longer than this.

- Linton, IN, USA

problem #963

Nov 252017


  • 89,000 miles
2011 Hyundai Sonata w/ 89000 miles. Bought less than 2 yrs ago, certified. Car has been making a groaning and clicking noise when turning the wheel, especially in reverse. Had car at dealership this weekend and they tell me the entire steering system is host. Need a new column, brackets, and coupling. This is not normal wear an tear on a car. There is a recall on the coupling but the rest is not covered and they want over $1000 to fix!

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #962

May 302017

Sonata 4-cyl

  • miles
To my knowledge the recalls listed are for my car. Some I was informed of and some I was not. Reference #'s: 16V190000, 15V759000, 15V62000,15V568000, 14V33000, 13V113000, 13V113000, 10V457000, 10V070000. Once I was fully aware I brought my car to the dealership near me. They said they fixed everything but I am still having the same issues. To date: I have had times when I do not have full control( or it just will not do what I want) of the steering wheel causing me to crash into things which has damaged the passenger side window and the rims ( thankfully so far nothing more serious)/my seatbelt broke while I was driving, just came off. My brake lights are a disaster they either stay on (which has drained my battery to the point I have had to replace it ) or they do not come on at all which has given me a few scary moments because I brake and the person behind me does not realize I am stopping. If I do not put the parking break on every time I park the car will roll even on a flat surface. I sometimes have issues with getting the car to stay locked as it will sometimes unlock itself multiple times in a row. The dealership charged me for some repairs related to these recalls though as I understand it they are to fix them at no charge. I have called the dealership multiple times and I am always told that the person I need to speak with is not there. They then take a message but to date no one has returned a single call. I have had other mechanics ( not working for Hyundai) look at the car as well as have other people drive my car ( they all confirm that they have issues such as above when driving as well) I would really appreciate any help you can give me with these issues. In regards to date below: Multiple issues with multiple dates I listed around when I brought the car to the dealer. If you need to contact me : [xxx]. sincerely, [xxx] ¿information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).¿

- Rehoboth Beach, DE, USA

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