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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
112,300 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2011 Hyundai Sonata suspension problems

suspension problem

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 132014

Sonata 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


Well my spring coils broke years ago. Along with other things that I had to pay for so I prioritized what I could get fix according to my income as well as making car notes every month. But today 5/2/19 I got a letter I the mail saying that there is an extended warranty on the spring coils but I am outside my mileage so I will still have to pay out my pocket. Hyundai need to do a recall on all these car and fix their mistakes instead of leaving their problem to become the consumers problem. After all I have been through with this car I will never ever buy or recommend any one to Hyundai they sucks.

- ecunningham0315, Louisville, GA, US

problem #2

Mar 222019

Sonata GLS 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles

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coil spring broke coil spring broke

I am a 2011 Sonata owner in Wisconsin. Similar to the many others, I noticed a sound of metal hitting the ground while driving at a slow speed in a parking lot last weekend. The passenger side spring coil had fractured and fallen off. This could have been catastrophic had I been on the busy interstate traveling at a high speed which is where I was headed. Very disappointing that only some of the VINs are covered for such an issue. This is not normal wear and tear. It is a potentially catastrophic issue that needs to be addressed by Hyundai. I am going to take my vehicle in for the several other recalls on this vehicle (just purchased last summer), and hopefully the dealer will replace the front coil springs free of cost. If not, it will be the last time I deal with Hyundai.

- Michael W., Milwaukee, US

problem #1

Aug 252018

Sonata SE 2.0t

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,761 miles

The factory states this is a corrosion problem. Wrong. There is no evidence of corrosion on my car. At the fracture site it is very obvious this is a manufacturing / material quality issue. Please, before anyone gets killed, recall all cars affected!

- Mike A., Davis, IL, US

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