2011 Hyundai Sonata transmission NHTSA complaints: Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Lever And Linkage:Column Shift

NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Lever And Linkage: Column Shift Problems

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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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,700 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata transmission problems

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 302011

Sonata 4-cyl

  • 10,700 miles


I placed the car in park when I got home from work went inside my house for a few minutes came outside, when I turned the car on and tried to take it out of park it would not change gears. I tried it for almost 20min. I had to turn the car off and back on a few times for it to work. It does it almost everyday. Yesterday 09/14/2011 I had to drive the car away from my job due to an emergency and it would not change gears. I tried after 10min and just left the car behind and had to get a ride from a coworker. If this was a life or death situation I would likely not make it due to this safety issue. This is an ongoing problem.

- Homestead, FL, USA

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