hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,430 miles

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid steering problems

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 012016

Sonata Hybrid

  • miles


The wheel shakes when you turn it or hit any bumps kind of like a clicking sound

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #7

Oct 072016

Sonata Hybrid

  • miles
Steering wheel coupler going bad per dealer. Had noticed the steering wheel clunking while turning. Per dealer no campaign and over $400 to replace. The vehicle has 84,000 miles.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #6

Jul 252016

Sonata Hybrid

  • 78,880 miles
Metal shavings in engine oil pan causing engine failure, knocking, lose of power while driving, manufacturing defect on small block engine but not on the small block hybrid... we were told by the dealer but the hybrid still has the same defect as the none hybrid same exact issues metal shaving in oil pan defects from manufacturer. The none hybrid was recalled but a recall was never issued for the hybrid stated by employees at global auto mall in New Jersey.

- Somerville, NJ, USA

problem #5

Oct 172016

Sonata Hybrid

  • 45,000 miles


The steering wheel has some very noticeable play when turning the steering wheel to the left and right. The steering wheel makes a clicking clunking sound when turned both ways. Also whenever the car goes over any kind of pothole or any bumps in the road it makes a very loud rattling sound coming from the steering wheel column. The rattling has progressively gotten worse. Taking the car in today but I see that this is obviously a very common problem with this make and model. Love my sonata but disappointed I how a second owner is treated with issues that have nothing to do with being a second owner. If you believe your cars are built to last 100K miles stand by it and keep the mileage plan for everyone. Changing the miles and years just because someone new bought the car is unfair. I had to replace a hybrid battery cable for this car already, part cost $10 and the labor cost $300. Now from what I am reading the part for this fix is potentially $1 and I am going to pay 300%+ in labor.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 012016

Sonata Hybrid

  • 25,000 miles
3 months out of warranty and with about 25,000 miles on the odometer, my car developed a pronounced clunking noise coming from the steering column. This would occur whenever I went over even the smallest bump in the road. It also occurred with the engine off if I turned the wheel in either direction and I could feel slop in the steering. It developed suddenly and worsened rapidly, so I took it to the dealer. My service advisor said he was aware of a steering coupler issue in the 2011 model and recommended I have it repaired at $390. I requested he intervene with Hyundai and ask them to cover it since it is a safety defect and argued that it should have been recalled. He did so and the request was denied by Hyundai. The dealership took care of it as a goodwill gesture.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 092016

Sonata Hybrid

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata hybrid. The contact stated that when the vehicle was shifted into park, the eps (electric power steering) warning light illuminated. In addition, the vehicle failed to power off and the 'shift gear into parkż warning message illuminated when the vehicle was already in the park position. The contact also stated that when the vehicle was powered off, it took numerous attempts to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacture was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000.

- Tijeras, NM, USA

problem #2

Apr 012015

Sonata Hybrid

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Hyundai Sonata hybrid. While driving at an unknown speed over a bump in the road, the contact heard a knocking sound coming from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed that the "coupling for the motor driven power steering system" needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in a recall. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Loxley, AL, USA

problem #1

Oct 112013

Sonata Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 42,561 miles
On October 11, 2013 I was driving vehicle at about 30 mph. The traction, brake, and check engine light started flashing. The engine started to accelerate & decelerate at random and vehicle jerked (intermittently) all mentioned lights then stayed on constantly. Vehicle was driven to dealership. Dealership scan tested & found steering angle sensor code in history, then recalibrated steering angle sensor. Vehicle was also serviced for recall regarding lower control arm (replaced). 2nd incident occurred on 10/22/13. I started car in the morning, and all the lights came on. Vehicle was shut off and then towed to same dealer. Service technician could not "duplicate" code. I was told by service that car was fine/operable. 3rd incident occurred on 10/23/13. I was driving and vehicle brake light, & trac light came on. Car was again jerking/surging and accelerating and decelerating at random. Vehicle scanned by technician and multiple "can" codes and steering angle sensor communication code found in history. Technician called technical assistance and was advised to replace motor driven power steering unit, replaced steering column with power steering unit, all ok after repairs (per dealer). Rental car charge incurred totaling $26.28. 4th incident occurred on 1/2/14. I was driving vehicle and traction control lights, brake light, and ABS brake started flashing. Trac light then stayed on constantly. Car began jerking (again) and accelerated/decelerating. Vehicle taken to different dealership. Service writer test drove car while I was in vehicle, and stated there was something definitely wrong w/vehicle and that it wasn't safe to drive. Rental car obtained. Technician looked at car, called support, and was told to charge hybrid battery. Service writer called back and stated that car was ready to be picked up. I refused to pick car...

- Wind Lake, WI, USA

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