The 2011 Hyundai Sonata was rated #3 on CarComplaints.com’s Worst Vehicles list. This is largely due to engine and steering problems reported by owners of this particular model. However complaints are not limited to the engine and steering. The vehicle also comes with a bevy of electrical and interior accessory problems.
The most commonly reported problem for 2011 Hyundai Sonatas is engine seizure. On average, owners reported this problem on average around 94,000 miles. Typically, repairing engine seizure requires completely replacing the engine at a cost of slightly over $5,000. At around the same mileage, owners of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata also reported loud noises coming from the engine and stalling out of nowhere. Engine troubles sometimes begin even earlier, with excessive oil consumption occurring around 92k miles.
In addition to engine seizure, owners reported that the engine wouldn’t start as early as 54,000 miles. The fix for this issue is unclear. CarComplaints.com received reports of several different solutions. Many people fixed this issue by simply replacing the starter. Luckily, the repair cost seems to be rather low, somewhere between $300 and $500.
One of the strangest issues with the 2011 Hyundai Sonata’s engine is that the engine catches fire without warning. This can be extremely dangerous and if not put out immediately, could end up totalling the vehicle. Generally the affected vehicles were a total loss. Therefore, there is no real data on typical repair costs.
As early as 72,000 miles, some 2011 Hyundai Sonata owners reported clicking sounds when trying to turn the vehicle. Usually the steering coupling had to be replaced, which only costs a few hundred dollars. Some owners reported needing to completely replace the steering column to fix the issue. Another issue with steering that is commonly reported is a wobbling or shaking while driving.
In terms of accessories, consumers often complain of a cracked dashboard on the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The repair usually requires replacing the entire dashboard. Some vehicles also have problems with the paint peeling off of the steering wheel. Neither of these issues are particularly severe.
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