9.4

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$5,140.00
Average Mileage:
90,392 miles
Total Complaints:
147 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. engine replacement (117 reports)
  2. not sure (23 reports)
  3. sold vehicle (4 reports)
  4. replace lower half of engine (2 reports)
  5. junked the car (1 reports)
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problem #147

Aug 112017

Sonata Limited 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

Well, I've NEVER had a Sonata in my LIFE. When i got my 2001 hyundai sonata 4 months ago I was in love with my car. Well of course i had the brake switch replace a month after i purchased the car. Drove it for 2 more months and low and behold last friday im driving in traffic and my car just dies. dash lights come on and im stuck in the middle of traffic. i tried to start my car NOTHING.. Called my brother to give me a jump still nothing. thank god he had a truck because he pulled my car to my moms house. Lifted the hood and it was a burning smell. Lord i just got this car and it's my only means of transportation. Brand new starter and brand new battery (replaced yesterday) went to start the car still NOTHING but a sizzling noise coming from underneath the engine with which smelled like burning metal. Called hyundai told them the problem guy says sounds like your engine locked up. I said wow i only been driving this car for 4 months. ok whatever anywho i had the car towed to hyundai because due to A LOT of engine failure my engine had a warranty on it. But first they start asking if the oil was changed can you show receipts and all of that. look im a mother of 5 i DO NOT keep receipts for anything like that. i have so much paper from them i can barely keep up. So as of today im waiting on that call from hyundai to tell me what the problem is (WHICH I ALREADY KNOW). mY ENGINE IS SUPPOSED TO BE BROKEN DOWN TODAY. I HAVE MISSED A WEEK OF WORK DUE TO ME NOT HAVING A CAR AND THEN ON TOP OF THAT HEADACHE I HAVE THE FINANCE COMPANY CALLING ABOUT A DAMN CAR NOTE. UMMM NO THANK YOU I NEED TO SEE WHAT HYUNDAI IS GONNA SAY BEFORE I GIVE YOU MY MONEY BECAUSE THAT MONEY MIGHT HAVE TO GO TOWARDS ANOTHER CAR THAT I CAN PHYSICALLY DRIVE. I KNOW THAT THIS IS A LOT BUT THIS CRAP IS CRAZY. YOU THINK YOU"RE GETTING A BEAUTIFUL FULLY FUNCTIONAL CAR AND YOU'RE NOT. yOU'RE BASICALLY PAYING FOR THE LOOKS OF THE CAR BECAUSE THE ENGINE AND THINGS ARE CRAP. SO IM PRAYING THAT THEY GIVE ME A CALL TODAY BEFORE I END UP LOSING MY JOB AND MY MIND AT THE SAME DAMN TIME. I'LL KEEP YOU ALL UPDATED.

- , Webster, US

problem #146

Jun 012016

Sonata GLS 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles

2011 Hyundai Sonata engine seized without warning. As my son was driving the engine stopped. We had two different mechanics/dealerships to look at the problem and they both said the engine seized and that we needed to replace the engine. Both quoted prices over $4000. I do not feel comfortable replacing an engine when this can possibly happen again. I've been the only owner of the car. The car received constant oil changes because I purchased the extended care package with the dealership that automatically took care of that. My car had the car's oil change two weeks before this happened. I'm very disappointed, frustrated and disgusted!!! I will never purchase another Hyundai!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , LITHONIA, GA, USA

problem #145

Jun 032017

Sonata SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,100 miles

PART OF ENGINE RECALL:

My 2011 Sonata had the engine stall in the middle of the road. I had taken it to the dealer about a week earlier but Hyundai corp had them make me do a two week oil consumption test. This lasted six days when I stalled. :-)

Initially I was told it could take up to two months but I just got it back within three weeks.

The problem I have is finding out what the new warranty is for this engine. I have read 10yrs - 100,000 miles,

Hyundai Corp Customer Serv says two things depending how it was coded by dealer: additional 26,000 miles or ten yrs from purchase - whichever comes first. 2: up to 1000,000 miles. The dealer says 12 months - 12,000 miles.

Does anyone really know?

- , Chicago, US

problem #144

Jul 072017

Sonata GLS 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Traveling at highway speeds and all of a sudden, engine began making this rapid ticking noise while under load with acceleration. Power seemed to be slightly affected. Continued driving at high speeds until I was forced to slow down and take the car out of gear due to traffic, at which point the engine just quit and refused to engage starter upon trying to restart. I'm thinking that the higher rpms was the only reason the engine stayed unseized for as long as it did.

The short block has an extended warranty which is good because I am the second owner. Car was towed to dealership. They tore down the block and sent pictures to Hyundai to determine whether they would cover it. They were looking for any sign of owner neglect such as sludge or excessive wear. Since they found none, they approved an engine replacement on their dime with a rental car for me to use. Approval took one week. Apparently, the average replacement time is 45 days due to time for delivery of new engine. They did find metal shavings in the bottom of the oil pan, but never really could determine the exact cause whether it be a rod, valve, or bearing.

Never had one problem with this car since I got her with 34k miles on her. I love her engine and the 6 speed manual transmission makes that engine come alive. It was a bad day. Anyway, I'm glad they are making this right and not screwing me.

- , Carnegie, US

problem #143

Jun 262017

Sonata 2.0L Turbo

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,200 miles

Similar problem to others, but better outcome. Responded to Hyundai service bulletin several months ago about possible engine failure due to metal fragments accumulating in oil pan. Passed inspection, dealer replaced dipstick to indicate the engine warranty now was extended to 120K.

On June 26, 2017, the engine seized and died (all the dashboard lights came on). I was northbound on I-65 headed home to suburban Chicago. Thankfully I was already pointed at an exit ramp and was able to coast to a safer shoulder location.

After a AAA tow to the Hyundai dealer closest to home (5 miles), happy to report that Hyundai has stood up and stood behind their product, and will replace the engine at no cost to us. They have provided a loaner vehicle (brand-spankin'-new Sonata) to drive for the predicted 3-4 months it will take to get the new engine, due to the backlog demand caused by the engineering/ manufacturing failure which has affected many of the 2011 Sonatas.

This has been a really good car for us; Hyundai has promptly corrected the few warranty issues which have arisen in the 60K miles we've driven it in 2.5 years. Happy to report good outcomes. Yes, it is a hassle but things could be much worse. We just had to replace the CVT transmission on a Nissan Maxima (to which Nissan gave a yawning "meh" and a half-shrug).

The one dark spot, relatively minor, is that we encountered the "mixed bag" of "Service Advisors" at the Hyundai dealer in the process, including one with a profound don't-know-don't-care-don't-bother-me Attitude, counterbalanced by the one actually handling the case for us, who has been a model of courteous helpfulness and a good liaison with Hyundai Corporate. So far, so good!

- , Bolingbrook, IL, US

problem #142

Jun 122017

Sonata GL 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,749 miles

All the dashboard lights came on, the car made a loud noise and then it simply stopped. I could not get it to start and had to have it towed to the dealership.

- , Winnipeg, MB, Canada

problem #141

Apr 232016

Sonata Limited 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Hyundai Dealer took a week to get approval from Hyundai Corp to cover the cost. Dealer complained about Hyundai not providing enough cars for loaners even though they know the problem is common. So they stuck me in a compact loaner. It's been three weeks.

- , Columbia, MD, USA

problem #140

Jun 152017

Sonata Limited 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,846 miles

On the Capital Beltway in morning traffic the car just stopped running. I had to coast to the right lane and almost crashed. Emergency flashers were on! Nobody yielded. Car started up and I continued. That afternoon car started knocking then the dashboard lights came on, engine stopped, and it left me stranded for 2.5+ hours waiting for a tow. Dealer let me know the engine is dead. They are working on getting the paperwork to see if Hyundai will cover it. I've had to PAY for the steering to be fixed -(another 2011 issue) and I just recently (last month) paid $300+ to have a rebuilt starter put in because the $8 plastic lever broke. This car looks nice but it is garbage.

- , Leesburg, VA, US

problem #139

Jun 042017

Sonata Limited 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,500 miles

TAKATA RECALL. MY HYUNDAI SONATA COMPLETELY DIED ON ME WITHOUT ANY WARNING. ONE DAY WHILE I WAS DRIVING MY 2011 HYUNDAI SONATA ON THE HIGHWAY ALL THE DASHBOARD LIGHTS CAME ON. NEXT THINNG I KNOW THE CAR CUT OFF WHILE I WAS DOING 65 MPH WITH MY 2 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER IN THE VEHICLE. LUCKILY I WAS ABLE TO GET THE CAR STOPPED. LUCKILY I WAS CLOSE TO HOME AND MANAGED TO MAKE IT SAFELY. THE NEXT DAY WHEN I CUT THE VEHICLE ON I STARTED HEARING A KNOCKING SOUND FROM THE VEHICLE. ON MY WAY TO WORK THE CAR CUT OFF TWO MORE TIMES AND WHEN I TRIED TO CUT IT ON AGAIN IT WOULD NOT MOVE. I HAD THE CAR TOWED TO HYUNDAI AND I WAS GIVEN THE COMPLETE RUN AROUND ABOUT REPARING MY VEHICLE. I INFORMED THE MANAGER J THAT I HAD A RECALL ON THE ENGINE AND HE SAID NO WORK IS GOING TO BE DONE WITHOUT HYUNDAIS APPROVAL. SO NOW IM STUCK HERE WITH NO CAR TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WAYS TO GO TO WORK EVERYDAY AND SCHOOL AND TRANSPORT MY KID TO AND FROM SCHOOL. IM AWAITING TO SEE WHETHER HYUNDAI WILL HONOR ITS RECALL AND FIX MY CAR. IM A VERY UNHAPPY CUSTOMER AND LOST ALL TRUST I HAD IN MY VEHICLE.

- , Brooklyn, US

problem #138

May 192017

Sonata ES 2.0t

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,500 miles

Traveling highway speed in the left lane when the engine seized and all of the dash lights came on. It was tricky, but I was lucky to maneuver over to the right lane and coast into a rest stop. Waited almost two hours for a tow to the dealer.

These cars are dropping like flies, the dealership complained about the volume. It's mostly 2.4L engines having this problem, but mine is the 2.0L Turbo, and the "event" required replacement of my engine, turbo, AND starter. Thankfully, Hyundai covered it all under warranty, including the rental car.

But this is not the kind of problem you should have to deal with when you have a 6-year-old modern car with only 86,000 miles! Do yourself a favor and just avoid Hyundai's.

I was lucky, the repairs "only" took three weeks because the 2.0 engines are not as "backed up" with repairs as the 2.4's - otherwise it may have taken months - but overall it's the same engine with the same problem and it's only a matter of time before it happens to yours.

- , Chambersburg, US

problem #137

May 172017

Sonata

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Received engine recall notice months ago - took my car to my local dealer to have the test. They said it passed test and I didn't need to have the new engine.

Fast forward to last night, May 17, 2017, and driving home from work all my dash lights came on and my engine seized. Had it towed to dealer...waiting to hear the bad news. I'm hoping against all odds that I'll now qualify for the engine replacement.

Update from Jun 8, 2017: The day after dropping my car off at the dealer, they had the ok from Hyundai for the new engine. They put me in a rental and said it'd be about 2.5 months til I heard from them again. So, almost a month in now. I'll update as progress is made.

- , York, PA, US

problem #136

May 302017

Sonata Limited 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,000 miles

I am in the same boat. Went in a few months ago. They looked at the engine and said OK. Yesterday, it seized up in the middle of traffic. Kind police officer helped me push it to a safe place. Towed at my expense to dealer. Still waiting to hear if Hyundai will stand behind this car and replace the defective engine. Called service manager - crickets. I don't think that the dealer has much say in this. If they want $5K for a new engine that is much more than the present value of the car.

Update from Jun 1, 2017: So Hyundai is REFUSING to stand behind its car in any way. Dealer cost for new engine is $6300 plus tax, plus extra parts that might be needed. So my car is a brick. Dealer mentioned that it was just under 5000 miles since last oil change, but my manual says 7500 miles not 3000 miles!

The dealer made a mercy-trade-in offer (I think that the dealer is pretty much in good faith here) of $1500. I sent a NASTY letter to Hyundai, clearly telling them that I intend to bring lawsuit for fraud, and perhaps a contempt-of-court action in the class action. They intentionally designed the "evaluation" to NOT detect latent engine problems, in the hope that the car would outlast the 120,000 mile threshold before blowing up in the users' faces.

If they want to avoid a long nasty court fight (which I will fight as a primary mission in life), they can replace the engine or throw that $6300 plus tax into the deal on a new car (NOT a Sonata I guarantee you!!)

- , New Lenox, IL, US

problem #135

Jul 302016

Sonata SE Turbo 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,700 miles

I can be added to the list of saps who have been bitten by the Hyundai Sonata engine failures. I brought my car into the dealer a couple months ago for the engine recall campaign and was sent on my way with a no problem yet message. Now two days ago my engine just seized up while driving. Hyundai has not yet given me the verdict on whether it will be covered under the warranty but they are already hinting about oil change records. This of course as we can see from the plethora of post on line is the game being played by Hyundai to escape major repair costs that is clear they are responsible for. Meanwhile rental car bill is already piling up and have no word yet on outcome. Fingers crossed Hyundai steps up and warranties repairs.

- , Oceanside, USA

problem #134

Apr 262017

Sonata ES 2.4L 4c

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,088 miles

Car died on hwy in fast moving traffic on a two lane section of road with minimal shoulder, a Jersey barrier down the center line, and water on both sides during rush hour. Fortunately, I was able to coast to the narrow shoulder and wait for a tow. We thought it was battery or electrical, but was informed after inspection that engine had seized.

Called Hyundai and they had me tow it to a dealer (at my expense) and they will have it inspected to see if anything can be done since the enhanced warranty for this is for 10 years (made that) and 120k (missed it). Don't know how this will turn out, but given what I have seen about this problem, I hope they will do something at their cost to correct this. We were lucky that no one was hurt and that no one hit us while we were waiting for rescue.

- , Healdsburg, US

problem #133

Aug 022016

Sonata Limites 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

I received a mailer stating there was a recall on the engine of my car. I took it in for the check up and Hyundai told me it was fine. Three months later my engine stalled and started making noises that sounded like metal hitting metal. I was going 75mph and almost didn't make it off the road to safety. The engine repair was determined to be associated with the recall so it was fixed for free, however it took them 2 months to fix it. Now I have another issue that could have been addressed when they had my car for 2 months but because they did not Hyundai is now trying to charge me for a repair that they could have done for free when they had my car.

- , Richmond, VA, US

problem #132

Apr 242017

Sonata Limited 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

In March 2017, my 16 year-old son was driving my Sonata at 65 mph, when the engine stopped and all the dash lights came on. He was able to get to the side of the highway safely, and we had the car towed to a mechanic. He diagnosed that the battery needed replaced for $200 and also did a recommended tune up due to the mileage, but also, by the way, there was no oil in the car! I had just had the oil changed about 1 month before. Mechanic added two quarts, and I drove straight to the oil change business to have them check it and top it off.

On April 25, 2017, I suddenly noticed a knocking in the engine that increased as I depressed the gas pedal. Decided to take it in on next day after work, but on the way to work, in the parking garage, the engine suddenly quit, and all the dash lights came on. Would not restart or even turn over. Upon opening the hood, I could smell a hot electrical smell, and see a little smoke. Had the car towed back to the same mechanic, who said that the engine had seized, and couldn't even be manually turned over! He recommended engine replacement at a cost of $4000-6000, which is more than KBB says the car is worth!

Called local dealer, who mentioned there had been a warranty extension to 120K miles due to metal shavings in the engine, but that he did not expect Hyundai to cover mine as it was at 140K miles. Hyundai USA said I should tow it to the dealer at my expense, pay the diagnostic fee, and the dealer service would tear it down and see what caused the failure. Dealer service said the diagnostic fee would be $500, due to the amount of work required, and then that didn't include putting the engine back together if Hyundai didn't cover it! In my talks with Hyundai USA, they also mentioned something about not getting my oil changed at the dealer all the time, and that could play into their decision to cover the problem.

I have not done anything further as of yet. Just sitting with a worthless car at the mechanic!

- , Amarillo, TX, US

problem #131

Apr 132017

Sonata GLS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

With no prior warning at all I was driving the car when all of the dash lights lit up and the car immediately stalled. I was told the engine seized. Thank goodness I wasn't on a highway or I would have been killed. I took my car in for a recall about 6 months ago for metal particles in the engine. The shop said there were particles in my engine but they cleaned them out.

- , Middletown, US

problem #130

Mar 012017

Sonata LS Junk

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

perfectly, Car ran off the road after the engine seized. Call AAA to have it towed to Bruns Hyundai. After the service writer investigated the problem he came back to us and said due to the miles being over 120K the company wouldn't do or offer anything. They said they had it in at 111K miles for the recall and perform a "sound check" and it passed. Let me tell you I have been dealing with bearings and oil for 40 years. Aluminum is the worst metal to select for high rpm wearing parts. If it is not designed or lubricated perfectly it will not last.

Bottom line Hyundai knows they have a bad product and told my to stick it up my ass. Bad Company bad decision!

- , Maple Shade, US

problem #129

Mar 062017

Sonata Limited 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,436 miles

My car was at the dealer less than 2weeks before the engine seized.

- , Levittown, NY, US

problem #128

Feb 102017

Sonata GLS 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,854 miles

Driving to the movie theater in my 2011 Sonata 2.4 GLS, 113k miles, traveling through 40mph and accelerating on an access road and the engine quit. There were no warning signs, it just stopped. I coasted into a parking lot and tried to restart. It wouldn't turn, so I tried jumping it - no luck. Bought/installed a battery from a Walmart that was near the parking lot - no luck. So, I thought it was the starter and had it towed to the nearby Autotire Repair Shop. After some investigation, they called me and stated the engine had seized. Awesome. After doing some research on line, I found out it's a common problem, necessitating a class action settlement.

I called the Hyundai Customer Care line and they towed it to the Hyundai Dealer in St Charles, MO. So far, I'm in for $180 for the two tows, $165 for the diagnostic check, and $671 for the rental car. Have my lawyer at the ready if Hyundai tries to weasel out of their obligation to fix this known defect. More to follow

- , Chesterfield, MO, USA

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