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2011 Hyundai Sonata repairs by problem area

Engine (22%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (30%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (8%)

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2011 Hyundai Sonata electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (5%)

$100 - $499 (26%)

< $100 (67%)

Chart based on 82 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2011 Hyundai Sonata

Engine not specified

19000 mi Display fades when temperature inside car is warm/hot. 
76000 mi The car will not charge my phone. It has trouble connecting the MP3 sometimes and the rear window defroster does not work 
10000 mi Bluetooth would not work properly. 

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2011 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 274hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

16740 mi Paddle shifter quit working. Recurring problem. Ordered parts over the phone at the dealer and replaced after the paddles were received at the dealer. 
32000 mi Replace car stereo 
99500 mi

US $20
1 low beam and 1 high beam were burned out. They take the same bulb, so I moved the working ones into high beam position and put in a fresh pair of low beams. 
25000 mi Battery died 
78000 mi Airbag warning light - clock spring - (Hyundai later issued extended warranty and refunded the cost) 
82000 mi

US $325
Right turn signal not functioning correctly. Replacement of turn signal switch. 
42780 mi Car would not start. Dealer replaced switch in brake pedal. second time for this repair. 
6000 mi Auto refused to push button start. Towed to dealer. Dealer stated it was probably brake switch failure and they had seen 'a lot of this issue'. Brake switch replaced. 
46300 mi

US $600
A/C unit replaced 
18000 mi My 3rd attempt at repairing a stereo that comes on and off and changes the channel by itself. (replaced once) Driver power window switch & outer entry push button on handle both moody. Auto-delay headlights won't stay on at engine shut off. Driver power window switch inoperable at times. Window does not rise, usually when raining. Push button on driver's outer door handle for remote entry without using key does not work often. Pressing the button does nothing and no "click" is heard or felt and the door does not lock or unlock. A pain when arms full of luggage etc. I park in the dark often. The headlights are supposed to stay on for XX seconds after turning off the ignition for perimeter visibility. Rarely works, except for the dealer of course. 
Airbag warning light and tire traction warning light came on. 
82000 mi

US $600
Battery bad. Jumped it & car went into limp home mode. Dead battery messed up turbo computer wastegate settings. What's the deal!!! Dead battery results in $600 repair! Becoming very discouraged with this car! 
26000 mi Brake sensor was bad. Car would not start with the smart key sometimes. The traction control light would come on randomly. 
34000 mi

US $120
Battery needed to be replaced. 

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2011 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

55000 mi Paddle up shifter switch would not work 
46700 mi switch on brake to allow engine starter to engage 
63000 mi Starter arm 
8000 mi AC compressor failed. Brake pedal switch faulty preventing push start to reliably function 
9000 mi replaced air conditioning compressor 
117000 mi

US $200
Starter just went. Replaced starter 
54000 mi Sonata SE with push button start. Car would not start because the car was telling me to push on the brake pedal when I was. Dealer diagnosed problem as the brake switch and was replaced free of charge. 
61000 mi

US $367
Engine starter suddenly stopped working when I went to start the car in the morning. Starter would make noise, but would not engage on the engine. Took dealer about 1.5 hours to replace. 
36500 mi Car would not start. Switch in brake pedal was not registering that the brake was pressed. 
32000 mi

US $75
Battery failed after only 30 months! Car would turn over but not start. Otherwise car has been almost flawless. Warranty paid half of new battery cost. Why not just make it 3 years??? 
34500 mi Starter lever broken, so starter would not engage flywheel. Replaced starter lever underwarranty per TSB. 
56000 mi Airbag seat sensor replaced. 
49500 mi Dome light would not go off. Module replaced 
72000 mi

US $17
Replaced wiper fluid pump. Common problem on these cars. 
73000 mi Noticed AC not cooling when stopped. Cooling fan not working. Traced the problem to a wire that had popped out of the connector going to the fan. Repaired and all is well. 
15200 mi The gas floater/sensor went bad and wasn't registering the proper fuel level. 
17000 mi Faulty brake switch would cause car not to start (push button start) could be over-ridden with 30 second push button hold. Switched out break switch. 15 minutes, covered by warranty. 
6000 mi Never fixed gas level sensor, and it was getting worse when last had the car. 
16000 mi Cell phone won't stay paired with vehicle; when disconnected locks up Navi. 
16000 mi cell phone integration issue 
11160 mi The push button start failed to function. Identified problem to be the brake light switch. Received replacement part from dealer (under warranty) and replaced it myself. 
15000 mi Drivers power window switch only worked intermittently. Dealer replaced switch - no problems since. 
8000 mi Steering locks up and ESC light comes on and stays. Fixed in third repair attempt, found loose wire in steering column. 
39200 mi The brake would not release on the keyless ignition. Car often wouldn't start. Fuse was shorting out. Replaced fuse. 
55800 mi

C $110
Car alarm randomly goes off. Both front door locks intermittant. 
58300 mi Car alarm previously reported was finally diagnosed. Alarm has anti-tamper hood pin which was malfunctioning causing the alarm to trip. 

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2011 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

198-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

38000 mi Replaced NAV/Radio under warranty. Experienced issues beginning after 30K mile service. RSM had to authorize out of warranty replacement. 
16000 mi Found a brake light connection that was bleeding the battery. 
55000 mi Replaced brake light switch. 
26200 mi Car wouldn't always start; car thought brake pedal wasn't pressed in. Hyundai recognized problem immediately as a brake light switch requiring replacement. 
56000 mi Starter switch failed, repaired under warranty-- no charge 
11000 mi Loud knock/rattle inside dash when HVAC temp dial set in the middle of the cold/warm air setting. Sounds like the "blend door" rattles at this setting. Loudest on cold days. If problem persists when warmer will have checked by dealer. 
3000 mi Air bag warning light came on steady on 6/13/10, mileage 2175. Taken to dealer 6/17/10, mileage 2797. Part ordered after inspection of problem. Part (control module) installed 6/23/10, mileage 3026. Problem has not recurred. 
20000 mi AC compressor would shut down intermittently while driving - hot days. Troubleshot to pressure switch, ordered and replaced. 
25000 mi Brake light switch went out 
97000 mi

US $500
Replaced starter 
27000 mi airbag light/radio unit was drawing too much current from the battery leading to battery discharge. the unit was replaced under warranty. 
65000 mi

US $150
Battery drained. Replaced battery. 
22000 mi

US $140
Bad battery 
26000 mi Turns out the brake light switch was bad. Brake lights were stuck on constantly. This is the second time it has been in for this repair. Had vehicle towed for safety reasons. All covered under warranty. Switch for drivers power window was sticking. Replaced. 
41619 mi Cleaned out debris from ac system and hose, it was gurgling and letting water into the cabin. How does it get debris when theres a filter in-between? Still gurgles no water cross fingers 
53000 mi Defroster not working. Tech replaced sensors No heat on right side of car after dealer changed sensor for defroster. Tech on last service did not connect parts correctly and caused not heat and additional defroster issues 
71000 mi

US $253
Car accelerating on cruise control and would not disengage when off button or brake pressed. 
72000 mi

US $300
Had to replace the starter 
78000 mi

US $325
Had to replace the clockspring cable. This problem affected the driver airbag sensor reading high pressure, it affected the instrumental buttons on the steering wheel and the horn. 
8000 mi 3/10 No Start. Replaced brake light switch. Battery dead. Would not start. Towed to dealer. Battery replaced, dome light switch replaced 
13000 mi Ac not cooling. Replaced module and recharged. 
21000 mi

US $1399
Would not start. Jumpered to start. alernator bad, dead battery, Starter sticking, Bendix stuck. 
64480 mi Car did not start. Apparently there was a starter problem. The starter was replaced at no charge because it was covered under warranty. 
113000 mi Discharge hose failed releasing all coolant - part on order - due to arrive July 5, 2017. 
60000 mi

US $427
Started free spinning. Thought it might be related to TSB 13-EE-001 which is for the starter lever, a plastic piece prone to failure. The lever was not broken so the starter was tested, failed and replaced with a new starter 
75000 mi

US $359
Broken window regulator, drivers window, new regulator had to be shipped in. 
78740 mi

C $500
Vehicle would not start. Starter motor was replaced.  
17700 mi Rear dome light would get stuck. 
44000 mi Trip button on the steering wheel failed. 
59000 mi Starter replaced 
34000 mi Brake light switch failed on a "Push to start" car. Unable to start car in normal fashion. Had to HOLD start button for 30 seconds. Known problem per internet forums on 2011 Sonata. 
43000 mi Car would not start because Brake Switch failed. Display showed "Depress Brake" when trying to start car but sensor had failed. 
12000 mi Headlight high beam switch was loose and high beams would randomly flicker 
44000 mi Reverse lights stayed on at all times in conjunction with headlights. I stopped at the dealer to show them proof. But by the time of my appointment 2 days later, it was working correctly again. They kept it for 2 days and paid for my rental. 
77500 mi

US $500
Starter failed 
15389 mi Horn will intermittently not work on colder mornings. Horn replaced under warranty. 6/16/12 at 29,446, dealer replaced lousy not very loud horn with a "New Style Horn", BUT it was the same exact horn. Very disappointed, it is dangerous. I have still not replaced it with a dual horn setup. 
34834 mi

US $88
Original battery failed after only 2.5 yrs. It had a bad cell. I replaced it with a Wal-Mart 124R battery. 
19840 mi radio went dead (no audio) and was replaced 
35340 mi Radio was changed for the third time 
13500 mi Brake light switch failed. Car wouldn't start. Dealer repaired it, now it's fine. This is a common failure, and I don't understand why they don't issue a recall. 
60000 mi

US $100
starter under extended warranty. Also a code related to transmission temp, also fixed under extended warranty 
12300 mi The second remote key fob stopped working, even after I replaced the battery. Dealer reported an internal short and it was replaced under warranty. 
7000 mi Car would not always start. Replaced faulty brake light switch. 
9000 mi

US $59
low tire pressure 
14200 mi

US $82
Needed a new battery 
17000 mi Something in the airbag system and something had to be replaced. I am not mechanical so do not know what it was 
11500 mi The steering wheel cable had to be replaced 
23500 mi Car would not start in response to starter button 
42000 mi Brake light not functioning 
31000 mi Key fob didn't work 
8000 mi clock spring clicking, must be replaced 
10000 mi Brake switch faulty. I have the Limited with a push button start, so I could not even turn the starter, but I used the over ride to get out of park and roll it out of the garage into range of a tow truck.  
11300 mi clock spring replaced 
33000 mi I Noticed water leaking in to the passenger cabin on the passenger side floor, it was a clogged condenser drain plug, dealer cleaned out and problem fixed. 
59800 mi

US $300
Starter arm broken, replaced. 
68300 mi

US $200
Battery failed, replaced. 4 years old, no surprise. 
11000 mi

US $50
Fuel indicator lights inconsistent. Shows empty fuel tank when there is 1/2 to full tank of fuel. Dealership wanted more information on problem before attempting repair. 
11500 mi

US $200
Sensor was replaced, no questions asked 
52500 mi

US $100
Starter failed. Towed to dealer and dealer replaced plastic high failure part with a similar. $100 deductible to me. 
31000 mi Brake light switch failed. Dealer replaced at no charge. Drove in at 8 AM, left at 10 AM. 
29000 mi Car would not start. Switch on Brake Pedal was replaced. Car now starts. 
4340 mi Security system honk works intermittedly 
8700 mi dead battery.car sitting in heated garage two day,tried to start not even interior lights. Had battery and alternator tested under load. Every test normal.No explanation of how this happened. 
5000 mi Fuel gauge wouldn't show above 1/2 full even though fuel tank was full. Problem corrected itself. 
27000 mi While resetting the odometer I accidentally changed setting of DRL from "auto off" to "on" resulting in complete draining of battery. Correction required exhaustive study of settings and recharging of battery. 
38000 mi lost all power to the dash information systems, trip odo, mpg, etc 
43000 mi

US $150
Cruise control and other related electronic failed. 2nd time for this failure. 
The right front door window switch began to fail intermittently. The dealer replaced the switch. 
28000 mi

US $160
Dealership said battery needed replacement due to low amp rating on test. 
1000 mi turn signal would not turn off after turn, part had to be ordered. repair successful. 
10455 mi Engine starting problems relating to brake pedal sensing switch. Often car wont start even if pedal is depressed. Replaced switch but problem still exsists.  Engine starting problems relating to brake pedal sensing switch. Often car wont start even if pedal is depressed. Replaced switch but problem still exsists.  
21800 mi Faulty brake light switch, randomly caused ESC light to remain on, car to get stuck in certain gears while driving, rpms to drop to zero while driving 
15700 mi Replace brake switch 
59100 mi

C $225
Starter failed and was replaced under warranty and battery also was replaced as it would not hold a charge. 
10000 mi ordered part for rear seat heater 
17800 mi wouldn't start, charged battery and replaced brake light switch 
73000 mi

US $1
Replace brake light bulb. 
35200 mi Son told me brake lights were out (not the third light). Took to the dealership and the service people checked it. Informed the that the lens housing on both lamp assemblies were melted and the bulb could not be removed. They repaired one. 
56000 mi My son could not get the car to start, I went down to where he was and got it started by holding the start button for 30 seconds. Over the next few days it became worse, took it to the dealer and they replaced the brake pedal switch again. 

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2011 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

198-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed manual FWD

27000 mi The car has a standard tranny, So push starting was a viable way to get it started...It would crank about 1 time, then hum...Repeatedly...Needed a new starter, which the dealer installed in several hours, free of charge...Nicely done. 
29000 mi I had a leak under the dash on the pass. side...Clogged A/C drainage hose..Fixed 
48000 mi Still having intermittent problems with Drivers door window controls, and also with steering-wheel mounted cruise controls. Neither issue could be duplicated at the dealer (of course). 
15000 mi interior light goes on when making a right hand turn. Sensor ordered and will be replaced in 2 weeks 
18000 mi Sensor replaced. Light still goes on. Brought to dealers body repair shop. Scheduled next week to repair. 
19000 mi Door realigned to fix problem. 

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2011 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sedan

166-horsepower 2.4L I4 Hybrid 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

3000 mi TSB Replace resistor in Climate Control System 
11000 mi XM radio antenna failed 
59000 mi

US $350
The turn signals stopped working while driving. Once parked and turned off, the car wouldn't start. The wireless entry wouldn't work. The trunk wouldn't open. The dealer changed the battery and everything worked again. 
160 mi Cel on. Ice running constantly. 
1998 mi Gas cap sensor, ceu, transmission , radio unit 
2274 mi Nvld sensor 
22436 mi Fuel shutoff switch triggered 
30000 mi bluetooth connectivity failures 

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