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#221 of 339 Re: 2011 Sonata Ride Along [kmckinnon]
Feb 26, 2011 (10:05 pm)
FYI: Just bought a brand new 2011 Sonata. As of today, 2/26/11, the car has right at 3,000 miles. I haven't even owned the car 30 days and it has not even had it's first oil change! As of 2 days ago it is at the dealership with the identical transmission problem everyone here is writing about.
I was on my way to work traveling about 45mph when it "felt" like the car hit a cinderblock! After that, the transmission would not shift at all, stuck in (what the dealer calls) a limp-home mode. I drove it straight to the dealership. They told me that the transmission needed a shifter solenoid and that the part was on "National Backorder." They MAY be able to get one in about 2 weeks, but they have to go to the manufacturer to get it!!!
Sounds like a pretty popular part if you ask me.
Between my wife and I we have owned 5 Hyundai vehicles: 3 Sonatas and 2 Elantras. I still own a 2004 Sonata as well as a 2004 Elentra (the 2011 Sonata makes 3 currently vehicles owned). We have put over 150,000 miles on each previous vehicle with no problems and only regular maintenance. With all the problems I read about concerning the new Sonata transmission, I'm beginning to wonder if I made the right choice with this car!
#222 of 339 Re: 09 Sonata transmission downshift [darwinyoh]
Mar 04, 2011 (11:12 am)
Yes, I have the same problem with my 2009 Sonata. Before I stop sometimes, the transmission will gear down fast and give me a little kick. I have been wondering if anyone else has been having this problem.
#223 of 339 Re: 09 sonata downshifts hard [takethedonts]
Mar 04, 2011 (11:23 am)
Yes, I have been having this problem for a couple of months. I thought I had gotten some ice, dirt, or snow on my brakes during the winter storms in our area. My mechanic checked the brakes and didn't find any problems. I have an appointment this week with the dealer, but I may call the company first. You are not the only one having this problem.
#224 of 339 Re: 09 sonata downshifts hard [jackiech]
Mar 04, 2011 (12:02 pm)
Yes, many others on this forum (and the Hyundai forum) have complained about the "harsh downshift" issue. My dealer reset the transmission's "Adaptive Learning" which is how the transmission reacts to your individual type of driving and it worked well for me. There are now smoother and less frequent/annoying shifts both up and down and that harsh downshift only occurs once in a while. I suggest asking your dealer to reset the adaptive learning (if they don't already) after they check for factory updates your vehicle might require.
#225 of 339 2009 Hyundai Sonata transmission problems
Mar 07, 2011 (12:25 pm)
Here is an update on my 2009 Sonata. After three attempts to reset the computer etc., they have replaced my transmission at 25000 miles. When we went to pick it up, it was still slipping!! we had to take it back and they again, had to reset the computer. They act like they don't know what they're doing. This is the second dealership we've dealt with.
#226 of 339 Re: transmission jerks while shifting [bigredtx]
Mar 07, 2011 (7:44 pm)
I have a 2009 Sonata with 30,543 miles. I have been having this gearing trouble for a couple of months. I called Hyundai's company (1-800-633-5151) and told them other people are having the same problem. Everyone needs to call and report this to them.
#227 of 339 Re: 09 Sonata transmission downshift [darwin yoh]
Mar 07, 2011 (8:04 pm)
I have been having the same problem with my 2009 Sonata for about three months. I thought it was my brakes, but my mechanic checked everything out. I called the dealer and they suggested I have the transmission fluid changed. The manual says replace at 105,000. My car has 30,354 miles. I have called the Hyundai's company (1-800-633-5151) and filled a complaint. I suggest that everyone else do this, too. Please add my complaint to your list.
Mar 14, 2011 (7:34 pm)
The same thing happened to me. I was driving along about 50 mph and it too felt like I hit a cinderblock and then I noticed the motor was turning about 3000 rpms as opposed to the 1500 it normally did at 55 mph. My sonata was purchased in Nov 2010. I have made 4 payments on it and it has only 11,000 miles. After reading these posts I am not certain I will keep this car. I am so irritated because consumer reports and everyone else rated this car as top notch which is part of the reason I chose to go with the Hyundai as opposed to my usual Honda or Toyota. GRRRRRRR
#229 of 339 Re: transmission flasher [bigredtx]
Mar 25, 2011 (8:22 pm)
I'm taking my 2009 Sonata in April 1st. Is there a recall on the transmission flasher? Where do I go on the internet to find out?
Mar 28, 2011 (8:45 am)
We have a 2006 Kia Optima at around 68K miles. I am thinking of at least having a drain&refill for the transmission fluid.
Kia, like Hyundai specifies SPIII ATF. Is that a must? Redline claims its D4 ATF can be used where SPIII is required.
Has anyone had experiences with Redline D4 or any other ATF on the one hand and with SPIII on the other?
Should I just have a drain&refill done or should I get a flush?