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#5294 of 5326 windshield fogs up on rainny days
Nov 10, 2012 (11:15 am)
Has anyone heard or 2011 Hyundai Sonata's with windshield fogging problems. On rainy days or humid days my windshield fogs up to the point where the only way I can see is to use my wipers. No matter how I set the defroster or air conditioner my windshield will not stay clear. The dealers keeps telling me that I have to play my defroster until I get it just right (never heard of such a thing). This has been a constant problem that I need to get resolved.
#5295 of 5326 Re: windshield fogs up on rainny days [rick240]
Nov 10, 2012 (11:24 am)
It has happened to me before. It's on the outside if the wipers swipe it away... try Rain-X. Great prooduct.
#5296 of 5326 Re: windshield fogs up on rainny days [rick240]
Nov 10, 2012 (11:29 am)
In your manual, there is a section called Defog Logic. Read that for instructions on how to proceed, but I can give you some info.
If you have a Limited or a car with the auto climate control, check this.
Turn your system on auto. Turn the temp down all the way. If the blue LED in the AC button lights up, you need to change the Defog logic. (LED should be off)
What this does is control the compressor to run automatically at moderate temps, therefore reducing humidity levels. If set the wrong way, the compressor will only run when AC is needed to reduce cabin temp.
I don't have the exact instructions handy, but it involves a certain sequence of pressing the climate control buttons to reverse the Defog logic.
IMHO, it would have been better if Hyundai reversed the way the LED for the AC worked; have the LED show when the compressor is on in the normal defog logic mode. Their default is to have the light show OFF in that mode even though the compressor is running. If you cannot figure it out, bring your owners guide in to the dealer, and have them set it.
#5297 of 5326 Driver seat wearing out!!
Nov 11, 2012 (5:54 pm)
I have a 2011 base Sonata GLS with the black material seating. The car has 5700 miles, and the driver's seat is showing signs of wearing out. I have an app't with the dealer to have them look at it. Has anyone had a similar problem?
#5298 of 5326 Re: Driver seat wearing out!! [beardie]
Nov 11, 2012 (6:35 pm)
I have a 2011 Sonata Limited with around 38K miles on it. My car has the wine colored leather interior and my driver seat starting showing signs of wear early too. The dealership advised me that it is from me sitting down hard in the seat when getting into the car especially when I wear jeans. I think it is odd that a new car seat would wear out that soon. Anyway, they replaced the front seat leather on the drivers seat and suggested that I always move the seat back a few inches whenever I get into or exit the car.
#5299 of 5326 Re: 2011 Sonata No Sound Out Of Speakers [czcon1]
Nov 12, 2012 (11:36 am)
open fuse box radio fuse has a plastic clip witch will not alow fuse to come all the way out simply pull fuse untill it stops wait a few sec. and push back in this will reboot comp. and should solve prob. worked for me. good luck.
#5300 of 5326 More than usual problems / time for new car?
Nov 15, 2012 (10:20 am)
I have a 2011 Sonata GLS with popular equipment package. It was one of the first off the line, bought in May of 2010 (very close to sticker price, ). Now has about 35k miles on it so well within warranty still. My first Hyundai. I've had Nissan, Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen and Chrysler (!) before, never a new car this bad. I have had a ton of problems with it and I now think it is a lemon and am not sure I can rely on it. I would like some feedback on:
A) should I change it right away,
B) is this experience typical for Hyundai.
1) Steering recall and other recalls from first models.
2) Pathetic horn (moped horn?) eventually stopped working altogether. Fixed under warranty with better horn but not before an eighteen wheeler nearly crushed me while I was frantically banging on the horn.
3) Uneven tread wear means nasty Kumho tires are very very loud, adding to already high noise level on freeway. Probably toe-in problem but dealer won't fix. Dealer blamed dealer in previous state for not rotating tires on schedule (I am sure this was done). Now ready for new tires, but I don't want to invest in Michelins as I am not expecting to keep the car much longer.
4) Carpet in drivers footwell (in front of floor mat) has hole worn in it already. Not fixed.
5) Underneath engine cover fell off in parking lot. Probably stupid dealership did not reattach correctly, but could be symptom of another problem (why was it unbolted in first place?).
6) Brake sensor faulty and replaced under warranty (was causing activation of traction control along with other problems).
7) Concerned about bearing noise hidden by tire noise - sounds like rear bearing is going and that wheel hub is noticeably rusty.
8) As with other early models, lower Fed crash test ratings.
So, bad experience with both the car and with two separate Hyundai dealerships. If other people's Hyundais are better, maybe I would trade for a newer one, but this doesn't fix the dealerships. Also, since I bought when they were brand new the best deal I could get was about $500 off sticker - I paid about $23k - so I have lost about $10k on the car now if I trade it. It would have been cheaper to lease a Mercedes, and I would have enjoyed driving it a lot more!
If the car is only worth $13k now, would this drop a lot more the minute the 5 / 60 warranty expires?
Let me know what you think.
#5301 of 5326 Re: More than usual problems / time for new car? [toughoncars]
Nov 15, 2012 (10:42 am)
My husband and I owned a 05 Hyundai elantra GT, bought new. When we traded it for a '11 sonata gls in July 10, the elantra had 100k+ problem free miles. We were not planning to buying a new car. While at the Hyundai dealer (excellent one) for normal service we looked around at the new cars. They had a Venetian red one with 6MT. we bought it with a nice discount. It has been a problem free car. Unfortunately my husband passed away suddenly in Aug. So I regretfully had to sell it as I do not need 2 cars.
#5302 of 5326 Re: More than usual problems / time for new car? [toughoncars]
Nov 15, 2012 (11:11 am)
Sadly, I am acquainted with some of these issues and others. I had never owned a Hyundai before but when the 2011 design came out, I fell in love with the lines. I text drove it and was impressed so I bought it. I currently own the 2011 Limited Sonata. Although the car has a lot of great features, especially for the price, the comments I had always heard about Hyundai still hold true. They don't last. I will be getting rid of mine next year and am sad to say I will not buy another Hyundai. I have owned Toyotas, Hondas, Fords, Nissans and even Mitsubishis and I've never had this many issues. Hyundai has a lot of mechanical work to do before I would consider buying another one and that is years away.
#5303 of 5326 Re: More than usual problems / time for new car? 
Nov 16, 2012 (7:09 pm)
Not sure what you're talking about. Our kids '08 Accent is in excellent condition with just one warranty issue since new. Very pleased with the car and planning on buying another one in '14 for the wife. Every car company has a few lemons I suppose.