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#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.
#5304 of 5326 Re: Cracked Tail Light Mounts [lex350]
Dec 03, 2012 (9:47 am)
Hey Lex350, were you unable to get your tail light problem covered under warranty? thanx, sparkyzfan
#5305 of 5326 Re: Driver seat wearing out!! [beardie]
Dec 05, 2012 (12:36 pm)
I also have a 2011 Limited Build date of 3/2010 and had to have my driver seat replaced this year for the same reason. Car only has 9000 miles on it.
#5306 of 5326 Seat problem happened again
Dec 05, 2012 (4:32 pm)
We bought our Sonata in Jan 2010, within six months the seat was coming apart on the drivers side. Fought with the dealer finally got them to replace. They could not even do it themselves and had to send the seat out to another location. We were 2 weeks without a car and they fought to even give us a loaner. Finally got the car back and within 5 months the seat started coming apart again. They refused to fix it.
Next problem the car would not start. You could get in it and drive to the store, when you came out and tried to start it you would have to stomp the brake several times then it would finally start. Took it to the dealer and they said nothing wrong with it. After this happened several times and then left my wife stranded at night we traded the car in a bought a Nissan. No more Hyundai cars for us.
#5307 of 5326 Re: Seat problem happened again [traveler123]
Dec 06, 2012 (9:05 am)
I cannot address the seat repair issue although we did have to have the driver side seat cover replaced on a 2006 Civic we bought new well before the car had 9K miles due to a patch of "wear through" however the no start issue is a known problem with the brake light switch and a repair should have been simple, change the switch!! Boy, to change cars at the first fault is a luxury many...most cannot afford to do. Nissan has the potential for failure as well, in fact I just read of a recall already on the latest and greatest 2014 Altimas (possible loose bolts on some suspension component I think). Perhaps you will receive that recall letter soon (assuming you bought an Altima) good luck on your new ride, nothing is perfect.
#5308 of 5326 Re: Seat problem happened again [targettuning]
Dec 06, 2012 (11:56 am)
Nissan has the potential for failure as well, in fact I just read of a recall already on the latest and greatest 2014 Altimas...
What is really amazing about that is Nissan is recalling cars they haven't even made yet!
The first Hyundai I owned was a 2001 Elantra, one of the first 1000 or so of that new design to reach the USA. Before I could even drive it off the lot, I was told it had an airbag wiring issue that had to be fixed under a recall, and it was. Then after owning it awhile I noticed a squeak when I depressed the clutch. Kinda annoying to say the least. I took it into the dealer and they "fixed it"... found out later they only put some lube on it. So a few months later it started squeaking again. Took it back again. Told them lubing it didn't work... told them what I'd found on a web site about a seal needing to be replaced. So they just lubed it again. A few months later, it started squeaking again. Took it back and DEMANDED they replace the seals. They did. Problem solved.
So it was a nuisance, but otherwise it was a great car for its time, and I reluctantly sold it in 2006 to my sister. She still drives it. It's needed some fix-up (12 years old) but nothing major has broken on it in all that time. And this was a car designed in the late 1990s, before Hyundai's big push on quality.
That was one experience that taught me not to give up on a car too soon.
Oh btw, I just leased a 2013 Sonata to replace my wife's 2007 Sonata.
#5309 of 5326 Re: Driver seat wearing out!! [beardie]
Dec 23, 2012 (9:06 pm)
I have a 2011 Sonata GLS that had the driver side seat wearing out with 28,000 miles. Hyundai replaced it under warranty.
I am having major issues with tire wear as well as other people are. Tires keep cupping/feathering even with repeated wheel alignments, rotations, and balancing. New set of tires are cupping with only 3,013 miles on them.
#5310 of 5326 Re: Driver seat wearing out!! [dennis_h]
Dec 24, 2012 (6:33 am)
Interesting, I have a 2011 Sonata Turbo and my seat is so hard, I am kinda at a point that I wish it would wear. I have a cushion that helps but I do not drive this fella more than three hours at a time or I won't have an ass and I will have to go to the rest room to spank it in order to get the feeling back. As far as the tires, I am beginning to notice wear and plan to take it in for a check. In reality, what can we expect? From what I understand we have the worst roads of any country out there. Hankook tests were conclusive of the fact of wear in the US and looked at the cost of change of the formula verses replacement. Other than that, the car has been a work horse for me and I am happy with the decision. In other words, more positive than negatives.
#5311 of 5326 Re: Driver seat wearing out!! [datagen]
Dec 24, 2012 (6:58 am)
Update......I have an app't. for the dealer to replace the driver seat in my 2011 Sonata. Now the question is what will eventually happen to the new one? Maybe a seat cover is called for, although who would think you'd need a seat cover on a 2011 with 6.000 miles??