Should I trust my 2011 hyundai sonata? Need some advise.

Asked by Mar 27, 2017 at 10:35 PM about the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited

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Hey all,

So i saw a 2011 Hyundai sonata for sale,  It is beautiful and I jumped and bought it for $7,000.  Here is the thing, it has 125k miles on it, and I thought to myself "hey, Ill just take care of it and keep the oil full and im sure it will go to 200k-250k no problem".   So I bought it from the guy. (craigslist)   The next day I go home and google the car and lookup the vin number, and I see ALL the many problems these cars have, (most worrisome the engine recall due to the "metal fillings falling in at the factory).  I paid $140 to have the local Hyundai dealer  do a "130 point" inspection on the car and they say it all looks good.  BUT i see that Hyundai extended all the warranty on these cars to 120k miles (cool)  but like i said, the car I just bought is at 125k :/.   SO... is my car a ticking time bomb?  Should I keep it? Sell it? If i just ALWAYS make sure the oil is good should I trust it?  Share your knowledge with me please.

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Personally I'd drive and enjoy it. You obviously loved it yesterday so let this be a lesson learned. Always do your homework before buying so you don't have another case of buyer's remorse!! This is good information to keep in the back of your mind. If later on you're faced with a big repair you'll have the knowledge to say to yourself "ya know what, it's time to move on now!" Keep up on the maintenance and be very diligent about the oil changes. Use only the type recommended by Hyundai. Do a Carfax report. Maybe the engine has already been addressed or replaced. This car actually has higher mileage on it for a six year old vehicle. So it's been driven and driven alot. That's to your benefit. If it was going to fail it probably already would have or did and hopefully you're in the clear. BTW, not trying to pour salt on any wounds here but it's not worth what you paid for it on a trade in. With it's dubious reputation you'll probably be hard pressed to sell it yourself as well. So, as I said, drive it, enjoy it, and consider this a lesson learned!! Good luck with your new car, I hope you get many "miles of smiles" out of it!! HTH. .-Jim

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I have a 2011 sonata and it drinks oil like you wouldn't believe and that's before and after the recall on the engine recall. Mine is a limited it has l69,000 miles on it but major electrical problems. the headlights keep going out, none of the buttons on the steering wheel work, the gas gauge is now just a guess it reads different from one moment to the next. I am going to take a loss on mine now to get out of it. The 2011 model is the worst in Hyundai history. oh and I had to pay $320 dollars to get a $3 starter part put in when my starter went out and $335 to have a $3 part put in the steering wheel put in when my steering started going out.

Hey guys, thanks for the advise. Gurutx7y, I'm curious about the oil. When you say it drinks a lot, how much are we talking about? Do you just tip it off when you add gas, or how do you handle it?

Hey guys, thanks for the advise. Gurutx7y, I'm curious about the oil. When you say it drinks a lot, how much are we talking about? Do you just tip it off when you add gas, or how do you handle it?

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