Hyundai Homeowners File Class Motion Over Extreme Oil Consumption


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One morning in early 2021, I used to be taking my son to high school in my 2018 Hyundai Sonata. As I entered the driveway of his faculty, which is fairly steep, I seen the oil mild come on briefly on the sprint after which go off as soon as the automobile leveled off. I believed this was unusual since I simply had the oil modified a couple of week or so prior. After I bought again dwelling, I popped the hood to verify the oil, and the picture you see above is what the dipstick regarded like. The automobile by no means had any oil leaks. It was simply guzzling oil. Now, Carcomplaints.com studies a category motion swimsuit has been filed in opposition to Hyundai/Kia over oil consumption points in quite a few automobiles, together with my very own.

2018 Hyundai Sonata

2018 Hyundai Sonata
Picture: Hyundai

The checklist of automobiles impacted is lengthy. Whereas I used to be conscious of Hyundai’s Theta engine points, which was utilized in every little thing from the Sonata to the Santa Fe to the Kia Optima, the swimsuit is broad and contains fashions I wasn’t conscious of getting consumption points. Engines included within the swimsuit are Hyundai/Kia’s Nu, Gamma, Theta, Lambda and Kappa engines. This impacts almost each new or present Hyundai/Kia mannequin that has gone on sale within the final decade:

  • 2012-2020 Hyundai Elantra
  • 2009-2018 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
  • 2019-2021 Hyundai Kona
  • 2020-2021 Hyundai Palisade
  • 2010-2012 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 2009-2010 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2011–2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
  • 2010-2013 and 2015-2021 Hyundai Tucson
  • 2011-2021 Hyundai Veloster
  • 2020-2021 Hyundai Venue
  • 2010-2021 Kia Forte
  • 2017-2020 Kia Niro
  • 2011-2020 Kia Optima and Optima Hybrid
  • 2012-2021 Kia Rio
  • 2011-2020 Kia Sorento
  • 2012-2021 Kia Soul
  • 2011-2020 Kia Sportage
  • 2018-2021 Kia Stinger
  • 2022 Kia K5

Every thing homeowners within the swimsuit are alleging is what I’ve been going by means of.

The Hyundai oil consumption lawsuit alleges drivers should consistently verify the oil ranges greater than regular, and oil should allegedly be added to the engines extra steadily than even the proprietor’s manuals advocate.

The plaintiffs additionally allege including an excessive amount of oil isn’t the reply as a result of by including oil above the utmost fill line the crankshaft might be partially or absolutely submerged. The crankshaft will foam the oil which reduces engine lubrication.


My Hyundai supplier’s treatment was to verify the automobile’s oil ranges at 1,000-mile intervals. I did this three separate instances over the span of some months. It was in the end discovered that my Sonata was utilizing a quart each thousand miles. One way or the other Hyundai referred to as this regular. Some type of combustion chamber and direct injection cleansing was carried out that was supposed to assist. Nevertheless it didn’t, and I used to be again on the supplier for a similar assessments the place I used to be advised that they had been going to undergo Hyundai for an engine alternative.

I had already spoken to a rep from Hyundai company over the problem, so I had an open case. I used to be advised earlier than I had taken the automobile again to the supplier that Hyundai would approve a no price engine alternative together with protecting any prices associated to ridesharing or automobile leases whereas the automobile was within the store.

When the supplier carried out one other spherical of 1,000-mile interval assessments, I used to be advised the oil consumption had elevated to 2 quarts each thousand miles. An engine alternative was subsequently accredited, however swiftly Hyundai had modified its tune: It could change the engine, however provided that I’d cowl 50 % of the price to the tune of $2500. I assume it’s due to the mileage on my automobile (over 140,000 miles now), however that shouldn’t matter as this isn’t a problem associated to milage. Hyundai constructed a shit engine. And this downside began 1000’s of miles in the past. So I mentioned fuck that and now I’m caught shopping for $40 5 quart bottles of Mobil 1 Excessive Mileage each month or so to maintain the automobile topped up whereas I determine what my subsequent steps are.

The lawsuit additionally claims that Hyundai ought to have issued a recall over the consumption points, one thing I’m simply now realizing was by no means accomplished. No matter the results of that is, I hope Hyundai does the appropriate factor. The case is being represented by Santa Barbara-based legislation agency Nye, Stirling, Hale & Miller LLP, Sauder Schelkopf LLC, and Walsh, PLLC.



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