Acting Up - 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature Long-Term Road Test

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: Acting Up

July 18, 2011

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I love driving our long-term 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature. It has a smooth ride and an excellent powertrain. But much to my dismay, I had two electrical glitches during Carmageddon weekend.

In the first instance, editor John Dipietro and I had just finished some bike dreaming at Bartels' Harley-Davidson when the volume on the Equus puked. The radio was active, the volume level and knob worked, but no sound emitted from the speakers, as if it was muted. We tried everything including changing the source to iPhone, cycling the engine On/Off, and even the dreaded RTFM! No joy.

Frustrated, we decided to grab some chow while we decided the Equus' fate. When we returned and started it up...Ta-Da! The radio was working normally and did not fail again. Huh.

Later in the weekend...

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Later in the weekend I tried to enter the driver's side door using the door handle and smart key in pocket. It wouldn't open. I tried pressing the button on the exterior door handle as on some vehicles this unlocks the door. But on our Equus' this locks the door, so of course this didn't work. It tried re-locking from the key fob and pulling on the handle with smart activation. After that I tried using the key fob unlock switch directly. Still no luck. At this point I noticed that the other doors on the car did indeed unlock.

So I opened the passenger door and tried to unlock the driver's door with the armrest switch. This also failed. So I finally reached across from the inside and manually flipped the driver's door lock. It had simply stuck, for whatever reason.

Neither of these two problems recurred for the rest of my weekend time with the car, but these events, combined with Schmidt's recent stall out, make me wonder about the long-term reliability of our Equus.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 10,300 miles

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