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  • You really have to give it a few tank fills to get a good average. Also, the answer depends upon how you are figuring your MPG. If you dividing the miles driven by the size of the tank, this would be a totally inaccurate way of measurement.

    Anyone wanting to help themselves should keep a log with their vehicle. Pencil in miles driven, gallons used, MPG, oil changes, problems/fixes, etc. The running MPG figures come in handy when you have one of those elusive problems that the dealer can't repeat in the shop but causes your MPG to dip way down. The log is proof that the vehicle does have a problem, perhaps something that the onboard computer can't see.

    FYI, my '03 Lx with 3.5L engine averages about 21 MPG. 17 city with the air on, 23 highway with the air off.
  • Recently, my old 2002 Huyandai Santa Fe was wrecked by a drunk driver. The insurance company had to total the cost of the vehicle. I had to buy a new 2004 Huyundai Santa Fe for myself. I was pleased with the handling of the road of my old one. I bought a brand new one and its riding ability is incredible. I'm very pleased with my purchase and the dealer made a great offer which was too good to refuse. I'm happy that I did choose the Santa Fe, my brother was right it's a wonderful car to drive.
  • Purchased a 2004 Santa Fe Lx with 3.5 v6 4wd.
    I really love the car. Fully loaded, had running boards and wood grain installed.
    Price was great (I think), paid 23,900 after $1,000
    rebate. (New york price)
    My only disappointment is the gas mileage.
    I have been getting about 11 mpg in local driving.
    Is this right or is their a problem?
  • I'm working with a dealer for an '04 3.5L AWD w/moonroof. With rebates, loyalty and him giving me 500 below invoice, I've got him down to just under 18,500. Do you think I should go ahead with it?
  • I think that's a hell of a deal. Does it include destination charge?
  • That does include the destination charge. I always get cold feet when buying a new vehicle. Wondering if I'm getting a good enough deal. I just don't want to get ripped off.
  • skuuterskuuter Posts: 144

    I assume that's a GLS AWD 3.5?

    If so, that's almost too good to be true. It's a very, very good price. Is it a demo? Because, according to Edmunds, the invoice price on this configuration is $22,182 after the rebate (which appears to be $1250, not $1000, right now).

    I'd be worried, too. I'd be asking if the vehicle was damaged in transit or something.
  • triplec, that's a great price for the 3.5. so great that I want to know where you got it!
  • I'm trying to get the GLS 3.5 AWD from St. Joseph, MO. The dealer started me at the invoice price, then too 500 off that, then 1250 rebate, 1000 loyalty (2000 Elantra), and 2500 for my trade-in. So we are just under 18500. He's working on the interest rate now. I should hear something today. This vehicle is for the wife. She wants this SUV bad...w/moonroof. They will deliver it to my doorstep and free service (oil, etc.) for first 2 years and give us a car during that time.
  • skuuterskuuter Posts: 144
    Now I see the whole picture with the trade-in mentioned:)

    If you're happy with the trade-in value (are you??)then go for it. That would make your price before the trade-in $21,000.
  • I could probably get about 3000 if I sold it myself, but didn't have time to hassle with it. It's a 2000 with 93,000 miles on it. Does it look like I'm making out alright in this deal?
  • skuuterskuuter Posts: 144
    I think it's a very fair deal for you and the dealer. He makes a little and you save a lot.

    The trade in is a little low, but close enough with that mileage. Go for it!
  • vic1vic1 Posts: 1
    I would love to buy a 2000 santa fe with 93,000 miles at that price. Let me know if you decide to sell it your self.
  • triplectriplec Posts: 7
    vic1, sorry, that was a 2000 Elantra with 93,000 on it. And I traded it in on my 2004 Santa Fe. It's my wife's vehicle. We have had it for a week now and love it.

    Sorry for the confusion.
  • rscottrscott Posts: 2
    Hey I just purchased a 2004 santa fe front wheel drive 3.5 l engine and the rear cargo mat and the roof rack $22296.00 how is that price any comments??
  • triplectriplec Posts: 7
    Did you have any downpayment or a trade-in? I got the GLS 3.5 AWD w/moonroof & roof rack for just under $21,500. I had a trade-in of $2500, $1250 rebate and $1000 loyalty.
  • skuuterskuuter Posts: 144
    It would be a lot easier to determine if you got a good deal if you include:

    1. The MSRP (manufacturer's sticker price less any additional dealer markup!). Please do yourself a favor and refuse to consider any ADM!

    2. Your model (GL,GLS,LX and FWD or 4WD and 2.7 or 3.5 liter)

    3. The options included

    Leave the trade-in out of it, as each person's situation is different and whether you got a good trade-in or not isn't relative.

    Always negotiate down to a price you're willing to pay BEFORE dealing with the trade-in value.
  • bigkahunaflbigkahunafl Posts: 128
    We have had our Santa Fe GLS 2.7 FWD now for nearly 2 months and really like the vehicle.

    Only problem we had was with a slight pull which after 2 visits to the dealership (and moving tires around) seems to be gone.

    Sales experience was poor and a whole different story from the GREAT service we have received at the dealership.

    My recommendation is to check out - I wish I would have gone that route.
  • jerkyjerky Posts: 2
    I'm close to purchasing (2) Sante Fe(s) and I would like to know if the Monsoon Audio System can play burned MP3 cd's?
  • matthewmatthew Posts: 11
    Have my new Santa Fe just 2 days, I noticed that the controls for the side view mirrors and power locks are not lit up when the headlights are on like all the other controls. Has anyone else noticed this?
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