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2013 and Earlier - Hyundai Santa Fe Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • Just bought a 2004 Santa Fe, 2wd, 2.7liter, ABS, 6 disc changer, moonroof, roof rails. Paid $21,800 after $500 rebate. So far, great car and good experience at dealer which was McCafferty Hyundai in Langhorne, Pa.
  • 03lxv603lxv6 Posts: 126
    Anybody has experience buying a Santa Fe around Silicon Valley in CA? Which dealer do you recommend and how do you like your truck?

  • Hello Everyone. I have test driven the Santa Fe, and like many of you, just love it. I am heading out this weekend to purchase a 2004 FWD LX w/moon-roof. This has the 3.5L engine. I have done the research and know what the invoice is on the vehicle ($22478) and that there is currently $1000 cash back. How much have people been paying in title and fee costs and how low do you think I can get them? Can you let me know what deals you have been getting compared to invoice and if anyone has purchased a 2004, how easy it is to deal? This is my first car purchase and I want to do it right. Thanks
  • Where is the best place to find out how much I should sell my Sante Fe for? It's my wife's car and only has 23k miles on it? Has anyone seen, sold or bought any with price recommendations. THanks
  • Looking an 2004 Santa Fe GLS 3.5 V/6 4WD. Can anyone give me information on the price you paid?(How much above invoice or below retail, etc.) I live in the western U.S. (Nevada-Reno/Carson City area) Thanks!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    You might start here: How to sell your car.

    tidester, host
  • It seems locating an '04 GLS 2wd 2.7L with ABS and traction control along with PIO Wood grain trim option is as rare as finding a hen with teeth.If anyone knows of a dealership that has this particular model with features specified or will get some in near future please let me know. I reside in VA. Traveling to purchase SUV is no problem. Car is for wife. I have done my homework and know what the price range for this SUV would run. Thanks.
  • The wife and I just picked up our '04 GLS AWD. Used edmunds and another cars^$#^$$ web site for info. The referral was sent to one dealer but I didn't like the vibes I was getting, so I just called Hyundai of Everett, wa and asked for the Internet guru, two days later we drove off with a Pewter AWD for 23,500 including all fees,taxes and plates. Whole experience was painless and pretty easy.
  • kevriakevria Posts: 14
    So far I have been to 2 dealers and will probably end up at a third. Here's how it goes:

    Dealer 1) The dealership is a pit, legs are at odd angles on the desks. Im at the dealership around 2.5 hours and ask if there is something to drink about 1.5 hours in, was told to goto the local gas station. They try utterly lowballing my tradein which jacked my payment up about $40/month. NOT.

    Dealer 2) Dealership is in much better condition than Dealer 1, and they even ask if I would like something to drink. I was there about 2.5 hours again and left a $1000 deposit on a Midnight Blue 2004 GLS 3.5 4WD with moonroof. They had lowballed the numbers and actually didn't do too badly on the trade. I get a call today that they hadn't bothered to put a hold on the GLS which was at another dealership so it had been sold and there aren't any other GLS's with moonroof in the area.

    Dealer 3) Only talked on the phone but they insist they have 3.5L 4WD GLS's with moonroof. Maybe tomorrow I will go visit them.

    Buying a Hyundai is being a royal PITA.
  • With a lease-return within two weeks, we had to buy in a hurry: not the best scenario. Used Edmunds for information and referrals. Since we live in a rural area of PA, the dealerships are all an hour or more distant and the links to dealers were a help. We own a Sonata GLS and are spoiled with all the features and the deal we got on it. Had chosen to purchase a Santa Fe or Forester due to snow and ice here and my fear of slipping and sliding. (I've lived in So. Cal most of my life,with stints in Saudi Arabia and Alabama:not good training for PA!). Had results from only one dealer and they found the LS 3.5 Arctic blue and no added goodies in a few hours. The dealership emailed us, called us and it was done in less than an hour. Waiting on financing OK and we are done. It was so painless, we got the car for 575 over invoice which beat all three dealers we had searched out ourselves and were not impressed with. One dealership still has not contacted us and I had visited them twice to test-drive, talk model and price-guess they weren't that anxious to sell. Recommend Motor World in Wilkes-Barre Pa. Hope to love our Santa Fe for many, many years. I did read all the messages re: problems and am aware of 'the bump' and pressure after fueling problems. We have had no problems with our Sonata except a battery that was replaced at no cost, and two recalls that were also fixed without any hassle.
  • kevriakevria Posts: 14
    Dealer 2) Was told to pick up my deposit check of $1000 on Tuesday, when I arrived I was told that they couldn't give me a check because my check hadn't cleared. This dealership is an hour from my house, talk about wasted time.

    Dealer 3) Dealership is about 1.25 hours away. Luckily I was able to get somebody to check the lot and they verified that there were NO GLS's specd the way I wanted.

    I bought a Mazda Tribute. So much for Hyundai's
  • I currently drive a 2002 Mazda MPV LX with lots of nice features. I am tired of the minivan, but love sitting up high and won't ever go back to a car. My dream car is a Yukon Denali, but my husband and I refuse to pay more for a car than we did for our first house, if you know what I mean. We are a little wary of the Hyundai name but have liked the Santa Fe better than anything else we have driven so far. We have checked out all the compact SUVS plus the Pilot and the Kia, and like the Pilot but really want to stay around 25,000 out the door. My questions are:

    2WD vs. 4WD? We live in East Tennessee and don't have all that much snow. How much benefit is there for rainy weather in having 4WD? We have never owned anything that had 4WD. We would plan on keeping the Santa Fe for a while-probably our daughter will start driving it in about 2 1/2 years when she starts college.

    What about the leather seats? They sound wonderful at this time of year when the heat option, but how is leather in the summer? I have some uncomfortable childhood memories of bare legs sticking to vinyl seats in the car we had then. As you can guess, neither of us have ever owned a car with leather seats.

    Any advice on these 2 things and also on a fair price to pay for this vehicle would be greatly appreciated, especially if you live anywhere around this area. We live in Knoxville.
  • jaserbjaserb Posts: 858
    We have an '01 Santa Fe LX FWD with the heated leather seats - interestingly enough we're considering an MPV for when we outgrow the Santa Fe, but that's a ways off yet. My two cents on your questions:

    FWD vs. AWD - In your situation I'd suggest that FWD would be perfectly fine for you. Even in the snow the FWD with traction control has never gotten us stuck. The 2.7L engine in the Santa Fe is marginally underpowered for the size of the vehicle. This is a bigger problem on the AWD model, since it's heavier and has more driveline friction than the FWD model. I test drove both an AWD and FWD model and the AWD was noticably slower. The FWD gets somewhat better gas mileage. If you do get AWD go with the 3.5L engine and learn to live with somewhat poor mileage.

    The leather is actually quite nice. I didn't want it but as this is my wife's car I let her make that call. The leather is perforated and breathes pretty well in the summer, so it doesn't stick to your legs. Boy are the bun warmers ever nice to have in the winter. Only problem is that my wife has decreed that every car we ever buy from now on is going to have to have them, so consider yourself warned!

    Can't tell you much about pricing as we bought ours 3 years and 43k miles ago. You get a lot of car for the money, though.

    Good luck!
  • cjb2486cjb2486 Posts: 26
    I have a '04 GLS with FWD. I agree with Jaserb. The FWD should work just fine. My Santa Fe is about 3 months old now and it seems to have been snowing here in New Jersey since the day we bought the car in November. This FWD Santa Fe replaced a Jeep Grand Cherokee and has been on the road everyday that it has snowed and so far there have been no problems with its ability to get around. It's also equiped with traction control, so that probably helps. Anyhow, we wanted better gas mileage, more power, and better handling, so we went for the FWD. So far, no regrets.

    The problem with going up to the 3.5 and also AWD is that now you have an SUV that's not much cheaper and gets the same gas mileage as some other bigger competition.

    As far as the leather goes, the Jeep had leather and my wife said "Never again". Hot in the summer, freezing cold in the winter. Seat warmers helped, but she had had enough. The Santa Fe has cloth which she loves.

    Anyhow, here are the specifics on the price I paid: 2.7liter, ABS, 6 disc changer, moonroof, roof rails. Paid $21,800 after $500 rebate in Langhorne, Pa.

    Best of luck.
  • Thanks to both of you for the advice so far. We are leaning toward the larger engine with FWD. Our kids have to approve of anything we buy, so we still have to take another test drive and start negotiating if they like the Santa Fe.

    Jaserb, I find it interesting also that you would be thinking about the MPV. We have loved both of our MPV's but with one child getting ready to drive (in May) and another one not that far off, we are ready to leave the minivan scene behind. The times we are together in a vehicle are becoming fewer and further between every day. Make sure you check out the message boards about the MPV-there are transmission problems in some of the models. We have had only one problem in 40,000 miles. It is great when your kids are younger, but keep in mind that as they start to get older, it is a small van. Leg room in the 2nd row is an issue for my son and he is just 5'4".I would definitely get traction control and rear air and the larger wheels if they still offer 2 sizes. The ride is much better.
  • jaserbjaserb Posts: 858
    with a 2-yr old girl and another kid on the way. We figure the Santa Fe will be plenty big for two kids, but maybe a little tight for three. We're hoping to be able to keep the Santa Fe long enough to use up the powertrain warranty but we're not sure when/if we'll be getting number three. Of course, this could be twins which would change the whole situation!
    We like the MPV because it's very space efficient for its size and my wife hates driving big vehicles - she made me promise to never make her drive a Suburban. She still loves the Santa Fe to pieces and it's held up really well so far.

  • I am looking to buy a 2.7 GLS FWD with the following:
    accessory group 4 (ABS)
    tow hitch
    front and rear mudguards
    cargo trays

    The local dealer is quoting me a price $20,100 before taxes and title.

    Sounds like a good deal. Any comments?
  • khrnkhrn Posts: 3
    I live in LI NY and I am looking at the GLS 3.5 with sunroof.I am considering the FWD instead of AWD and would like to get your opinion on this matter. I recently read in Consumers that the FWD doesnt handle well in the rain. Has anyone encountered this? Also I was quoted a price of 23,000 everything included how does this sound? Thanks for any help you can give me.
  • My husband is also in the market for a Santa Fe and we were quoted 23K for an LX AWD model, minus the sunroof from Atlantic Hyundai in West Islip. Which dealership did you go to? We were quoted the same price at Hustedt Hyundai in Centereach.

    Also my husband works with someone who owns an FWD and she does not have any problem handling the car in the rain.

    Hope this helps.
  • khrnkhrn Posts: 3
    Thanks raygur1957 for the info. I too went to Atlantic Hyundai and that was the price quoted me for the GLS model. You seem to have gotten a better deal, which is great. Have you checked out the info on the message board, regarding Santa Fe problems? What are your thoughts? Its such a big decision buying a car, and with all this information available, it can make you a little nuts. Thanks for your help.
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