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Hyundai Santa Fe Maintenance and Repair (2006 and earlier)

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  • Got to 40k--Not one single problem the last 30k miles. More on this... While the insurance company was deciding if our SF with 40k was totaled we rented a Ford Escape with 10k miles on it. Both vehicles had 4wd. The Ford Escape was loud, groaned, rattled, idled rough, and drove like a truck. I kept looking at the odometer because it drove like it had 100k on it. SF-10.0. FE-5.0. No contest. Our SF drove like it was new, minus the new car smell.

    It kind of scares me to read others stories. It would be a nightmare to have to wait weeks to get a repair done.

    We had a few break in problems the first 10k and they are always disappointing but they were fixed.

    My goal was to get to 100k +++ are there any success stories out there with their SF? We had the SF with 2.7l AWD.
  • andyz3andyz3 Posts: 8
    The info I got was from Hyundai's web page. Print it out and take it to the dealer. "Hyundaiusa.com" click on "about Hyundai" and drop down to warranty. I have had some luck in the past asking to talk to the district service manager. Dealers tend to get a little nervous when you ask, It my take some time to track him down, but it's worth it. I too have a 03 Santa Fe but the warranty info and car is with my son at college. I will be checking and almost 100% sure there is a 5 yr 60K warranty. good luck
  • Thanks for previous noter on the ABS self-check.

    After bringing car in for first oil change (3000 miles) I just noticed that about 25% of the time when I am applying the brakes, the steering wheel vibrates. Not a huge amount, but I can feel it. Definitely never did this before. Is this a normal thing or should I have them take a look at the rotors?
  • Hey all. Saturday went to dealership for first oil change and asked them to wash the car. Last night I was filling gas tank and was eye level with the area of the roof around the hinges for the rear hatch. There were scratches all over the place back there. None going through to the metal, but about 20-30 all around both hinges.

    What is up with this? Could this be soemthign that happened when they washed the car, or when they installed the roof rails? When we took car for first test drive I saw the big oafish sales guy standing on rear bumper screwing in the mast antenna. I wonder if he scraped it up during that time.

    Do I have any recourse to have dealership take car eof this, or will they just blow it off and say I must have done it? Any one else have experience with this kind of thing?

    THANKS!
  • Hyundai has had the best warranty in the business. Does it cover everything for the "Million miles" you first stated or even the actual 100,000 miles drivetrain/60K miles bumper to bumper etc..hell no. BUT, is it the most comprehensive warranty out there,you bet!. The text of the actual conditions and terms are readily available( if you would have taken the time to read it) and and if you consider it "a hook" then see what kind of warranty ANY other auto maker will offer when you "dump" this car that may have had an $89.00 part fail in 50,000 miles..terrible reliability. What a shame that you found the gray area in emission warranty...that is also gray for all makes and models of vehicles and may have an out of pocket repair cost. Boo-Hoo. Oh yeah, good luck with your American (made in Mexico Ford, Mercury, Lincoln or Canadian made GM or Chrysler car,truck or SUV, or Chinese made V-6 for the Equinox) car. Don't even consider one of those foreign made...Honda (made in Ohio) Toyota (made in Kentucky, Texas or one of the other 12 facilities they have in the US) Subaru (made in Indiana) Hyundai ( certain models now made in Alabama) and probably others.
  • :sick:
    We finally figured out yesterday what the problem was.

    I was in a car accident on Saturday, caused by me skidding out on wet pavement -Upon taking to our car shop (not a dealership), it was discovered that the "splash guard" that is supposed to keep the brakes dry had been put on at an angle instead of straight. When I drove on Saturday, (the first time it has rained in months), water got on the brakes, causing a "glaze" to form - So when I put my foot on the brakes, it had no traction, so I skidded out and hit two cars in front of me.

    The brakes have been replaced, the splash guard put on straight and the noise is gone. I also have hundreds of dollars of damage to my car and a $500 deductible to pay to get it fixed. And I don't even know how much it will cost to get the other cars fixed (covered by insurance).

    Not a happy camper.

    If you're experiencing anything close to the same problem - get your Santa Fe looked at! Don't wait.

    Any advice on how to handle with insurance company? Or with Hyundai? Do I have any grounds to at least get Hyundai to cover my deductible? Or is it not even worth pursuing?

    Thanks for any advice - this is not only the first car I've ever owned (had my name on), this is also my first accident.
  • WHAT!!! disc brakes can never be "kept dry". By nature of the design rotors, pads and calipers are exposed to all the elements including rain, snow, and mud. Further, I have never heard of any "glaze" forming on the rotors because by the squeezing action of the outside and inside brake pads (every time you brake) all foreign material is "squeegeed" (sp. sure doesn't look right)off those rotors...they are always dry even after running through standing water. Further... well, beyond further, all Santa Fe's are equipped with A.B.S.(anti-lock-brake-system) specifically designed to keep the car stopping in a controlled straight line, even allowing you to steer while stopping at the "max." It IS possible to stop in a straight line...straight into the vehicle in front but the "steering while braking" is the important part of this system. I acknowledge that many,even most, people have no idea how to maintain control even with ABS in a panic situation. I took my car with ABS to an empty snow covered parking lot and stomped on the brakes to feel, see, and experience how ABS works when it needs to. So, in summary, it sounds like it is possible the noise may have been caused by this cocked or crooked "splash shield" but whomever told you it was the primary source of your accident is well, simply put, wrong. Operator error is the most likely cause. How to handle the insurance claims? well, in most states if you rear-end cars in front of you (if this is what happened to you)it is almost automatically your fault for not having control of your vehicle..or not keeping sufficient space between you and them ...or too fast for conditions. So, you see they (the police) can site you for a number of things and they all add up to one thing, it is your fault.
  • I own a 2002 Santa Fe. I went into the dealer for service, to have my "serpentine belt" changed for the second time{i have 40,000 mi, the first time it was changed was 8000 mi} I was charged $175.00 which i thought was rediculous. The service manager said to me i should have my trans. fluid and and coolant flushed. I agree, however he also said that if i did not have it done at the dealership, my warranty would be voided. Does anyone out there know if this is true? Hyundai charges a lot to do this. would appreciate any info. thx. Bob K.
  • First of all, I asked for advice - not a condescending reply of blame. Thank you.

    I KNOW how the law works, and I KNOW that if I rear-end someone else, fault will be assigned to me. That's not what I was asking. My insurance has even acknowledged that it was probably not something I could have prevented. But thanks again for no help.

    Don't bother replying, I won't be back.
  • And exactly what advise or help did you expect???...I explained that the reason given to you for your accident probably wasn't valid, and gave an explaination why not. You asked and I answered..I certainly can't help it if the answers weren't to your liking. It was your fault so don't try to pawn it off on the vehicle or ask if you can collect money from Hyundai for your poor or inattentive driving. Condecending? I think not, in my explaination of how ABS works, something you obviously don't know, I used the example of how it will stop straight..straight into the car in front of you, which is something you now do know. Of course you could have possibly prevented it by any or all of the below:
    1. allowing more space between vehicles.
    2. allowed for the greasy conditions that are evident on roads during the first rain after a long dry spell and...

    3. adjusted your speed accordingly.
    4. possibly had not been talking on your cell or your passenger.
    5. know your how your vehicle reacts during a panic
    situation and use the benefits of ABS by being able to simply steer out of trouble .
    I AM replying and if you do happen to check back...too bad about your accident, don't blame the car BYE!!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Can we lighten it up a bit? The issue is not who caused the accident (the OP stated responsibility in the very first sentence of the post). If you don't wish to reply or are unable to reply to the question then just skip over it.

    tidester, host
  • lpjxk0lpjxk0 Posts: 10
    I have two Hyundai Santa Fe's, my wife drives the 2004 LX & I drive the 2002 LX. My car has 95000 miles on it and the extended warranty. I had a slight rip in leather seat back rest, I questioned Hyunda about repairing the back rest, they said no they would replace it. Both vehicle have the extended warranty and I rarely had to use the service. Will be looking at a Azera next year. Have had no problems with the vehicles or the dealer. I highly recommend MotorWorld in Wilkes Barre, Pa, great people to deal with and terrific service department. Jim
  • I had the exact same thing happen last weekend. How was your case resolved? My dealer has told me that the master cylinder is covered by the warranty, but the $3K in damage that resulted is not! My Santa Fe only has K16!! Any advice would be great!
  • I don't get that noise but what I do get is strange. After the car has warmed up a metallic ringing can be heard when riding over rought terrain. Plus is happens when engine is on or off and the doors are shut, but with the hood up no noise is heard when doors are closed.
  • you could have been my twin. i have the exact same situation for 03 sf with 2.7l engine. same gas mileage. same gentle driving. same results after crying to dealerships. :cry:
  • doreen1doreen1 Posts: 1
    :cry: Can someone help me, I have an awful studdering and a loud bang that happens when I travel on the highway, of course they tell me nothing is wrong, but I have had to have my transmission fluid changed twice and I only have 55,000 miles on my truck. They tell me this is normal and I know it's not. Will probably nvr buy another Hyundai product again, and the service people are very rude and unprofessional. :(
  • joseajosea Posts: 1
    Dear jenay1928 I also have a 2001 Santa Fe that appears to have a bad computer, causing a "no start" condition. I have checked all my sensors and under the hood wiring, and everything is Ok. I priced out a used computer around $200 bucks, but I suspect that Car quest auto parts can have mine rebuilt for around the same price. I will let you know what happens, If you have better luck send me a email and we can share info, I am a used car dealer and I need this vehicle running soon! Thanks and hope We can get these vehicles up and running. josea
  • anuckanuck Posts: 5
    Hi-This sounds similar to an issue I have been having for over a year (off and on). 2003 4cy. I was told that the caliper (sp?) was leaking (not exactly sure what it's leaking) and causing the brake to stick. When it got really bad, the car would vibrate. I thought something was wrong with the tire at first. I would feel the vibration in the brake pedal. When it's not too bad, it sounds kinda of like a high pitched groan. Gets louder as it's gets worse. I've had the calipher replaced twice. This seemed to fix the issue for a while but it's starting up again. I notice it the most driving in rush hour traffic when I'm coasting a lot. I've resigned myself to just having to get it fixed off and on until I get rid of the car. So far, I have not been charged for the repairs. As long as it stays that way, it's just an inconvenience. I love my car but this issue has killed any chance that I'll ever buy another Hyundai. Hope this helps.
  • kalabankalaban Posts: 17
    I have had this problem since I bought the car almost 2 yrs ago GLS V6. My rear window wiper will clean 1/2 the windshield and not the other half. The dealership has addressed this at least 6 times and they keep telling me "it needs to be lubricated". I have asked 1. That they show me what needs to be lubed and 2. What lube to use and they haven't done either to date.

    This is the wrost car I have ever owned. I had the transmission replaced twice after the first month off the lot!! :mad:

    If anyone has found a solution to the rear window issue, please post.

    Thanks
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