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Hyundai Santa Fe Transmission Problems



  • viper14viper14 Posts: 24
    How many miles on your 2011 Santa Fe? Wait til you get 3 or 4 thousand miles. By the way the Santa Fe Limited only comes with a V6 and 6 speed transmission, not a 4 cyl. Why is the 2010 ECM update apply to the 2011 Santa Fe Limited, it's the same as the 2010 Limited.

    Why was your 2010 transmission replaced?
  • mike519mike519 Posts: 16
    I have 8500 on the Sante Fe currently, problem free so far. They replaced the trans because the service rep was driving it when it hit hard into 2nd gear as I had been complaining about. I was lucky it happened for them. They tried blowing me off until then.
  • widg99widg99 Posts: 7
    after my reman tranny was installed i had a similar situation where the same thing happen to me in an intersection where the light had change to yellow so i went to step on the gas and a dead spot just like u had. took it right to the dealer and of coarse could not duplicate it, was told it has to do with the ecs, tc, bdf systems. i told them i didn't care what system it was , but that it was not safe when your stepping on the gas peddle and have it to the floor that the wheels should at least spin, mine didn't. after reading all the blogs on many forums, it sounds like this could be a computer problem. my santa fe is on its way back to the dealer on monday, again for tranny issues and others as well. i have had nothing but good things to say about hyundai vehicles in the past, but enough is enough, this one is truly a lemon. if hyundai doesn't acknowlage that this one is in fact a lemon, i will be contacting our lawyer!!!!
  • viper14viper14 Posts: 24
    Wow! Sounds like I'm not the only one with this new problem. In my option, I think this problem rates up there with the uncommanded acceleration issue Toyota had. This dead spot problem started right after the ECM computer update # TC7 10BA30R0 I had done Dec 1, 2010 and was supposed to be corrected with ECM update # 39110F3Y done on Jan 20, 2011. I had that update last week and seemed to fix the transmission, but not the dead spot issue.
    There will be crashes soon on these Santa Fe models because this dead spot and until people get badly injured or worse nothing will be done.
    Hyundai are you reading this?
  • viper14viper14 Posts: 24
    ECM update doesn't work. Back to the drawing board.
  • So would I be right to assume that I should stay away from buying a 2011 6cyl AWD limited Santa Fe ? Afer reading the post here I'm really confused if there a couple of problems that aren't being fixed.
  • viper14viper14 Posts: 24

    There have been close to 350 messages back and forth between Santa Fe owners just on the transmission issue. Why not read them all, then make your decision on buying one. I'm on my second Santa Fe, 1st was a 2006. Currently I have a 2010 Santa Fe with 3.5 V6 and 6 speed transmission and I love this car, but I'm afraid of the dead spot when pressing the gas and I wonder if the transmission is going to last to 100,000 miles.

    My Hyundai dealer has always been up front with me and is trying to work things out.

    Good luck!
  • ecotrklvrecotrklvr Posts: 519
    Not to minimize the problems here, but it would be interestng to know how many people generated the 350 messages referred to. It would be one thing to say that this is a 10% failure rate, but it may be closer to 100 out of 100,000, or 0.1%. It also seems that at least one replacement transmission did the trick. To all those who are struggling with this issue, my apologies.

    About the dead spot, there is a post on another message board that indicates that this is an issue with the throttle, and not the transmission. They indicated that there is an adjustment on the accelerator that improves this issue. I'd include that link, but Edmunds doesn't allow links to other Forums. Just google Throttle dead spot Hyundai. Good luck all.
  • Viper, my best friend has an 09 Sante Fe and hasn't had a problem in 38,000 miles. I asked 2 dealers about tranny problems and they said they haven't heard of any in a year. 2011 Kia buyers are having tranny problems, I read about all the problems you guys are having and wonder how the dealers can tell me they haven't heard of them. I just wish they'd admit the problem , say where the problem cars were built and when. So if I do buy I can avoid them. I'm now concerned for my family safety and that's why I'm asking for all the advice from you guys. That's why even though I really want the car, I'm confused as to what to do.
  • viper14viper14 Posts: 24

    Checked Google, it's not related to the dead spot problem I'm experiencing. My problem surfaced after ECM computer update. Looking at the past threads there have been many transmissions replaced on 2010 Santa Fe's including my own. Note, 2010 Santa Fe Limtied is the same as the 2010.
  • picked up my sante fe last week after transmission # 4 installed for slamming into second gear issues. It seemed fine all week for in town driving. Went on a road trip for 100 miles and pulled off the freeway and came to a stop. did a normal acceleration for stop sign and it slammed into 3rd gear. made it through two more lights then had to stop again. same thing happened... We then visited friends for about 6 hours and headed home. Had no trouble shifting driving through the city but hit the freeway and headed home. As soon as I pulled off the freeway and came to my first stop... piece of %$^% did it again. Heading to the dealership again on Monday to have another repair order made. Canada does not have a Lemon law like several states but we have a CAMVAP agency that we can take our case to and try and get our money back. I will say it again... HYUNDAI CANADA DOESA NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCT!!!!!!

    still frozen in alberta
  • I’m starting to wonder if I’m having transmission problems. I drive an 2002 V6 Santa Fe with 150K. Recently it seems like if I’m driving at a consistent 35 MPH and slowly increase my speed to 40 MPH the car will shake. It almost feels like I’m driving over a set of rumble strips. The shaking will disappear if I accelerate or de-accelerate. Does this have anything to do with my transmission? I took my car to the mechanic and they said they couldn’t find any issues. However, it seems to do this quite consistently. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!
  • jemms2010jemms2010 Posts: 10
    edited January 2011
    I had the same problems with my 2010 santa fe with the hard gear shifts, and I too was very fristated with the whole matter of how the dealer tried to fix it, I let them replace the tranny once and replace the ecm computer module, neither fix worked, they then wanted to put another tranny in the vehicle and I said no, that we were either going to go through CAMVAP or they replace the vehicle, they eneded up getting us out of thevehicle and into another one buut with a different production date. If your dealer has tried to fix the same problem 3x then you are eligable for CAMVAP, I would start the process with them, they say that within 3months the have a resoluition and you can tell them that switching the tranny again is obviously not the correct method to fix it. What is the production date of your santa fe? all the bulletins show the issue with ones built between oct 2009 - match 2010, my first one was built in 09' and my second one was built in june 10 with no issues. It still bothers me that for such a reputable car manufacturere that they don't recognize the problem with these vehicles and I'm sure int he long run they will pay for their mistakes.
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    I would check tires, wheels, suspension and linkage 1st.... balancing might be the problem in the tires/wheels - check balancing 1st and let us know... they can check front end/suspension/linmkage at that time too...
  • viper14viper14 Posts: 24
    What is CAMVAP? Is it a Canada only thing? I live in South Carolina and have had my 2010 Santa FE Limited transmission replaced once, been in the dealers shop at least 6 or 8 times and problem still persist. I have as of today 12,201 miles.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    It stands for The CANADIAN MOTOR VEHICLE ARBITRATION PLAN is a program where disputes between consumers and vehicle manufacturers about alleged manufacturing defects or ...

    you can

    But if you are in SC I would suggest using your Lemon Law. It works much the same. Sorry to hear about all these tranny replacements.

    For those of you who have had 1 or 2 or more trannys replaced and yet still have the problem, I have gotten the impression from some posts that the problem was still there even driving the car home from the dealer. This would suggest that they didn't really replace the tranny at all. There would be ovious telltale signs if you look where the tran meets the engine. You would be able to see fasteners that have recently been disturbed.

    I must say I am a bit shocked that Hyundai is allowing some of these dealers to be so negligent (including corporate head office decisions). There are some less than thrilled 2011 Sonata owners with pulling issues that seem to not be getting addressed in a punctual manner either. Hyundai better wise up or there newly found claim to fame will be short lived.
  • viper14viper14 Posts: 24

    Thanks for the information. By the way 2011 Santa Fe Limited models are the same as 2010. 2012 is when the next change takes place. Maybe Hyundai will revert back to the 5 speed transmission for 2012.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    I don't know if they would do that. They are building their own tranny in some cars now, the new Sonata and others have a Hyundai built 6 speed. (probably the same in the Kia models) Speaking of which I thought I had read recently some issues with an auto tranny in a Kia.. I can't recall to be sure but thought i heard something just recently.

    They claim it (the new 6 spd) is lighter and more compact. As for longevity potential, it will take a few years for us to find out. The 6 speeds allow gearing that helps improve FE, use smaller engines without as much of a performance penalty.
  • chucko6chucko6 Posts: 81

    Obviously, your problem is not what this thread is discussing. What you're experiencing is called old age. The present problems are showing up while the SF's are still New and the tranny's already need replaced.
    Be happy you broke 100K and the vehicle still runs.
  • I called Hyundai corporate today to see what they said about this tranny problem and the CS rep said they had no tranny problems. I explained whats posted here and at other sites. She said she checked and found no major tranny problems recorded.

    BTW, got a call today that my 2011 limited will be in tomorrow.
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