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Hyundai Santa Fe Transmission Problems



  • After the dealer replace a refurbished transmission, that problem is fixed. However, I noticed that the MPG is lower than before.
  • It's official. My brand new '08 Santa Fe with 3,800 miles is getting a new transmission. Not happy... :mad:
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Is Hyundai paying for it or does that come out of your own pocket?

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • Well... at least they are replacing it, instead of arguing with you or calling it "normal" (which is what some carmakers might try). I have a friend who is a lemon law attorney, and has plenty of these stories.

    Did they hassle you much before offering the new transmission?

    - Bokonon
  • Hyundai is paying for it and they give us a new Sonata as a loaner while the Santa Fe is in the shop. They didn't give us any "hassle" at the dealer and handle it in a very "matter of fact" way but it doesn't make me feel any better about the experience.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    it doesn't make me feel any better about the experience.

    I can understand that but I know I'd feel a LOT better about not having to pay for it myself. :)

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • Do you get a brand new transmission? I got a refurbished one which I was not happy, but the dealer said Hyundai will only give you refurbished parts under warranty.
  • considering buying SF 2008 new. Now after reading tranny problems, worried if I should buy it or not. Any suggestions.
  • lucky15lucky15 Posts: 72
    I believe all the reports of tranny problems with the 2007 Sante Fe, and I don`t think there were that many, were on the SE or Limited, which have the larger engine and a 5 speed tranny, on the GLS, which I own, it has a smaller engine and there is a 4 speed tranny, and I have not had any problems at all with it and I have 10,000 miles on it. So, for what it is worth this may help you decide on what to do.
  • lucky15, thanks for the reply. Actually looking at the 2008 SF, SE model. Were the problems with the 2007s only?
  • paulnzpaulnz Posts: 16
    I have a 2008 SF Limited 3.3 AWD that shifts hard when the engine/trans (see the thread I started about the problem).

    The 2007 and 2008 appear to be essentially the same, so I would think the trans problems would apply to both years.

    Even though I am really upset with my trans problem, so far the diagnostics that have been run on it show that it is working properly. And it DOES work properly once warmed up.

    When you are looking at problems with the Santa Fe trans (5 speed auto), they fall into two areas: 1.) Poor shifting under certain conditions or trans failures and 2.) a 'slow' 1st to 2nd shift.

    There have not been many posts related to #1 (mine falls into that category), but there have been a lot about #2. Mine does have the #2 problem, but it has never bothered me. I had a Villager minivan that shifted from 1st to 2nd in exactly the same way, so I am used to it. Other people absolutely can't stand it. I suspect that problem #2 will never be eliminated (although it is possible that there could be a future software upgrade that might help).

    So, I think that unless you are unlucky like a few of us have been, you probably won't have a trans failure or other trans weirdness. However, you should put a lot of test drive miles on one before you buy to be sure that you can live with the way it shifts from 1st to 2nd.
  • I don't know if the replacement transmission is new or not. I did not ask the question when it was getting serviced. The truck seems to be running well now and I hope it holds up. We've been very gentle with it since it was new and only to be rewarded with a problem.

    I'll be reluctant to recommend Hyundai to people I know base on my experience but I don't know if I am "one in a million" or "one in a hundred". So as to a new car buying decision, I would ask you to weight the cost saving (if any) to say an equivalent car of a more reputable brand. If the SF is 2 or 3 grans cheaper then an say Honda CR-V, is that 2 to 3 grans worth the headache to you? Or maybe 4-5 grans saving?
  • How did your new transmission work out? At about 300 miles my 08 SF SE started having problems shifting, it would stutter or lurch when the gas was pressed just a little. If you punched it, it would stutter once and then accelerate, it seems that the transmission is shifting up and down. I dont' know though, it's in the shop right now. I'm obviously not happy at all, this is the second time it's been in the shop for this issue. Just wondering if other 08 SF are having the same syptom, and how yours turned out.
  • The last few weeks in Minnesota has been very cold, 20+ below zero. I have a 07 Santa Fe Limited. Today it shifted so hard from 1st to 2nd gear that the check engine light came on. The Hyundai Dealer I bought it from went out of business, so I called another one. The early st I can get it in is 4 days. I told them that was unacceptable, and any further damage would be their problem. I'm sure that my not buying it from this dealer has put me on the bottom of their list. I guess i'll halfto wait and see.
  • iand2iand2 Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 Santa FE with 2.7 with 96000km on the clock, the problem I am having is that when you are travelling and you take your foot off the accelerator the car decides to shift down from 4th to 2nd and starts breaking. It feels as if you have the speed control set (which is not the case here) the car is trying to maintain it’s set speed.
    Anyone know what the would be causing this to happen
  • Hi! I just had almost the exact same situation happen to me. I just bought a 2008 Santa Fe SE and just picked it up last Thursday night. We were going out of town on Friday so we got to our destination (about 200 miles from our home). We were parking in a parking garage to go to dinner when the car wouldn't reverse by that I mean it would go into reverse but it wouldn't move backwards it just sounded like it was in neutral. So we finally got it out of the parking garage as it would still drive. We were trying to take it back to the place we were staying and all of the sudden the car jerked like it was having problems switching gears and than the check engine light came on. We pulled over right away and called the roadside assistance. At that point the car had 290 miles on it and I had the car for almost exactly 25 hours. They towed the car to the nearest Hyundai dealer. Since it was a Friday night it didn't get looked at until Monday morning. They said that the transmission needed to be replaced.

    My issue is that I paid for a new car not a car that had to be ripped apart to have a new transmission put in at 290 miles. I'm currently in the beginning stages of fighting for a completely new vehicle. I was just wondering how you got the dealership to buy back your car and if you had any suggestions on dealing with this issue. Where did you buy your car from? Did they buy it back? Everyone at Hyundai that I've talked to said that have never heard of this happening before an it's such a freak incident but honestly if it is I don't understand why I can't have my car replaced. It doesn't seem normal to me.

    I really appreciate any information and advice you may have. I'm shocked to have found someone else that has had a similar situation happen to them.
  • parag1parag1 Posts: 6

    I have also bought the new '08 Hyundai and I was talking to someone from Hyundai customer support about some accessories I wanted which do not come on GLS (Fog Lights) and the customer associate told me if my car is less then 500 miles then dealer ship should be able to fix me up with the new car since less then 500 miles is considered as new car. You should check this out.
  • shmshenshmshen Posts: 20
    See my old post:
    The dealer where I purchased found that the transmission has problem and needs to be replaced. Wow, it is a brand new car!!

    Should I just accept the replacement? Or can I do anything else? It is a brand new car with only 1650miles!!!

    You are not alone.
  • rectechrectech Posts: 1
    Emission check revealed a code referring to the torque converter. My mechanic friend says it indicates the transmission is not shifting to overdrive.
    Can anyone tell me if this is true and what causes the shift to overdrive? Hydrolic pressure and or electronic controlled valve?
  • I bought this car new (but with 5k miles on it where the dealership manager drove it). I love the car, but I keep having this issues where 1st the check engine light comes on then the ESC light and there is another light right under it that looks like the car chassi..four wheels, etc. anyway it starts blinking, I lose all acceleration. The only fix is to pull off on the road, turn the car off, turn it back on and go again until it stops. This last time that didn't even fix it until I put it in gear and then back in park, turned it off and back on and it let me go about 4 miles and I had to do it all over again. I have had it to the dealership three times in the last year I have had the car. I have contacted Hyundai for statistics on this issus. Has anyone else experienced this? I don't know if the throttle sensors they keep replacing is a band aid for a BIGGER problem or if this is just a know issue that will keep happening.
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