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Hyundai Santa Fe Paint



  • pebbles10pebbles10 Posts: 1
    i am trying to find out if my sante fa maybe recall for the paint that is coming off
    and making it look very old
  • there is no recall Hyundai is denying fault my 2011 started to peel off just months after buying the truck they blamed me when i had a detailer come to the house once a month they claimed they were washing and waxing it wrong get that BULL SH_T....! Been looking for a law firm ever since having a hard time trying to get one to take this on anyone know of a law firm willing to do this class action post in here give them this site
  • kj79kj79 Posts: 1
    I just took my 2009 WHITE Santa Fe into a body shop to have them look at some paint peeling. They said they've seen the same thing in Santa Fe's. Two guys at the shop said get rid of it as soon as you can. They told me the dealership would tell me a rock did the damage. And sure enough, the dealership said it was caused from a rock. I will be getting rid of my Santa Fe ASAP. NOT dealing with this.
  • carlos75carlos75 Posts: 1
    I just wanted to add myself to the list of people experiencing these problems. My white 2007 Santa Fe's paint is peeling like crazy. Don't know what to do.
  • dannyh1dannyh1 Posts: 1
    I now take pictures of other Santa Fe's in parking lots. I swear, 75% of them have a similar if not exact same issue as mine. I've loved this car('03 Santa Fe, merlot color). No major issues, but I can not in good conscience ever purchase a Hyundai again. I feel like white trash, but will drive this thing for at least another 2 years. No choice. I've looked into paint jobs, and that route just isn't feasible. After finally overcoming a horrible reputation, Hyundai needs to not only recognize they have a major problem, but they need to make it right.
  • gunga64gunga64 Posts: 271
    Funny I started this tread years ago. My Santa Fe paint has been pretty much stable. I have no peeling, only clear coast scratches that nomidea how they get there. I do however never use automated car washes. I always wash by hand. This is still not acceptable, I had a scratch on the rear when I bought the car I swear was done while they washed it before I picked it up for purchase. Anyway they had their paint repair guy fix the scratch and he did a really good job, I asked him about the paint being bad. He said all paint is bad now, also that you can scratch the clear coat with your finger nail, thanks to the environmentalist. I cant accept that answer because I have seen Fords and other cars that have paint that stand up over time.

    This car has been good so far almost 100k but I wont be buying another. I dont like the way the Hyundai corp deals with this issue at all.
  • canarybbbcanarybbb Posts: 1
    Hi All,
    I see that I am one of many. I own a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe. My clear coat has peeled off down to bare metal in areas like roof, top of doors and top of door panels, anywhere that the sun always beats down. I just thought it was because I didn't take good enough care of the care. However, as I look at the posts it seems that it doesn't matter all that much, that this rash of paint failures happens even to Hyundai's that were garaged. I never thought about it being a fault on the Hyundai Corps part. Well at least I'm in good company. Maybe if enough of us post on this site, it will help someone ambitious enough to start a class action suit.
  • gunga64gunga64 Posts: 271
    9 years old when did it start? sun will do this, i have a camry had no issues with paint, it started peeling around nine years, Had it in the very hot fl sun for two years at 9 and 10 years and it started.

    Just depends on when it started? Also its too old for lawsuit. You can thank the greens, for forcing car companies to change paint to the current junk they use.
  • gunga64gunga64 Posts: 271
    I was looking through some youtube videos, and there is this guy that shows how to plasti dip your car.

    It very interesting and can be done on the cheap. I was thinking this would be a good way to
    fix the issues some Santa Fes are having with paint.
  • rmervinrmervin Posts: 3
    My Santa Fe has paint bubbling on the hood, above the windshield, and along the driver side door. I spoke to consumer affairs today and they advised me to take it to the dealership and have them look at it and they said whatever the dealership says they will honor. Well I took it this afternoon and three different managers said the same thing....looks like a bad paint job!!. So they put a claim in with Hyundai and we play the waiting game. However, after reading all these posts I think I have some leverage. I too would like to be apart of the class action lawsuit.
  • :cry: My white 2008 Santa Fe just started to peel on top like overnight!!! I am so upset, as it started peeling just a few weeks after purchasing a 2013 Tuscon.......this is not fading-I had a Jeep Cherokee for 12 years and it did fade from sun-this is not the same frustrated!!!
  • I have a 2010 red Santa Fe. The clear coat peeling started with one door handle at about 30K miles. I did not realize the white-ish spot on the handle was a bubble in the clear coat. At 42K that bubble started to peel and then a 8" by 2" strip on the driver side quarter panel started to peel. I called the dealership and they said bring it in. I got there only to be told that the warranty expires at 36K miles. I told the tech on the phone my mileage reading while making my appointment for their viewing. I was very angry for making an unnecessary trip. Today I noticed at 48K miles that all the door handles are bubbling/peeling. I called the dealership again and was told they would talk to the district manager and get back to me in one week. If I get blown off this time, I will be taking this to the local Dallas new channels. This is unacceptable. I have purchased at least 6 brand new American made cars in my life time and this has NEVER BEEN AN ISSUE. Normal wear and tear on a paint job should not result in peeling clear coat. This Santa Fe is my first foreign car purchase - it won't happen again!!!
  • gunga64gunga64 Posts: 271
    edited August 2013
    I watch scotty kilmer on you tube. He says if you want to avoid peeling clear coat, you need to wax your car once every three months. The cheap clearcoat and paint hey use cant handle the suns rays.

    Make sure you wax those cars.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    Clearcoat is just paint. I wash my cars maybe twice a year and rarely wax them. Don't see what good waxing would do if the paint was bad from the factory.
  • gunga64gunga64 Posts: 271
    edited August 2013
    The wax blocks the ultraviolet light from deteriorating clearcoat and paint. I am just letting you guys know of a way to perhaps stop this inferior paint from getting worse.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    Too much work for me. :-) The Michigan rust is going to get my cars in a few more years anyway but they are both over 14 now. Kind of surprised that the paint has done so well actually.
  • My 2009 Santa Fe started to peel back in December.I was washing it and noticed about a 1"spot of paint coming off on the hood just above the headlight.I took it directly to the dealer and was informed that with 38,500 miles it was out of warranty. I painted the spot but it has since grown to about 3" x6".Two more spots on the hood have started to appear, Did I HEAR CLASS ACTION.
  • rmervinrmervin Posts: 3
    We got word today from the dealership that the Hyundai rep said the charge would be $1100.00 and they will pay $400.00. They were not going to fix the side panels like their body shop manager said needs to be done. I can get my entire vehicle painted for $1600.00. I will never buy another Hyundai. They don't seem to care about the loyal customers. We have purchased 3 Hyundai's since 2006 (over $50,000)!!
  • rmervinrmervin Posts: 3
    I was told by their body shop manager that eventually the entire cars paint will bubble if it is not fixed. My husband found on consumer reports that Hyundai models up to 2010 had paint issues. Now, you would think if this many people are complaining about the paint, they would have recalled them. No, they are only interested in get your money then they are done with you.
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