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Hyundai Santa Fe Have a Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

azerafanazerafan Posts: 4
edited April 2014 in Hyundai
I am currently an Azera owner, and it is the best car that I have ever owned. I am about to replace my 97 Subaru Outback, and I am looking at the 2008 Santa Fe. Using the search feature here, I see that older Santa Fe's had timing belts. Since my Azera (3.8 L engine) has a timing chain, I am curious - can anyone tell me if the 2.7 or the 3.3 Santa Fe engines have a timing belt or a timing chain?


  • The 2.7 is a belt and the 3.3 is a chain. ;)
  • jcwsbltdjcwsbltd Posts: 167
    3.3L has the timing chain, but there are also other differences, such as the 3.3L being a V6, whereas the 2.7L is a 4 cylinder. If the timing belt breaks on 2.7L, the engine is toast. At least with a chain,it minimises risk of breakage.

    The mpg difference is negligible between the two engines, but the 3.3L definitely has more power and flexibility, especially if you are hauling a trailer or boat. Others have expressed they would have rather got the 3.3L V6 after the fact.
  • The 2.7 is a V6. Santa fe specsThere is no I4 option in the current Santa Fe line. Hyundai does have some I4's but only in the Tucson CUV and their passenger car line.
  • So, then do both the 2.7 and the 3.3 engines come with a timing chain?
  • Just the 3.3. The 2.7 still uses a belt.
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  • it in on a Hyundai!
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 52,573
    Try the Buick LeSabre Starting/Stalling Issues discussion, Palmer6.

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  • I know for sure the 2.7 is a belt. My sister has this engine in her Santa Fe, and she just replaced her timing belt. This engine is getting pretty old so I am sure they will faze it out soon with a smaller V-6 with a chain.
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