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Hyundai Santa Fe Interior Questions and Problems



  • jcwsbltdjcwsbltd Posts: 167
    Historically, What everyone (who minded)complained about on the Limited with 18" wheels, was the seemingly hard side walls on the Dueller Tires. Everyone is usually struck by the interior quietness, and in contrast, the sidewalls of the tires seemed to give a hard bumpy ride over any kind of bump or crack in the road.

    It was the way the tires were designed to take the weight (4000 lbs) of the vehicle. It's also why they probably recommended a low 30 psi for these tires, to compensate for the rigid walls. There have been several posts about changing the tires to a softer wall to make the ride smoother.

    I also suspect they used the dueller tires because of the ESC and Traction controls for handling reasons, and also so they didn't have to put a full size spare wheel in the back if there was a flat (rigid tire walls mean less damage if there is a flat.)
  • It should also be noted that Bridgestone Dueller's are the de facto OEM tires used by most Japanese automakers. If you recently bought a Lexus, Toyota, or Honda SUV, you likely are also driving on Bridgestone Dueller's. Like a lot of things in life, these tires aren't all that great in one particular arena, but rather the ultimate compromise in many arenas (noise, performance, comfort, price, etc).

    2008 AWD Limited.
  • nacenace Posts: 45
    jcw, maverick,lucky15,drwood, thank you,for your response.
  • jr1jr1 Posts: 9
    I wear my seat belts and do not need advice to wear one or just to put it on or fasten it to make the auto quite.

    I have other vehicles that have buzzers and they go do not go on incessantly while you sit in the auto just checking out things or maintenance etc?

    What happened to the lights that told you to fasten your seat belt after a 5 sec. buzzer?
    Bunch of you sound like Big Brother breathing down one neck with all this seat belt criticism.

    How about some helpful solutions. .. they are not trying to bypass safety but it is one's decision to smoke or eat fatty foods, or what ever.

    What happen to buzzers that plays a musical note, etc.
  • LisaDLisaD Posts: 50
    I'm curious if the 2nd row ANGLE could be reduced to where they fold more flat instead of the slope. There must be some tweak to do this. I have no use for a 2nd row but haven't bought the car yet to take a look-see. I'd love to adjust that angle though.
  • roger39roger39 Posts: 1
    Buy a seat belt extender from Toyota (since Hyundai does not make them) and use it. Put your seat belt into the extender and leave the extender snapped into the seat belt female connection that normally holds your seat belt. Works for my pals.
  • ccv1ccv1 Posts: 3
    HI....owned the FIRSt Hyundai out there, Excel, back in 1989. Going back to Hyundai, hopefully, within the week. This time, a Santa Fe. Husband and son want slate blue gray leather, cause they are worried about the beige interior. I spend a lot of time in my car, but no longer have little kids (16 and 19). I need HONEST opinions on how the leather holds up so I can make a decision.....I want the Natural Khaki with beige leather, but will go with their choice if the beige is impossible to take care of.

    Anyone can help me out? Thanks!
  • I have an 08 SF Limited in Slate Blue exterior and the beige leather interior. I have had it over a year and it is still good as new. About the only issue I have had is that my winter leather coat (black) will leave a little stain, but a quick cleaning with a good leather cleaner takes care of that quickly. My opinion--go for the beige! ;)
  • ccv1ccv1 Posts: 3
    Thanks, I'd like to and I'm hoping I can get more opinions in favor of it for my husband to agree!!
  • I just bought a new 09 Santa Fe Limited with the Beige leather interior also and it looks great. Love the GPS and the Infinity sound system Too.
  • ccv1ccv1 Posts: 3
    How long have you had it? I love the look of the beige, but worried about wear. Edmunds gave it BAD reviews about holding up over time. Worries me.
  • I recently bought the 09 Santa Fe Limited with the combo Natural Khaki and beige interior, great combination. I would suggest putting a sealant on the leather to protect it from stains and wear/tear. This can be done at the dealership or a detailer.
  • I have an '08 SE, Natural Khaki with beige CLOTH interior. Almost 2 years old, numerous trips with grandkids and only one little stain that came out with Resolve. Guess it all depends on how well you treat the upholstery...and the car.
  • I need to remove and reinstall the lever to install seat covers. Anyone know how to do that ?
  • espo35espo35 Posts: 144
    Are you sure you want to add seat covers? The side airbag is located within the side seat bolsters. Now, in an accident, the airbags likely deploy with enough force to tear through the cover, but it would surely be delayed a milli-second or more....maybe enough for your head to crack open!
  • Thanks to espo35. Seat covers offered on say they have cut-out for air bags. Will doublecheck this.
  • espo35espo35 Posts: 144
    I've seen the type you're referring to. Should work with no problem!
  • espo35espo35 Posts: 144
    SANTAFE(CM) >2007 > G 3.3 DOHC > Body (Interior and Exterior) > Seat & Power Seat > front seat > Repair procedures

    RECLINER COVER REPLACEMENT1. Remove the front cover (A).

    2. Remove the recliner rever (A) and sliding rever (B).
    3. Loosen the recliner mounting screw and clip, then remove the recliner cover (C).

    4. Installation is the reverse of removal.
    SEAT BACK COVER REPLACEMENT1. Remove front seat assembly.
    2. Remove the recliner cover.
    3. After disconnecting the scuff band (A), remove the seat back panel (B).

    Here's the text of the procedure- the plastic cover along the front of the bottom of the cushion must be removed to access.
  • Had it about 2 months now, no problems yet. I worried about the carpet being so light in color, but it seems to be okay even with all this wet weather we have had here in La.
  • We now have two 2009 Santa Fe SE's - one with gray interior and just bought one with beige interior. I plan on using scotchguard on both- upholstery and carpeting.
  • Thx. I think I will do that too.
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    has anyone experienced water leaking into their '07 Santa Fe AWD limited? NO SUNROOF! The water is coming in through the driver side pillar (behind windshield) - possible seal problem - the seal was repaired at dealer a while ago - seems like that could be the culprit.... would the seal still be under warranty after 68k miles?
  • nicky123nicky123 Posts: 2
    Hello eveyone,
    I'm wondering if anyone else has had concerns with the distance from the steering wheel to the center console. I typically drive with my right arm on an armrest and find the distance in the santa fe to be too far! I can't hold the steering wheel and rest my right arm at the same time. And this is with the steering wheel fully extended. Is this just a silly concern and something that I'll adjust to? Or should I walk away from an otherwise great vehicle (haven't bought it yet).
  • This might help: fm

    It doesn't decrease the distance to the console, but it raises your arm up decreasing the angle.
  • nicky123nicky123 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the link. I thought of making something like that.

    I guess I'm wondering if it's just an adjustment to a new car issue and that I won't notice it in a month.

    Is no one else bothered by this?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    edited April 2010
    If you noticed it in the showroom or on a test drive, my guess is that you'll always be bugged by it. You could retest with a cushion or pillow and see if some extension like that would fix the adjustment for you.
  • Hello:
    My window is doing the EXACT same thing. What did you find out/end up doing?
  • lj51057lj51057 Posts: 6
    I have a 2 month old 2010 Santa Fe - chronic problem w/ leak on driver and passenger side - feet area. Is this where your leak is located? dealer can't find cause.... also air conditioner keeps shutting down - they can't find cause of that either! not very happy new car owner!
  • Sounds like both problems likely have the same cause - something to do with the condenser coil, which is up under the dash or on the firewall. There's probably a kinked drain hose, which makes the pan under the coil fill up and overflow. Dealer should be able to find this fairly easily - perhaps doesn't want to? Solution is either take it to another dealer, or contact Hyundai America and tell them you're ready to file under Lemon Law. That usually gets their attention.
  • I'm wondering if anyone can tell me how easy it is to repalce the driver side interior door handle on a 2003 Santa Fe. The handle grip broke off and the cable has fallen inside the door. Also, I've searched a few auto parts sites and can't seem to locate the part on line. I keep coming up with exterior handles. Any suggestions on where to find the parts other than a dealer?
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