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But seriously, I'm not concerned about the 18 inch wheels. I have not yet heard from a 2007 Santa Fe owner with enough miles to assess tire wear. The big problem with 18 inch wheels is that most of them use tires with tiny sidewall heights, stiffer sidewalls, and softer tread material to increase traction. The Santa Fe uses a 235/60 R18 sized tire with a fairly high sidewall (60% of the 235mm width). Manufacturers should be able to build tires with decent wear capabilities in this size.
My only real concern right now is that this is not currently a popular tire size so the selection of available tires is limited. A quick check at TireRack shows about 6 tires that will fit. I have no idea how my factory Bridgestone Dueler H/T D684 II tires will wear. Since many Crossovers are going to 18 inch wheels, I'm sure the tire selection will improve in the next few years.
I absolutely love my Santa Fe Limited AWD, which is one of the safest vehicles you can buy that's not a minivan or monster SUV.
That is a better comparison than others and your opinions.
Dealer called today to tell me the switch is in. Will have it installed in the morning. 48 hour turn around, not bad...
Got to the dealer at 8:30am. Since I was there to replace a part they took me right away. 5 hours later, no thats not a type-o, they found the problem. Turns out yet again the techs were duped by the shop manuals. On my Santa there is a second switch hidden under the seat that went bad NOT the external side mounted one we have access to. They did not have it in stock so I said find one cause I aint leaving. The tech took it from a floor model. Cool. It doesnt end there. They try to replace the side cover to the seat and it cracked. Now I am waiting for THAT to come in. Bummer.
There seems to be a hesittation/transmission slippage between first and second gear on easy acceleration.
The headlights don't seem to "throw" down the road as much as my other cars.
Has anyone changed the oil themselves yet...the new drop-in filter is different and I wonder does it pose any problems?
Thanks for your time.
Good luck. Let us know how you make out.
Does it do it all the time or just when it's cold after you've had it parked a while?
My Limited (2600 miles) will often give a brief shift hesitation when starting out after it's been parked all night and is cold. It only does it once at the first shift point and then drives fine after that. I notice it more now that the weather is cold. I've never given it too much thought and have ascribed it to the transmission fluid not yet warm enough for proper operation. Just adds to the "personality" of this fine vehicle My prior Toyota Avalon did something similar when it was cold. With todays automotive computers, it may also be related to some self-diagnostic routine, similar to what the braking system does as you start to drive.
If you look under the front seats you will see that Hyundai has made a poor design. The bottom of the vent has no lip and is flush with the carpet. Anything that may fall on the rear floor can move forward when braking. As the vent is flush with the carpet, an item can easily go into the air vent.
Here is the solution: we cut a piece of screen approx. 7"L x 2" W and placed it up against the vent opening, then just slid part of the screen under the carpet to keep it in place. This way nothing can go into the plastic air vent under the seat and air flow is not impeded.
Don't know if its true, but it seems to make sense.
I picked up my 2007 Sante Fe GS yesterday and so far find it quite a nice vehicle. I sold a 2005 Element which was also quite nice but a different class of vehicle. Like most, I have always been afraid of the Hyundais, but it seems as though they have pulled themselves together to make some nice rides...I sure hope the reliability is there
A small problem with the trip computer has surfaced already.
When I test drove it, the computer would read out the outside temp...I purchased that vehicle and when I got it home the Temp readout was not present. Took it in today and it worked for the tech but then stopped again shortly thereafter (it will not even bring up the option for temp). He asked someone and was told there was an update due out shortly...anyone heard of this? I asked how I would be notified and he did not know.......Anyone else having this little issue?
I just had to return to the dealer...been raining on and off since I picked it up yesterday. I just noticed that the driver's side rear tail light had water leaking into it (not from a crack or impact)....Not a really good start ...2 small problems in 2 days. I Hope I do not have to keep going back to the dealer. I just turned 100 miles and 50 of those miles are trips to the dealer!
I can still remember my own words...the warranty is great....unless you have to use it a lot...Hopefully this pup will settle down!
Thanks again for the TSB on the trip computer ...that was the fix. Funny it did not work all weekend and then at the dealer...it worked! They finally got it to fail and did the TSB....seems ok now.
They were also nice enough to replace the rear tail lamp that leaked water into it with one from the lot(instead of waiting for the part to arrive)...saved me a bunch of grief since we are due for more rain!
Yesterday I went on the Hyundai Plant Tour in Montgomery. AL. I checked in with the receptionist at the visitor center and asked to see an engineer about a design flaw. ANY OTHER car company would have blown me off, not Hyundai. Immediatly a public relations rep came to the center, and told me the engineers were in a meeting. I explained the issue and showed him (they had one of each Hyundai model on display)how any foreign item could drop down the heater vent under the seat and there was no way to retrieve an item as the vent goes down and a cross member blocks any return.
Then I went on the tour, which is just amazing. When the tour returned to the visitor center, a senior engineer was waiting to speak to me. He had reviewed the issue and agreed that it was a design flaw. He showed me how he had already sent details of the problem and any easy solution, to the engineers in Korea. He was genuinly appreciative of my bringing to issue to Hyundai's attention. THIS IS ONE GREAT CAR COMPANY !!!! Imagine going to GM in Detroit and asking to see an engineer!!!
Does anybody out there know how to remove the cross-rails off of a 2007 Santa Fe Limited?
Explores and Trailblazer simply slid off, but these little puppies won't come off that easily.
Thanks in advance for your advise.
Thanks for your input on this, and please let me know what you find out regarding removing your roof rails.
Reason being, I got to the site, drilled down but couldn't get anything to come up, neither words or diagram.
When I asked my dealership to remove them, they said it was a lot of work and almost a "de-installation" to do it and a lot of labor. Go figure!
Thanks again for your help and the instructions and diagrams. After getting them off, I don't understand the big deal mentioned by the service guy... you just have to press the 'stop-lever' under the end cap.
The dealers have a hard time just saying I dont know. Its ok if you dont know. So many of them just dont take a little time and read the book. Its sad.
I hope when it is time, there are some as I can just imagine what Hyundai would charge