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Hyundai Santa Fe Transmission Problems



  • bambewbambew Posts: 43
    What do you mean by 'slamming' into 2nd and 3rd gears?

  • dbqfandbqfan Posts: 16
    I am working on the same resolution that you got. I am tired of this mess and I have told my attorney to go ahead with the Lemon Law. The dealer called and he wants the district rep from Hyundai to look at the car next week. I will drop it off and see what happens. If they don't replace the Santa Fe then my attorney will file the Ia Lemon Law suit. I have had it in 4 times for the same problem and I am on my 2nd transmission. Lawyer says the law if real strict on this stuff.
  • be careful, document all dates, times, and any correspondence you may have with dealer and district rep, a glorified salesman! i just went through same situation with so called district rep, met with him and general service manager, went for a test drive and listen to my vehicles engines problems as well. was told all minor hard shifts in transmission were normal, and denied even hearing engine knock or squeal, mean while the service manager felt the hard shift and wanted to try another relearn on this reman tranny, not happening! and many other dealer employees heard the engine and thought it sounded like 2 squirls fighting. i have been promised many times that this situation would be handled since december by hyundai canada with constance excuses, well no more. going through camvap tomorrow. fyi any body out there that has had 3 or more attempts to have a problem repaired with no success, document all conversations, dates, times, names, etc and if in canada go through camvap asap!!!!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    For those of you following the sticky brake caliper thread, it's been moved.

    ecotrklvr, "Hyundai Santa Fe Brake Problems" #58, 18 Feb 2011 6:31 pm
  • tapdogtapdog Posts: 1
    edited February 2011
    Just read your post and I feel for you, it took us 8 months of complaining and about 10 trips to the dealership before they would replace our transmission. I got all the bs about adaptive learning transmission, several resets, break in period and any and all weird things the dealer could think of to get rid of us.
    When a vehicle jumps forward in park when being started, and shifts so hard that it feels like you've been rear ended there is just no way I am going to accept excuses like those.
    Hyundai Canada was downright rude on the phone, the dealership outright lied to me by telling me that the fellow who originally confirmed the problem did not work there anymore and they had to have another mechanic actually experience the problem before they could do anything. He still works there.

    Our 2010 Santa Fe is now about to go back for its 3rd transmission, the dealer has diagnosed and ordered new one and we are awaiting arrival.
    They have also done numerous other things like replace the radio head unit 5, yes, 5 times.
    We had a 2007 Santa Fe and loved it, no problems whatsoever, we took it in for service and went for a drive in the 2010, really liked the 6 speed and the bluetooth, so we left the '07 there and took home the new one.
    I just wish now that we had kept the '07.
    The problem I have now is, my resale value is in the toilet, who wants something that has had this much work done to it?
    No lemon laws here, camvap has no teeth. All the dealer has to say is that they addressed the problem to the best of their ability.

    Good luck and I hope your problem is soon solved.


    sorry replied to wrong post this was for dbgfan
  • chucko6chucko6 Posts: 81
    edited February 2011
    Afer following the " sticky brake caliper" thread the past couple of weeks,
    I felt it odd that no one has discussed the required Drive Train maintaince requirements that protect our Transmissions.
    Most AWD veichles require a fluid change somewhere around 5000 miles.
    I don't know what Hyundai requires and I'm sure there is info in the Manual,
    but I would like to know the requirments so that they can't cop out when my tranny needs replaced.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    If your manual isn't handy you can look it up in the Edmunds Maintenance Guide.
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    5k miles to replace fluid in tranny and/or differentials would be insane - that is way too soon... the differentials should not have fluid changed unless submerged in water according to manual- tranny fluid is the only thing that can be changed as a basic service because to replace the filter requires displacing the engine to gain access (unless I'm mistaken) - I'm referring to the '07 limited...
  • have u filed a claim with camvap, because here in ontario i've been told by them they have 3 times for a repair and if still not fixed you can make a claim. i'm in the process of having mine go through camvap soon and was told that the 5 attempts to repair my tranny including replacing it once allows me to file a claim. as far as losing some money on the vehicle, because of my high km, i will lose some money if hyundai canada is force to buy back the car, but for anyone else who has less then 25000 km and the car is less than 1 yr old, you will get most of your money back if hyundai canada is told to buy back.
  • dbqfandbqfan Posts: 16
    Well, the game is over with me. I gave the dealer one last chance to resolve the problem. The factory rep said he took my Santa Fe for a 50 mile test drive and found no problems. I noted the mileage before and after I picked my car up. He only took it for a 10 to 12 mile test drive. The dealer told me they could not "replicate" the problem. I guess Hyundai is calling me a liar. I am on my 2nd transmission and 3 or 4 ECU updates and the problem does not go away. Hyundai will not accept that they have a bad transmission problem. I will call my attorney today and start the Lemon Law process. I was hoping that this would be resolved. I have talked to the State of Iowa Lemon Law people and they take this very serious and will not put up with any BS from Hyundai or the worthless dealer. The dealer is more concerned about selling a car and once you buy one they could care less about you. I now wish I would have purchased the Ford Escape that I was looking at when I bought this Santa Fe.
  • Best to play hardball at this point, and do not back off. Hyundai likes to go to the last minute before doing anything. Make them pay.
  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    Need to start looking into getting these issues on the news - make it as public as possible to put pressure on both the dealers and the manufacturer
  • I also have a Santa Fe 2004 at almost 80,000 miles...Car ran perfectly then all of a sudden 2 wks ago, as car would go into 2nd or 3rd gear car would kick and get stuck, I took it to the our mechanice who flushed transmission and said fluid was burned, replaced it, problem worsened, took it to Hyundai dealer and they have a better flush machine that does a complete flush said no way its a bad transmission. It was day 11 yesterday no issues working great, then yesterday morning after it had warmed up 10 min I hear a funny whistling sound. Dismisssed it until I started car and drove it 9 hrs later and it was a very loud rattling whistling sound that became louder as I accelerated. 15 min later my car was coasting and it while in drive accelerated by itself! I had my husband drive it without telling him about noise/acceleration, same thing happened to him and he notices a bad smell under hood of something burning. So made another appointment and we shall see what they say tomorrow. My mechanic that has never been wrong in the 11 yrs Ive known him said from the beginning its a bad transmission and itll go bad to worse with a far he isnt wrong.
  • chucko6chucko6 Posts: 81
    Sounds like a totally different issue than what is going on with the current 6 speed problems.
    Once you get beyond 50,000 miles, all kind of stuff can happen, even in quality builds. You would think that something as basic as a transmission
    would have been mastered long before a vehicle hits the Showroom.
  • ecotrklvrecotrklvr Posts: 519
    Can anyone with any positive experience; I mean where Hyundai has FIXED any transmissions; please post?
  • lynzaylynzay Posts: 7
    I posted on here back in Sept/Oct as it took them 32 days to fix my car. I had the same issues that everyone was talking about on here and they replaced my transmission with a brand new one not a rebuilt one. And I have had no issues since and it has been 4 months now.
  • ecotrklvrecotrklvr Posts: 519
    Thanks. Hope for us all.
  • royh1royh1 Posts: 7
    I have posted this at least twice about my 2010 Santa Fe Limited regarading the transmission problem. I guess I was lucky, but it took the dealer once to look at it and agree with me, and then leaving it for 3 days while they sent the CPU to the factory for re-programming. I was given a new loaner car and I have not had any problems since this fix which was sometime around October, 2010. I believe that the Santa Fe is an excellent buy and good quality. I don't understand some of the people posting here regarding cars that are 7 or 8 years old having problems and expecting them to be related to this transmission issue. I will wait until someone can supply the world with a perfect, never a problem car. I am very happy with my Santa Fe and it did not need a new transmission.
  • Now they are saying its the alternator...weird coincidenceI guess well see loL! $800 in 12 days why not! Any further issue with transmission however it gets replaced and I get reimbursed..hope you dont have any further issues!
  • My transmission on my 2004 santa fe was fully flushed and so far so good...and I cant complain its 7 yrs old and has 79950miles and has been really good to its the alternator but it is 7 yrs old so as long as the transmission stays working then its a good experience ;)
  • chucko6chucko6 Posts: 81
    The transaxel fluid in my '01 Acura MDX had to be changed early on and it was a Requirment.
    I can't remember weather it was 4500 or 7500 miles.
    ( that was 10 years ago, and the memory ain't quite what it used to be)

    My point was, other than checking the fluid level and getting the updates,
    what does it take to keep the Tranny under Warranty ?
  • iv6teciv6tec Posts: 14
    Good for you! I guess you don't need to wait for the "perfect, never a problem car", whatever that means. I think you are stating the obvious. Clearly not every 2010 Santa Fe has a transmission problem. However, the high number that does is worrisome for some existing and potential/future Hyundai customers. Check out the Kia Sorento forum on this web site and you will see some of the 2010 vehicles equipped with the V6 6 speed auto experience the same issues.
  • dhimdhimdhimdhim Posts: 3
    My 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe has 22000 KM on it and the problem was resolved with replacing the main computer unit followed by the replacement of the Transmission with a brand new one. The problem was first discovered at around 2000Km and Hyundai of Oakville , who are the local dealers that I have purchased the car from have provided an excellent service and step by step resolution of this problem. I am happy to report that the car drives like its supposed to and I am very happy with the outcome. Its been a month since the transmission has been replaced.
  • Not every car company has a tran warranty, but if you contact your car dealershio they can tell you and print out a maintenance log as well. Apparently though having flushes done every so many milesis helpful to the car and may be a warranty requirement.
  • diamond22diamond22 Posts: 13
    I posted more than 3 months ago about problems I experienced with my 2010 Santa Fe Limited V6 transmission problem with less than 1000 miles. I took the car into the dealership and they said there was a new software release for my car with was TC7 upgrade to the ecm. They installed this around 1/21/11. This week I experienced the problem with the transmission slamming into gear twice. I took it in today and after keeping it all day, they called me and said that Hyundai service techs had authorized a new transmission. They ordered it today and said they would need it for 2 or 3 days to install. I asked if it was new or reconditioned. He indicated that Hyundai's policy was to only supply refurbished transmission, not new ones. i'll let you know what happens. This is about the 4th time this has happened. I also noticed after the software upgrade that the transmission shifted rougher when downshifting to the lower gears after the upgrade. Anyone else noticed or experienced this issue. I have less than 10000 miles on my car and feel as if I bought a lemon.
  • viper14viper14 Posts: 24
    Get a lemon law lawyer before you reach 12,000 miles. You do have a lemon.
  • royh1royh1 Posts: 7
    Regarding having a lemon or not, I don't think that having one problem warrants calling the car a lemon. My 2010 Santa Fe Limited with 15,000 miles had the same issue and I had the ECU reprogrammed last fall and have had no problems since. I sure hope that the new tranny works for you, but a lemon is a car with many problems. Toyota has had to recall how many Lexus which is a very fine car, but they are not lemons just recalls. I still thing that the Hyundai is the best value in a SUV or crossover.
  • chucko6chucko6 Posts: 81
    edited March 2011
    I beleive that many of us 2010-2011 Santa Fe owners are experiencing the same tranny problems, only at various stages.
    Anyone who expects computer updates to correct "mechanical slams, jerks, hesatations or racing" is experiencing wishful thinking .
    I think that you will find the problems laying low for various periods of time only to recur once again.
    Just make sure you have a "paper trail" of your problems and their solutions, so that when your tranny is ready to be replaced you can say "I told you so "
  • julie41julie41 Posts: 1
    I have a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-Cly. auto with 32000 kilometers on it and yesterday the transmission went...I'm waiting for Hyundai to replace the transmission now.
  • Are you sure it is a new Trans? Mine just went and they said it was due to the transaxel and they have and "internal memo" about it. But they only replace the transmission with remanufactured ones.
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