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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
790 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 052002

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles


I had the same problem with the electrical system lights dimming wipers going slow radio going off also when I went through a puddle in the rain something got wet in the engine and started to smell.I went to Hyundai in manhattan and they fixed the problem. So far so good keeping my fingers crossed.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #7

Oct 032001

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,324 miles
Alternator/battery problems: Lights dim, windshield wiper delay changes speed, electric windows slow at times.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 142002

(reported on)

Santa Fe

  • miles
Vehicle dash brake and alternator lights come on when vehicle splashes through water puddles. On all occasions I also lose power steering constrol. The dealer's response to the problem reported is simply not to splash water while going over puddles. This is very difficult to do during thunder storms for which tampa bay is well known. Water is obviously getting into the alternator and wetting the power steering system. On one occasion I lost power steering as I was negotiating a right turn. Very dangerous situation.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #5

Nov 172001

Santa Fe 4WD

  • miles


The car "misses" so badly it will not accelerate. In addition, it periodically dies while idling. This vehicle has had numerous electrical issues. Hyundai has replaced the alternator and the battery with higher output equipment and the problems have worsened.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #4

Dec 052001

Santa Fe 4WD

  • miles
Hyundai will not replace alternator with higher output.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012002

Santa Fe

  • miles
Occasionaly as I drive at night the headlights will dim, clock will flash, and the windshield wipers will slow down because the alernator will not charge the battery. Occasionaly when I stop and turn the car off I will come back out to restart the car and it will not start because of the battery being dead and not being charged by the alternator. I have already had the battery and alternator replaced once on 7/26/02 and it is starting to do the same thing again. I am in contact with several other Santa Fe owners at and alot of them are having the same problem.

- Galena, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 122002

Santa Fe

  • miles
Will like this resolved by hyunday America as soon as possible. No safety defec tlisted.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 012001

Santa Fe

  • miles
When the problem happened the first time, the radio started turned off by itself. I was in the parking lot of a store. I went in and did my shopping and then went to another store. When I got done at the 2nd store, the car wouldn't start. I had someone give me a jump start as the road side assistance was going to take 3 hours. I drove the car to the dealership and dropped it off. That was a Saturday and they were already closed. By the time they looked at it on Monday, the car started. The 2nd time it happened, I was on my lunch break. The radio started to go off by itself again and the interior lights began to dim out. I drove it again to the dealership so they could see what it was doing. They said it was the alternator. They replaced the alternator and 5 days later it began again. I was stopped at a stop light when my radio turned off and the lights dimmed out again. The car was wanting to stall out again. When I turned it off, it wouldn't start again. They replaced the battery. Another 5 days later, it happened again. They replace the alternator and the battery. It was in the shop a total of 4 times. They said the upgraded alternator and the gel battery they installed will keep it from happening again, but said the Texas heat in August had some effect on it. We will see what happens again in August. So far so good. I just wanted to report it and just found out where to do it.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

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