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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,995 miles

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe electrical problems

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 212016

Santa Fe

  • 116,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the crankshaft position sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 03V030000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 116,000.

- Hermosa Beach, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 282014

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 163,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. On a second occasion, the vehicle stalled and all the warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 163,000. Updated 03/24/15

- Detroit , MI, USA

problem #7

Sep 152014

Santa Fe

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving at 20 mph, the engine stalled. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000. Djr

- Barberton, OH, USA

problem #6

Feb 192010

Santa Fe

  • 112,959 miles


While being in park - engine will surge - rpms jump to about 6,000 and accelerates like it wants to go. I will put car in drive and rpms come down but still wants to accelerate. This same thing happens even at stop sign - with foot on brake. Car unintentionally accelerates on its on once foot comes off brake. Check engine light may or may not be on. Very scary situation and almost scared to drive it. This happens every now and then but lately it has been going on for several days. Noticed the problem about 3 months ago.

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #5

Apr 022006

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe had a very bad odor like wires were burning in the vehicle. When that occurred my power door locks would not work and my rear wiper would not work. The smell was so bad I had to lower all the windows so I would not pass out. I stop to check if there was a fire. I took it to the dealer who said they could not find any problem, because it did not occur when they checked it. I was told to bring the car back immediately when it happens again. I was wondering if there were any similar problems with 2001 Santa Fe's.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Feb 042005

Santa Fe

  • miles
In Dec 04, Jan 05 and Feb 05, my 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe V-6, experienced arcing of spark plug wires, requiring the wires to be replaced by dealer 3 separate times.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 272002

Santa Fe

  • miles


Nar 05/21/2003 with out notification the consumers purchased the vehicle branded as a lemon. Problems occurred with the transmission, air conditioner compressor, headlight dimmers, and electrical system was faulty. They're requesting the dealership to buy back the vehicle.

- Ponchatoula, LA, USA

problem #2

Aug 102003

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
I am a medical personnel and work night hours. I own a Hyundai Santa Fe 2001 and have electrical problems. The car running but at stop cannot handle headlights, heater, radio and internal lights, which is a problem if I were ever stuck. It has happened in summer and winter and can be dangerous if I'm stranded. I have brought this vehicle to 2 different Hyundai dealers and there are no problems found, yet I brought my vehicle to pep boys and sears and they said my battery was failing. I replaced battery at sear's 3 months ago and lights are starting to dim again. The response from Hyundai service department was to turn off headlights" isn't that dangerous"

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #1

Oct 052020

Santa Fe

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
For the past month, car has problems starting. Usually, it does not start for the first time or it has a slow start. In addition, there's an occurrence that it did not start at all, which had to be towed to the dealer where in they reprogrammed the module. Will wait and check if this fixes the problem because the car starts slowly that morning.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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