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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,609 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe engine problems

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 172010

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Crankshaft sensor failure 2001 Santa Fe 4 cyl. While driving vehicle stalled.

- Hanford, CA, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Jul 282009

Santa Fe

  • 143,084 miles
My 01 Hyundai Santa Fe downshifts while on the highway with a loud pop and decelerates the vehicle substantially causing a traffic/safety hazard. This is corrected momentarily when I stop and restart the engine as if it resets something, then of course when I get back on the highway it does it all over again. Other 01 Santa Fe owners suffer the same dangerous circumstances. Why not recall the vehicle to correct this issue? this is an accident waiting to happen.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 202007

Santa Fe

  • 89,000 miles
Crankshaft sensor failed on my 2001 4 cylinder Hyundai Santa Fe. The car suddenly stalled and would not restart. I was driving on busy street in the winter evening and, at the time, was on crutches and unable to navigate on foot. I waited in 20 degree weather for about 45 minutes until a police person rescued me.

- Girardville, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 052004

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Vehicle stalled at any speed while driving. Intermittently vehicle would restart. Vehicle was towed to the dealer on two separate occasions, but problem recurred.

- West Delray Beach, FL, USA

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