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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,884 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Hyundai Santa Fe steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #8

May 112015

Santa Fe

  • miles


While driving home with family in vehicle the control arms broke, ball joints broke and the sway bar broke.

- Mason, OH, USA

problem #7

Jul 272010

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 87,749 miles
Driving on expressway plastic garbage bag flew under car catching on power steering lines which broke due to rust corrosion. Only one line broke but replaced both lines as precaution. Hard to have the car towed. Total cost $444.07 ( $277.15 parts + $166.92 labor- aaa membership). Michigan winters!

- Roseville, MI, USA

problem #6

Sep 152010

Santa Fe

  • 187,000 miles
2001 Hyundai Santa Fe power steering lines and brake lines completely rusted through. There is a recall for the suspension. Makes sense if they didn't protect that properly, then they didn't protect these lines properly. Can not stop vehicle. Can not steer vehicle.

- Willoughby, OH, USA

problem #5

Mar 102006

Santa Fe

  • 50,000 miles


2001 Santa Fe at about 50,000 miles, front driver side ball joint caused steering problem March 2006, part replaced. Then March 2009 front passenger side ball joint broken, as before part replaced. In both cases the steering caused the car to pull severly to the right.

- Mountain Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #4

Oct 162009

Santa Fe

  • 89,000 miles
I had failure of the rear trailing arm on my 2001 Santa Fe. On the highway in the rain. I have yet to be notified of this recall by the Hyundai corporation. Why" this recall is 6 months old and this is the first I hear about it. How many others don't know" this company has been slow to respond.

- Parkville, MD, USA

problem #3

Sep 152009

Santa Fe

  • 106,000 miles
I bought this car used from car mart less than a year ago.first my steering was very shaky. It got rapidly worse. I went through 3 sets of new tires in one year plus 2 alignments. I recently had trouble again and my car is in the Hyundai dealership in fayetteville. First the bearings were rusted in. Both ball joints were nearly out. The control arm is going out. The steering linkage and the cradle above the driveline is rusted and falling apart literally. The exhaust system the Cadillac converter is rusted apart for the third time. The spare tire holder was rusted closed and had to be broke off to get my spare out. Also the rear seat belt just stopped working. Talk about a bad day.

- Huntsville, AR, USA

problem #2

Jun 012004

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
This vehicle is an "all wheel drive". the vehicle's transmission unevenly distributes power at around 35-40 mph - causing the vehicle to pull dangerously to the right. This "jerk" of power to the right occasionally causes me to almost swerve out of my lane of traffic!!

- Gallatin, TN, USA

problem #1

Jun 282002

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,327 miles
Vehicle rattles and shakes when driving in city. Noise appears to come under the carriage. Taken several times to the dealer and they are unable to locate the source of the problem. Have a written complain with Hyundai.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

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