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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,760 miles

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe drivetrain problems

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 122013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles


When ever the under engine gets wet the car turns off and the brake light and oil lights come on. When it stops I can't turn the wheel and it locks up. I was driving on interstate in the rain and the car started jolting that the car was off then on then off then on again. I had no control of the car in the torrential rain going 60 miles an hour. Whenever it rains or if I go through a puddle of water this has happened again and again. When I took it to the auto dealer that I bought the car from, I was told that normally there is an engine undercover but there is not one on my car nor was there ever one put on by the manufacturer. Having no engine undercover causes the car to stall out whenever water is splashed up onto the engine. This causes the belt to ajar and that stops electrical from flowing to the car and therefore it stalls out at very dangerous times; like driving in traffic or driving on the interstate. No engine undercover is available and therefore the problem can not be fixed. What do I do about this dangerous behavior of the car??

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 082011

Santa Fe

  • 40 miles
I had just dropped off my son to school when the accelerator started to rev up and after dropping him off it continued to do so until I got close to my place of employment when the car started to accelerate more and I had a hard time stopping it I had both feet on the brakes and was pulling the emergency brake at the same time, as I pulled into a parking spot the car would not stop and I went over a parking bumper and turned the car off! it scared the day lights out of me I could have if not killed someone, but severely hurt someone else on the road and not to mention possibly my son....I had my boss check it and the cable throttle came out how I do not know...I have never had this happen before and I looked up to see if others who owned the same make and model and year had the same problem and they did!!

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 072008

Santa Fe

  • 88,000 miles
2002 & 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe transmission case defect: We liked the first so much, we bought a second.... no indication of maintenance instructions in owners manual. Regarding transfer case attention or maintenance which violently caused the vehicle to dangerously, abruptly stop - resulting in a dangerous highway safety situation and personal injury. We have the old transfer case - which looks inside, like a tossed salad. We paid for the replacement by western auto - a matter that should have been covered under warranty. Reported in great detail to Hyundai usa, they deny responsibility or warranty coverage in effect at the time problem was noticed. Furthermore, the vehicles were purchased as 'dealer demos, ' with low mileage and full manufacturers 100,00 mile, 10 year warranty - unfortunately from a dealer misrepresenting themselves as an authorized Hyundai dealership. 2002 vehicle was inspected by the dealership when problem realized, - during warranty period, but reported no problem. We later discovered a repair / modification kit was issued by Hyundai to correct the problem - purchased at western auto - Hyundai service manager claimed he had no knowledge of the item until we showed it to him in a brand new unopened box. Hyundai did install the modification / repair kit to the second 2004 Santa Fe after we brought it to their attention. All documented by hidden camera video recording. Dangerous and costly situation. Please advise. We seek reimbursement for the repair and towing costs. Thank you for your attention. Harold bayuk

- Queenstown, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 012005

Santa Fe

  • miles
The consumer's 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe has been experiencing unexpected and sudden loss of power. The company has another 2002 Santa Fe( vehicle identification number kmhsc81bp2U260090) that has the same unexpected loss of power. Numerous service have been performed on the vehicle, but the problem continues.

- Nouasser, Maroc, DC, USA

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