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1.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
105,049 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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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe body / paint problems

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 052016

Santa Fe

  • 69,995 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving various speeds, the vehicle veered to the right. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that the K-frame was severely corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 69,995.

- Green Fork, IN, USA

problem #6

Oct 222015

Santa Fe

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. While inspecting the vehicle, it was discovered that the spare tire rack located under the vehicle experienced severe rusting and corrosion and could no longer secure the spare tire. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Channahon, IL, USA

problem #5

May 012015

Santa Fe

  • 74,000 miles
Interior door handles on 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe are separating from the chrome plating exactly as in the recall for, NHTSA campaign number: 09V317000, dealer will not correct as there has not been an official recall announcement, but these appear to be the same type, style, make handles as that in the recall. Handles are sharp and will cut passengers if handled improperly. Dick dean of ballwin Missouri (dealer)suggested placeing tape of the handles which is totally unacceptable. Filing this for my father who owns the vehicle. I owned the sonata in the recall and know first hand these are the exact same handles with the same problem. I also own a 2004 Santa Fe where the problem has not started to occur yet, but they too appear to be the same handles.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #4

Dec 232014

Santa Fe

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated the front end of the vehicle was corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Elkins, WV, USA

problem #3

Sep 032014

Santa Fe

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the vehicle suspension was unstable causing the vehicle to wobble back and forth. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the sub frame and control arm were rusted to the point of a potential fracture and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was made aware of recall NHTSA campaign id number: 14V435000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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problem #2

Aug 202013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 201,000 miles
The passenger from sub frame broke dropping the lower control arm bending the wheel out. This was at big O tires checking alignment. I see there was a class action law suit on this matter covering 2001-2003 santafe's. the front sub frame must be replaced.

- Shelbyville, KY, USA

problem #1

Apr 012013

Santa Fe

  • 100,350 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that there was an overpowering fuel smell in the interior cabin. The contact also stated that the frame was severely rusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the fuel tank and fuel lines were rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 100,350.

- Uniontown, OH, USA

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