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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,750 miles

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 202015

Santa Fe

  • 74,900 miles


My wifes vehicle is a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe with approx. 75,000 miles on it. We've purchased it new. About a year ago, she brought the car to a stop and it suddenly started lurching forward. She was able to arrest it in 10-12 feet. No damage occurred. About two months later, the exact same thing happened with the same results. Then, six weeks ago, as she was backing out of the driveway, and rolling a few miles an hour in reverse, it happened again. This time, after doing a uncontrolled donut in the street she hit a neighbors garage and a utility pole before the car stopped, in spite of her frantically braking. Fortunately, there was no one in the street at that time. Damage to the garage was $2300.+ and the car was another $1925.+. two weeks ago, it happened again after stopping in traffic. This time she hit the back of a pick-up truck. No damage to the truck, but $1710+ to her front end. Each accident cost us $250 in deductible. The car is being repaired right now and we will trade it in as soon as it is fixed.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 142014

Santa Fe

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked, there was a strong fuel odor inside the vehicle. In addition, fuel leaked from the fuel tank from underneath the rear driver's side seat. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- East Stroudsburg, PA, 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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