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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,798 miles

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Oct 012004

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


While driving the brakes failed. Upon applying the brakes vehicle continued to coast. However, it happened again, and an accident occurred. Contacted the dealer, and was told there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. It happened a third time which led to another accident, and the air bags did not deploy. Consumer was injured, and the vehicle was totaled.

- Riverside, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 292003

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 5,980 miles
At 5,980 miles engine started to create engine noise. Dealer said that there's a problem on the vehicle's crankshaft. The consumer began to hear noise in the engine compartment. The dealer replaced many components; crankshaft, transmission, belt tensioner and pulley. None of those repairs corrected the noise. The clock spring failed and caused the horn and cruise control to be inoperative.

- Mercedita, PR, USA

problem #1

Oct 132003

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,100 miles
While driving 35 mph consumer's vehicle rear ended another vehicle. Upon impact, none of the airbags deployed. The police stated the air bags should've deployed. Vehicle sustained $5000. Dollars in damages. The person who vehicle she hit, left the scene before the police arrived.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

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