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3.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,496 miles

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe brakes problems

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 052013

Santa Fe

  • 74,500 miles

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

Driving home from work, on a major local interstate, my check brake light appeared on my dashboard. I pressed the brake pedal to slow the car down, but found out that the brake pedal had gone soft and I ended up having to push the pedal all the way to the floorboard to get any resistance. I managed to drive it to the Hyundai dealership a mile away where they realized that the brake fluid was empty due to a ruptured seal in the brake caliber on the passenger side. Upon further inspection, they found that both front suspension coil springs were damaged. The passenger side coil had literally snapped in half and the driver's side coil was dislocated and broken. My car had just been in the same dealership one week prior having a new transmission installed in it (under warranty). As no loud bang or noise occurred as with the many others that have had this happen to them, I can only assume the coils broke or shifted during the transmission replacement when the weight of the car was on the lift, and not on the suspension. The gross negligence that neither of these coils were found broken at that time has me incensed. The fact that a solid steel coil that takes 4,000lbs to compress can break in half like that is disturbing. I assume that without the suspension, due to the broken coils, the brakes suffered damage and the above incident occurred. I was very lucky indeed that nothing worse happened, but as this is a recurrent issue with the Hyundai coil suspension and it should be addressed through a recall. Pictures are available of the damage, as are the suspension coils (we saved everything).

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #7

Sep 142011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Vehicle was being parked in a parking space in front of a grocery when it started accelerating and my vehicle hit the side of a car in the next parking space which in turn was pushed into the side of a second auto parked in the third space. This is not the only time that this has happened. It has happened 5 or 6 times in the past beginning approximately 2007. It has been taken to 2 dealerships and each time I was told that they couldn't find anything wrong. This is the first time any damage was done to any vehicle. This time when it happened, the auto could not be stopped using the brakes and the auto could not be steered. The other times was at a traffic light or a stop sign and the vehicle was going straight and were not aware of a steering problem. Do know that the brakes just barely stopped the vehicle after standing on the brakes with both feet. I now fear serious injury to me, my wife or someone else. This vehicle could very well take us out into a busy intersection.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #6

Dec 012009

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The brakes make a noise when stopping and almost ever time when the make the noise there is a pulsating of the brake pedal. The braking system has been checked by a certified mechanic 3 times and he is unable to find a problem.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 132010

Santa Fe

  • 40,120 miles

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

The left front coil spring on my 2005 Hyundai sante fe broke while taking off from a stop causing the left front tire to blow out and the brake line to be damaged. It was brought to the dealer the spring, on the right hand side of the vehicle was found to be broken as well. Both front springs, left tire and brake line were replaced. I asked the service writer at the dealer if he's seen this before and he said he had one other time. This issue should be looked into with the sante fe's as these parts should not have broke on a vehicle with 40,000 miles on it, as well as if I were at highway speed I'm quite sure there would have been a bad accident.

- Saratoga Springs , NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 122009

Santa Fe

  • 53,000 miles
Braking sometimes causes the motor to race and hard braking makes it worst. This has occurred several times and I felt lucky to avoid an accident. It happens when stopping at about 10-20 miles per hour. Dealer always "cannot duplicate same result" I have seen other complaints on line so it is not my driving.

- Creve Coeur, MO, USA

problem #3

Jan 282008

Santa Fe

  • 35,345 miles
During winter driving in snowstorm wiper control arm on driver's side just fell off - making the vehicle impossible to drive due to snow buildup on windshield. It was later discovered that nut holding that arm got loose and was lost. Second issue was the windshield that developed a crack in the bottom with no obvious reasons - nothing was hit/ vehicle is always driven with care. Dealer refused to fix it under a warranty though it was quite clear that the windshield was defective and crack was getting bigger. 3-rd issue - during wet weather/warm-up the brake light and alternator light are on. Took it to dealer 4 times - they could not find the reason - charging is ok/ brakes are fine - the last time the alternator was replaced with new one, but the lights are still on. 4-th issue - brake caliper on rear pass. Side is sticking that causes a constant noise and early wear of brake pads/rotor on that side - it was replaced twice already and vehicle only has less than 40K miles on it.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 312006

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • miles
When 2005 Santa Fe accelerator pedal is depressed it has a delayed reaction. ***** the consumer stated when the delayed acceleration occurred it caused the tires to spin on wet or snow covered pavement. The starter had to turn over much longer than it should before the engine starts. The brakes would catch as if something in the braking system was loose, there was a grinding/rubbing sound when the brakes were partially applied. The consumer believed there was a power steering fluid leak.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 182006

Santa Fe 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
: the contact stated while depressing the brake pedal at 15 mph, the ABS engaged and the vehicle would not stop. After pumping the brake pedal numerous times it finally stopped. This occurred intermittently three times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The rotors were replaced because of warping, but the problem still persisted. The dealer performed diagnostic testing on the vehicle; however, the problem could not be duplicated. Updated 4/11/2006 - the consumer indicated that she didnt have a problem withthe brakes until the rotors and left wheel sensor were replaced.

- Fairmont, WV, USA

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