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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,916 miles

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe fuel system problems

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #48

Nov 012014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles


The fuel gauge began to fluctuate inaccurately, finally indicating the tank is empty and empty light in on. The engine light came on and stays on as well. A couple of different mechanics estimated it will cost between $700 and $1,100 dollars to track down and repair the problem. My inspection will be out of date soon and have noticed through research that there are several hundred cases and complaints concerning this issue with 2007, Hyundai, sante fe and other Hyundai vehicles. Why is there not a forced recall for the manufacturer to repair this design flaw for these cars" does someone have to lose their life for this issue to get repaired"

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #47

Apr 202013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Fuel level gage readout is faulty, providing erroneous and irregularly fluctuating readings on remaining gas levels. Took it to dennis Hyundai of dublin oh and was informed by service manager that this is a regular problem on 2007 Santa Fe's. he said the yellow check engine light that sporadically lights is triggered by faulty gas level sensor. The dealer cleared the trouble code for me and suggested I not waste my money on the costly repair of the sensor and use my odometer to track when I should fill the tank. Unfortunately the odometer is not designed or intended for this purpose. Most of the time the fuel level gage on the dashboard reads completely empty so I have no idea how much fuel remains in my tank. Also with the yellow check engine continually lit I'll have no practical way of knowing if some other emission control fault happens without repeatedly having to take the car to the dealer to verify the trouble code cause. Gas gauges serve a vital role in keeping the driver informed of when the tank needs more fuel. Without a reliable functioning gauge there is continual risk of depleting the fuel, resulting in a stalled engine and loss of power brakes and power steering, greatly increasing risk of an accident. It is evident from the number of complaints filed on this problem that there is a design flaw or defect in the parts or system involving this fuel level sensor and gauge. Isn't time Hyundai be made responsible for providing/funding a remedy for this defect?

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #46

Jan 272015

Santa Fe

  • 70,000 miles
Just like most people on here, my fuel gauge does not work. Ran out of gas and forced to push car out of harms way, which occurred during a left turn on green light. Because of this, I failed the Colorado emissions test, leaving me to pay over $500 to get this fixed. I am also having issues with my visor falling down, car alarm going off at random times, and not all doors locking when using the electric key chain. I can not wait to get a new car and be done with Hyundai since they are determined to provide poor products and not issuing recalls.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #45

Jan 212015

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 75,618 miles


The car, at 75,000 miles is now showing an low fuel indicator light, 0 remaining on gas gauge although I have a full tank of gas. Check engine light is also illuminated. Because I am unable to know how much gas is in my tank this is a safety issue.

- Ardsley, NY, USA

problem #44

Aug 012014

Santa Fe

  • 61,000 miles
In August 2013, the gas gauge on my 2007 Santa Fe started acting strange. (61000 miles on the vehicle). When I would fill up the gas tank, the low fuel light would come on and the fuel gauge would show empty. After driving about 50 miles, the low fuel light would go out but then the check engine light would come on and the fuel gauge would show partially full. This went on for about a month and then my Santa Fe was due for its annual Pennsylvania state inspection. I took it to my local mechanic who said it wouldn't pass the inspection with the check engine light on and the codes showed the fuel gauge sensors were bad. Both fuel gauge sensors were replaced by my local mechanic (not Hyundai) for about $290. I've read many complaints about this issue but have seen no recall from Hyundai.

- N.Huntingdon, PA, USA

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problem #43

Jan 062015

Santa Fe

  • 106 miles
This is our 3rd Hyundai Santa Fe. Our 1st was an 2006 model, with which we had no problems. Our 2nd was totaled because of another drivers fault. We were forced to avoid her pulling into our lane- head on and went off the road hitting some pine bushes and a telephone guide wire. We were doing 45mph at the time we left the road and hot the bushes. No airbags deployed, but the vehicle was considered totaled by the adjuster. So we replaced the car with another 2007 Santa Fe limited and at first all was good. Now the fuel sending units are not working. In the fuel system the gas tanks(2) are considered saddlebacks and are located under the rear seat. The obd errors codes state that neither unit is working and it is now costing us an additional $525 - as it failed the Massachusetts state emissions test. Hyundai is aware that this is an issue and is not being told to fix it. Consumers deserve better.

- Fitchburg, MA, USA

problem #42

Dec 292014

Santa Fe

  • 60,000 miles


Started my car and the check engine light and the fuel gage light was lit on dashboard. Shut off car. Waited few seconds, started car again. The gas gage needle went down to zero then jumped to full, which was correct since I had gassed up day before. The fuel gauge light went off, but the check engine light stayed on for remainder of that day. As of last night, 1/31/14, no warning lights are on. My local mechanic said he thought there was a recall on this, but I see there isn't even though I am reading several other people having same complaint over the past few years.

- West Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #41

Sep 172014

Santa Fe

  • 90,000 miles
Fuel gauge stopped reading fuel level. Jumps anywhere from 230 miles of gas left to empty. At times I will start my car (knowing there's more than 1/2 of gas) and the gas light is on and stays on until it slowly creeps up.

- West Carrollton, OH, USA

problem #40

Oct 022014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 87,600 miles
Air bag light came on and will not go off. Also, yesterday my check engine light came on and the fuel gauge stopped reading my fuel level. I have 90,100 miles on the vehicle today. Since I purchased the vehicle, my headlights are very dim. I am not sure if this was ever a concern for other models.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #39

Nov 012013

Santa Fe

  • 30,000 miles
The fuel sensor unit inside tank is defective. Sometimes it is correct, other times the fuel gauge shows empty when full, half full etc. It also displays low fuel and check engine warning light will come on and stay on. It is a $ 650+ repair job at dealer !!! I have a friend with same year and model Hyundai Santa Fe with the same many others are out there ? [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hilliard, OH, USA

problem #38

Aug 252014

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles


Fuel gauge began acting erratically and eventually 'check engine' light came on. Currently have to constantly monitor fuel status and carry a gas can with extra fuel. I feel this is a safety issue.

- Rotterdam Junction, NY, USA

problem #37

Oct 222014

Santa Fe

  • 123,495 miles
Check engine light came on that night while driving, noticed when I pulled into my drive 1/4 tank of gas left in tank. Got into my car the next morning, check engine light still on and the low gas light and indicator was below empty. Filled up at the gas station but only took 10 gallons. Two days later same issue but as I was waiting for gas the indicator went up passed 1/4 full. Something seems wrong with gas gauge sensor. I have looked and see numerous problems with this. Lets get a recall !!!!

- Stewartsville, NJ, USA

problem #36

Jul 152014

Santa Fe

  • 125,000 miles
The fuel gauge sensor fails to monitor the correct fuel level which activates the "check engine" light. If another issue arises with the vehicle that would activate the "check engine" light, I would not know because the failed fuel gauge sensor keeps the light on constantly.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #35

Jul 152014

Santa Fe

  • 125,000 miles
The fuel gauge sensor fails to monitor the correct fuel level which activates the "check engine" light. If another issue arises with the vehicle that would activate the "check engine" light, I would not know because the failed fuel gauge sensor keeps the light on constantly.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #34

Oct 032014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 88,888 miles
While in a parking lot, I stopped at a stop sign by putting my right foot on the brake. As my foot was on the brake, the engine revved up and the car began moving forward. Without removing my right foot from the brake pedal, I put my other foot on the pedal and shifted to neutral (the vehicle has an automatic). The revving up immediately stopped and everything appeared normal once again. I drove back to my home, about seven miles, without further incident. I have not informed the local Hyundai dealer yet who last did a 90,000 maintenance on it 8/27/2014. The vehicle had 88,496 miles on it.

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

problem #33

Jul 072014

Santa Fe

  • 135,000 miles
The sun visor is defective and falls down when driving causing a safety hazard. The fuel sensor is defective as well.

- Blanchester, OH, USA

problem #32

Sep 092014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 78,970 miles
The gas gauge jumps all around. I can fill the tank up and then it will say empty. Don't ever know how much gas is in the car ever. I called the dealer that I bought the car at and they gave me the run around about getting it fixed. I have to put gas in the car every other day due to the gas gauge not working properly.

- Apollo , PA, USA

problem #31

Feb 042014

Santa Fe

  • miles
2 complaints: 1. my fuel injector needed to be replaced twice within a year. I deal with a local autobody and they stated this has been a problem for years. The issue causes your gas gauge to be incorrect and the car eventually stops running. Expensive to fix. 2. the driver side sun visor broke off and hung by wires while I was driving. This, again, seems to be a consistent problem with the 2007 Santa Fe. Why no recalls for any of these things?? plenty of forums discussing the same problems for so many consumers.

- Hamilton, NJ, USA

problem #30

Jul 192014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 997,300 miles
I have owned my Santa Fe since 2011 with no issues & I have always done routine maintenance. I came home from work with half a tank of gas- got back in my vehicle approximately 1 hour later and my fuel gage read that I was on E, light was on, and my trip meter read 35 miles remaining with the gas I had. I refueled that day, putting 20 dollars of gas and it filled it almost up. My gas tank requires $40-$50 to completely fill so we knew something was wrong. My husband, being a mechanic, checked to make sure I didn't have any leaks or holes in my gas tank that could be causing the issue. 4 days later I arrive at work with half a tank of gas. When I leave 3 hours later my fuel gage again says I am on E, light is on, and I only have 30-40 miles left with the gas I have. I shut the car off about ten minutes later and turn it back on and the fuel gage is back to half a tank.

- Shenandoah, IA, USA

problem #29

Jul 072014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
The vehicle suddenly loses all power and pressing the accelerator doesn't rev the engine. The "ESC off " & "check engine" light comes. This has happened while driving on the freeway. After stopping and switching off engine and restarting it is ok. The air bag "red light" is on.

- Tampa, FL, USA

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