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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,180 miles

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe fuel system problems

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #87

Sep 122013

Santa Fe

  • 80,000 miles


The fuel senders have failed in both tanks. Tank says empty when it's full but does not read right when empty. Have run out of gas twice when it says 1/2 full. Replaced both and now they have gone out again. This is a safety issue. Could run out of gas on the highway and cause a crash. You can run out of gas anywhere, driving or ideling. Found many others with this same issue.

- Battle Ground, WA, USA

problem #86

Mar 152016

Santa Fe

  • 43,000 miles
This model vehicle has the following issue reported - see internet sites - all too often and Hyundai has taken no remedial action. Together with the check engine light the fuel gauge is very erratic due to sensors failing in the fuel tank that sends the fuel level reading to the dashboard fuel gauge. In addition to being a costly consumer repair due to the manufacturer defect; this is very probably a safety issue in that without a reliable fuel indicator on the instrument cluster the vehicle operator could easily, unknowingly, run out of fuel while driving and causing an accident with the possibility of those in the SUV being injured or worse. This problem exists whenever the SUV is being driven on a roadway as well as when parked with the engine on or running. This SUV only has 44,000 miles on it.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #85

Aug 012016

Santa Fe

  • 90,000 miles
Fuel gauge/ sensor fixed last year...again this year with this problem... there is tons of complaining on this when a recall will be issued when someone dies 1st "??????????????????????????????"

- Selden, NY, USA

problem #84

Feb 152015

Santa Fe

  • 135,000 miles


The floats and sensor system in the fuel tank quit working in 2015. The gas gauge registers as empty even when the tank is mostly full. This is a common defect with this model Santa Fe, and the repair costs close to $1,000. I believe it presents a safety hazard, in that the vehicle could run out of fuel on a highway or a bridge. Hyundai should issue a recall or agree to fix this serious safety issue without cost to the owners.

- Haddonfield, NJ, USA

problem #83

Jan 152016

Santa Fe

  • miles
Gas gauge is going up and down sometimes it's correct but most of the time it's not reading right. I have read alot of complaints about this same problem.also the engine light is on I'm 63 and my grandchildren ride in my car, there should be a recall before something major happens

- West Henrietta, NY, USA

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problem #82

Apr 242016

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 107,236 miles
I have recently experienced a faulty fuel gauge, therefore activating the check engine light coming on. Vehicle has 107236 miles on it. I got on line and sought out possible info for this problem, and was made aware that many, many other owners of this vehicle were having the same problem. So I went to the Hyundai web site looking to see if a recall had been issued. There was none this problem appears to be able to possibly endanger human life, and/or injury. It is mine, and several other's opinion that a recall should be administered by the NHTSA to force Hyundai motor Corp. To engage a recall for this problem, as this is becoming symptomatic from the facts that have been posted on the web. I, and many others would appreciate any assistance that you can give us in this matter, as after checking into cost of repairs, are quite costly, and the possibility of a detrimental injury, and/or loss of life could occur!! the apparent cause of said problem, is a faulty fuel level sensor sending unit, and/or fuel pump. Thank you, sincerely, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #81

Apr 112016

Santa Fe

  • 87,000 miles


The fuel gauge keeps fluctuating on the the amount of gas available. I have 87000 miles on this vehicle. Without proper accounting of gas available, I am afraid the car may run out of fuel on highway

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #80

Mar 302016

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My fuel level sensor went out at 70,000 miles and left me stranded along a busy expressway with a 1 year old. This is very dangerous and I have seen several complaints regarding this issue. This item should definitely be recalled, please notify Hyundai. Thank you.

- Sparta, MI, USA

problem #79

Feb 132016

Santa Fe

  • 65,000 miles
Gas gage is not working, I have to always fill my tank up I never know how much gas I have in my tank. I have ran out of gas several times. This is a safety issue because I have ran out of gas in heavy traffic areas. I've checked all the fuses and they all work.

- Chickamuaga, GA, USA

problem #78

Feb 052015

Santa Fe

  • 108,000 miles
Check engine light came on when starting. Fuel level sensor dropped to empty even though tank was recently filled. Fuel level indicator would rise and fall and give false readings. Diagnostic of check engine light showed P0464: Fuel level sensor "a" circuit intermittent. P0463: Fuel level sensor "a" circuit high. P2069: Fuel level sensor "B" circuit high. Cost to repair close to $900.

- Colchester, CT, USA

problem #77

Mar 022016

Santa Fe

  • 112,680 miles


Fuel sensors failed and need to be replaced at a cost of $550.. the check engine light went on and the fuel gauge light went on indicating the was no fuel, but the gas tank was full. The fuel gauge dial indicator also dropped to down to zero and is inconsistent with the reading. Sometimes it goes up and then it drops. This has been a wide spread problem encountered by many Hyundai owners. The service techs are well aware a problem exists. No other car I have ever owned has had this costly problem. Hyundai should forced to do a recall.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #76

Feb 242016

Santa Fe

  • 112,000 miles
My Santa Fe ESC light came on and the car went into a "limp mode". it slowed down to 10 mph and wouldn't let me accelerate. I pulled over and I could feel the engine sputtering. I turned off the engine and waited a minute, turned the engine back on and everything was fine. Happened the next day as well, now when I drive whether its a cold start or after 30 minutes of driving the vehicle goes into limp mode. I took it to te dealer and $350 dollars later ihad the problem fixed, turned out to be a throttle position sensor. I have done research on this problem and I am not the only one this has happened to. This is a serious issue that I feel needs to be addressed by Hyundai immediately before someone gets injured or killed. The first time this happened to me I was driving on the interstate early in the morning and I was travelling on the inside lane and I was able to pull off the highway or my wife and I could have been seriously hurt or killed.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #75

Nov 072013

Santa Fe

  • miles
This is actually my third complaint. I have spoken to Hyundai no one will acknowledge that there is a problem. First my check engine light came on. I was told it was a fuel gauge sensor. I recently had them replaced now my car's check engine light is flashing and the car has stalled on me several times while in traffic or on the interstate. Hyundai is ignoring this. I think it's my fuel/ proposition system. I had a tune-up the car shakes like it's going to stall constantly. I can smell the fuel from inside of the car. I cannot believe after all the complaints they still say that the cars affected were either only 2006 models or were never sold. That's a lie. They've had over four hundred complaints and three years to do something about this.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #74

Nov 152015

Santa Fe

  • 139,000 miles
Both fuel sensors failed and need to be replaced at a cost of $551. The check engine light went on and the fuel gauge light went on indicating the was no fuel, but the gas tank was full. The fuel gauge dial indicator also dropped to down to zero and is inconsistent with the reading. Sometimes it goes up and then it drops. This has been a wide spread problem encountered by many Hyundai owners. The service techs are well aware a problem exists. No other car I have owned has had this costly problem. Hyundai should do a recall.

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #73

Jan 022015

Santa Fe

  • 60,000 miles
I bought my Santa Fe in 2008, with 12,000 miles on it. I've had to replace a gas pedal switch, gear shift switch, gas gauge switch, driver's seat switch, two batteries replaced, the driver's visor hung down, both hydraulics lifts gate replace, backseat left side door lock replace and still doesn't work right and of course the ESC light problems. All the problems started in January 2015.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #72

Dec 012013

Santa Fe

  • miles
Unable to tell how much gas is in the car. The fuel sensor is broken. I've seen many posts online about this issue with this vehicle.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #71

Aug 282015

Santa Fe

  • 131,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the air bag, electronic stability control (ESC), and egr warning lights illuminated. The contact also stated that the fuel gauge indicated empty when the tank was full. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The vehicle was not diagnose or repaired. The failure mileage was 131,000.

- Conroe, TX, USA

problem #70

Oct 172015

Santa Fe

  • 126,000 miles
Gas gage said empty so I went to put gas in it the pump kept shutting off so I moved and went another pump I starting put gas in the car and the gas came flying out of the car pouring all over me I was soaked with gas I took it to a shop and here it was the gas sensor it was reading empty when actually it was full they had to take the tank down and put in a sensor 5 hours of work I had cars that were 20 years old or older and they never did this Hyundai need's to recall this year because I see this is a common problem with 2007 santa

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #69

Oct 202015

Santa Fe

  • 169,000 miles
Smell of fuel in passenger cabin when you fill up. Fuel gauge does not show the correct fuel level along with check engine light is on.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #68

Oct 062015

Santa Fe

  • miles
I never know how much fuel I have, the gage goes from empty to full and back to empty in 5 minutes. Back a forth everyday

- Beaveerton, MI, USA

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