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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,175 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe transmission problems

transmission problem

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 292012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that he attempted to park in his driveway, but the vehicle would not shift into park. The contact also noticed that the brake light was not illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was contacted and they stated that the VIN was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 09V122000 (service brakes, hydraulic:switches:brake light). The failure mileage was 43,000 and the current mileage was 44,800. Updated 08/28/12 the consumer also stated on three occasions the ESC malfunctioned for no reason while in traffic. After pulling over, shutting down and restarting the vehicle, the problem cleared. Updated 08/29/12

- Derby , KS, USA

problem #3

Jul 152011

Santa Fe

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai santa fea. The contact stated that while parked, a child shifted the gear shifter from park to drive and the vehicle crashed into a wall. The contact expressed concern because she believed the vehicles gear shifter should not have moved without the brake pedal being depressed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and a complaint was filed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #2

Aug 182008

Santa Fe

  • 13,000 miles
Major problems with our 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe including gas tank door latch needing to be replaced, car shaking uncontrollably, which the dealer diagnosed as a coil issue. The last problem led to the car being towed to the dealer. They are replacing the transmission due a failure of the car to accelerate and then lurch into gear, creating a very dangerous situation.

- Great Neck, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 232007

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 700 miles
Uncommanded transmission downshift at various speeds. Downshifts occurs at unpredictable intervals and speeds, occasionally leaving a check engine light illuminated. The downshift events are instantaneous but, while startling, the vehicle is controllable. However, at highway speeds, speed loss can be as high as 20 mph, which has the potential for severe rear-end collisions, as well as, possible control issues. These event have occurred numerous times. Dealer has been unable to correct the problem.

- College Station, TX, USA

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