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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,335 miles

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe fuel system problems

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments (Page 7 of 7)

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problem #20

Jul 012013

Santa Fe

  • 57,300 miles


I started my vehicle and the fuel gauge began to move up and down, showing empty, then over half full, then just under half. I switched to the mode indicating how many miles left until I would be out of gas, which also fluctuated by over 75 miles. This fluctuation is consistent and now is becoming a big concern in regards to longer trips my young family takes. This obviously is a known problem, based on the numerous complaints registered about this same malfunction. Should my family be stranded on a roadside, or worse yet, get into an accident due to this problem, Hyundai will be held responsible for negligence on their part to act on a known vehicle defect.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #19

Jun 102013

Santa Fe

  • 43,000 miles
Our used Santa Fe's warranty expired on April 28th, 2013. A month later, the fuel gauge and mileage reporting started to fluctuate wildly, and for the past month we've understood that the fuel sensor assembly is faulty. The accurate reporting of the fuel level is now impossible and it is clear to us that this will be at least a $600 repair job. Hyundai deflected our E-mails to them, so I encourage folks to also write a letter to them by postal mail. The address they gave us is Hyundai motor America P. O. box 20850 fountain valley, ca 92728-0850. It is ridiculous timing that this occurs after an expensive maintenance appointment and right after the second-owner warranty expired. A system like this should not fail with only 44K miles on a vehicle, and Hyundai can't convince me otherwise. This needs to be a recall, and owners who have gone ahead and done this repair for exorbitant fees need to be reimbursed. In recent news, asiana airlines represented the honor and integrity of Korean corporate culture, I'd expect the same from Hyundai who has thus far failed in their duty to the customer.

- Fairport, NY, USA

problem #18

Jun 012013

Santa Fe

  • 49,200 miles
Erratic fuel gauge for several months. Vehicle is out of warranty for this when I called dealership. Fuel gauge will go below 'E' to 1/2 tank in seconds. Sometimes when turning the car on, the gauge is below 'E' and will stay there for a while then go back up to gas level. Check engine light has come on saying there is a problem with the fuel system. Cleared code. It stayed off for week or so, and has come back on. I hope this becomes a recall...too many people with the same problem!

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #17

Jun 272013

Santa Fe

  • 60,815 miles


As noted in other complaints, my check engine light came on and my fuel gauge will not register the amount of fuel, it fluctuates from empty to a 1/4 tank to 3/4 tank. The fuel sensors are bad. There should be a recall for this. This is a known problem based on NHTSA complaints but yet it appears that Hyundai will not take action. This problem began right after I hit the 60,000 mile mark.

- Hickory, PA, USA

problem #16

Mar 012013

Santa Fe

  • 50,000 miles
Fuel gauge intermittently fluctuates from empty to 1/4 tank. Digital display also not registering. After a few months of this, now the check engine light has come on and after diagnostic test it showed fuel sensors not working. Gas gauge not working at all at this point, becoming quite a concern because we never know exactly how much gas is left and finding that we are filling it up every other day just to be safe!

- Syracuse, NY, USA

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problem #15

Apr 052013

Santa Fe

  • 83,200 miles
My check engine light started coming on and going off. What I noticed was that it was in conjunction with my gas gauge indicating that I had no fuel (light came on and the gauge was on E) even after I had filled the tank. The situation seemed to correct itself until this week- not only did the check engine light come on and stay on, but the gauge continued to indicate that I had no fuel. Even more worrisome was the fact that when I went to put fuel in the tank, the gas pump cut off (indicating that the tank was full) after 3 gallons of gas. I knew that it should take more than 3 gallons to fill my tank, and so I took it to the mechanic. Diagnosis: Both fuel tank pressure sensors need to be replaced.... to the tune of $650 worth of parts/labor. I was advised that fuel sensors are not usually faulty, and so came to this website to see if there was a recall notice that I may have missed.

- Chester, PA, USA

problem #14

Feb 182013

Santa Fe

  • 68,000 miles


The fuel gauge fluctuates and also causes the check engine light to go on an off.

- East Orange, NJ, USA

problem #13

Apr 202013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Fuel gauge shows different measurements after starting the vehicle. Full tank of gas may show on the gauge as empty. The next time may show 1/2 a tank of gas. Have to track mileage to know when to gas up.

- Richboro, PA, USA

problem #12

Mar 012013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 62,500 miles
Over the past two months or so my fuel gauge keeps fluctuating drastically. It started once I hit approx 62,000 miles. It is often inaccurate and frequently drops 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 tank for no reason. I cannot trust it at all. Its dangerous because I could run out of gas at any point without knowing what's truly in the tank. The only way to know is to track the mileage which becomes very difficult if more than one person is driving the car.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #11

Jan 172013

Santa Fe

  • 76,000 miles
The fuel guage including range and mileage features are erratic and create a false reading on the odometer dash readings. This is very dangerous as I can not tell what the true amount of fuel is left in the SUV. This is a known problem which Hyundai Corp. Has known about and refuses to announce a recall.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #10

Feb 052013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


At about 62,000 miles the fuel gauge started to act erratically. It would be inconsistent with the actual amount of fuel that was in the tank. Finally, it reads empty all of the time and the check engine light stays illuminated. I was quoted upwards of $800 from fucillo Hyundai of syracuse NY. Now I have to rely on the trip odometer to calculate the amount of fuel I have. This isn't so much fun with 3 children on board.

- Camillus, NY, USA

problem #9

Jan 072013

Santa Fe

  • 84,012 miles
I purchased this vehicle in January of 2009. Since the beginning of January 2013, the fuel gauge is working off and on. When I fill my tank, the fuel gauge stops working for days. Everytime the gauge is not working the engine check light comes on. I have to rely on mileage to determine fuel usage.

- Independence, KY, USA

problem #8

Feb 032013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Fuel gauge does not work. Check engine light came on when the fuel gauge stopped working. Driving on an interstate traveling 65 mph, my sante fe stopped accelerating and shut down almost causing a multicar accident.

- Fountain Inn, SC, USA

problem #7

Jan 282013

Santa Fe

  • miles
The fuel gauge on our '08 Hyundai sante fe has recently become erratic. It fluctuates widely (25-50%) over the course of a few minutes with the check engine and low fuel indicators also periodically lighting. It has become so unreliable that we are now relying on the odometer readings to estimate fuel levels. Searching the internet, this appears to be a very common problem with this vehicle and relates to weak pins in the originally installed fuel senders. There are several reports that the apparent problem is fixed in the replacement part (visibly larger pins) which makes me question why the company would not be responsible for replacing a clearly defective part. Our vehicle has approximately 70,000 miles on it.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #6

Jan 232013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
I turned on the car and noticed that the gas gauge was showing empty and the engine light was on - I had just filled the tank up that morning so I knew I had plenty of gas. The range indicator was just dashes -not numeric as it should be. The gauge then would rise up and the range would change and then it would go down and the range would change - this continually happened. I went to my mechanic and he said to zero out the error and keep an eye on it. The next morning the same thing. Now we are being told that the fuel level sensor is not working and it will cost between 600-700 to fix this! I too have read on many websites that this is an issue that occurs between the 60K - 70K mileage range and the parts guy at healey Hyundai in beacon, NY told me - oh yeah we are getting tons of these complaints, that is why we stock this item! if Hyundai is aware of this issue, why aren't they recalling these vehicles" are they waiting for someone to not be aware of their actual gas gauge and have their car stall out at 55 miles an hour?" come on Hyundai - we are loyal brand buyers and this is our 4th Hyundai (second Santa Fe) don't become like the rest of the car companies and not give a [xxx] - fix your problems and your consumers will stand by you! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 142013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
We recently noticed that the gas gauge is not working properly. Sometimes it reads empty after we just filled the tank. In addition the check engine light comes on from time to time. When we brought it to the dealer, we were told that the fuel sending unit needed to be replaced and it would cost $580. From what I understand, numerous 2008 (as well as other years) Hyundai sante fe owners have reported this problem. It seems to occur as soon as the warranty ends (60,000 miles). I believe Hyundai knows that the fuel sending unit in these cars are in fact inferior and will fail after 60,000 miles.

- Sparta, NJ, USA

problem #4

Nov 212012

Santa Fe

  • 65,000 miles
The fuel gauge started fluctuation from 1/4 tank to empty then back up again. The engine light came on and after some time, automatically turned off only to turn back on intermittently. After having the check engine light problem investigated, I was told there was a fuel sensor problem and it would be several hundred dollars to repair.

- Coronado, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 302012

Santa Fe

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated the fuel gauge failed whenever the fuel vehicle was being filled with fuel the gauge does not show the full it only shows empty. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated they had to replace two different parts on the computer that operate the fuel gauge. The dealer stated the repair cost was $800. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 62,000.

- Marlboro, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 152012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
The gas gauge start acting funny and did does not show the correct reading, after diagnosing the problem, we found out that this is caused by a part called fuel level sensor a ckt intermittent. This is a well known issue for Santa Fe owners and there are multiple companies online involving the second generation of this Hyundai 2007 and 2008. This issue will cost $600 to $700 to repair, which Hyundai show take full responsibility for identifying and correcting this issue. This is a safety issue due to the wrong gas reading, the vehicle may stop suddenly if there was no fuel and the gauge is reading wrong.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #1

Sep 102012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the fuel gauge would fluctuate from one reading to another. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the fuel level sensor in the fuel tank had failed. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 61,000. The VIN was not available...updated 11/14/12 the consumer stated the vehicle needs gas on a daily basis. The mileage range fails to show; whereas it just blinks. The vehicle burns fuel. Updated 11/19/2012

- Bethel, NC, USA

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