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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,088 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.

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe engine problems

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 092015

Santa Fe

  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated while driving at approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #4

Aug 252011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 20,500 miles
1st. Time; driving on I-75 engine shut down leaving completely no power, (brakes, A/C, steering or signals) 2nd. Time: 4/07/2012 engine shut down with same results 28000 miles. 3rd. Time; 03/03/2013 engine shut down again on I-75 causing car to have to pull over into median / started up after 15 minutes & was taking to Hyundai dealer who still couldn't find the problem 37500 miles. 4th. & last incident; 08/25/2014; engine shut down leaving no powerin steering, A/C, brakes, windows or signals. Was able to get into target parking lot before turning off engine. Restarted vehicle 35 minutes later and drove to dealership who tightened battery cable connection & was told to monitor! am in the process of getting a new vehicle...

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #3

May 022014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 79,452 miles
Fuel gauge is erratic, check engine light on, fails NJ emissions, dealer will not fix a known issue!!!!

- Belleville, NJ, USA

problem #2

Nov 192011

Santa Fe

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the vehicle caught on fire and was destroyed. The fire department extinguished the fire and stated that the fire originated in the engine, but there was no determination of what caused the fire. The contact's insurance company and the manufacturer inspected the vehicle and determined that the fire was due to an electrical failure that may have originating in the computer system, battery, or fuse box. The failure and current mileages were 20,000. The VIN was not available.

- Springfield, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 012010

Santa Fe

  • 490 miles
Check engine light came on and it would not go over 20 miles per hour. And had to towed to dealer and it come to be the same problem Toyota is having with the gas pedals.

- Marion, OH, USA

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