really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,332 miles

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe drivetrain problems

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 022001

Santa Fe

  • 154,000 miles


The contact had a 2001 Hyundai sante. The contact was driving 35 mph down a 60 degree incline when the 4 wheel drive shifted out of gear on its own. The contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a guard rail and light pole. The seatbelt did not lock and the air bags did not deploy. The contact is concerned about the safety risk since the seat belts and air bags malfunctioned when the crash occurred. The failure mileage was 154,000.

- Elizabethton, TN, USA

problem #3

Jun 282002

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,327 miles
Vehicle rattles and shakes when driving in city. Noise appears to come under the carriage. Taken several times to the dealer and they are unable to locate the source of the problem. Have a written complain with Hyundai.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 262002

(reported on)

Santa Fe 4WD

  • miles
Sppedometer out by 7.75%, O2 was a recall never contacted by mfg Hyundai replacing when owners stop in for service, also owners on Santa Fe forum having alternator problems numerous alternators being replaced (ECU reprogramming)on case by case basis?

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #1

Jan 112002

Santa Fe 4WD

  • miles
My car lurched (due to transmission) out into the middle of a main road and lurched almost into another car at a separate time, and now the speedometer doesn't work.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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