hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
124,202 miles

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe suspension problems

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Nov 122011

Santa Fe 4WD 6-cyl

  • 119,765 miles


While backing out of the driveway I noted a crunching sound from the rear of the vehicle. After driving approx one mile I inspected the rear suspension. I found the driver's side lower trailing arm had rusted to the point that it had collapsed. This vehicle has been kept in a garage in northern Virginia since new. Up through Dec 2008 it was used for one winter trip to eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey. Since I was aware of issues with the rear suspension of this vehicle I had inspected the lower trailing arms approx four months prior to this incident. At that time I found only a half dollar sized circle of scale/rust and some scale/rust on the welded seam on the driver's side trailing arm. There was no indication of an impending failure. I surmise the component rusted from the inside out and thus a visual inspection would not be effective to give a warning of possible failure. Owners should be advised that visual inspection, at least to an untrained eye, may not be effective to indicate impending failure. The last dealer maintenance prior to this incident was a rear brake job in October 2010 at 111,000 miles. Pictures of the failed component are available.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #5

May 012010

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving approximately 25-30 mph on a gravel road during rainy weather conditions the rear passenger side tire came off. The contact drove onto the emergency lane. He called the dealer where he purchased the vehicle and it was towed to the dealer. The vehicle was pre-owned and purchased in April 2010. The contact stated that the dealer put the wrong lug nuts on the tire. After the lug nuts were replaced a week later the ball joints on the passenger and driver side failed. He also stated that the trailing arms on the rear driver's side were covered with rust and broke in half. Most of the repairs were made to the vehicle. The body shop is repairing tire failure and the rear fender. The failure mileage was 121,000 the current mileage was unknown. Updated 01/06/11. Updated 02/28/11

- Ottumwa, IA, USA

problem #4

Aug 182009

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving approximately 50 mph on normal road conditions. The vehicle began to pull severely towards the right direction. The driver reduced the speed rate and continued in operation with caution. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for inspection. There was front sub-frame perforation which was a result of severe internal corrosion. The contact had concern of the potential safety hazard. The vehicle has not been repaired at this time. The failure and current mileages were 129,000. Updated 01/20/10 the consumer stated the vehicle was not drivable. A rusted hole in the sub-frame occurred where the upper A-arm was secured. Failure of retaining bolt would result in suspension collapse and loss of control of vehicle. The suspension was repaired. The consumer stated there was a recall for same make, but different model. Updated 01/22/10.

- Portage, IN, USA

problem #3

Mar 102008

Santa Fe

  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving over 50 mph, the contact heard a thumping noise coming from the vehicle. She also felt the vehicle jerking while attempting to turn left or right. The vehicle was serviced by a mechanic, who stated that the transmission was fine and he could not find any failures. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 110,000 and current mileage was 126,000.

- Oakley, CA, USA

problem #2

May 032004

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
While driving at 25 mph, the consumer heard a screeching sound that was followed by a loud bumping noise. The vehicle soon stalled and would not restart. The dealer examined the vehicle and determined that the four wheel drive transfer case needed replacement. The ball joint and the front wheel bearing was replaced.

- Columbia, PA, USA

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problem #1

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

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