hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
167,130 miles

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe body / paint problems

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 112014

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 184,500 miles


Took vehicle in for a normal oil change, and when technician was under the car, he took some pictures of the frame in the front right corner by the front right tire. He was showing me the frame was rusting very, very badly. He warned us that if we hit a small pot hole/bump or the curb at even 5 mph the frame could bust and we could crash. The steering would shake and made chugging feeling when trying to turn, was looked at and power steering looked to be fine and fluid was full. After July 7th it made it very hard to drive and not safe for our family.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #3

Nov 262014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Tire blow out service tech found rotted out engine cradle.

- Coventry, CT, USA

problem #2

Aug 182014

Santa Fe

  • 219,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while attempting to have a front end alignment performed, the technician found that the driver side sub frame was corroded. The technician added that one of the bolts had fractured into the frame and the other bolt would brake soon. As a result of the failure, technician refused to performed the alignment and stated that the failure could not be repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 219,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Sep 182012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 160,022 miles
Took my car for an alignment and tires. Frame where the lower control arms bolt up has serious rust issues. I see in some notes that the rust and corrosion has been an issue for the Hyundai's. is there any way I am eligible to get this repaired by Hyundai or at least at some discounted rate?

- Leonardo, NJ, USA

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