hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
122,640 miles

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe body / paint problems

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #4

May 102011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 190,000 miles


Hyundai 2002 Santa Fe began drifting during driving and developed uneven tire wear. Brought to garage - during inspection for cause, mechanic found rusted frame where front bolt of control arm is bolted to frame (frame completely gone, bolt was not attached to anything). Frame and tires replaced and alignment accomplished to fix problem - old part is available. Car was part of initial rust recall and inspected by Hyundai dealership with only action being undercoating applied.

- Tioga, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 042011

Santa Fe

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop to have the alignment repaired. While the vehicle was being repaired, the contact was informed the front frame was severely corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 90,000.

- Dunedin, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 192009

Santa Fe

  • 125,000 miles
I purchased a 2002 Hyundai sante fe in spring 2007. I have had no problems with until two days ago I began to feel the car wheel jerk on the freeway. I brought the car home and asked my boyfriend to drive the car and see how he felt in it. That night on his way to work as he was exiting the freeway the tire popped off. When the car was towed to the car store the mechanic said the tire popped off due the front subframe being rotted and rusted out. To correct the problem will be $3400. No one was injured. However during these tough economic times I can barely make ends meet. My family has no transportation to school or work. Granted that I receive the job offer from a company I recently interviewed with I will be unable to accept for I have no transportation to get there. I notice that Hyundai has this problem with many of its cars what's the deal with their quality?

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 102007

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,558 miles
Purchased a new 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 11/2001 with 11 miles on it. In 3/2007, the radiator needed to be replaced. In replacing it, 2 major safety defects were discovered - no safety/protective foam in the front bumper and the safety/crash bar was bent - I was told that the car must had been in a major accident. I took the car back to the original dealer and they accepted no responsibility - they said I must have done it. I have had no accidents or tickets and my driving record proves that. I purchased a vehicle history report, which showed no accident history. The only conclusion is that the defects were present at the time of sale. The car slipped through the cracks of the safety inspections.

- Altadena, CA, USA

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