hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
109,730 miles

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 012015

Santa Fe

  • 172,000 miles


The ABS system light has turned on. It happened before the above date, stopped coming on, and now has returned. I put brake fluid in the little compartment under the hood. The light goes out temporarily. Pep boys told me the problem is ABS related. Also, a very costly job. The car also has a problem accepting gas. I have been told that the gas may be pouring into the tank too fast at the station and splashing on the side of the tank making the pump think it is full. Pep boys told me that it is a problem with evaporation and that it is a very costly job of roughly $1000. America should be a more ethical and moral country. The consumer should not be "ripped off"" after choosing to purchase a used vehicles. Foreign cars should not be allowed into this country when they have defects. All used vehicles should have to conform to state inspections and garage inspections before offering it to the consumer. Consumers should get a clean bill of health from the dealership about the car. Money is so precious and rare. Why are we expected to spend it on a "lemon?" I went to a used car dealership and the car had a multitude of problems that were not revealed. I paid far too much for a used car with problems. I have made a lot of repairs. I re-purchased the car in repair costs. Cars are not like clothing whereby you try it on and if it doesn't fit you don't buy it. A car should undergo intense inspection by the state before a dealership can put it on their lot. The inspection should create more validity about the amount charged for a used car. It would be a good way to spend taxpayer dollars, given the current cost of taxes.

- Monroeville, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 212014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 127,189 miles
This happened when my dealer tried to fill up the gas tank before handing me the keys and thought the vehicle was full of gas and the gas gauge was broken. I ran out of gas the same night and found out that the gas was indeed empty and the gauge worked fine after putting gas in from a gas container. When trying to fill up with gas from that point on, even when the gas tank is empty, the gas gets ejected backed out after only a few seconds of filling and I get gas on myself due to a failure somewhere in the on-board refueling vapor recovery system. I have to fill the gas very slowly, about 1 gallon of gas will take approximately 3-5 minutes to put in. This can lead to inadvertently inhaling vapor due to being at the pump for so long and that gas is on my clothes and it also can be considered a fire risk since you are covered with gas. The mechanics that my dealer provided decided to bypass the vent in the hose where the gas comes in from the filling nozzle to the gas tank. This helped put more gas in at one time, but it was still spitting gas back out, and the problem got worse in about a week when it went back into the original state where gas will spit back out after a few seconds of filling. After researching, it can be that the charcoal pellets may have come loose due to previous owners overfilling or that the mesh cotton that keeps the pellets in might have deteriorate over time due to the gas eating away at the material and therefore releasing the pellets. Also, people have suggested that using a steel mesh works better and lasts longer.

- Rome, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 082004

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Every time I fill the gas tank it takes 15 mins to fill it keeps coming out the filler tube all over the car I have seen other people complaining about the same problem on the internet there should have been a recall on this.

- Punta Gorda Fl, FL, USA

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