really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,635 miles

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Jul 232012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 183,000 miles


I was going to have the oil changed & alignment on a 2002 sante fe. I was told that there was rust/rotted out frame was where the lower control arm mounts up to the right tire area. I am very upset with this since I had a pre-inspection done & all came back ok. It is in an area where if the tires are not off of it, it is very hard to see. I suspect it is rusted due to the salty location of Illinois.

- Blue Mound, IL, USA

problem #6

Jun 012012

Santa Fe

  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the vehicle emitted a loud popping noise. The contact kept driving and the vehicle began to shake. The front driver's tire was tilted on an angle and protruded noticeably. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop, where it was inspected and determined that two of the bolts that held the control arm had broken. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 126,000.

- Madison Heights, MI, USA

problem #5

Feb 072012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • miles
Rear suspension trailing arms have rusted out to the point the vehicle is unsafe to operate rear wheels are severly out of alignment.cannot control vehicle.

- Elizabethton, TN, USA

problem #4

Jan 142012

Santa Fe

  • 127,300 miles


The back right suspension bracket connected to the rear spring corroded to the point that it broke in half. This suspension component holds the wheel to the frame. This resulted in the vehicle becomming non driveavble. The wheel is grossely misaligned and the car cannot be driven. Iam fortunate this did not happen a higher rate of speed or serious injury or death may have resulted.

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #3

Sep 292011

Santa Fe

  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated while having the rear bumper repaired by an independent mechanic, he was informed that there was a hole in the rear trailing arm due to corrosion. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V123000 (suspension:rear). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 126,000.

- Littleton, CO, USA

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problem #2

Feb 282010

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Hyundai Santa Fe recall in late February, prior to receiving the recall notice, the sub frame failed while the vehicle was being serviced for an unrelated issue. The consumer had to pay to have the sub frame replaced. The consumer stated the ball joint was being replaced at the time of the failure.

- Savoy, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 012008

Santa Fe

  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact started the ignition and experienced electrical failure. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The first failure also occurred on the date that the vehicle was purchased. Additionally, there were failures with the lower control arm and the filler in the fuel tank. The vehicle was repaired for the malfunctions; however, the failures continued to occur with the electrical system and suspension. The contact stated that the manufacturer should be responsible for the repair expense. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Saint Johns Barry Center, VT, USA

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