definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,667 miles

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 132017

Santa Fe

  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the air bag indicator remained illuminated. In addition, the child safety locks failed to function properly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact was not notified, but the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V435000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Oct 012007

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
In my 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, the door latch chrome plating is so thin that it wore out and cut my wife's hand and my hand. This is a defect on both sides of the car. I complained to the dealer and they said that the defect was out of warranty. This is not the most serious defect but, quoted from cars.com "Hyundai has issued a recall for 91,202 sonata vehicles from the 2002-03 model years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall is due to a thin chrome plate on the interior door handle." When will the fix mine.

- San Lorenzo, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 062004

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The rear driver side door does not always unlock with the remote. The dealer and Hyundai refuse to give me a loaner so I can bring the vehicle back a ninth (9th) time to have it inspected for this and many other concerns so I am unable to have the concern addressed.

- Riverview, MI, USA

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