really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
500 miles

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 152005

Santa Fe 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles


I have a 2003 Santa Fe (March 2003 purchased). Shortly after purchase I reported to dealer that it jerks violently (stalls) and restarts at highway speeds and would sometimes just die at a idle stop light for no apparent reason (always started back up). The dealer inspected and could not find or replicate any issues. I called back again as this would continue to happen intermittently and is quite alarming. I travel as a healthcare consultant so I need a dependable car. Just this week the car would not start at all and the check engine light came on. I finally got it started and it ran quite bad I drove to the dealer where they diagnosed a bad crank and temp sensor. They replaced the crank sensor and I was completely surprised at the cars performance on the highway. It accelerated smoothly and no more jerky violent stalls. The dealer said the sensor may have been bad all along and finally gave out. I was charged 440 dollars as they said it was not covered under the 100,000 mile warranty. I think this needs investigated further after reading all the similar reports I do truly believe there is a manufacturing problem with the emissions assembly at the very least the sensors being used in the vehicles. I am requesting a refund from Hyundai in this matter.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #1

Jun 202003

Santa Fe

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The VIN on my new 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe is an invalid one. The dmv database that my inurance accesses has no record of this number. I spoke with the dealership who were less than helpful. At this moment, I have 9 days of temporary insurance for the car, but my agent informs me that unless the VIN number is corrected or resolved, the car cannot be registered, licensed or insured in the state of California.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

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