hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
123,750 miles

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe body / paint problems

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 162014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


Hit a nasty pothole and knocked the alignment out on my sante fe, or so I thought. When I took it to my mechanic he put it on the lift to check the front end. He found the right side sub frame was rotted and the lower control arm pulling out of the frame. Called Hyundai 800 #. "sorry your car is not covered". this is nuts.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 102014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
Right front lower control arms has corrosion damage showing in rusted broken frame. Description is similar to Hyundai recall no 091.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 012013

Santa Fe 4WD 6-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
I own a 2003 Santa Fe and just found out about the carriage corrosion problems with the 2001-2003 Hyundai and subsequent recall in the "snow belt" states. I live in Kansas, where they treat the local highways in the winter with salt and other corrosives. Why isn't Kansas included in this recall" has Hyundai included vehicles in this state for the recall" the little truck has been terrific, with nothing going wrong until now. The garage I take my vehicles to would not allow my daughter to get back into the Santa Fe, fearing that she would have an accident. Thank goodness for small favors! I will give his contact information upon response from you.

- Park City, KS, USA

problem #1

Jul 272012

Santa Fe

  • 125,000 miles
The right front rocker arm rusted out causing the right front wheel to no longer be properly supported. The lower support arm is no longer fastened to the front support frame. This caused the alignment to be off, improper and excessive tire wear (replaced tires well before the warranty was up). Hyundai had a recall for this problem on other models (front sub-frame) but not on Santa Fe's (only rear trailing arm was included in the recall). When experiencing issues in multiple vehicles for the same reason, but different locations, all locations should be checked and not only the only that is prominent. A 5 minute additional inspection vs. The ultimate worse case scenario of a death, seems like a no brainer. Hyundai knew this could be a problem and refused to address it. This has now cost us almost $3000 in repairs that could have been avoided. The mechanic that found the problem will not let the vehicle be driven from his shop, as it is too dangerous. The worst part is if that if this failure had occurred while traveling over the highway, it could have resulted in a severe crash, which as you know could result in serious injury or death. Hyundai was not interested in hearing about the problem when we contacted them.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

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