hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,250 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 142012

Santa Fe

  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact noticed rust on the sub frame. The dealer was contacted but did not offer any assistance. The manufacturer was also made aware of the failure but failed to offer any assistance. No repairs were performed. The current and the failure mileages were 85,000.

- Hillsdale, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jun 152011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
This vehicle has 124,350 miles and looks to be in very good condition yet has underlying problems that has gone undetected until very recently. One is the front frame rail attachment to underside (floorboard) of body on passenger side which is heavily rusted and one large area is holed. Also the metal shield over the bottom of fuel tank is nearly completely rusted away and fell down onto rear rotating drive shaft. I feel both of these issues should not have happened with this vehicle and I also feel both could result in serious injury if the remaining steel attachments tear away due to severe section loss of components.

- Littleton, NH, USA

problem #2

May 162011

Santa Fe

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact was stopped at a traffic stop when the control arm from the frame of the vehicle fractured and detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic shop who advised that the sub frame was completely rotten and corroded. The mechanic advised that the frame would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Brentwood, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 192008

Santa Fe

  • miles
I took my 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe in to the dealer to replace the alternator. I was told that their is a rust hole a little larger than a golf ball in the cradle where the right front control arm bolts into the cradle. They told me it could be a safety hazard! and I should seriously consider replacing the cradle to the tune of 1700 dollars!

- Southfield, MI, USA

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