really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,794 miles

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 062010

Santa Fe

  • 61,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the automatic anti-locking brake system shuts on and off without warning. The dealer would not diagnose the failure since the vehicle was not listed under recall campaign number 04V131000, service brakes, hydraulic: Antilock: Control unit/module which was related to the anti-lock braking system. The failure and current mileages were 61000.

- Two Rivers, WI, USA

problem #2

Aug 272005

Santa Fe 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,382 miles
Check engine light was displayed. While driving at a low speed toward a red traffic light, I applied the brakes with no results. The pedal went all the way to the floor. Released, re-applied - still no brakes. This failure resulted in the car crashing into the vehicle ahead of it that was waiting at the red stop light. Brought the vehicle into the dealer. They could not find any problems. I was charged.5 labor hours ($46.50) and sent on my way with no resolution or explanation of what caused the loss of brakes and resulting accident. On this same service day, after consulting with Hyundai Consumer Affairs, I brought the vehicle to a 2nd Hyundai dealer for a second opinion/inspection. I was charged another $19.95 but again, service could not identify a problem. After further research into the history of service on this new vehicle, I confirmed that it was serviced in April 2004 as a result of a recall notice I received (recall no. 065 - ABS reprogramming). Although the service ticket indicated the correction included "performing recall #065. Hecu reprogramming", the summary and description of consequence listed in your NHTSA campaign id number 04V131000 is exactly what happened on the date of my accident. The day of the accident, I had my vehicle through a car wash. Neither Hyundai dealer questioned whether the brake pad may have been wet and/or acknowledged that just over a year earlier, this vehicle was brought in under a recall involving the ABS, the consequence of an extended stopping distance occurring and a possible crash resulting. In November 2004 (after the recall service was performed), the vehicle again displayed the check engine light. It was brought into the dealer, service could not identify any problems on inspection. The events and history leading to the current failure seems to indicate that the previous recall work performed was not effective. My follow up call to Hyundai Consumer Affairs has not been returned to date.

- Chicago , IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 122004

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
While driving at low speeds and applying the brakes, there was extended stopping distance which increased the possibility of an accident. Currently, the manufacturer was conducting a recall on the ABS electronic control unit. However, this vehicle was not included due to VIN. The dealer stated that unless they could reproduce the symptom when they performed a test drive and if they could show a specific code number, the computer would not allow this problem to be fixed. Recall campaign #04V131000.

- Coraopolis, PA, USA

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