definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,000 miles

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe clutch problems

clutch problem

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 042006

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 58,000 miles


The clutch on my 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe (58,000 miles)went out on the NJ turnpike at the start of a week long family vacation. Maxon Hyundai in union, NJ claimed that my driving had burned the clutch out (I have been driving stick for 12 years and my previous car- a Saturn- had over 100,000 miles on it and the original clutch when I sold it) and when the clutch went it damaged the fly wheel. They claimed that the fly wheel, though part of the power train supposedly covered under their warranty, was not covered since it was my fault that it was damaged. They further indicated that replacing the clutch and putting the old fly wheel on would just cause me to burn out another clutch leading me to believe that the fly wheel is what caused the clutch to go in the first place. Anyway, I did pay for the clutch to be replaced but not the flywheel and then I traded it in on a new Saturn vue. I was outraged at the way I was treated by both the dealer and by Hyundai corporate when I called them. I would really appreciate any advice you could give me as I got a whole $4,500 for the vehicle that I paid $17,000 for just 3 years ago and this was after I had to pay a repair bill of $1600 and pay $500 for a rental car so that our vacation was not ruined.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 012005

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 38,000 miles
: the contact stated while slowing to a stop at 20 mph the clutch failed making it difficult to change gears. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for inspection. Upon inspection, the transmission fluid was changed, however no additional repairs were made. The manufacturer was not alerted.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #2

Jan 032006

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Bad clutch after 39,000 miles - dealer said not covered and never seen defect in over three years - checked a web site where there were a number of complaints regarding early clutch failures.

- Lansdowne, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 032005

Santa Fe

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,000 miles
The vehicle was driving on the way home. The following day the vehicle would not go into gear. The clutch is not covered under warranty.

- Saugerties, NY, USA

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