hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,690 miles

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 292014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 120,900 miles


My daughter and her friends were driving the 2003 Hyundai sante fe home from a ski trip in the mountains. She said the car keeps accelerating on it's own up to 55-60mph, especially when they were going down hill. When she put the car in park or neutral, the car's engine rev up to 3000 rmp on it's own. She barely put her foot on the pedal and it was driving 55 mph. She had to use the brakes a lot to slow the car down. It was very scary but they manage to make it home safely. I did some research on the internet and seems like a lot of people had the same problem.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #4

Jun 052013

Santa Fe 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
The car looses power but comes rite back..sometimes stalls while in traffic but starts rite up..going on interstate lost power tact dropped to O all power lost came back on its own also cd player will come on by itself I think it may be something electrical I have read online many of the same problems with the sante fe of that year..no fix what is the deal with that no fix something is up with that lots of complaints online that I have read to many of the same problem Hyundai must know what is wrong but don't want to fix it to costly for the company...to bad for the consumer!!!

- Seabrook, NH, USA

problem #3

Sep 222014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 62,450 miles
We purchased this vehicle used in June of 2014 with 62,450 miles on it. The exterior and interior were in great shape. The vehicle was taken to a Hyundai dealer in July for an inspection of the rear suspension per a recall. At that time a complete inspection was done, with only a small oil leak found on one axle shaft. Two months later the vehicle was take back to the dealer for a recall for a broken spring. At this time a second inspection was completed. This time several issues were found from corrosion including leaking transmission lines, leaking engine oil pan, leaking boots at the front drive axles requiring them both needing to be replaced. The service manager at the Hyundai dealer stated he had never seen a vehicle with this level of corrosion. All components under the vehicle have extensive corrosion with apparently a rapid rate of deterioration. The vehicle is used only on-road being driven by our son to and from college. The dealer has no explanation as to what could be the cause of the rapid deterioration. All under body components appear to be vulnerable to this high level of deterioration. The dealer is willing to repair the vehicle but the dealer stated there is no way to tell what or when other components could possibly fail, such as the brake lines etc. Hyundai was contacted regarding the concern but stated there was no action they would take at this time. They did reluctantly agree to call the dealership to inquire with them about the extent of the corrosion.

- Canton, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 172014

Santa Fe

  • 73,100 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would suddenly stall with out warning. The contact mentioned that within 2 to 3 seconds the vehicle would restart and operate as normal. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified but no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 73,100.

- San Andreas , CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 122012

Santa Fe

  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 hyundia Santa Fe. The contact stated hat while driving approximately 5 mph, a loud noise emitted from the front end of the vehicle. The engine stalled without warning and failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to an independent auto shop who stated the malfunction was contributed to the engine mount bracket bolt. The vehicle was no repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure was 170,000.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

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