hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
106,648 miles

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe suspension problems

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 012011

Santa Fe

  • 136,000 miles


I drive a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, driven in md, 136K miles. The steering wheel was not handling right in the car, it would pull back and forth while driving at all speeds, it was worse in wet conditions. I brought my car into the Hyundai dealer for regular maintenance and asked for them to look into the steering wheel problem. The representative told me that my front control arm had rusted into the sub-frame of my car. What occurred is what the NHTSA id # 09V123000 recall was supposed to fix. I had the recall maintenance performed on my vehicle approximately five months ago. I think Hyundai motor company should be responsible for the repair of this part based on the time that elapsed between initially addressing the recall and today. Failure to fix this malfunction would most likely result in a crash or other damage to the vehicle.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 222011

Santa Fe

  • 50,000 miles
2003 - Hyundai Santa Fe - March 29, 2011. The front right spring broke on my Santa Fe and punctured the tire. Luckly I was just pulling out of a parking lot and not on the road. Had this happened while I was driving, I may not be here today. I had to replace both front springs, struts, and four new tires for the entire cost of $1300. I would like Hyundai to be responsible for this repair cost since it was there defected spring that broke.

- Warsaw, IN, USA

problem #1

Mar 092011

Santa Fe 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,943 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving approximately 65 mph, there was a significant loss in the steering control. The contact was able to gain control and maneuver the vehicle to the side of the road. The engine was turned off and restarted; however, the failure continued to occur. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who stated that the front passenger lower control arm needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 06/01/11 the vehicle was repaired under the Hyundai corrosion class action at a cost of $ 2100. Updated 08/04/11

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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