pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
117,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 152014

Santa Fe GLS 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles


5 years ago, transmission/engine would cause vehicle to lurch forward when at a stop. Problem was seldom so not a problem but happened enough to be noticeable. Fall this year when the weather started getting cool in the morning (below 60 degrees), the transmission would not engage in drive unless I revved the engine slightly. Once started the engine would lurch when going from 2nd to 3rd gear.

Took it to dealer who said I needed a new transmission (naturally). Took it to a transmission guy who looked at it and said I would need a new transmission eventually but added some solution to the transmission fluid called "Muscle" which seemed to smooth the transmission out for several weeks. Now, instead of jerking the vehicle takes noticeable time to engage from first to any gear, which causes engine to rev at times above the 2000 and 3000 rpm before transmission engages. As a result I have to maintain the accelerator at a low speed until transmission engages up. Interesting thing is once the vehicle is sufficiently warmed up 20- 25 minutes the transmission runs fine.

As the original owner I thought until recently the Santa Fe was a fairly reliable vehicle.... now it's a piece of crap! What routinely serviced transmission goes out in 11 years and 117,000 miles?

- , Washington, DC, USA

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