hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,927 miles

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe fuel system problems

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #11

Jun 012014

Santa Fe

  • 97,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that fuel was leaking from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the fuel tank was crack and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 97,000.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #10

Feb 142014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 111,000 miles
Gas tank leak near the exhaust system. Cause believed to be due to a design flaw. The bottom of tank was covered by a poly shell. The shell trapped moisture and salt, etc. Between bottom of metal tank and poly shell. This set up a corrosion environment and resulted in leak. New replacement tank from Hyundai does not have the poly shell. Note: The vehicle has no rust and is in very good condition.

- Amsterdam, NY, USA

problem #9

May 222014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
After pulling into traffic, I lifted my foot from the accelerator when I reached my desired speed. However, the vehicle continued to accelerate. I applied the brake, and the engine continued to rev for 1 or 2 seconds. There was no accident on this occasion, but it was terrifying, and I had my child in the vehicle.

- Clearwater , FL, USA

problem #8

May 012014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles


Noticed a strong smell of gas coming from car. Could see gas leaking from under car. The local Hyundai dealer says the gas tank has corroded, and must be replaced. Contacted Hyundai usa and was told the warranty on the gas tank had expired, and that I was not eligible for any assistance (tough luck).

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #7

Sep 032013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 100,100 miles
Came home from vacation a found the contents of my fuel tank on the garage floor. Lucky there was no fire or explosion. I took it to the service garage and they informed me that the gas tank rusted through and along with the protective plates, all had to be replaced. Contacted Hyundai but they were not helpful.

- Roseville, MI, USA

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problem #6

Aug 122012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 70,510 miles
I purchased the car used on Aug. 10, 2012. I went to gas station on Aug. 12, 2012 to fill it up with gas, and had trouble starting it afterward. I have had the same problem everytime I have put gas in it since, and it does not make a difference which gas station I go to, I have the same trouble. I even tried to leave it running one time and it ended up dying and had trouble restarting. I have to push the gas pedal all the way to the floor and hold it there to start it and keep pumping the gas pedal as I pull away from the gas pump and for several seconds after I pull away it is still trying to die. I have filled up with gas about 5 times since I purchased the vehicle and every time I have had the same problem. The only time it has a problem starting is while I am sitting at the gas pump. Once I leave there, it starts fine everytime until I stop to get gas again. I am writing this on Sept. 24, 2012.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 082011

Santa Fe

  • miles


Was having winter tires put on my car when mehanic said had a gas tank leak...he said it was the 5th car of Hyundai with the same problem that he saw...said he never saw a car this young (7yrs) with this problem...am a single mother with this car..I have had no other problems..I smell gasoline when I walk around this car and when I enter my car...please tell me there is help...I do not have money and I do not feel safe..please help me.

- Hensonville, NY, USA

problem #4

Nov 262011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
I arrived at work and two people mentioned that they smelled gasoline upon walking behind my car..never thought about it until I noticed two days later that I seemed to be going through alot of gas..I drive 6 miles from my home to work every day...I now smell gas in the driver side rear every day..was told to check if there was a recall on my tank or fuel line...do not know who to check with inregards to this problem..am a single mother of two boys so I would like to get this fixed..any help would be greatly appreciated.

- Hensonville, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 192011

Santa Fe

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the driver was informed by someone driving nearby that the vehicle was leaking fuel. The vehicle was maneuvered onto the emergency lane and turned off. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who informed the contact that the fuel pump assembly had fractured and was leaking fuel. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 60,000.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 172010

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
My Hyundai Santa Fe was parked with engine idling when a fire occurred in the engine compartment. Fire completely engulfed front of vehicle before fire department extinguished the blaze. Vehicle is a total loss. Cause of the fire not determined. Vehicle received periodic service one month earlier.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #1

Sep 012005

Santa Fe 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,588 miles
A 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe has developed a potential fire/explosion hazard which Hyundai has ignored after I pointed it out. Hyundai also refused to release to me the Santa Fe's "off road" capabilities. This car was purchased new. Can you help me please?

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

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