definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,364 miles

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe drivetrain problems

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 212016

Santa Fe

  • 96,052 miles


In the past 2 months this has happened more and more frequently. When stopped at a red light, the car will suddenly surge forward. I must throw it into neutral to stop it. Even when I am in park it will suddenly act like I am giving it gas when I am not. It is very scary and happening much more frequently.

- North Arlington, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jan 202014

Santa Fe

  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving 40 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed and the vehicle jerked. The failure recurred, the vehicle stalled, and the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 13,000.

- Keasbey, NJ, USA

problem #4

May 012014

Santa Fe

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle jerked and the contact would have to depress the brake pedal firmly in order to stop the vehicle. The failures occurred on numerous occasions. An independent mechanic was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Troutville , VA, USA

problem #3

Nov 132013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 119,131 miles


Started engine. Placed the automatic transmission selection into reverse. The engine immediately had an unintended acceleration to perhaps 2500 RPM. Operator immediately applied very heavy pressure on the brake pedal to stop any rear direction movement. Operator immediately moved the shift lever back to the park position, shut off the ignition and restarted the vehicle. After restarting, everything was back to normal. This had also occurred one other time in September, 2013 under the same circumstances. Operator initially assumed that perhaps his foot had moved to the right and was depressing both the accelerator and the brake at the same time, but when attempting to see if this could be done, operator could not replicate. It is assumed the throttle sensor locator may be faulty. Very disturbing when this happens and could easily result in property or personal damage..

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #2

Jun 102007

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving less than 20 mph, the vehicle accelerated when the brake pedal was depressed. The failure occurred intermittently while slowing down and attempting to brake. The contact thought that he may have been depressing both the accelerator and brake pedals simultaneously, but this was not the case. The failure began to occur more frequently. While slowing down to come to a stop, the vehicle jolted forward and accelerated loudly. The failure mileage was 20,000 and current mileage was 31,000. Updated 12/11/08 the consumer stated when the transmission was in drive, his foot was off the gas pedal the vehicle moved slowly. Once he depressed the brake pedal to stop, the engine surged. Updated 12/11/08.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

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problem #1

Jan 312006

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • miles
When 2005 Santa Fe accelerator pedal is depressed it has a delayed reaction. ***** the consumer stated when the delayed acceleration occurred it caused the tires to spin on wet or snow covered pavement. The starter had to turn over much longer than it should before the engine starts. The brakes would catch as if something in the braking system was loose, there was a grinding/rubbing sound when the brakes were partially applied. The consumer believed there was a power steering fluid leak.

- Elgin, IL, USA

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