really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,645 miles

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe engine problems

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 062015

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


While waiting for the traffic light to change to green, my car was stopped, with my foot on the brake.. my car learched forward. I could feel the engine accelerate. By the time I got the car under control, I hit the car that was in front of me. The trunk was damaged, no damage to my car. Since owning this car I have experienced this acceleration before. I have discussed this with the dealer, the discussing ends up with the dealer suggesting that I was pressing the gas pedal and not the brake. I told the dealer that when this occurs pressing the brake pedal does nothing. The shift must be moved to neutral the foot taken off the brake. Every time I discuss this problem with the dealer he says show him what happens, the problem I can not recreate the problem. The occurrence of the problem is random and cannot be created. At first I thought that I was the only one with this problem, but as I read the complaints I am not alone. Hyundai has got to look into this problem.

- Norristown, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 112006

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 13,000 miles
A/C has had a problem since I bought it. I have had the compressor replaced, because the "mechanic" turned the bolt the wrong way and wrung it off, I had to replace. Hyundai would not accept responsibility, even though it was their mechanic. This repair did not fix the problem, as it still happens now, 8 years later. It will cool good, then the compressor will out and not come back on for about 5 minutes. Hyundai says this it not problem with their parts or procedures. Finally got tired of their lies and failure to try to locate the problem. This is my only and last Hyundai, there has to be a better backed car company in this world.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #2

Nov 252011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 82,580 miles
I had my SUV worked on prior to driving it home when I noticed a really loud noise that got my attention. I pulled my car over to a gas station filled up and tried to turn my engine over and my engine had locked up. I had to call a tow company which was difficult since it was thanksgiving morning and wait an hr to get it to the shop. I found out my ac compressor had locked up my motor and I had paid over 3000 in repairs. I had the power steering belt put on and I was not informed the ac compressor could have burnt up my new belt. Ever since I have had issues with my steering wheel feeling loose. The Hyundai dealership didn't inform me they had removed my fuses # 10 and # 30. I had found them lying on my ac compressor cover. This car was running hot and my motor locked up due to the ac compressor, solenoid etc.

- Vincennes, IN, USA

problem #1

Sep 142011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Vehicle was being parked in a parking space in front of a grocery when it started accelerating and my vehicle hit the side of a car in the next parking space which in turn was pushed into the side of a second auto parked in the third space. This is not the only time that this has happened. It has happened 5 or 6 times in the past beginning approximately 2007. It has been taken to 2 dealerships and each time I was told that they couldn't find anything wrong. This is the first time any damage was done to any vehicle. This time when it happened, the auto could not be stopped using the brakes and the auto could not be steered. The other times was at a traffic light or a stop sign and the vehicle was going straight and were not aware of a steering problem. Do know that the brakes just barely stopped the vehicle after standing on the brakes with both feet. I now fear serious injury to me, my wife or someone else. This vehicle could very well take us out into a busy intersection.

- Lexington, KY, USA

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