fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,258 miles

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe engine problems

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 172007

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,278 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the vehicle would not accelerate when he depressed the accelerator pedal. The dealer has not inspected the vehicle. The failure mileage was 46,278 and current mileage was 46,375.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #4

May 152007

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fast acceleration from a stop sign. Not all the time but every so often. It snaps your head and neck back. Have had it in to dealership and they told me I didn't know how to drive a censor accelerator vehicle. All new Hyundai's are supposed to have this but no one else seems to have a problem.

- Neenah, WI, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Jul 042005

Santa Fe 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
I purchase a new 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe equipped with the 3.5 engine and 4 wheel drive in July of 2005. As I now found out, this optional 3.5 engine is equipped with a computer operated acceleration throttle engine. This new set up is very poorly designed, has a few second delay and then the car darts off fast, sometimes spinning all drive wheels on dry pavement. I bought a 4 wheel drive unit for our rain, snow covered roads in Oregon, however it's much worst on this type of conditions. I've almost rear ended the car ahead of me several times and also have to have one foot on brake pedal in heavy traffic or where I have to stop for people crossing the street. This I know is a very dangerous with pedestrians and heavy stop and go traffic in every day situations. I've quit driving this vehicle in those situations as I don't want to cause property damage or lost of life, since I've had a stroke and slower now. I called my local Hyundai dealer and they suggested I have it tow 55 miles to them, which I did. After several days there, they said they re programmed the computer and it was somewhat better. I picked it up and within a few city blocks I new it was just the same as before. I was planning a trip to las vegas, nv. And decided I would take it there and then to a dealer in that town, which I did. What a surprise, that dealership was very well a where of the problem and had hundreds of complaints concerning the exact problem. The service manager and mechanic came out to tell me that there was a real problem with the 3.5 engine and that there was no fix for it at that time, my best cure would be to trade it in for a another car !!. they would not even try to fix it. I paid $25,000 dollars for it and can't even know drive it safely.

- Merlin, OR, USA

problem #1

Apr 082005

Santa Fe 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2005 Santa Fe 3.5L engine has a computer operated gas pedal that makes it difficult to achieve a smooth linear acceleration. I feel this problem should be corrected before and accident or injury occurs. There was a delay in acceleration that occurred between the gas pedal and the transmission. This situation was especially aggravated on wet, snowy or icy roads. The manufacturer changed the cable system gas pedal to a computer operated gas pedal.

- Coraopolis, PA, USA

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