really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,516 miles

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe steering problems

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 122010

Santa Fe

  • miles


On 4/12/2010 we had an issue with power steering pump (this is what they told us at the Hyundai dealer in reno nv). At that time the car was still under guaranty so they serviced it and changed the power steering pump, hose and fluid. After approx. 27K miles, we started noticing the same issue again. The steering wheel would get hard and a sound will start. Particularly when turning it left and right. We took it back to the Hyundai dealer on 4/12/2013. They told us it was the same issue again, that they had to change the power steering pump. Unfortunately this time we didn't have the guaranty anymore so we had to pay $482.22 to get it replaced again. They changed the power steering pump only. After 10 days we had to return to the dealer for the same issue and they told us that this time the issue was the rm gear and linkage assy, power steering fluid, reservoir assy and some other things, for a total charge of $1,386.78. Now, 3 years later, 8/15/2016, we started hearing the same sounds again, and the steering wheel got hard again. Same situation as the previous 2 that I have described. We took the car to the Hyundai dealer on 8/18/2016 because at some point the steering wheel wouldn't let us turn and it turned off. We waited a little and turned it on again. This time, when we took it to the Hyundai dealer (in nc) they told us that it was the power steering pump again. We left our car to be fixed and they called us saying that this time it wasn't the pump but the power steering suction hose. They had to replace it and also replace the fluids. We've paid $421.52. I truly believe that this should be looked upon because I don't find acceptable that every 2 or 3 years we have to go through this situation again.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #4

May 302014

Santa Fe

  • 42,000 miles
Dear safercar, a letter was sent by me to Hyundai motors in regards to a safety issue with our 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe. The issue is that our car fails to start at various time or has engine failure while driving. We purchase this car from an elderly friend who had the car in the repair shop for the same reason we are writing this letter. She was told after all attempts at repairs that the car was not repairable and this was just a characteristic of this make and model. The response we received from Hyundai was that it is unfortunate but we should never have purchased the car from a friend and the responsibility for repairs lies with us at our expense. We feel that the issue is not our purchase but the heartless negligence of taking advantage of a 80+ year old lady, who had no one to back her up. I feel that the potential for loss of control of the vehicles steering and or brakes and acceleration while at highway speeds is critical to our safety. The engine has failed to start and stopped at various time and situations. Please inform us if there is any recourse for us and our situation. Ps this car was under warranty and was never repaired by the dealership. Hyundai also contends, in their reply that it is unfortunate that the dealership is no longer active and there are no records that can be recalled. How unfortunate for us!!!!

- Kalispell, MT, USA

problem #3

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 #2

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

problem #1

Aug 282010

Santa Fe

  • 58,000 miles
The car would suddenly surge when I stepped on the gas peddle. This time it surged and I backed into my friends vehicle in my driveway. Estimated damge was $4000 with both cars. After the body repair the check engine light came on for an hour then went off. This problem had been going on for over 6 months and the dealers I went said there was nothing they could do unless there was a engine light on. The code told them they had to repair the entire throttle body and censor. This was a very dangerous situation that I could do nothing about until the check engine light came on. Now the dealer had to also replace the steering chassis because it was defective. The car is still running rough and I am stuck with that until it send a check engine light.

- Black Diamond, WA, USA

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