hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
135,434 miles

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2006 Hyundai Santa Fe drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 012015

Santa Fe

  • 178,000 miles


At first I noticed that sometimes (randomly) when I started my car after sitting for a longer period like 6 or 8 hours that I'd turn the key and without pressing any pedals the vehicle's rpms start to climb up slowly. It max's out at 4000rpms and stays there for awhile then will decrease on its own after awhile (random timing always). If I step on the gas as its revving up it releases and goes back down. If I brake it does nothing. So after a few weeks of noticing this problem, taking it to the mechanic and having the throttle body cleaned, and a gasket replaced the vehicle has now started to rev up on its own after I release the gas pedal when driving at high speeds of 80 or over. I let off the gas then it revs up quickly to 4000 then again quickly shoots back down below normal. It didn't do the highway problem as much I noticed when the fuel was low, but when I filled my tank the problem came back again. It did still rev on it's own from cold start the whole time still regardless of fuel level. I noticed this week it now jumps when I put it in drive or reverse after a cold start and the other day it seemed to lose its gusto as I was turning a corner, then it revved high and went back to normal. This is all very scary and I am concerned as I read more and more that this is a wide spread problem that could cause injury or fatality. No one seems to be able to say what the problem is, just that it could be a bunch of things.

- Brantford,On,Canada N3r1z9, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 242012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 83,801 miles
On February 24, 2012 I went out to my car to go to daycare and work my car was lowered to the ground all four tires seem to be flat. I called the closest garage. They towed my car, repaired it for $2028.91. In September 2014., I received a recall from Hyundai for the coil spring. After 6 months correspondence with them, they gave me only $949.03. I feel they should reimburse me the entire expenses.

- Geneva, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 162015

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 144,500 miles
Car races at idle while in park or neutral to 3,500 RPM. While in drive or reverse the car continues to race but at a lower level(1,200-1,500 RPM). The car surges while braking requiring harder pedal pressure than normal. Racing is continuous at all speeds requiring less accelerator pressure than normal. A complaint was filed today 1/19/15 with Hyundai and a case # 7614630 was provided. This owner expressed his concerns to Hyundai representative with safety of car due to racing and surging especially under wet or ice conditions. The rep. Scheduled a service appointment with the Hyundai shrewsbury, NJ dealership for 1/22/15.

- Ocean Grove, NJ, USA

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