really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,526 miles

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #20

Oct 212016

Santa Fe

  • miles


I arrived home from work and my car wouldnt shift into park.it will not shift without using the lock mechanism by the shifter. Now when I put it in gear it automatically has the ecs off light on the dash

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #19

Mar 052013

Santa Fe

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the brake ESC warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake solenoid needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. In addition, the contact stated that the gear shifter failed to go into reverse or park and the ESC brake light illuminated. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V113000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #18

Nov 242015

Santa Fe

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. While attempting to shift the vehicle into drive from the park position, the vehicle would not shift. While at a completed stop, the contact was informed by another motorist that the vehicle's brake lights were not illuminating. The contact also stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 13V113000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic), 09V122000 (service brakes, hydraulic) or 11V472000 (air bags). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- Bothan, AL, USA

problem #17

Nov 022015

Santa Fe

  • 133,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle started to make an abnormal noise. The contact coasted the vehicle over to the side of the road and turned off and restarted the engine. The vehicle failed to accelerate forward and would only move backwards. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission failed and caused the vehicle to lose power. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 133,000.

- Richmond Hill, NY, USA

problem #16

Aug 012014

Santa Fe

  • 94,000 miles
2007 Santa Fe limited 6 cyl 3.3L. Oil is leaking from valve cover gasket killing the alternator and battery and the motor. Lights flash on dash seat belt light, battery light, ESC, TPMS. Replaced battery in the dark at first. I saw the same issues with a new battery. Then researched and saw similar issues pointing to valve cover gasket leaking oil onto alternator. I checked the valve cover in the light and saw the leak immediately and the alternator covered in oil. If the 2007 vera cruz is getting a recall for this exact same issue as of Aug 1st 2014, then the 2007 Santa Fe should as well as other years of Santa Fe's. dealership wants $900 plus tax to fix this. Also had to replace the fuel sending unit -that was $700 in Jan of 2013 and there are tons of complaints about that one too. I still smell gas when I fill the tank full and the check engine light comes on due to this. I can and have proven it using a obd code reader to reset the code, fill the tank and bingo code is back like the fuel cap is loose but it is not and the interior smells of gasoline till the fuel level is reduced.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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problem #15

Apr 162014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 92,500 miles
When traveling between 10-20 mph, the car unexpectedly will shift and accelerate for a brief moment. Then the lights on the instrument panel will flicker and the car will shut off, losing power steering and power train capabilities. There is no issue with the battery or electrical panel or the transmission. It has happened several times, always without warning.

- New Haven , CT, USA

problem #14

Sep 172014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


Same oil leak as proposed recall for our 2010 vera cruz with the same engine (V6).

- Huntingdon Valley , PA, USA

problem #13

May 312014

Santa Fe

  • 68,308 miles
As I was driving the clutch pedal suddenly dropped to the floor from underneath my foot. Then the car started to accelerate, even though my foot was on the brake and over the clutch. I was luckily able to get it back under control without hitting anyone, and get it pulled over, but it wasn't easy. Having a friend and 2 babies in the car with me, it was fairly terrifying. We got it pulled over and stopped, and finally got the clutch moving up to put the car in neutral and turn it on and off again, but we never did get it back into gear so we had a tow truck come clear it from the road. Never would have expected anything like that, let alone on a car with only 68000 miles.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #12

May 282014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 83,312 miles
While driving on hi way 85 the vehicle went into limp mode because of a faulty throttle position sensor. The vehicle quickly decelerated and caused a large truck to have to brake and nearly jack knife. The fix when this happens is to turn off the vehicle for several minutes and restart the engine. There are many blogs on this issue where this has happened to other owners of this vehicle. Normally this is a $50 part 3.3L engine, however with a 2.7 liter engine Hyundai is only selling the entire throttle body which is a $500 part. This failure on freeways and major roads can an most likely will cause serious injury and death if it has not already.

- Grayson, GA, USA

problem #11

Jan 212014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Exiting from a parking lot onto 7th St in phoenix AZ, vehicle suddenly accelerated and, despite brake application, entered the roadway, hitting a Mercury Grand Marquis in the side. Nobody was injured and airbags did not inflate. Once stopped, it was impossible to move the gear shift from neutral into park to release the key. Vehicle towed and, as frame was damaged as well as front end and radiator, insurance are writing the vehicle off.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #10

Feb 072014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 136,000 miles


Per the NHTSA web site service bulletin 219304 action number 10021136 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe report date Oct 1,2006 summary detail automatic trans axle shift lever will not shift out of park. On 2/7/2014 my call would not shift out of park. I contacted Hyundai at 8006335151 to ask for assistance regarding this safety matter. Was told this matter was only assisted for some 2007 Hyundai vehicles and my VIN was not one. Was also told according to when my car was manufactured Feb 6,2007 and the report date according to NHTSA Oct 1,2006 the car had to me manufactured between Oct 2006 thru March 2007. At that point my car was covered during that time. This is a safety component and the manufacture will not cover my vehicle. I have to pay the dealership out of pocket per customer service. My claim number is 6413148. My car is at web Hyundai for repair and the Hyundai will not cover the cost of the repair of this safety issue. Web Hyundai number is 219 923-2277 and my service advisor name is [xxx] which confirmed to me this is the repair due Feb 18,2014. Please assist. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lansing , IL, USA

problem #9

Nov 152013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
TL - the contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to shift into any gears other than neutral and drive. The contact mentioned that the failure prevented the driver from removing the key from the ignition and turning off the vehicle. Also, the contact stated that the ESC warning lamp illuminated sporadically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 80,000.

- Plainview, NY, USA

problem #8

Jan 012014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact was driving 25 mph when the brake lamp failed. The contact also stated that she had experienced difficulty shifting gears. The vehicle was not taken to an independent mechanic or dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V113000 (exterior lighting, service brakes, hydraulic). The approximate failure mileage was 110,000...updated 02-28-14 updated 03/14/2014

- Hermosa Beach, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 192013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the low fuel gauge indicator illuminated. The contact stated that the light would illuminate intermittently when the fuel tank was full. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the fuel gauge needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure was 74,000. Updated 03/20/14 the consumer stated the throttle body failure caused the vehicle to reduce speed. The check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was repaired. Updated 03/28/2014

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #6

Apr 052013

Santa Fe 6-cyl Diesel

  • 67,694 miles
The Hyundai Santa Fe was parked without the key in the ignition on a slight incline. My 7 year old grandson got in the vehicle first. He knocked the vehicle out of park. When the vehicle started rolling, I tried to get in but I couldn't with it rolling. It hit a van and my drivers door caught on the front of the van pushing my drivers door completely back. I was caught between the two vehicles. My 4 year old grandkids (twins) could have been behind the Santa Fe or another child since we were at a ball field. Now we notice the Santa Fe can be easily pulled out of park without the key in the ignition.

- Wedowee, AL, USA

problem #5

Feb 092013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
While traveling on the interstate at approximately 70 mph, I attempted to deactivate the cruise control by tapping on the brake pedal. The cruise control did not turn off even with holding the brake down harder. I was able to shut off the cruise control using the off switch on the steering wheel. Upon exiting the interstate and reaching my destination, I could not get the shifter to go into park. After shutting the car off and on several times, I got it to go into park. It has only done this one time and never happened since then. Fortunately, I was driving and not my teenage daughter who normally drives this vehicle. Her lack of experience may have caused her to panic when the cruise control failed to deactivate with the brake pedal.

- Hurricane, WV, USA

problem #4

Nov 152012

Santa Fe

  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that after accelerating from a stop, the vehicle would accelerate to high speeds. The vehicle was later towed to a dealer where the contact was advised that the transmission failed and needed replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were approximately 41,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Edmonds, WA, USA

problem #3

May 102012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 109,314 miles
Brake light switch malfunction caused vehicle transmission shifter to be stuck in drive or reverse. Vehicle transmission shifter could not be shifted into park. Malfunction also caused electronic stability control to shut off and cruise control did not deactivate when the brake pedal was depressed. Brake light switch was replaced in 2010 due to malfunction with this new brake light switch, which also malfunctioned. Hyundai claimed vehicle was not part of recall id# 78947 for service brakes, hydraulic:switches:brake light. However, again, brake light switch was replaced in 2010 with another malfunctioning brake light switch. Updated 10/31/12 updated 11/1/2012

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #2

Mar 142011

Santa Fe

  • miles
While my car was off and parked in my garage (with no keys in ignition), my 6 year old son was able to move the gear shift from "park" to "neutral/drive". he later showed me how he used "both his hands and pulled really hard." My car rolled out of the garage, crossed the busy street and into the neighbors drive way (with my son in it!!!!!!). it then started to roll forward towards me and the street....until I could open the door and slam my foot on the brakes. I was unable to get the gear back into the "park" position and had to be pushed back into my garage. I then inserted the key to place the car into "park."

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #1

Mar 032010

Santa Fe

  • 43,400 miles
While coming to a stop the car started to accelerate on it's own. I put more pressure on the brake, but would not hold, I put the car into neutral and turned off the key. When I restarted it was ok but my air bag light was on. When I got home I parked and pressed the key remote to lock, the doors locked but the lights did not flash. I then restarted the car, shut it of and relocked. This time the lights flashed but after about 30 sec. The car alarm would sound. I again restarted and shut it off, relocked and again the alarm. I then disconnected the battery and reconnected. Everything seems to be working properly now and the air bag light also went out.

- Yorkville, IL, USA

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