really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,266 miles

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #46

Sep 262016

Santa Fe

  • 68,714 miles


"sudden unintended acceleration" in Hyundai's, specifically Santa Fe. My wife has had this happen to her while driving her Hyundai Santa Fe three times now and the Hyundai dealership insists there has been no indication on the computer codes and that Hyundai does not have this problem. Therefore as far as they are concerned "sudden unintended acceleration" on her Santa Fe never happened.

- Cullman, AL, USA

problem #45

Aug 192016

Santa Fe

  • 127,000 miles
Wife was driving on interstate on cruise control, car began to accelerate on its own. Tapping the brake did not release the cruise control. College son who was in passenger seat reached over and pulled gas pedal back which release the cruise control. Second occurrence. First time I thought maybe the floor mat was in the way. The floor mat was definitely not the issue for second occurance.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #44

Jun 142016

Santa Fe

  • 141,000 miles
I was driving down a major highway when my ESC off light and check engine light came on. My car slowed down to 20 mph and would not allow me to speed up at all almost causing me to be smashed into several times!! I shut my car off and re started it and I was able to get off the highway to someplace safe. I am having my mechanic look at it now but after looking on forums, I see it is probably the tps and I see that many other people have had this happen! why is this not recalled"!"! this is beyond a safety issue!

- Cortland, NY, USA

problem #43

Mar 302016

Santa Fe

  • 79,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, the check engine and the ESC warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was restarted and the check engine warning light remained illuminated. In addition, when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the ESC warning light illuminated and the brakes engaged independently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle position sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 79,000.

- Ethridge, TN, USA

problem #42

Oct 192015

Santa Fe

  • 126,700 miles
When sitting in a traffic jam car starting jumping like it was going to turn off traffic started to move on the highway and the car seemed like it was choking then the check engine light went on I made it to the car shop they put it on the machine they said it was a coil pack and this year Santa Fe was known for this problem got it fix and they car still shakes like it wants to turn off it's driving me crazy the vibration when at a still mode is so annoying Hyundai knows this problem exists why dont they recall them I just wish I could find the problem and fix it honestly it is annoying worrying if the car will shut off and leave me stuck somewhere alone late at night because I work 3 to 11 pm please help

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #41

May 252015

Santa Fe

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the vehicle began to accelerate while the brake pedal was being depressed. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 55,000. The VIN was not available.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #40

Jul 292015

Santa Fe

  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle accelerated on its own. The contact stated depressed the brake pedal to the floor, but they failed to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was out of control. The contact turned the ignition switch off and jumped out of the vehicle. The vehicle eventually shut off and was able to be restarted. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Danville, VA, USA

problem #39

Jun 012015

Santa Fe

  • 140,000 miles
After starting my vehicle and proceeded to work my Santa Fe ESC light came on and the car went into a "limp mode". it slowed down to 10 mph and wouldn't let me accelerate. I pulled over and I could feel the engine sputtering. I turned off the engine and waited a minute. Turned the engine back on and proceeded to work without incident. Now no matter when I drive whether its a cold start or after 30 minutes of driving the vehicle goes into limp mode. While driving at a slow speed on back roads is not a serious issue I feel that when I am on the highway traveling at 65mph and it happens is a major safety issue. This has happened on numerous occasions and I no longer feel safe in my vehicle. I have done some research on this problem and I am not the only one. This is a serious issues that I feel needs to be addressed by Hyundai immediately before someone gets injured or killed.

- Stewartsville, NJ, USA

problem #38

May 102014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
We bought the car from on a Sunday afternoon it was my gift for mother's day, the same day we drove the car of the lot the car stall for the first time and we call the dealership to ask about the problem. The dealership stated to bring the car in. After a few hours I received a call to come pick up the car. My husband was very surprise to know the car had stall and asked if there was something wrong with the car and we were told all it needed was a battery change. My husband proceeded to ask for management but the sales associate told us that it was normal for a car to stall once in a while"?" my husband was frustrated with everyone, the sales associate informed us that the car had 3 previous owners only because they had purchased the same car newer. We did notice damage on the back bumper of the car but it had been painted over and also my husband notice the front had also been painted over. Again we argued with sales but got no where!!! something should be done about this! a dealer-sales-associate should not put my family at risk just to make a dollar! there is something very wrong about that. Sincerely yours [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Miami Gardens, FL, USA

problem #37

Oct 032014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 88,888 miles
While in a parking lot, I stopped at a stop sign by putting my right foot on the brake. As my foot was on the brake, the engine revved up and the car began moving forward. Without removing my right foot from the brake pedal, I put my other foot on the pedal and shifted to neutral (the vehicle has an automatic). The revving up immediately stopped and everything appeared normal once again. I drove back to my home, about seven miles, without further incident. I have not informed the local Hyundai dealer yet who last did a 90,000 maintenance on it 8/27/2014. The vehicle had 88,496 miles on it.

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

problem #36

Sep 122014

Santa Fe

  • 40,120 miles


While merging into traffic from a stop sign, I briefly pressed the gas pedal nearly all the way down. The car accelerated beyond the 45 mph speed limit after releasing the pedal. I pressed the brakes as hard as I could but the car continued to accelerate. I panicked because I was heading for a stop light. My wife and I were seconds away from a high speed collision. I shifted the car into the neutral position with the brakes fully applied. The engine raced up to high rpms. I looked at the pedal and it was depressed nearly all the way down without my foot on it. I put my foot under the pedal and lifted up. The pedal sprung all the way up and the engine rpms went back to idle values. The car quickly slowed. I was able to stop the car just before the intersection. I pulled off the road to examine the pedal. The driver's side car mat had slipped off its retention post and had moved about 4 inches forward so it was under the gas pedal. The end of the car mat was curled up so it was elevated about 1 inch above the floor carpeting. With the engine off, I pushed the gas pedal down by hand and it got caught under the car mat again. After removing the mat, I pushed the gas pedal down many times (engine off) and it always worked correctly. The driver's side car mat retention post system has never worked well. The floor mat frequently sides off the post, and the mat moves forward. The used mat is now stiff enough to hold the gas pedal down if the pedal is pushed under the curled end of the mat. A secure car mat locking device should have been part of the original mat retention system. Hyundai should fix this problem. I am not completely sure whether some other mechanical or electrical problem had contributed to the stuck gas pedal. Frankly, we are frightened of the car that nearly killed us, and don't look forward to driving it again even without the car mat.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #35

Aug 222014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The gas pedal stuck at 70mph and could not be disengaged. Use of hard braking and emergency brake did not slow the vehicle down. Was rapidly approaching stopped vehicles on interstate and to avoid a rear end collision, drove onto emergency parking lane and was able to finally get it unstuck. This has happened several times but could immediately unfreeze the pedal but this time nothing worked. The car has been taken to the dealership for a full investigation. I notified my parents who instructed that should this happen again to place the car in neutral and pull of to the side of the road and as I enter the emergency lane to turn off the engine and to expect hard steering once the engine was turned off.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #34

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 #33

Jun 112013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitated while attempting a turn. The brakes also failed and the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact crashed into the passenger's side of a large truck and sustained injuries to the head, a fractured finger and ankle. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an auto body shop but was neither repaired nor diagnosed to determine the cause of the braking or acceleration failure. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 38,000. Updated 01/14/14

- Forrest City , AR, USA

problem #32

Sep 252013

Santa Fe

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle started to shudder and decelerate. The contact mentioned that the electronic stability warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician diagnosed that the throttle position sensor was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 80,000.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #31

Aug 072013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 43,492 miles
The brakes light was functioning (not on) when the brake pedal is depressed. The ESC off light start to stay on.

- East Longmeadow, MA, USA

problem #30

Jun 262013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
I bought this vehicle new. It has only 32000 miles. The fuel sensors do not work giving me inaccurate readings on the fuel gauge. In addition, in an incident that may or may not be related, while driving my six year old granddaughter, I experienced an extreme slowdown. This happened a total of three times on different days. This is an extremely dangerous event, especially if you are on an highway with high speed traffic. The ironic thing is that a friend bought the same kind of vehicle at the same time and she has had the same two problems.

- South Abington Township, PA, USA

problem #29

Jul 112013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Hello, I am the original owner of a 2007 Santa Fe. I was driving last week to pick up my 6 year old daughter when all of a sudden in the middle of an intersection I had no power when I pressed on the gas pedal. I coasted into the parking lot, noticed the check engine light on, shut off the car and immediately grabbed my manual to see what happened. When returning to the car after getting my daughter from camp, the car started and we made it home. I am fortunate that my work, camp, and our home are very close. The next morning I called my Hyundai dealer and discussed what they thought may have happened. They and I agreed it was better safe than sorry to bring it in to be checked. I just returned from the appointment and was told it was the "throttle position sensor", which is a very important part considering you can just lose power in the middle of an intersection or a highway. I only have 49,000 miles on my car, which is great for a 2007. I would expect these important parts to hold up much longer than that. I would appreciate you investigating this very important matter. I and many other families have very precious cargo we carry in our cars...our kids. Thank you!

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #28

Jul 032013

Santa Fe

  • 84,500 miles
Engine light and ESC light came on and would not accelerate appropriate.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #27

Sep 032012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
While driving the car suddenly loses power. Pressing the accelerator has no effect even though the engine is still running and in drive. This has occurred multiple times at different speeds. So far I have managed to pull to the side of the road without incident. Turning the engine off and on multiple times restores power again.

- Milliken, CO, USA

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