hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,937 miles

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe fuel system problems

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #32

May 062015

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


Fuel sensor/gauge shows empty and check engine light stays on. This is intermittent so gauge goes up and down. Can never tell how much fuel is in tank so you will run out of gas. A lot of others have had the same problem with same vehicle and year. This is a safety issue if you run out of gas on the interstate. Thank you for any help.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #31

Jan 072015

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Fuel sensors quit working. Had them replaced with genuine Hyundai parts. Fuel sensor still not working.

- Thornville, OH, USA

problem #30

Mar 122014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 62,300 miles
I own a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe, and there is a problem with the 2007 to 2010 Santa Fe's that need to be looked at. The fuel level sending units tend to go bad which causes the fuel gauge to read empty, and activates the check engine light. After checking this info on the web, it seems this is a common problem with Santa Fe's and the company knows about it but won't do anything but charge the consumer anywhere from $500 to $1000 to repair it. I also found that this has been reported on thousands of these vehicles. I feel this is a safety matter because the fuel gauge will drop to zero and check engine light comes on while driving. It's scary not knowing if you have fuel or not or how long you can drive when it drops to "E". please look into this. Thank you in advance.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #29

Sep 242013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 50,250 miles


Gas fuel gauge stopped working. Estimated repairs from dealer $550. Needed to remove rear seat and fuel tank.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #28

Dec 012014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
Smell of fuel in passenger cabin when you fill up. Fuel gauge does not show the correct fuel level along with check engine light is on.

- Drexel Hill, PA, USA

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problem #27

Apr 132014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Gas gauge has stopped working. It will occasionally register, but not often. Mechanic checked it... says issue with float in fuel tanks... says Hyundai is aware but no recall yet... he personally had repaired 3 in a 2 week time frame!! it has been recalled on new vehicles but not this year / model. Cost to repair is approx. $600!! I have to constantly monitor my mileage, trip odometer so that I do not run out of gas. I have to manually calculate mileage.. even if it does register, it is not accurate and fluctuates freely. Very frustrating. It also affects the check engine light....... which requires me to have to stop by my mechanic often for him to run the computer to be sure I am not doing any damage. Hyundai really needs to address and recall this for repairs.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #26

Jun 092014

Santa Fe

  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the fuel tank gauge displayed inaccurate fuel level readings. As a result, the vehicle stalled due to lack of fuel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic however, he was unable to repair the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #25

Mar 062014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
Check engine light to comes on due to intermittent fuel gauge readings causing the car to fail NY state safety inspection. Fuel level sensors must be replaced which appears to be a common problem with Hyundai. Problem should be investigated for recall action.

- Darien Center, NY, USA

problem #24

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 #23

May 162014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Was at dealer having warranty work done on crank pulley that flew off of front of car. When I picked up car noticed gas gauge was erratic bouncing up and down between full and empty.told service manger and he said may be fuel sending unit if it does not stop bring it back. Week later check engine lite came on and gas gauge went to empty.now I here I have to replace two sending units in tank and its not under warranty. Would like so help with this problem.

- Lake View, NY, USA

problem #22

May 112014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


While driving my Hyundai sante fe 2007 I noticed the check engine light came on... I noticed the miles at little over 95000 so I thought it just needed service. Then the gas gauge light came on indicating I have no gas and was empty which I knew is impossible since I had filled up a day prior and had not done much driving. The check engine light then went off about a 2-4 miles later. I went to the gas station and filled up and the light went away... but will always come on or after half tank of gas. I took the car to the dealer for service and they indicated its the fuel senders. They indicated no warranty on my car since it has passed the 5 year 60,000 miles warranty and the cost would be paid by me to fix. I inquired if this was a systematic problem with this vehicle and the service rep indicated he has seen a few on this vehicle, however no recall made. Im complaining since I have viewed this to be an issue with this model car online and should be corrected by the company at no cost to the consumer.

- Wappingers Falls, NY, USA

problem #21

May 212014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 81,180 miles
Fuel gauge incorrectly displayed amount of fuel in tank. Fuel level sensors not working.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #20

May 132014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 71,500 miles
While driving in the highway at a speed of ~60 mph, I noticed the arm on my fuel gauge start to dip. It dropped from above a half tank to well below a quarter tank of gas. As you can imagine, this caused immediate panic as I was afraid there was a fuel leak of some sort. As I was preparing to move out of traffic I noticed that the arm on the gauge began to return to its original spot. This caused some comfort as I was sure there was enough fuel in the tank because I had filled up the tank just a few days prior and had not done much driving since. Ever since that incident, the fuel gauge has continued to 'act up' and now I am in a situation where I cannot rely on the fuel gauge to accurate indicate the amount of fuel that I have. The NHTSA has recognized this to be a significant safety hazard for GM... "an inaccurate fuel gauge may result in the vehicle unexpectedly running out of fuel and stalling, increasing the risk of a crash, " the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on its website. As of yet there is no recall issued for the Santa Fe. I can only hope that with the numerous complaints that I have seen related to the Santa Fe that the NHTSA makes the same conclusion.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #19

Aug 012013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
"check engine" light illuminated. "low fuel" warning light illuminated. Fuel gauge indicated nearly empty even though tank was close to half full. Cause: Fuel tank level sensor failed indicating fuel is always empty."check engine" light always illuminated.

- Plainfield , NJ, USA

problem #18

Nov 012013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Symptoms: "check engine" light illuminated. "low fuel" warning light illuminated. Fuel gauge indicated nearly empty even though tank was close to half full. Cause: Fuel tank level sensor failed indicating fuel is always empty."check engine" light always illuminated.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #17

Jan 062014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 59,599 miles
Symptoms: "check engine" light illuminated. "low fuel" warning light illuminated. Fuel gauge indicated nearly empty even though tank was close to half full. Cause: Fuel tank level sensor failed. After it was replaced, all symptoms cleared. Very expensive repair when out of warranty. A quick search on the internet revealed many other Santa Fe owners have experienced the same problem. Concern: Now whenever the tank is completely filled, there is a slight odor of gas in the car. Suspect that breaking the seal on the tank to replace the fuel tank level sensor disrupted that seal such that fuel vapors can now leak through it.

- Bellefonte, PA, USA

problem #16

Jan 162013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 107,500 miles
I was driving and my gas gauge read empty, I went immediately to a gas station to fill it and it only took $8. after that the gas gauge would fluctuate full to empty whenever it felt like it. This was a serious defect because if I would have run out of gas on a highway going 55 mph, I would have lost control of the steering and brakes. My father has the exact Santa Fe and has the same exact problem; what are the chances 2 cars in the same family having the same defect? Hyundai would not take responsibly for the defect. If mine and my father's Santa fes have this problem, there have got to be others on the road with this serious defect. Also, my sun visor had little to no wear and tear; I pulled it down one day and it landed in my lap leaving the sun blaring into my eyes. Of all the cars I have ever owned, this has never been an issue for me.

- Islip, NY, USA

problem #15

Feb 012014

Santa Fe

  • miles
Fuel gauge stopped working. Always registered empty, even when tank was full. Check engine light on. Repair involved both fuel level sensors be replaced, calibrated, and cleared codes.

- Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #14

Sep 112013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that he was driving approximately 35 mph when the fuel gauge suddenly began to fluctuate from half full to empty. In addition, the ESC (electronic stability control) sensor light illuminated followed by the vehicle stalling. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where the software for the ESC computer was updated. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 1/29/14 updated 01/29/14

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #13

Aug 152013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 87,781 miles
Fuel gauge ceased to work properly. False readings required replacement of fuel sensors located inside the fuel tank. Total cost of repairs exceeds $525. Hyundai is aware of this problem on Santa Fe models from 2007 - 2010 but, has yet to initiate a recall or reimburse repair costs if vehicle warranty has expired.

- Eliot, ME, USA

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