hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,736 miles

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 182016

Santa Fe

  • 85,000 miles


Driver's side sun visor broke from its socket while driving on the highway. The visor hung by the wire for the light. This is a well known defect. It is dangerous and should be addressed by the manufacturer. I was able to jury rig it back - very simple and easy; however their neglect of this is dangerous.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 032012

Santa Fe

  • miles
The gas gauge has not been working for over 2 years and the check engine light is on most of the time but will go off intermittently. We track gas usage with the trip odometer (20 miles per gallon X 17 gal tank=340 miles driven) but fill up around 275 miles driven. But this is not a reliable way to track fuel and it was bound to happen-we ran out of gas-unfortunately on the tollway. Now we want to fix it. We have had estimates ranging from $400-$800 to fix the problem but think that this is a defective part that Hyundai has installed in their vehicles. There should be a recall for safety reasons. The car is only 6 years old. We take care of our cars-regular maintenance and parked in a garage. (also had to replace the throttle sensor after 2 years and both HVAC mode door actuators after 4 years. The window washer fluid recently stopped working).

- Crystal Lake, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 252014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 85,209 miles
The dash lights started flashing, the wipers stopped working in the middle of a down pour, the lights went dim. The traction system started detuning the engine. All dash lights on. We find that it is a leaky value cover gasket. Drips on the alternator and causes it to go bad. The service manager said "they are all starting to have this problem and it's $700. If I was the orginal owner Hyundai would replace the gasket, but I would need to pay for the altenator. $600 uhgg!!! now for the fuel guage. Two sensors under the back seat and good as new. $200.

- Otsego, MI, USA

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