really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
85,650 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 172017

Santa Fe SE V6

  • CVT transmission
  • 77,135 miles


I purchased this SUV as a second car so I could take care of my 92 year old aunt. She can't access my 4WD truck which is my main transport. I needed to take her to Medical appointments and family events within the state, and I only moved to GA for that reason. This car was purchased last year and there was minor paint damage on the right side front windshield post, that had been painted over roughly. The car was clean low mileage and presented well and seemed to fit my needs well. I purchased it for cash but also purchased a 2 yr service contract on it also...just in case. I am retired, live on Social Security ONLY and it was an investment of cash I hoped to get some return on if my aunt should pass away at some point. That same paint spot has grown to now show primer on almost all of the window pillar and now has two more peels at the top seal of the windshield. It's safe to say I cannot rid myself of this car without severe loss of my investment and I can not get the Hyundai dealer local to give any info or help.

- jmoncr, Hoschton, US

problem #4

Jul 062015

Santa Fe SE 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

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paint peeling

My 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe started showing signs of paint wear, I thought back in July 2015. I made a call to Hyundai and they said since I had 101,000 miles on my SUV I wasn't covered under warranty. I have been informed by several auto paint houses this is delamination of the paint and it should not be happening. This looks horrible and it is only getting worse.

I see there are some class action lawsuits on the Internet. I would like to join in since it is very expensive to pay for a paint job on this SUV. I paid an extra cost to have a coating put on my SUV before I brought her home in 2008 so it would prevent rust etc since I was moving from FL to STL and I was concerned about the way the "salt" for snow would do her.

Hyundai is quick to take your money but slow to help with an issue that isn't yours. I have my SUV washed every other week. And at times every week. I am now in Iowa about 3 hrs away from the nearest Hyundai dealer.

I think this issue is Hyundai's and I would like it to be covered.

- thutton1, Graettinger, IA, US

problem #3

Aug 102015

Santa Fe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

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paint peeling

I bought this my Hyundai Santa Fe in 2008 brand new. I wasn't even 8 years later that my paint started to peel and is now peeling off in chunks. I took it back to the dealership which was Bob Kind Hyundai of Winston Salem NC to see what I could do. All they could offer me was insurance and that I would still end up paying 2-3,000 dollars to get the paint fixed. I was also told by the body paint manager that they did not prime my car correctly when it came off of the car line. They perceived to tell me that because it wasn't primed correctly that paint would not stick to it. As you can see in the picture that my car is now rusting. This car is 10yrs old and should not have paint peeling off. They said is was a Hyundai problem but would not take responsibility to help me out. They brushed me off and washed there hands of it. I have been to multiple body paint shops which all tell me the same story and most don't even want to bother with it because they said it will start peeling again in 4-5 years because of the body not being primed probably. I can not afford 3,000 plus body paint on a car that is now worth about 6-8,000. I am extremely disappointed in the look of the car and for no one taking ownership HYUNDAI!!! I will NEVER buy another Hyundai because of the experiences I have had with this. It's embarrassing to drive this car when all that is wrong is the paint. The only thing that has been wrong with the car is the paint something so small but yet no one seems to care. I'm just another person in a long line of complaints. Side note: THIS CAR HAS NEVER BEEN IN A WRECK OF HAD ANY DAMAGE DONE TO IT

- Bonnie S., Lexington, US

problem #2

Apr 242017

Santa Fe V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

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paint peeling

All of a sudden I noticed chunks of paint which have peeled off from the hood, roof and trip along the windshield. Looks like the paint bubbled up and is still peeling.

- Rose R., Raleigh, NC, US

problem #1

Mar 312015

Santa Fe Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I have a 2008 Santa Fe. It is pearl white. I took mine last weekend to the Hyundai body shop where I purchased my car new to have them look at it. The service man there said that it seemed to him like there was a problem from the factory with the paint adhering to the car. He showed me that he could peel my paint off with his thumb! He said that something is very wrong. He told me that they could touch it up for $1400 but he said that he is afraid that it will just keep peeling off even while he is trying to repair it. He suggested I contact Hyundai and see if they will help me. I called the service department at my dealer and they stated the obvious that it was out of warranty. I pointed out that it is an original paint problem and their service manager said that he will get back with me. I am still waiting for a reply.

- Leeanne H., Bradenton, FL, US

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