really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,616 miles

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 292016

Santa Fe

  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle began to hydroplane without warning. The contact stated that the steering failed and, due to the contact attempting to apply the brakes, the vehicle began to spin. The vehicle crashed into the road divider. The passenger side of the vehicle was damaged. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was towed. A police report was filed. The contact received shoulder and back injuries, which required medical attention. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the ball bearings on the front axle were worn out. The tie rods were replaced, but the calipers needed to be replaced also. The vehicle was repaired. The body of the vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the ESC and ABS sensors illuminated. The contact returned the vehicle to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the tires and brake pads needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #8

Aug 262016

Santa Fe

  • 135,542 miles
ESC light illuminates. Car looses power while driving, and stalls.

- St.Ann, MO, USA

problem #7

Aug 032016

Santa Fe

  • 153,000 miles
While driving on a city street (approximately 35 mph), my car suddenly displayed the "check engine" light as well as the "ecs off" indicator and at that same time, I was no longer able to accelerate and my car slowed to a stop. I pulled off to the side of the road, turned the car off for a few minutes and then restarted with the same results. When I restarted, the "ecs" indicator was no longer lit, but the "check engine" light remained on until the deceleration occurred again and then both lights were illuminated. When I searched the internet for what could be the cause of this problem, I found that many others with this same make, model and year have experienced similar issues so I thought it was best to file a complaint.

- Lake Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #6

Jun 192016

Santa Fe

  • 120,000 miles


When I am driving, both freeway and city driving, the car will stutter slightly and then the ESC off light comes on along with the check engine light. When this happens I lose acceleration and have to pull over, turn my car off, wait a minute or two, and then restart the car. The ESC off light goes away and I once again have acceleration but the check engine light remains on. The problem often repeats itself during the same trip, sometimes 30 minutes later, sometimes just 2 minutes later. The stop lamp switch was replaced during the recall campaign 09V122 when the same problem was occurring. A few months ago this started again, it is all the same issues as I had before the stop lamp switch was replaced during the last recall. Because I lose acceleration with no warning and quickly fall to 20mph and below, I have to quickly pull over to the side of the road and do my best to avoid an accident which is difficult when you are losing momentum.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 282016

Santa Fe

  • 72,000 miles
I had my Santa Fe serviced on 04/05/16 for fuel gauge sensor, was not reading appropriate gas level. I have only 72000miles and somthing like this should be a recall.I was told that happened because of the age of the car, which I don't believe.we owned 8 cars before sant fe and it never happened. It is a spendy repair of $388.99 marta

- Crystal, MN, USA

problem #4

Feb 222016

Santa Fe

  • miles
While in motion on the city street going 45 miles per hour the electronic stability control shut off. Lost the ability to accelerate and couldn't do anything else with the vehicle. Had to put it in park, shut off the engine and wait for 2 mins then restarted the car and it worked fine. But after driving a while longer the ESC shut off again. Had to repeat the process of turning off the engine and restarting the car again. While making a turn a little whike later it shut off again. Took it into the shop and they couldn't figure out what is causing the problem.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jul 062014

Santa Fe

  • 44,000 miles


My Santa Fe limited AWD 2008 was bought at the end of Feb 2009 and now has ~44K mileage. I had two similar incidents with my Santa Fe today (7/6/2014), which led to significant power loss and speed loss of the car on the road. The first time, I was driving on a local road at ~45 mph. Suddenly I felt the car lost the power and began to slow down. I stepped down on the accelerator, but the car could not accelerate (the speed dropped to ~20 mph). I saw 3 system indicator/warning lights on: The ESC off(electronic stability control) and check engine indicators had a steady light and the AWD system warning light was flashing. I pulled off to the side of the road, shut off the car, waited ~1 minute, and then restarted the car. The check engine light stayed on, but the other lights went out. Then I drove the car to continue my grocery shopping (several stops, ~30 miles in total). The 2nd incident occurred on my way home. The same scenario except that I was driving at ~40 mph and going uphill at the time. The sudden power loss caused the car speed quickly dropped to ~10 mph and probably led the car behind mine to make a sudden stop to avoid a crash. Again, I pulled off to the side of the road, shut off the engine, and then restarted the car with the check engine light staying on. After got home safely, I did some search online and found several similar incidents reported on Hyundai Santa Fe SUVS before (see the attached links below). So I decided to report this serious issue. The link of websites with similar incidents reported: 1. www.justanswer.com/Hyundai/47Z2R-Hyundai-santa-fe-limited-hi-Hyundai-santa-fe-AWD-2008.html 2. forums.edmunds.com/discussion/9216/Hyundai/santa-fe/Hyundai-santa-fe-engine-problems/P2 (altosteph post) 3. www.hyundaiforum.com/forum/Hyundai-santa-fe-20/4WD-system-warning-light-blinking-loss-power-12357/

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 092009

Santa Fe

  • 56,000 miles
See attached email updated 06/04/2013 the occupant classification system (osc) does not consistently recognize small-statured adults, causing the passenger side air bag to deactivate when such person occupy the front seat. Also, there were problems with the transmission, a knocking noise coming from the front of the vehicle, the vehicle shutting down, an issue with the throttle cable, and a whining sound upon acceleration.

- Ririe, ID, USA

problem #1

Sep 122011

Santa Fe

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph and attempted to accelerate however, the ESC and check engine warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle became resistant to acceleration attempts and was coasted off road and shut off. After waiting a few moments, the vehicle restarted and resumed normal operation. The intermittent failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in motion. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired for the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Stockton, CA, USA

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