really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,653 miles

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe fuel system problems

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #14

Sep 022013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 89,879 miles


After filling tank gauge showed empty and check engine light on. Not sure of. How much gas I have, safety issue.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #13

Jul 012013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The gas gauge began fluctuating between half full and empty. The check engine light came on. I took it to my nearest O'reilly's where they tested it and said it was a fuel sensor problem. After a couple weeks it began to seemingly work again, but I began having serious problems with it a few weeks after that. My gauge never registers full after filling it. Sometimes it starts off at empty (light on) but as I drive it creeps up to half full. I began investigating the issue online and am shocked to see how many other 2008 Santa Fe owners are having this problem. Obviously it is a defective part on Hyundai behalf. I never know exactly how much gas I have. I have to use my trip meter to estimate when I need to fill it. I have investigated the cost to fix this issue and it is expensive - between $500 - $800. I believe this is a defect and should be recalled by Hyundai.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #12

Sep 062013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 73,337 miles
Within the past week I noticed my fuel gauge drop to empty and the fuel low light go on. I had plenty of gas knowing that I had just filled up the day before. I shut off the engine and when I restarted the engine the fuel gauge went up to 3/4 full as where I expected it to go. Suddenly the gauge was going down and than back up again. I pushed the trip button to see the range of miles to empty and it was also dropping and climbing. I seemed to work it's self out and was fine for three days. Than I was driving and the gauge dropped to zero again and returned to 1/2 full, that's when my check engine light came on. That same day I dropped it off to my local Hyundai dealer. They were busy and looked at the car the next day. They tested the car and came up with codes that stated failed fuel level sensors. Replace fuel level sensors a and B. the replacement parts are as follows, qty.of 2 #31115 packing fuel pump, qty. Of 2 # 31152 ring lock, qty of 1 #94430 sender assy, and qty of 1 #94460 sender assy. This repair at the dealer cost me $714.39 after taxes, code check and environmental fees. After I agreed to the repair, due to the fact that the car is only 5 years young. I was amazed when I researched this on line, that this seems to be an ongoing problem with alot of vehicles. How many cars have to fail before there is a recall on these sensors.

- Agawam, MA, USA

problem #11

Jul 212013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


The gas gauge fluctuates on my car as well and I only have about 33,000 miles! one minute the car will register 1/2 of a tank of gas, then all of a sudden it will go to empty and the gas light comes on. Wait a couple of minutes and it comes back up. I brought it to the dealer yesterday, told the service agent about the problem, and she said that they have to charge a $108 diagnostic fee to figure out the problem. I then get a call that it is the fuel assembly parts a & B and will cost $615 plus tax. Of course it is out of warranty. My husband called a friend's mechanic and explained the problem and he knew right away what it was without having to do a diagnostic. Then I log on to this site and cannot believe how many other owners have the same problem. Hyundai knows about it but yet the dealer will hit you with a diagnostic fee then a repair fee. Now that it is out of warranty, I'm going to support my local mechanic instead of a dealership!

- Ozone Park, NY, USA

problem #10

Jul 082013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
At approximately 60000 miles, I noticed that my fuel gauge was not registering correctly. Would fill it up and the gauge would register a 1/4 tank, problem got worse in the proceeding weeks. Check engine came on took it to auto parts place and they said the fuel sensors were bad. Total cost to repair $440. No help from dealer. Extended warranty not helpful either.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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problem #9

Jun 072013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
While driving from marshall, nc to asheville, nc, my wife and I were driving at approximately 55-60 miles per hour when then engine warning light came on. The fuel tank was full and the fuel gauge started to act crazy telling me that the tank was empty. Upon noticing this problem, I immediately called Hyundai and they said to bring it in. When I took it in, they ran a diagnostic for $45 and came back and told me that both fuel sensors had gone out. They proceeded to tell me that the job would cost around $600 or so. I told them that was absolutely ridiculous and that it should not have happened especially on a vehicle that is not that old. I went home and looked the problem up on line, only to find that there are many people out there that have had the exact same problem, some even with newer Hyundai vehicles. My wife and I feel that this should be a recall and safety issue item. If this many people are having this problem, then obviously this is a manufacturing problem. This situation is not safe because if this happens to someone when their fuel may be low, they may be driving along and stall in the middle of the highway or they may be in a remote area.

- Marshall, NC, USA

problem #8

Jun 112013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles


My fuel gauge is very erratic ;we never know how much fuel we have.it fluctuates from full to empty at will causing us to try to judge by the miles driven or fill up every few days. I would hate to run out of gas on an interstate in middle of the night because of a miscalculation on the mileage. I feel this is a safety hazard and the company seems aware of it.

- Towaco, NJ, USA

problem #7

May 162013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 64,569 miles
On 5/15/13 I had my stop lamp switch replaced per recall campaign 110. The following day, I noticed cold engine fluctuation and surging. This has happened regularly, with the engine sometimes fluctuating up to nearly 2000rpm while the car is in park. Gradually, the issue progressed to difficulty accelerating and a shaking/hesitation feeling while downshifting that feels like the engine is going to stall out, but it does not. This began 6/20/13. Also on 6/20/13 my check engine dash light came on, and the "ESC off" light was illuminated, even though I had not shut the ESC off. Additionally, the AWD system light was flashing. Upon restart, only the check engine light remained on. I brought my vehicle to grismer for diagnostics. They found error codes: C1513, C1611, P1295, P2106, and P2135. I revisited my local Hyundai dealer (voss Hyundai) and they state that they believe the stop lamp switch is working properly and that the throttle positioning sensor needs to be replaced. They refused to cover this cost due to being outside of the warranty. I was told by grismer that the tps issue is directly related to the stop lamp switch issue. I believe that what I am experiencing also relates directly to service bulletin #tsb-09-fl-003-1.

- Bellbrook, OH, USA

problem #6

Aug 152012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 73,120 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the check engine warning light was illuminated as soon as the vehicle was started. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised that fuel level sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the fuel level sensor. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was approximately 73,120. Updated 12/5/12

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #5

Feb 142008

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
The gas mileage on my vehicle is 14 mpg city driving; total highway driving is 18mpg and combined 15- 16 mpg. I am a very conservative driver and have driven for 47 years. My mileage is so poor I contacted the Hyundai Corp. Repeatedly on this. I've spoken on a few occasions with the CEO[xxx], and corresponded with him as well via email after getting no satisfaction/help from the regional person. The CEO's wife grew up in my area (lake oswego, or.) and that is why he called me personally. However, the bottom line was nothing has happened as a result of this call. He offered me the following: He offered to exchange my vehicle which had about 8,000 miles on it by the time he got in touch with me for a new 2009 sonata fwd and it was the old model as Hyundai was coming out with a totally revamped 2010 sonata model. I bought my Santa Fe AWD because I wanted a SUV with AWD! if I wanted a sedan, I would have bought one! I begged him to give me another comparably equipped Santa Fe as they could find no reason mechanically why my mileage was so low and I always double check it manually in addition to the computer output. So, I refused to accept this offer and I spend a huge amount on gas and I live on a small fixed income and cannot afford to buy another Santa Fe! others I've questioned with the same vehicle and equipped comparably get 20 mpg or more city driving. Reading Hyundai has done nothing about so many issues brought up is abominable. Someone needs to do something about this so lives aren't lost and people aren't paying at almost $4/gallon for all this gas I have to keep buying in my case. There is definitely something major wrong with my engine or something that prevents me from getting the mileage I should. As I said, I am a very conservative driver. Please intervene with the manufacturer on all these matters.they truly don't care about consumers. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Lake Oswego, OR, USA

problem #4

May 302011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 67,200 miles


Sudden declaration of auto. On the highway traveling at approximately 60 miles per hour the car just slowed to a craw. This sudden slowing almost caused a pile up and I had to limp to the side of the highway. This car is a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe a fly by wire system. It has 67,000 at the shop I was told by a mechanic not for publication that this is a problem with the fly by wire car when they reach about 60,000 cars 2008 Santa Fe's, cars are just reaching this point and this should be investigated before this sudden deceleration causes a death or serious injury.

- Bay Shore, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 022010

Santa Fe

  • 45,391 miles
On our 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe limited with 45,391 miles, VIN # [xxx], the check engine light started coming on when it was about 1 year old. It has now come on approximately 10 times.the dealer always says it's the gas cap. We have tightened the gas cap varying degrees and it does not matter how tight it is. The check engine light continues to come on. They claim to have replaced the gas cap 3 times out of 10 trips. Whether that is true or not, I don't know. Additionally, the red "air bag" warning light came on about a week ago and will not go off. I understand Hyundai has a history of airbag problems and would like to know if you can force them to fix this problem as well as the check engine light. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Germantown, TN, USA

problem #2

Dec 012009

Santa Fe

  • 24,300 miles
2008 Hyundai Santa Fe accelerator sensor went bad while entering the interstate. The car only went 20 mph. If I had been on the interstate, I could have been rear ended and caused a major pile up, or been killed. I contacted the dealer and a new part was installed, but found out there is not a cable connected to the accelerator. The sensor runs the gas input, without a back up in case of failure.

- Franklin, IN, USA

problem #1

Jul 062008

Santa Fe

  • 1,500 miles
Shortly after purchasing our 2008 Hyundai sante fe limited we began having a problem which still exist to this day. After filling with gas, the "check engine" light will come on and stay lit. The first several times of this event, I was truly concerned that I had an engine problem and returned to the dealer only to find out that the gas cap needed to be tightened further. I have tightened the cap at times so much so that I very nearly was unable to remove it.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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