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 1 of 3)

problem #54

Oct 312015

Santa Fe

  • 77,000 miles


Fuel level sensor fail. The gas gauge drops from full to 1/4 tank to 3/4 tank. The "range" display will go from empty to 300 miles left to 79 miles left. All over the place. It will say your full and you are empty it will say your empty and you are full. This happened while you are in motion on any roadway at any speed and also when you turn the car off and back on. Updated 12/16/15.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #53

May 052015

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
My gas gauge stopped working correctly, going up and down but never passing one half a tank and the check engine light remains on all the time. The mechanic said the seats would need to be taken out to get to the sensor, that it was probably bad and would need a new one. I tried to estimate how much gas I had in the tank by using the odometer and resetting at 0 for a gas fillup till I got the car in for service. The tank would kick the gas back at half a tank so I was getting only 8 gallons in. On Tuesday I ran out of gas on a highway going 55, which was dangerous, as there was a truck behind me and he had to swerve into the median to avoid hitting me when my car died. I was towed to the mechanic. The mechanic checked bytaking the seats out and putting in a new sensor. He filled the gas tank up (19.9 gallons) and yet with the new sensor in, the gauge still reads only half a tank and the check engine light is still on. Something else is wrong and I see that many other people have this safety issue with this car and it has not been recalled or resolved effectively. Does someone have to die first" are we sure someone has not already"

- Trinity, FL, USA

problem #52

Dec 022014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 50,230 miles
Fuel gauge (fuel level sensor) is not working properly after warranty expires. Whether empty or full, fuel gauge is constantly fluctuated up and down.and range mileage keeps changing.

- Casselberry, FL, USA

problem #51

Dec 052014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


Fuel sensor problem. Gas tank does not register full and sometimes the check engine light comes on because of a fuel sensor problem. Had a half a tank of gas today; filled it up and for 15 miles (at least) after that it read empty and the fuel light was on. The check engine light is suppose to indicate real problems -- now I don't know when to trust it. Please make Hyundai recall this part and make this repair.

- Milltown, NJ, USA

problem #50

Jun 232014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Was on an interstate with cruise control set to 65 mph. Was attempting to pass another vehicle, thus depressed the throttle pedal. The throttle stuck wide open. Applied brakes but kept on increasing speed. Depressed throttle pedal several times but no change. Turned cruise control off, no change. Had to pull over, put vehicle in park with brake pressed and turned key off. Waited several minutes then back on, throttle pedal started to respond. Second instance, was accelerating to merge onto interstate from a ramp, had previously had cruise control set to 65 mph, throttle stuck wide open, again had to pulled over, put the vehicle into park, and turn off ignition. I checked to ensure floor mat was not interfering throttle pedal, it was not. Problem has recurred 4 times now on this vehicle all while trying to accelerate to either pass a vehicle or merge onto an interstate. All times the cruise control had been engaged.

- Davison, MI, USA

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problem #49

Jul 142014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Gas gauge began tiling up and down. Diagnosed as bad fuel sensors, had sensors replaced. Filled tank with gas, gas gauge showed half tank then few days later showed empty. Vehicle's been parked ever since fearing accident. Scary being on the road not knowing how much fuel remain, had to limp home constantly capping off tank. Went on line to find possible problem and found several hundred drivers with same problem. Called manufacturer to issue a possible recall and not wait till someone get killed or stranded on a dark highway. Please convince Hyundai to issue a recall or at least absorb the payment to have this problem fixed.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #48

Apr 102014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 655,000 miles


Fuel gauge began indicating wrong levels of fuel in fuel tanks. The fuel gauge need randomly will swing anywhere between full tank and empty tank over a relatively short period of time. Many times after a cold start the fuel gauge will indicate empty for an extended period of days then all of sudden will start to indicate fuel levels or may oscillate back and forth. Note that Hyundai is fully aware of this issue across a number of their auto models and years, but refuses to issue a recall.

- Cary , NC, USA

problem #47

Jul 122012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The fuel sensor on this vehicle suddenly stopped working. The readings on the fuel would fluctuate wildly from full to empty. This is safety issue due to not knowing how much fuel is in the car and can cause the car to stall out at the highway. I first had a problem with the fuel sensor 2 years ago and Hyundai fixed under warranty. The problem has come up again and its not covered under warranty. The problem is caused by a defective fuel sensor. The cost of the repairs is approximately $750. There should be a recall on the fuel sensors.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #46

Mar 052014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
The fuel level sensor in the tank began to fail, causing the fuel gauge to behave erratically. Fuel levels would swing wildly from full to empty. The cel was thrown, but not until after the erratic behavior was observed. Without a cel to warn of a problem, the driver may think they have fuel when they do not and potentially run out of gas. This would be a serious safety hazard at highway speeds. We've spoken with Hyundai and this is not a recall or even a tsb issue, despite the fact that the problem is well documented among owners of this vehicle. The problem is common and this vehicle should be recalled.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #45

Jun 102014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 45,431 miles
I filled up with gas when I left the gas station my gas gauge registered empty and my gas light came on and I just filled the tank with gas. My trip odometer was going crazy could not reset it, then my check engine light came which got me concerned I took it to auto zone they put it on there machine and the code came up for fuel sensor, this seem to be a problem with alot of these Santa Fe my daughters 2007 Santa Fe did the same thing cost her $600 dollars to have fixed.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #44

Apr 172013

Santa Fe

  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to display the accurate fuel level readings. The contact mentioned that after refueling the vehicle, the low fuel warning light would continuously illuminate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #43

Jun 202014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
My 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe has 55000 miles and recently the check engine light came on. My mechanic ran a diagnostic on it and said the fuel sensor was bad. I called Hyundai to take it to them to replace as under warranty however they said they would need to run their own diagnostic which would cost me $130 for whatever they find and it would not be refundable. Next they said the fuel sensor was not covered under warranty and would cost $800. They said it was a safety issue which should be fixed but out of my pocket as the car can stall or seize when out of gas. If this is a serious safety issue then they should recall.

- Fort Lee, NJ, USA

problem #42

Jun 022014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
We have owned 2 Hyundai, Santa Fe. The fuel sensor has failed in both vehicles. After doing much research, I discovered that fuel sensor failure is a prevalent occurrence in these vehicles. There are numerous documentations on the internet. Fuel sensor failure is a serious safety issue. The driver has no idea how much gas is in the car. Therefore, the vehicle may stall at anytime on the road, and the driver would be injured especially if hit at a high speed. The vehicle may stall late at night and the driver may be in a remote location. If the car were to stall after dark, oncoming traffic would not see the stalled car. The average cost to replace the sensor is between 500 and 800 dollars. I have had to make this payment twice because I cannot sleep at night with my daughter driving a car without any idea of when it will stall. I have contacted Hyundai and they are well aware of the safety issues. They told me that the car was not under warranty. They said that there is nothing they will do to help me or other owners. This problem is not about warranty. It is about driver safety. Hyundai refuses to recall these automobiles and would rather wait until someone is dead/injured.

- Mt Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #41

May 312014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
Check engine light came on. Test shows it is the fuel sensor. Fuel gauge inside fluctuates.

- Rootstown, OH, USA

problem #40

Feb 132014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
The fuel gauge in my 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe is not functioning properly. Upon filling up it goes to empty with the low fuel light indicator. After driving 40-60 mile the gauge may read 1/4-3/4 tank. Other times it drops to empty and will not move. I am the original owner and the mileage is 75,000.

- Gettysburg, PA, USA

problem #39

Mar 062014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
(2008 Hyundai Santa Fe) the vehicle gas gauge is sticking on empty after filling it up and the check engine light comes on. After 1/4 tank of gas has been consumed the gas gauge will read normal. The check engine light will also go off. There has not been a loss in power to the engine or any other indicators that there is a problem. This issue can be reproduced every time after fill up. The tank does not have to be on empty to reproduce the problem. I have seen tsb's for the 2007 model but nothing yet for the 2008.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #38

Mar 072012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
After filling the gas tank I noticed that the gas gauge was not working. Later it moved off empty and the low fuel light went off. Now it reads what ever it wants to.

- Zellwood, FL, USA

problem #37

Mar 012014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Fuel gauge has become erratic and causes check engine light to come on. Informed entire fuel pump would need to be replaced as sensor is a part of pump assembly, total cost $950. This is a safety concern, cannot tell how much fuel is in car. Recall should be issued as the complaint seems to be common.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

problem #36

Apr 232014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 100,322 miles
When driving our 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe the fuel gauge sporadically moves down to empty and fluctuates giving a false reading and causing major confusion. This is a safety issue and should be recalled. It seems to be a major issue among the 2008 model because when I contacted a mechanic he knew what exactly I was talking about.

- Suisun City , CA, USA

problem #35

Mar 192014

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The fuel gauge is not working properly. The fuel gauge goes from reading half then jumps to empty. Then the check engine light goes on then off again. I went to a Hyundai dealer a they did a diagnostics check on the vehicle and found the fuel level sensor a circuit working intermittent. Hyundai is well aware that this is a common problem, along with many mechanics in the New York tri-state area. I think this should be a recall replacement item, because this is a very dangerous problem. If someone runs out of fuel unknowingly when driving because the fuel gauge is not working properly they will loose power steering and power breaks and most likely loose control of the vehicle and the results can be fatal. The same results can occur if someone is driving in a remote area in the winter and they run out of fuel.

- Merrick, NY, USA

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