really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,453 miles

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 072016

Santa Fe

  • 88,000 miles


I was driving my 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe approx 60mph on hwy 277 when the sunroof exploded. Sounded like a bomb going off.

- Iowa Park, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 162015

Santa Fe

  • 115,000 miles
Fuel gauge has been faulty and check engine light would turn on and off after replacing what I thought was a bad battery one month ago. One week ago while driving, all lights on dashboard came on (battery, check engine, ABS, ESC...), engine started to rev, electrical and power steering failed, and car had to be turned off in the middle of the road and towed home. This has happened twice while driving now. Issue is from a failing/failed alternator caused by oil leak from front valve cover. This problem is identical to issues with '06-'12 veracruz, recall #121.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #3

May 272015

Santa Fe

  • 6,200 miles
Sun visor on drivers side drops down into vision of driver without warning. Other years of Hyundai have a recall for the same defect and this year continues the same problem.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Jun 212008

Santa Fe

  • 2,065 miles
I have a 4 month old 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. I was driving it on the freeway and took my foot off the gas to get ready to brake for my exit. When I took my foot off the gas pedal the engine kept revving and pulling the car forward. I didn't know what to think. I immediately hit the breaks to see if maybe the cruise control kicked in, even though I didn't go near the cruise control. When I hit the brakes, much to my horror, I had no brakes!!!! I punched the brake pedal to the floor a bunch of times and nothing!!!!!! I had to step on the emergency break, put the car in neutral (to keep the engine from revving on its own) and drive my car into a hillside on the side of the freeway to stop it! it's a miracle that myself and my passenger were not harmed and that I didn't kill or injure anyone else. Unacceptable for a new vehicle or any vehicle to have this happen.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

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