fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
71,250 miles
Total Complaints:
19 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (9 reports)
  2. replace fuel sensor (6 reports)
  3. new fuel pump (4 reports)
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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #19

Apr 292016

Santa Fe 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,030 miles


Fuel sensor error reading the quantity of gas. Gauge stays at same place full or empty.

- danyd, St Blaise Sur Richelieu, Canada

problem #18

Nov 162016

Santa Fe GS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

Fuel gauge became erratic and triggered a CEL. The engine stalled a few times when this had occurred as well.

I replaced both sending units but the problem resurfaced a couple of days later. This is a huge concern as my wife and small child are typically alone while driving and may become stranded due to this defect. I call this a defect because of the regularity of failure and obvious lack of engineering and testing performed during manufacture. The manufacturer warranty should be extended or modified to cover this type of clear lack of due diligence.

- Rick Y., Lompoc, CA, US

problem #17

May 012016

Santa Fe SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Engine light comes on when fuel gauge hits at 1/4. When I fill up, the engine light will go out after a short period of driving. Fuel gauge will also fluctuate a little bit when it hits the 1/4 mark. It will go from 1/4 to empty. Called Hyundai regarding any recalls. Of course, they said that there are no current open recalls. From what I see online, this has been a major problem. Having it fixed is even more of an issue. $600-$850 to fix is outrageous.

Hyundai needs to do a recall.........now!!!

- Darrell P., Greer, SC, US

problem #16

Sep 022016

Santa Fe Limited 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


At 70,000 miles my 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe gas level sensor started acting up. When I fill the tank it registers empty and the and the low fuel light endicator comes on. It eventually comes up after using about 1/4 of the gas. But each time you shut it off and restart it it goes back to empty and sometimes will not come back. I have researched this and it appears the fuel level sensors on the gas tank needs replaced or maybe even the fuel pump on gas tank. As this is a rather expensive fix and from what I have read many people are reporting the same problem I feel Hyundai should be responsible and issue a recall. I consider this a safety issue, because I could be left stranded in an undesirable area.

Maxine P Chillicothe,Ohio

- Maxine P., Chillicothe, OH, US

problem #15

Nov 012014

Santa Fe SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

I was 2,000 miles out of warranty when the fuel level sensor went out. I called Hyundai's corporate office and asked them if they would honor it under the 60,000 mile warranty and fix it they said NO. The fuel level sensor is a BIG DEAL.

It cost way too much to fix {$600 Hyundai Dealer quote} and where it is located is a big pain in the @#$%^ to get too. Along with the replacement of the fuel level sensor it was recommended to me by a very reputable mechanic and friend that I replace the fuel pumps both sides driver and passenger side. It seems they like to malfunction on a pretty regular basis and that it would be better to replace them at the same time as the fuel level sensor. Cost $1,200 Thanks Hyundai for all you didn't do otherwise I'm sure I would have ended up replacing fuel pumps.

- Kathie H., Phoenix, AZ, US

problem #14

Jun 302016

Santa Fe Limited 3.3lV6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

Hyundai has had this issue for some time with many similar vehicles (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe ltd)- fuel gauge reads empty even when tank is full- sensors fail on one or both sides of tank.. both need to be replaced.. The check engine light is triggered and car stalls when on low idle such as turns!... Dangerous situation and with so many Hyundai's having the same issue it is unconscionable they do not recall them for repair or cover the repair costs.. They all seem to break around 80K miles..Obvious faulty sensors..

- Doug P., New Hartford, NY, US

problem #13

Nov 012015

Santa Fe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles


Back in Nov 2015 our check engine light was coming on and off and then we noticed the fuel gauge acting all crazy. So after all reviews and complaints, I'm assuming to change fuel sender and fuel level sender. Why is Hyundai letting this happen. I have only owned it a year and a half and I'm learning an expensive lesson. Going to email Hyundai. Warranty ran out. Hope a lawsuit will be happening soon with these complaints.

- Cynthia H., McClellandtown, PA, US

problem #12

Feb 222016

Santa Fe GLS 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,565 miles

Fuel level was not telling or telling the wrong level of gas. Hard to guess which level of gas we had. I had to fix it by changing both fuel level sensor. Took 3 hours and $300 dollars of parts.

- Simon S., Rosemère, QC, Canada

problem #11

Aug 012015

Santa Fe 3.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,128 miles


- Elizabeth H., Toronto, ON, Canada

problem #10

Aug 042015

Santa Fe 6/2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I went to get my vehicle inspection sticker. It FAILED! It failed because my check engine light came on. This has been happening on and off for at Least 8 months as well as my fuel gauge not registering correctly. I would fill up my car, turn on the engine and the empty fuel light would be on. I too, like others, would fill up often to make sure I had gas. Sometimes the check engine light would come on, sometimes not.

I was told by my mechanic that I had 60 days to "replace" the fuel sensor in order to receive a valid inspection sticker. He went on to say that the sensor wasn't as much ($160- $200) as the service time ($78 an hour). They need to take out the back seat in order to get to the area in order to then take apart the gas tank assembly to get to the malfunctioning sensor and then replace it. Then put my car back together again!

- suzcandoit, Southbridge, MA, US

problem #9

Apr 072014

Santa Fe SE 3.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


After 1.5 years, finally I bought fuel sender and tool.

Total cost $237 with 1.5hrs.

- skim0914, Oakland Tonwship, MI, US

problem #8

Aug 012015

Santa Fe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,603 miles

Experiencing same fuel gauge problems as many other owners. Fuel gauge readings are erratic and check engine light is now staying on all the time now. I fill the tank up and within a couple of days of driving approx 75 km the gage falls way down to empty and gas light comes on. Starting the car again on the same day or the next day, the gage comes up again to the full or half way mark and the light goes out. So I fill the tank every few days in order to ensure we have sufficient fuel in case of an emergency. With all the complaints i'very seen on line, there really should be a Recall For this problem. We have never experienced this type of problem in our 50 yrs of owning 2 vehicles. We will have to reconsider our options when it's time to buy a new vehicle. What would be an expected replacement estimate in Canada???

- mariens, Halifax, NS, Canada

problem #7

Jul 012015

Santa Fe GLS 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

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fuel gauge sensor not working properly

Going to email Hyundai as I see this issue all over the forums. Wish more people would report it.

- jdahlbeck, billerica, MA, US

problem #6

Jul 032014

Santa Fe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

I started noticing that my gas gauge would read empty soon after I fueled. On July 3rd with my daughter and mother in the truck we stopped to get gas. When I attempted to restart the truck after filling up it didn't want to start? Treating it like an older car when it gets flooded I begin to pump the gas and it started, but would try to stall after a few minutes everything was fine.

My check engine light came on and I took it to the Dealer the next Business day, and like so many others on this and other sites the codes were saying that the sensors were bad. the est cost was $450 for each sensor, was also told common issue that I could track my mileage as save up for the repair. So That's what I have been doing waiting for my bonus to fix the issue it's one year later every week I go through this process, my husband won't drive the truck unless I'm with him cause he never knows how much gas we really have. The truck loses power or doesn't want to pick up speed after a few minutes of this and my husbands heavy foot the truck will speed up.

Last Friday I filled up and went through the whole routine again, but this time about two miles later while driving it just stalled, I put it into neutral and it started right up however the first stop light I came to as the RPM's came down it stalled again. I managed to baby it home and parked it there (NO Warranty) no cash, no fix.. My husband went out a few days later and it started right up and he was able to drive around the parking lot no issues... However last night I was going to take it to have the codes checked and when I started it I smelled gas, sure enough leaks on the ground in 2 spots right under the back seats.

I have a non dealer mechanic trying to repair it know, he found the line under the truck which can only be reached by pulling the seats was cracked in 3 spots how does this happen I could have been a flame ball rolling down the road.. Called the dealership and nope nothing covered but said they would have to inspect it to be sure..

This is a MAJOR SAFETY ISSUE.. Hyundai do the right thing fix our cars or we will be finding money to buy an American car that will look out for our safety.

- Conni J., Aurora, CO, US

problem #5

Jan 152015

Santa Fe Limited 3.3L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles

I reported the cost as being lower, as I performed the work myself. Expect around 250 dollars or less in parts, and whatever the cost is for labor (research shows 2-3 hours labor).

Initially began around 118K miles, fuel gauge reading erratically and occasional check engine light. Was intermittent (more likely to occur when the tank was less than 25% full). Eventually, the fuel gauge would behave unusually regardless of fuel level. Around 125K miles, the fuel gauge refused to work 99% of the time. Occasionally, it will read something, but is typically inaccurate (such as reading at half and moving about constantly when the tank was brimmed that morning). Very common problem with this generation of Santa Fe. Replacement parts are not of an improved design. Disappointing. Many people will experience the same issue soon after replacement. No recall has been issued, but there is a TSB.

- Phillip C., Winthrop Harbor, IL, US

problem #4

Feb 022015

Santa Fe V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,889 miles

I have had many cars over 50 years of driving and have never had a fuel gauge problem. On a limited budget, to have to pay over $500 in replacement parts is very difficult for this senior citizen. Especially when I was told by a Hyundai Service Rep that this is "quite common" for the Santa Fe's. It should be a recall fix! This may end my experience with Hyundai.

- jatomiukqc, Dorval, QC, Canada

problem #3

Apr 072015

Santa Fe V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,426 miles

Bought this vehicle from dealership with 64000 kms just over a year later my gas gauge went to empty in a flash when I had a quarter tank This was first problem filled up tank registered full turned off restarted than back to empty been haywire ever since, quoted $500 for fix needs new fuel pump really how long will it work I've seen many complaints about this being a constant problem with these vehicles 2007 and on should be a recall. Not impressed.

- Michelle L., Maple Ridge, BC, Canada

problem #2

May 122014

Santa Fe Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,923 miles

Have been experiencing same complaint regarding the fuel gauge not working properly. Hyundai should fess up and issue a recall to fix their mistake. The problem is intermittent. Some times it works and some times it doesn't. It seems to be so common. I fill up the tank and set the trip odometer to 0 and fill up at about 300k. In Ontario we have a "Drive Clean Program" or vehicle emissions inspection testing. If the "check engine light" is on (when the fuel gauge is not working) mechanics will give you a "fail" and you have to fix the problem by spending approx. $800.00 to replace the fuel level gauge. I have 1 more year before I have to fix the problem in order to renew my License and Registration. I'll sell the Santa Fe and buy a different SUV before I spend $800 to fix Hyundai's faulty design.

- Ralph B., Welland, Ontario, Canada

problem #1

Sep 102014

Santa Fe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,990 miles

The fuel gauge shows half when the car is full. At 220 miles it drops to zero and the empty fuel warning light comes on. I find out now that this problem is common on the Santa Fe 2007 to 2009 model years.

- Sathya V., Troy, MI, US

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