definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,000 miles

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe lights problems

lights problem

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 292016

Santa Fe

  • 126,000 miles


The headlights are so poor that we do not feel safe driving at night. On low beams, it almost seems as if the lights are turned off. On high beams, visibility is adaquate but, of course, we cannot keep high beams on all the time. I called the dealer and they said they could replace the bulbs with new ones. However, they could not replace the bulbs with brighter ones such as leds.

- Pittsford, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 012009

Santa Fe

  • miles
The range of vision on the low beams is sub-standard. Going up hills, they seem to shine into the middle of the hill as if their long range aim was down, not up. Going down a steep hill, they appear to shine on a horizontal plane - not down on the road. The high beams are fine, but it's very difficult to see using just the low beams. Hyundai says there is nothing wrong with the Focus of the light emitted by the lamps or with their aim. However, they are not fit for nighttime driving.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #1

Jul 042009

Santa Fe

  • miles
The light emitted by the low beam headlights is so focused as to create a tunnel effect. This non-diffused light does not allow for any illumination other than straight ahead and no higher than the level of the headlamp. In conditions of total darkness, it is as if you are wearing a long brimmed cap and blinders. As you drive up or down a hill, the light shines "into" the rise or dip in the road. When going around a corner, the light does not "lead" the vehicle around the bend, it "lags" behind creating a dark zone as the car goes around the turn. When the bright lights are switched on, the tunnel effect disappears. Hyundai has said there is nothing wrong with the lamps or their adjustment. They contend that it is a design feature of these particular lamps and that they are effective. The vehicle is not safe to drive in the dark.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

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