pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,914 miles

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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe engine problems

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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 062017

Santa Fe

  • 17,000 miles


Two issues: Severe problem - when driving at a rate of approximately 35mph today on a major city thoroughfare, our 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0T ultimate suffered a sudden and complete loss of power (engine and all electrical systems including lighting). After coming to a stop, the vehicle was stranded in place until it was able to start up again many minutes later. Fortunately no one was physically harmed as the individual driving behind our vehicle was observant enough to identify the issue (despite a lack of brake lights or hazards) and stop in time. No visible engine light or fault code was triggered. Less severe problem: On a regular basis, the vehicle suffers abrupt and sustained loss of power in merging situations (especially when turning on city streets from a stop). This seems to be from an overactive or otherwise ineffective traction control system/programming. Despite even planning for the possible loss of power, this has still resulted in a number of "near miss" situations. A warranty visit has been scheduled for these issue and we will gladly provide the results and/or other updates upon request. We are, however, seriously considering selling the vehicle at a loss due to these two issues.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #6

Nov 082016

Santa Fe

  • 7,000 miles
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe limited will bog down when starting from a stopped or low speed while trying to merge into traffic or turning. There is a significant hesitation - almost to the point of stopping while merging - very significant safety issue. Been an ongoing problem since bought 5/31/16

- Chardon, OH, USA

problem #5

Sep 062016

Santa Fe

  • 5,000 miles
We bought a 2017 Santa Fe sport with the 2.0 T engine in July of 2017. It has about 5,000 miles on it and has now started to hesitate badly when trying to accelerate when turning. It seems as though it either loses power or the transmission is not in the correct gear. The result is a very dangerous situation when try to turn onto a road with traffic. We are going to call the dealership were we purchased the car to see if there is any fix. I see from other complaints this is turning out to be a common issue.

- Boyds, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 102016

Santa Fe

  • 4,000 miles


Engine stalls at any speeds while driving. Tech at dealership could not find the problem. Dealership stated they never had a problem like this before. The engine is a 2.0T which was subject to recalls for the same problem. Hyundai currently settling class action suit for Hyundai sonatas with the same problem in model years 2011-2014 2.0T engines. Speeds when occurring 40-65 mph. Eleven incidents so far since purchasing the vehicle 4/8/2016.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #3

May 282016

Santa Fe

  • 20 miles
Sometimes after slowing to make a turn the car's engine seems to "stumble" for a second before acceleration can begin. Comes as a surprise and because of the hesitation catching me off-guard I am pitched forward in my seat. Nothing catastrophic, but very annoying and could be dangerous to a driver not knowledgeable about this problem. This is a brand new car and I noticed this problem after only a day or two of ownership. I suspect this is a software issue and can be fixed with a reflash of the ECU, but that's just my best guess. Have not contacted the dealership yet, but thought I'd file this complaint first to see if a recall can be issued to fix this problem.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #2

Jul 012016

Santa Fe

  • 700 miles
From stop, or near stop, engine cuts out (stumbles) during normal acceleration.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jun 022016

Santa Fe

  • 675 miles
I bought the vehicle on 5/7/16. On 6/2/16 I was driving on highway 395 when I noticed smoke coming out of the engine compartment. The car started losing power and eventually died. When I got it pulled over to the side of the road I noticed flames coming out from the front of the engine. I grabbed what I could and got out of the car. Within 5 min the front of the car was engulfed in flames. I had approximately 675 miles on it. I have contacted Hyundai but they have not responded to me. I ordered a copy of the police report but have not received it yet. I have pictures that I have attached. I am concerned about this happening to other people. Thankfully I didn't have grandkids in the car, I'm not sure I would have been able to get them out.

- Reno, NV, USA

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