really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
105,553 miles

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problem #11

Jan 012013

Santa Fe

  • miles
2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. Consumer writes in regards to broken steering control arm and reimbursement for repairs. The consumer stated his wife was driving the vehicle, when the left front steering control arm broke free from the sub frame due to rust. It forced the vehicle to swerve dangerously to the left onto oncoming traffic. The consumer had a mechanic to inspect the vehicle, and the mechanic stated the entire under carriage had rusted. The consumer discovered a recall was issued for the same problem. However, when he contacted the dealer, he was informed the only vehicles that were being repaired, were the ones purchased in northern salt belt states.

- Dania, FL, USA

problem #10

Nov 262012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 230,000 miles
While driving my 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe, there is pulling of the wheel causing the vehicle to turn sharply to the right. There is significant wear on the front tires and the vehicle will not stay in alignment. There is a screeching noise coming from the rear. After having the timing belt replaced, I was informed by the mechanic there was a rust problem in the front part of the vehicle toward the front right tire. He told me the car is unsafe to drive and the rust on this vehicle is more like rust of a vehicle that is 50 years old not ten years. He also said the frame could break at any time to contact a Hyundai dealership. I contacted the dealership and was told there were no recalls for this problem for my vehicle. I called Hyundai's 800 number only to be told the same thing.

- Cumberland Gap, TN, USA

problem #9

Oct 152012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 120,012 miles
While driving on expressway I noticed the steering wheel went out of center and the vehicle began to wander. An inspection found that where the right front lower control arm attaches to the subframe was completely rotted out on the front bolt. Ordered a new sub frame and lower control arms to remedy the condtion.

- Mokena, IL, USA

problem #8

Sep 182012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 160,022 miles
Took my car for an alignment and tires. Frame where the lower control arms bolt up has serious rust issues. I see in some notes that the rust and corrosion has been an issue for the Hyundai's. is there any way I am eligible to get this repaired by Hyundai or at least at some discounted rate?

- Leonardo, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jul 232012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 183,000 miles
I was going to have the oil changed & alignment on a 2002 sante fe. I was told that there was rust/rotted out frame was where the lower control arm mounts up to the right tire area. I am very upset with this since I had a pre-inspection done & all came back ok. It is in an area where if the tires are not off of it, it is very hard to see. I suspect it is rusted due to the salty location of Illinois.

- Blue Mound, IL, USA

problem #6

Jun 012012

Santa Fe

  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the vehicle emitted a loud popping noise. The contact kept driving and the vehicle began to shake. The front driver's tire was tilted on an angle and protruded noticeably. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop, where it was inspected and determined that two of the bolts that held the control arm had broken. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 126,000.

- Madison Heights, MI, USA

problem #5

Feb 072012

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • miles
Rear suspension trailing arms have rusted out to the point the vehicle is unsafe to operate rear wheels are severly out of alignment.cannot control vehicle.

- Elizabethton, TN, USA

problem #4

Jan 142012

Santa Fe

  • 127,300 miles
The back right suspension bracket connected to the rear spring corroded to the point that it broke in half. This suspension component holds the wheel to the frame. This resulted in the vehicle becomming non driveavble. The wheel is grossely misaligned and the car cannot be driven. Iam fortunate this did not happen a higher rate of speed or serious injury or death may have resulted.

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

problem #3

Sep 292011

Santa Fe

  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated while having the rear bumper repaired by an independent mechanic, he was informed that there was a hole in the rear trailing arm due to corrosion. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V123000 (suspension:rear). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 126,000.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #2

Feb 282010

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Hyundai Santa Fe recall in late February, prior to receiving the recall notice, the sub frame failed while the vehicle was being serviced for an unrelated issue. The consumer had to pay to have the sub frame replaced. The consumer stated the ball joint was being replaced at the time of the failure.

- Savoy, IL, USA

problem #1

Dec 012008

Santa Fe

  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact started the ignition and experienced electrical failure. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The first failure also occurred on the date that the vehicle was purchased. Additionally, there were failures with the lower control arm and the filler in the fuel tank. The vehicle was repaired for the malfunctions; however, the failures continued to occur with the electrical system and suspension. The contact stated that the manufacturer should be responsible for the repair expense. The failure mileage was 92,000.

- Saint Johns Barry Center, VT, USA