really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,417 miles

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problem #6

Feb 102018

Santa Fe

  • 70,000 miles
Driving down a road at night and the sunroof suddenly flew off the top of car. I have been driving a rental since it happens and have contacted Hyundai Corp and finally received a call from them on Feb tues 27th but have not resolved what they are going to do about this with me or carstar collision center where my car is sitting now. The consumer stated the sunroof was repaired under the recall, the under carriage had not. The consumer requested to be reimbursed for the rental car.

- Lansdale, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 162016

Santa Fe

  • 123,000 miles
Takata recall my 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe has paint that chipped away above the driver side, right above the windshield. The paint still continues to remove itself from the body in chunks. The issue began about a year ago. And I do not expect paint to remove itself with any rust/ rock chips in the area of paint missing. The SUV has 136,800 miles on it, but paint should not be coming off in chunks. I looked online and other individuals had a similar issue with their Hyundai. It's not just a problem with the Santa Fe. It's also sonata's, elantra's and other Hyundai models. The missing pearl white paint now shows bare metal and is now showing signs of surface rust.

- Ingleside, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 062017

Santa Fe

  • 49,000 miles
Peeling paint on roof gas tank doesn't register if tank is empty or full.

- Plymouth Meeting, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 052013

Santa Fe

  • 52,000 miles
Was second vehicle at stop light with foot on brake. Vehicle suddenly lunged forward overriding brake, and hit back of vehicle in front causing damage and possible injury to other driver. Had pedestrians been in front, could easily have run over them. Months prior, twice on same day engine power died while driving. Hyundai replaced throttle position sensor.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #2

Apr 092013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
My 2008 Santa Fe ltd that suffered a loss of the left rear quarter glass, including the frame molding, while driving on the freeway a few days ago. The glass company stated that it appeared to have actually break off of the bolts and simply fly off the vehicle. The only thing left on the vehicle was the urethane adhesive, which was stretched out around the back of the quarter panel. Another interesting note is that while inspecting the right rear quarter glass, it appears to be suffering from the same phenomenon, and may come off at any time. I contacted the dealership, which informed me that my auto is out of warranty and that there are no recalls for this issue at this time. Considering that my auto insurance deductible is $500, I was forced to pay for the replacement out of pocket for $338.55.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #1

Dec 062009

Santa Fe

  • 36,500 miles
2008 Hyundai Santa Fe off center head on collision resulting in severe leg trauma. Integrity of the fire wall failed resulting in metal pushing past the firewall in to the drivers side area entrapping the leg on the femur. This injury resulted in a dangerous amount of blood loss in to the cavity of the thigh.

- Prescott Valley, AZ, USA