really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,340 miles

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problem #56

Jul 152016

Santa Fe

  • 107,130 miles
Starting on July 15, 2016, the check engine light (mil) came on, as well the fuel gauge incorrectly indicating the amount of fuel, in the fuel tank, at 107130 miles. I had the mil diagnosed as P0464, fuel sensor defect. Many other Hyundai Santa Fe owners, have reported this problem, requesting financial assistance to repair this significant safety problem, to Hyundai customer service, to no avail. Their response has been it is not their concern and have not offered to provide financial assistance. If I were to be driving at highway speed, e.g., 55-75 mph, and have the engine shut down, due to lack of fuel, the power steering would be significantly impaired, with loss of control. This could lead to loss of control of my vehicle, with subsequent probability of an "accident", resulting in personal injury, resulting in death, to me and my family members, as well as others, as well as serious property damage. The cost for replacement of the fuel level sensors is approximately $600 to $800. This fuels sensor problem and mil, occurs when stationary, when the ignition switch is turned to start, as well as when in motion, at any speed. I believe that before some disastrous event occurs, Hyundai should assist in the replacement of these defective fuel sensors.

- Englewood, CO, USA

problem #55

Jul 142016

Santa Fe

  • 65,000 miles
Iżve taken my 2009 Santa Fe to the rick case roswell, ga on Friday, 7/1/2016 and again today, 7/15/2016, both for the same issue, my car is stalling while I drive it. On 7/1 they told me it was the battery, so had a new one installed while there. Both times, IżM been turning into a curve (it was a right hand turn on 7/1 and a left hand turn on 7/15). The first time I was lucky as it was just coming off a stop light. Last night, however, it was a curve to get on the highway with an 18 wheeler thundering behind me when my car stalled, and I lost the power steering and braking and almost became an 18 wheeler hood ornament. As I mentioned, the dealer is perplexed by the issue, nothing is showing up on the diagnostics and they canżT replicate the problem. I had to leave the dealership with the sense that IżM driving around in a ticking time bomb. As a women who frequently drives by herself in the car, and on the highway 99.9% of the time, I canżT tell you the fear that knowing that this can happen again at any moment and that the next time I may not be so lucky, instills in me. This is my second Hyundai and I have always considered myself to be a proud Hyundai owner, but I just did a little research and found out that a) not only am I far from the only person who has had this issue, B) there has actually been a class action law suit that Hyundai lost regarding the frequent stalling of Hyundai vehicles. I need Hyundai to fix this issue asap or risk being sued by my family after IżM killed in a car accident that is the direct result of your stalling vehicles.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #54

May 252016

Santa Fe

  • 105,000 miles
Fuel sensor shows gas level erratically both on gauge and digital display, usually when fuel level is below 1/3 left in tank. Check engine light also then displays erratically. This happens only when vehicle is stopped in traffic or in parked position with engine on. Happens only, so far, in stop and go traffic and not on the hwy. Has been occurring since May 2016 with 105,000 miles.

- North Potomac, MD, USA

problem #53

Feb 012016

Santa Fe

  • 90,000 miles
Around 90,000 miles my fuel sensor started not working the check engine light will come on and the needle will go up and down as well as the digital miles left on trip, I bought an extended warranty when I purchased the vehicle, but it only lasted until 80,000 miles of course. The sensor barely works and when it does it only lasts for a little while. I have to keep track myself of how much gas is in the car. I have seen several complaints about this issue and recalls for much less. I do not think vehicle owners should have to pay to replace these sensors and/or fuel pumps when this is clearly a defect by Hyundai. I will never purchase another Hyundai again.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #52

Jul 012015

Santa Fe

  • miles
The check engine light and low fuel light come on even with a full tank of gas. I've received several estimates to have the fuel sensor replaced and it will cost anywhere from $600 to $700. This should be a recall considering the amount of people with the same problem and safety issues.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #51

May 242016

Santa Fe

  • 87,124 miles
About a month ago my engine light kept coming on and every time I filled the tank with gas the car wont start unless I keep the foot on the gas while turning the ignition key then I have to switch the gear to drive with a foot on the brake and one on the gas. I took it to the dealership and had to replace the purge valve and the purge hose. Not even a week I went to fill the tank and my gauge dropped to empty and while I drive it starts to go up and down constantly it is hard to tell how much gas you have, I notice is very common on this make and model and year. This should be a recall since it is a safety hazard.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #50

Apr 092016

Santa Fe

  • miles
After fueling my car, the gas gauge immediately dropped to empty and the light would come on. While driving it would then slowly creep up to about 3/4 of a tank. At the half way mark, it would go up and down gradually so that I could never trust how much gas was truly in my tank, leading me to always want to refuel at the halfway mark. This happened continually in between fueling and never corrected itself.

- Lincoln, CA, USA

problem #49

Mar 262016

Santa Fe

  • 65,000 miles
At approx 65000 miles of normal driving fuel gauge became erratic and unreliable. Guage reads anywhere from full to one eighth and fluctuates almost constantly regardless of actual fuel level. Check engine light on produced error code P0464. This is a dangerous situation.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #48

Jun 062015

Santa Fe

  • 77,000 miles
Ck engin light comes on code P0464 not a ll uncommon.

- S. Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #47

Jul 042015

Santa Fe

  • miles
Check engine light came on. Fuel gauge read empty. I had just filled up a day or so prior. I took to my mechanic he said that it is the fuel sensor. So I fill up the car and reset my trip to 0 every time I fill up now. Otherwise I have no idea how much gas is in the car...the fuel gauge jumps around...sometimes it says half empty...sometimes it says low fuel light. This is a dangerous and expensive situation...the fuel sensors should not failing! I see that may other people are experiencing the same problem...although this first happened over the summer the problem is ongoing and apparently wide spread.

- Amity Harbor, NY, USA

problem #46

Dec 112015

Santa Fe

  • 92,000 miles
Fuel level stopped working, check engine light came on. Mechanic said the code called for replacement of fuel level sensors. $500 repair and the problem was not corrected. I never know how much gas I have and I can never put more than 8 gallons in when I fuel up. But gas gauge will go up to have then drop to empty then go up to half a tank. Very horrific. Check engine light is on which will cause me to fail inspection.

- Wellfleet, MA, USA

problem #45

Nov 292015

Santa Fe

  • miles
The engine lights stays on when you fill the gas tank it still says empty when driving everything will shut off this is for the second time in less than a year

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #44

Nov 012015

Santa Fe

  • 88,000 miles
Only 85K miles on the Hyundai used for normal driving. The fuel gauge/sensors have begun acting erratic. Filled the gas tank and gauge showed full. Very next morning gauge down to a quarter tank. Purchased gas and only needed 3 gallons. Fuel gauge all over the place and not measuring gas correctly. Creates an unsafe condition as driver does not reliably know how much fuel is available. Many issues like this according to posts on internet. Hyundai has a systematic problem and should repair free of charge.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #43

Nov 252015

Santa Fe

  • 85,000 miles
After filling vehicle with fuel, fuel gauge showed tank empty and yellow light on dash shows fuel empty. Fuel gauge recovered to show 1/2 full, then displays erratic results. Online forums show defective fuel sensor with a large number of Hyundai vehicles. There should be recall on this issue. Drivers may think they have sufficient fuel, to then have vehicle run out of gas in a dangerous driving environment.

- Manchester, CT, USA

problem #42

Jul 262015

Santa Fe

  • 78,000 miles
Car lost power while in motion taking a turn and slowing down to a stop. Started July 2015, once again in Aug. Now since Oct, happens more regularly, sometimes twice a day. Dealer looked at it twice. No codes, can't replicate so they don't know what's causing the problem. Replaced tcs and did recall 9H292430 all with no luck. Dealers next best guess is replacing throttle body.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #41

Sep 282015

Santa Fe

  • 95,000 miles
Several months ago, the check engine light came on. I took the car to the dealer and while nothing was wrong with the engine, I needed to pay $1000 to repair the sensor because I needed my car emission inspected. In the last month, while on a road trip, the check engine light came on again and the car just lost power and stalled. When we restarted the car, the light was still on but went off the next day. Since then, the check engine light comes on randomly and the fuel gauge jumps all over the place. It will indicate I have 88 miles to empty and then jump back up to 130. The check engine light will come on one day and be off the next.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #40

Mar 192015

Santa Fe

  • 95,500 miles
Once the gas gage reaches 1/4 full, it goes to empty. After filling with gas, it will take over 1 hour to record a full tank. Cannot use the gage as we are never sure how much gas is in the tank. The engine light also appears and stays on until the gas sensor records full.

- Jay, NY, USA

problem #39

Oct 202015

Santa Fe

  • 67,900 miles
Vehicle fuel system gauge inaccurate. After a fill up, the gas gauge would change from 3/4 full to empty, to 1/4 full, to 3/4 full to empty, regarldess of how much fuel was in the vehicle. Check engine light intermittently comes on and off. This is clearly the most common safety complaint on NHTSA, and other internet complaint pages related to safety issues with the Hyundai Santa Fe. Several model years appear to be heavily affected. Not knowing how much fuel the vehicle has is a major safety concern and could lead to accidents, injuries, and deaths. I'm having to pay for very expensive repairs because of this, and Hyundai refuses to accept responsibility, even though their service folks acknowledge they see this often. This should be a recall, and all those who have paid for this costly repair should be reimbursed.

- Niskayuna, NY, USA

problem #38

Sep 172015

Santa Fe

  • miles
My gas gauge showed a half tank one day then it showed empty then it showed empty/ the next day it would not start I new there was gas in it an hour later it started but after I was out it went back to empty. This problem needs to be fixed several people I meet in parking lots have the same problem. Are you waiting for someone to get in the rear when it shuts off and people get killed big law suits will happen iam sure it would cheaper to fix this then get sued. I see there are a lot complaints

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #37

Feb 012015

Santa Fe

  • 105,000 miles
Fuel gauge does not work properly. No matter how much gas is in tank it usually registers empty, and occasionally it will randomly fluctuate up and down. Because of this issue the check engine light is always on. This happens while car is stationary or in motion. This is a known issue by Hyundai.

- Savannah, GA, USA

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