2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai Santa Fe 2004

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe repairs by problem area

Engine (32%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (13%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (10%)

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (14%)

$500 - $999 (49%)

$100 - $499 (27%)

< $100 (11%)

Chart based on 37 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

turbocharged 111hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual AWD

150000 mi I currently have a problem with the Key fob not operating to lock the vehicle, although unlocking is okay. I have ordered a new micro-switch and fob body, and I intend to try to do the repair at work here. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

56000 mi

US $260
Two tail lights not burning. 
66000 mi

US $5
Passenger side brake/tail light burned out. Replaced bulb successfully.  

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

200-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

65000 mi

US $20
Replaced both brake light bulbs 
153000 mi

US $500
The car starts then stalls. They replaced several parts but I think it was more of a "let's see if this helps." The problem eventually seemed to go away. 
85000 mi

US $550
The heater was blowing cold air, thought it may be the thermostat or the heater unit. Found the problem to be sensors and the repair was made. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

70040 mi

C $940
The alternator died and the battery was not able to be fully recharge. Apparently as the alternator got worst it weakened the battery and shortened it's life 
71600 mi

C $113
The alternator replaced in Oct. was deemed defective and replaced again. The alternator tensioned was also replaced ($$) 
87234 mi

C $711
A/C compressor magnetic clutch melted. Replaced with used compressor which leaked all coolant within a week. Replaced with second used part which leaked in the shop. A/C out of service. 
91760 mi AC never fixed. 
140000 mi

US $90
Driver side window would not go up and down normally. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

173-horsepower 2.7L V6 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

65100 mi

C $500
Alternator replacement 
79360 mi

C $388
Alternator under lifetime warranty, battery replaced. 
83080 mi

C $135
Replace alternator for 3rd time (4th alternator) 
22153 mi Radio replaced due to faulty sound controls (i.e. bass and treble resetting to maximum even when turned down). 
105000 mi

US $850
Tailgate lock actuator failed when operated via power locks/remote keyless entry. Required manual locking and unlocking of tailgate with key and would prevent alarm system from arming. 
144000 mi

US $270
Alternator replaced in December, 2008 failed again. Replaced with a new alternator. 
82000 mi

US $800
Alternator failure, along with drained battery resulting from the aforementioned failure. The alternator and battery were replaced. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

138-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

136000 mi

US $800
Leaking A/C hoses replaced, A/C compressor replaced and recharge. 
136000 mi

US $120
Return A/C hose split, slowly leaking refrigerant. Part was ordered and they even ate the labor so we only paid for the replaced part. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door

3-cylinder automatic 2WD

68000 mi

US $290
A/C stopped working. Bought remanufactored one from Amazon and had a repair shop install it and charge it. The a/c still does not get cold and there is a loud buzzing noise when it is on. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Electrical Problems

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