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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe repairs by problem area

Engine (26%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (5%)

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (63%)

< $100 (25%)

Chart based on 8 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

Engine not specified

97000 mi Gas gauge always shows empty. (even with a full tank of gas) 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

242-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

14000 mi Servo door motor replaced 
20000 mi

US $60
seat heater not working 
22000 mi Replaced head lamp 
36500 mi Horn stopped working. Dealer replaced horn and blown fuse under warranty. 
24000 mi Radio was not illuminating display in heat. 
25000 mi CD stuck in replacement audio system. Another one ordered. Trip computer not calculating range correctly. Could not replicate. New audio system installed. 
12400 mi seat heater button wont turn off. drained battery. dealer was surprised it happened. was never fixed. 
1000 mi TPMS light on at vehicle delivery. Dealer reset. light came back on within 10 miles. 
2978 mi TPMS light back on. Dealer has Hyundai engineer look at vehicle. Replaced module. Light still off after 100 miles 
8000 mi The speakers intermittently stop working. No sound from any system (radio or GPS) comes through. Sometimes lasts for hours. They could not replicate and were not willing to check anything other than connections. 
67000 mi

US $140
horn stopped working, had to replace them. Two, high and low frequency 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

242-horsepower 3.3L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

121520 mi Sensor light for fuel level. 
29000 mi HVAC system was making noise when changing the temperature. Driver's side actuator was replaced. 
28000 mi Rear Entertainment Center DVD screen will not display movie content. Menu will display and audio and video play through system. CD changer failed earlier. 
100 mi Navigation/Radio System 
28700 mi

US $980
Safety check revealed batter was close to failure. 
35000 mi When taking foot off of the gas pedal and coasting, lights would go dim for about a second and then return to normal. This happened repeatedly and would start to drastically drain the battery. The ground wire from the battery terminal was bad. Strange whirling sound when rolling up windows due to issue with ground wire. 
39500 mi The car would intermittently lose electrical power for a split second and then recover. The car was previously brought in for this. The positive batter cable was replaced because of high resistance. 
87000 mi

US $650
fuel sender failed affecting gas gage to read wrong 
41700 mi

US $150
Heater door motor failed and was replaced. 
50000 mi Brake light switch replaced 
8000 mi XM radio inoperative. Ordered new XM radio. Replaced XM radio. 
15500 mi replaced TPS sensor and reprogrammed 
45880 mi defective rear power outlet 
47520 mi Remote starter and door opener module requires replacement. module was replaced with part No.mdlhy1800hds 
51460 mi

C $429
check engine light on, gas gauge wouldn't register after a fill-up. The right fuel sending unit was replaced. 
9920 mi Rattle in sunroof.. possible clip hitting metal or glass.. could not replicate enough to pinpoint the issue 
22320 mi Invertor blown, new one ordered 
44620 mi Fuel sending unit failure 
3000 mi Keyless remote entry does not work reliably. The range is very variable and I sometimes need to be literally by the door for it to unlock the doors. Dealer couldn't replicate but has it on record. 
19000 mi AC temperature actuator is malfunctioning and will be replaced under warranty. 
20000 mi HVAC control unit replaced 
39000 mi Alternator failed, needed replacing 
43000 mi No heat driver's side. Bad 'blend motor'. Replaced. 
28000 mi Drivers power window quit. 
13280 mi

C $30
CD changer broke after battery change. 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

43000 mi compressor hose replacement 
55700 mi

US $93
Broken fuel float 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

200 mi Passenger airbag light "off" light stays on even when I have adult passenger, serious safety issue. seems alot of people have reported this. 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Electrical Problems

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