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Hyundai Santa Fe repairs by problem area

Engine (26%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 1418 repairs.

Hyundai Santa Fe engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (14%)

$500 - $999 (28%)

$100 - $499 (41%)

< $100 (13%)

Chart based on 120 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

turbocharged 264hp 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

8700 mi Turbo was out of spec. The turbo was not engaging due to it being out of spec. 

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.3L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

12000 mi High pressure fuel pump failed 

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.3L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

9920 mi Replacement of the belt tensioner. 

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.3L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

9300 mi Oil sensor leak, causing diminishing oil levels between changes and intermittent Level light to illuminate while operating vehicle.. 

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

190-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

33480 mi Towing trailer and Engine light came on- dealer "updated" the emission computer module??? TSB 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

276-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

18300 mi Engine had small misfires, dealer reset the codes in the throttle body and transmission 
45000 mi A pulley motor was replaced. This was covered under our OEM warranty. 
54000 mi Idler pulley replaced 
10540 mi thermostat sticking open on heat 
34100 mi oil pressure sending unit leaking 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

276-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

8260 mi Repaired leaking oil pan 
17360 mi Replaced the oil sensor 
16000 mi Engine will hesitate every few days. Press on gas, engine does not accel, just does not go. Engine ck light does not come on. Release gas, press again, engine is then OK. Also door air leak, cruise control works intermittently. 
23000 mi Sensor in throttle body failed putting car in Limp Mode. Entire throttle body had to be replaced. 
24000 mi Engine cut out twice at low speeds. No codes. Not sure why. ECM software was updated per TSB. Problem has not occurred since. Mileage also seems to have improved. 
11160 mi TPS throttle position sensor failure 
40140 mi replaced belt 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

15500 mi Sluggish engine reaction while accelerating in steep roads. 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel automatic AWD

6820 mi The Car had blown a turbo hose when pressing the acclerator down on the highway during an overtake. When we stopped the hose outer shell had blown and we had to tape it up until we could get another hose. 

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

276-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

71000 mi The timing chain tensioner system runs off of oil pressure. Lost pressure when engine off. Caused chain to rattle badly. (check valve in system failed) 
73000 mi Lower connecting rod bearing failing (noises on startup caused me to bring in). Entire engine replaced. 
74300 mi

US $530
Oil light would flicker at low RPMs. Oil pressure switch was replaced. 

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

276-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

29000 mi Throttle was hitting a dead spot and would almost stop when accelerating from stop or hard from slow Speed. Dealer said it was a recall, which I never got! Updated software and cleaned carbon out of throttle body and hopefully intake manifold. 
1116 mi

C $171
replacing a ground wire because vehicule won't start 
43400 mi Oil pressure sensor replaced. 
13640 mi Yellow engine light fixed by replacing the o2 senor under warranty. 
60720 mi Timing chain cover reseal. Leak noticed by dealer during an oil change. 
66120 mi Oil light coming on. Oil pressure sensor replaced. 

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

29500 mi Check engine light went on, dealer diagnosed a faulty intake manifold. Part ordered, replaced after sold to a co-worker. 

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

27900 mi Unstable in idle and sudden loss of power while driving at low speed (around 20-30km/h) 
30380 mi Unstable in idle and sudden loss of power while driving at low speed (around 20-30km/h). Problem with the catalytic converter and they replaced it. 
56000 mi Loud intermittent exhaust noise under the hood. Sounded as though exhaust became disconnected from header. Would last for 10 minutes and stop. Did not effect use of vehicle. 
80000 mi

US $235
lost rear main seal. 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe

Engine not specified

7000 mi Crank seal leaking 
98000 mi

US $100
Short block had to be rebuilt and installed, piston rings and other issues to the Pistons caused engine to sieze. 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

276-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

23000 mi 3rd time for same problem—jerky movement in lower gears, under 25 felt like someone hitting car from behind. No mechanical problem found, but after "lots of test driving" they replicated. Software update seems to have fixed problem, for now at least. 
17000 mi My Santa Fe was in the shop for one day to adjust the transmission which was shifting in to high gear to fast causing the vehicle to buck. 
18000 mi Engine would stall for 3 to 4 seconds when starting from a complete stop. 
20000 mi The stalling problem never was resolved...the problem seemed to be that it did not do it on a constant basis and they claimed they could never get it to do it. 
15872 mi The common radiator pinhole/seam leak on the Santa Fe radiator, noticed small coolant loss at overflow tank, slight green stain on radiator. Radiator replaced under warrantee 
5000 mi Car stalled at low speed in city driving. Towed to dealer where no fault codes or history were found. Car was driven home and problem has not resurfaced. 
6500 mi Radiator sprung leak at top right corner, occasionally spurting coolant onto engine cover. Radiator is not losing excessive amounts of coolant, however. Part ordered; covered under warranty. 
8000 mi Radiator was replaced, stopping the leak. 
4960 mi car overheated. something needed tightening or replacing to radiator 
13020 mi noticed radiator fluid leaking into ground when car parked 
29760 mi loose heat shield, rubbing noise when coasting 
3000 mi known problem with harsh/abrupt shifting with 6 speed auto tran. TSB' have not fixed the problem, as of yet. fix(TSB}does not solve the problem ( only temporary). 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

276-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

5580 mi Transmission surges, throttle issues and extreme thuds when shifting in slow situations. Software update (TSB). Some improvement, but not completely rectified 
15500 mi Recurring problem with transmission clanging into 2nd gear during slow acceleration. Diagnostics done, repair not succesful. 
34100 mi Replaced timing chain cover 
50840 mi Vehicle would not start on all occasions. When ignition would not catch, it would take multiple attempts, but it always started. Waiting for situation to happen again at which time I will return to dealer. 
52700 mi Starting issue as previously reported. Dealer thinks it is a faulty immobilizer antennae and ordered part. Awaiting installation. 
53320 mi Installed new antennae, didn't work. Ordered a wiring harness to see if it might do the trick. I decided to cut my losses and got rid of the car. 
6820 mi updated the transition software 
17360 mi transmission software update 
6000 mi

US $45
VERY loud tapping noise at startup. Goes away after 3 seconds. This will re-occur after being off after 3 hours. Either rod bearing noise or lifter noise as oil apparently drains down. Dealer changed oil & filter, could not replicate. 
6300 mi Loud tapping in engine with cold startup. Factory rep to listen in October. Noise very minimal in colder weather. Will take back next year in warm weather 
16000 mi

US $38
TSB stated that 1-2 and 2-3 shift points erratic when cold 
77500 mi

C $280
Turn key engine cranks, catches, stalls Ongoing problem with engine immobilizer system Dealer will claim "could not duplicate" Keys have been replaced, problem persists... Intermittent, Turn key, engine turns over but does not start. Ongoing engine immobilizer malfunction. Dealer will not repair problem. 
20460 mi Vehicle motor would turn over but would not start until third try.This happened irregularly. Same issue after they replaced immobilizer system. 
37040 mi Idler belt adjuster 
43180 mi Cvt failing Hyundai paid for everything. Was past warranty by 3 months. 
8266 mi Replace transmission 
22300 mi Replace electric cooling fan. Expected time 1 hr.Real time 2 hrs. 
62580 mi Hard to start on occasion but getting worse.The antenna circut was changed for the immobilizer. Starting 100% better.But to get this appointment done,phoned Hyundai Canada.They talked to dealer and had me in at dealer within 2 days. 
74580 mi Check Engine light on,diagnosed as intake gaskets leaking.Parts ordered,parts in 2 weeks later. Appointment made and 1 day to fix. 
15460 mi

C $52
Noise coming from engine belt tensioner (Noisy bearing). 
14260 mi Problem with transmission not catching when changing gears going from gear down to gear up. Feels like it is slipping and then catches and "clunks" when it goes into gear. 
15500 mi Vehicle had intermittant no start problems. Disconnected command start - 2 1/2 weeks without problem. Did a transmission update for slipping and after 2 1/2 weeks no problems. 
50840 mi Oil leak from weep hole at engine/tranny interface. Dealer reported leak from oil pressure switch. 
97340 mi

C $804
Oil pressure sensor leak; replaced oil pressure sensor for the second time. 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

4340 mi

C $70
Vehicle accelerated after came to a stop. This occurred in -40C temps. The service personnel in two dealership service shops have not been able to recreate the incident inspite of extended attempts to do the same. Hyunda Can involved. 
31000 mi The car would not start and was towed to the dealership. The dealer replaced a starter switch. 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

29140 mi Engine light was on. Dealer diagnosed as an oxygen sensor. Dealer replaced under warrantly 
5300 mi Oil leak from a seal above oilpan, Originally thought to be a pan leak. 
58000 mi Reported an issue where, while driving, after releasing the gas pedal to allow the car to coast, the engine/throttle surges about three seconds after releases. Since there was no code, the shop didn't treat the issue. 
25000 mi Replaced throttle position sensor 
31000 mi Fuel nozzle must be held at angle to allow fuel to fill. Cannot get fuel nozzle to auto fill. 
69700 mi

US $350
Vehicle had stalled several times in last six months. bad throttle position sensor found and replaced. Had been earlier for issue while under warranty but Hyundai failed to cover. Bad Hyundai 
3000 mi Dealer had a TSB to check oxgen sensor for this vehicle. They had to remove it to test sensor and found no problem with it. Had taken vehicle in to change oil as a precaution to eliminate any manufacturing metal chips that might still be in the oil. 
21000 mi Check engine light always on. Hyundai Santa Fe dealer first replaced sensors. Problem was resolved for less than twenty minutes. Light when back on while driving car home. Fuel pump replaced second and the problem was resolved.  
51460 mi Throttle sensor adjusted and ECM patched. 
120300 mi Recall for oil leak. 
16000 mi throttle position sensor shorted caused computer to go into limp mode (no pwr go only 5 mph) 
42160 mi

C $250
oil leak noted 
43060 mi vehicle went into limp mode due to fault tpms sensor 
52700 mi

C $40
Oil leak noted. 
60140 mi Throttle sensor defect. 2bd time for this repair 
75020 mi

C $761
oil pan gasket leak. 5th time. replaced gasket with silicone 
21000 mi

US $300
Rough idling in morning. Took it to the dealer and they flush the system but it is still as rough idling as before. 
23000 mi Replaced the TPS. 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

19000 mi Replaced sensor to repair problem with anti-skid system. The 'off' light came on at random times.  
34500 mi Fuel tank vent blockage. replaced canister and reset code, light comes on again. Took CUV to another dealer and removed blockage from vent line. Code reset and no problems thereafter. 
66000 mi

US $100
new water pump, gaskets, and fuel sensor 
21700 mi Check engine light came on. Brought into Jim Pattison Hyundai and they reflashed the ECU. Could not get them to tell me what the code was. The check engine light was on all the time (not flashing) so it was safe to drive to garage 
48720 mi Multiple oil leaks noticed when replacing wheel bearing, had to schedule second repair trip - valve cover and oil pan 
44640 mi in for mainte. - service found valve covers leaking hosed off motor - picked up vehicle and drove 25 feet cel on - took back they turned cel off - drove home came back on -took back they order parts - install them -cel not go off - call... 
45440 mi replaced o2 sensor - replaced computer - replaced cat converter and yes the problem lasted for about a month before finally being fixed 
54560 mi Fan relay faulty -replaced Both valve cover gaskets leaking ordered parts 
55160 mi Valve cover gaskets installed. cooling fan caused check engine light to come on - bearings in fan shot 
57200 mi Check engine light on. Dielectric grease added to some connections and grounds were snugged up. 
60120 mi Replaced leaking valve cover gasket and oil saturated alternator, recall. 
30380 mi

C $427
left hand valve cover gasket. 
49800 mi

C $250
Post catalytic converter oxygen sensor failed 
53600 mi Recall to change leaking valve cover gasket and replace alternator due possible damage due to dripping oil . Also the recall replaced a brake light switch 
53320 mi Alternator was saturated in oil from leaky rocker panel gasket which was also replaced.  
66300 mi

US $1400
Oil leak from upper gaskest. 
4000 mi Vehicle stalling. Oxygen sensor replaced. Problem fixed. 
18700 mi Faulty Oxygen Sensor causing the Engine Light to illuminate. Engine was rough when hot. 
3000 mi

US $50
check engine light is on, dealer check out and found O2 sensor is bad. had to order sensor 
75000 mi Warranty repair on the head gasket. Replaced. 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 2.7L V6 5-speed manual FWD

26040 mi One of the 6 ignition coils replaced under warranty 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

66340 mi

C $395
Check engine light came on, scan indicated purge valve, which was replaced 
36000 mi Check Engine light came on while driving. We immediately drove it to the nearest dealer, and they determined an O2 sensor had quit working. Sensor was replaced and problem resolved. 
78000 mi

US $59
I noticed that the car wouldn't start whenever I filled up with gas, unless I pumped the accelerator when turning the key. Mechanic replaced the purge control valve, and this seems to have solved the problem. 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

50000 mi

US $113
engine light went on after service. dealer claimed I hit a rock cracked the evap sys. I took car to 2 other repair shops they found no crack. reset set computer fixed problem. dealer scam. 
22940 mi

﷼500
Loss of power suddenly while driving. Problem with fuel pump which was replaced. But problem recurred and fuel pump was replaced again. Now ok. 
66340 mi

$70
coolant loss, replaced a gasket 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

57040 mi Part was replaced on warranty bought on last maitenance. 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door

6-cylinder automated manual 2WD

30000 mi The engine has developed a noticeable knock. It's louder after the motor warms up. I can hear it when I'm driving if the radio is off. The service tech said everything checks out normal. I am not going to give up until it goes away. 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

Engine not specified

91000 mi Check engine light keeps coming on. They found a faulty fuse. 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

turbocharged 148hp 2.2L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

1860 mi Diesel engine noise on cold start 
32860 mi Car engine/transmission seems to occassionally hesitate or hiccup at certain times, such as just around the 85kmh mark. Dealer said they reset adaptive transmission and I should be aggressive when accelerating for the next 3 days afterward 
35960 mi Repaired the Exhaust Gas Recirculation Valve 
52080 mi Car seemed to hiccup twice when reaching a certain speed linit, around 80 or 90 kph, then gently backing off the accelerator. This time they replaced the entire Exhaust Gas Recirculation valve. 
66960 mi Check Engine light came on day after regular service was done. Error showed problem with Swirl Actuator. Issue rectified next day after several fast accelerations, which is what mechanic advised. 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

32000 mi Lost throttle response while driving 50 MPH in traffic and check engine lite came on. Pulled over turned engine off then restarted the car, check engine lite stayed on. Drove to dealership. They replaced the TPS the next day. 
66000 mi Leak from front valve cover on to alternator caused car to stall in freeway left lane. The ECS indicator light and the ABS service reminder indicator light came on then a short while later the engine started losing power. Replaced gasket and alternator. 
27700 mi

US $29
Throttle Position Sensor failed. 
23000 mi Replaced valve cover gasket 
98300 mi

US $215
Don't know sensor by name, had to do with oxygen but not an O2 valve. Check engine light out now after replacement. 
51000 mi Recall. Engine valve cover gasket was starting to leak with potential to drip on alternator and ruin it. Since this was caught early no damage was done to the alternator and only the gasket was replaced. 
12400 mi car wont reconize key when going to start/wont turn over. took to dealer multiple times. not a thing is wrong they say. check the computers they all come back ok, finally after 6 months with this issue they say its the tsc sensor?  

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

7440 mi Scanned No. P300 Checked #08-36-003/cleared code -ok' Dealer on the road said that he would replace the part if he had one in stock. Home dealer said that it "may have been speck in gas." "Return if problem repeats"  
40300 mi Check engine light flashing--engine running rough--lost power. Cause P0300,P0304, P0306. Correction: Cleared codes and checked No 4 and 6 plugs Updated ECM and road test 
44320 mi Check Engine light was on. Dealer will order sensors and repair under warranty. 
44640 mi repalaced fuel level Sensor A 94460ROA .5 N69 C15 
50840 mi Check engine Light indicated p--87 and P--89 replaced intake gasket so far no re-occurrence. Was told to check if that solved the problem then pay the bill. 
53520 mi

C $122
REPLACED VALVE COVER GASKET 
55180 mi

C $1159
corrosion on upper and lower rad hoses Thermostat corroded leaking timing cover. parts were not available ....repair rescheduled for later in October 
56420 mi

C $1439
broken timing cover replaced 
57040 mi I was told that the knock in the engine would be costly 
72780 mi

C $1755
oil leak from engine leaked onto alternator and caused it to burn out 
112 mi Engine light came on, automatic tranmission code, likely due to a module 
46000 mi noise from loose exhaust heat shield 
14000 mi Throttle Position Sensor replaced 
23560 mi Faulty Throttle Position sensor 
55800 mi Throttle Position sensor failed - replaced under warranty 
26660 mi P2035 TPS or Throttle Positioniong Sensor replaced and ECU updated 
17000 mi Replaced faulty, leaking oil pressure sensor. 
21000 mi throttle position sensor went bad causing car to go into "limp home" mode repeatedly, nearly stranding me but still allowed me to drive short distances. Dealer picked up car in AM, replaced sensor, and delivered back after lunch fixed. 
24000 mi Engine surging at light throttle. No code. Dealer talked with Hyundai, which recommended replacing throttle position sensor (TPS). Worked. 
38000 mi Had slight oil leak - dealer found it was valve cover gasket. Replaced under warranty. 
47700 mi Oil pan was leaking oil - dealer removed pan, cleaned, and replaced RTV gasket sealant. 
22000 mi Car had surging idle problem when cold. Throttle position sensor was replaced and computer was updated with a flash update. 
21000 mi

US $450
right rear heat shield loose and making a vibrating noise. Tightened and problem has been resolved. squeaking sound with engine running. rate increased as RPM's increased. Power steering idler pulley replaced. 
28700 mi

US $980
Throttle position sensor failed. Turned on check engine light. Covered under warranty 
33500 mi The dealer said the error code was the oxygen sensor and that it couldn't be replaced until it read a certain number. Essentially, they reset the code and did nothing about the gas cap.  Check engine light came on again after putting fuel in the car. The strap that holds the gas cap caused the cap to come loose. I reseated the cap, but the issue did not go away. I cleaned the gasket. Check engine light went off and has not returned. 
39500 mi Check engine light on and poor gas mileage. The rear bank 1 oxygen sensor was shorted. Replaced and now running normally. 
52000 mi

US $400
Knock sensor was bad causing Check engine light and retarded timing. 
48000 mi R&R of noisy serpentine idler pulley (bearing noise). Replaced with newer version. 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

69000 mi

US $710
"Check engine light" on and rough running. Replaced purge valve. Replaced ignition coil for #5 cylinder 
16000 mi Bad fuel sensor. Replaced under warranty 
17000 mi Gas cap wouldn't tighten causing engine light to come on. 
32000 mi Replaced purge valve assembly 
60000 mi Check engine light came on and car would not go over 5mph. Restarted and car ran normally. Dealer found TSB 09-FL-004, replaced TPS, and did ECU upgrade per TSB. 
16000 mi new engine (short block) - defective push rod and other issues. Covered in full under warranty. 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

66000 mi

US $100
The purge control solenoid valve (PCSV) was replaced. 
115000 mi

US $1500
All spark plugs replaced, one spark coil replaced, Timing and service belts replaced, Transmission serviced, cooling system flushed and serviced, battery replaced, all recalls (airbags) and fuel tank sending units replaced. 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe

Engine not specified

75700 mi

US $400
Fuel sensors had to be replaced 
42120 mi Throttle body replaced for second time. First time was three years ago. 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

turbocharged 148hp 2.2L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

35340 mi Car still stalling after last "fix". Diagnosed as sticking EGR valve. EGR valve replaced. Car hasn't stalled since (2 weeks) 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

turbocharged 148hp 2.2L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual AWD

93460 mi Mounting blocks on inter cooler broke and allowed to move about on top of motor. A low beam Headlight globe and a parker globe were replaced. 
105060 mi

A $891
Drive belt tensioner broke 50,000km after timing belt was replaced at 120,000 as per book. Water pump was replaced as it was also showing wear apparently. The original clunk problem is still getting worse especially under load. 
60760 mi

A $4
Dual mass clutch replacement 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

126000 mi

US $500
This car has a persistent oil leak. A local shop and Hyundai both thought it was a valve cover gasket, but apparently it has been a timing cover gasket all along. This repair will cost over $1200. 
130000 mi

US $900
The (difficult to diagnose) timing cover gasket was finally replaced. The never ending oil leak/burned out alternator problems have been fixed! 
9000 mi Oxygen sensor faulty. Caused the car to run a little rough at times and sometimes "jerky". Installed new oxygen sensor. 
138880 mi

C $1000
gas throttle sensor 
52000 mi Car hard to start and idled rough. Dealer replaced throttle control module. 
31000 mi Fixed rattling heat shield 
89300 mi

US $196
Oxygen censor had to be replaced. 
18000 mi clunky noise, reposition the shield, seems the problem is solved 
16120 mi engine would not accellerate. diagnosed as due to freezing weather. has not recurred. 
6000 mi Oil filter housing cap sprung a leak. Cap appeared to have had a defect in molding. 
18000 mi

US $17
Car started then stopped after 30 seconds. Traced fuel injection, found no B+ for fuel injectors. Back tracked to fuse box, switched relays from Air conditioner over to fuel injection. Car started. Ordered new relay from dealer. Took 8 days to arrive. 
60760 mi Check engine light related to evap code 
55800 mi

C $200
Idler pulley 
33852 mi Brought in my 07 SF, was diagnosed with 2 sensors in gas tank to be replaced on warranty, 1 was for check engine light, the 2nd is for gas gauge fluctuation, dealer says its knowledge of hyundai and this is being seen more and more,  
89900 mi

C $1000
check engine light on, due to gas tank sensor and a gage not working 
54000 mi Valve cover gasket oil leak on top of alternator. Valve cover gasket and alternator replaced. 
80000 mi

US $300
Replace a bad coil (#4) 
71000 mi

US $150
Left Bank Oxygen Sensor failed. 
14500 mi timing chain tensioner broke. replaced part & several gaskets.  
15000 mi The engine had also started to make noise again. 
74700 mi Oil leak 
31000 mi Oxygen sensor, covered by TSB. Problem discovered with the check engine light. The sensor was replaced and now the mileage has increased and the engine runs smoother. 
72160 mi

C $780
Alternator replaced due to oil leak from rocker cover 
20460 mi Dealer replaced top valve gasket. 
35320 mi CEL went on again, after one week of having been in the shop. Dx: Gas tank sensors seemed to be faulty. Parts ordered. Parts for fuel tank sensors replaced. Probably have to go back to the shop. A strong gas smell inside the car. Can feel the smell after car parked for several hours with the windows open. 
37500 mi

C $800
Oil leak on valve cover damaged alternator. Alternator replaced as well as valve gasket (passenger side of V6 engine). 
63860 mi

C $1000
water pump leaking coolant 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

51000 mi Ignition coil bad. 
43400 mi left valve cover had to be replaced (leaking oil). 
19840 mi

C $120
Fuel gauge not displaying properly. This is the second attempt at fixing it. So far so good. 
76260 mi

C $1200
Gasket in engine mount worn out causing oil to leak down to the alternator 
76880 mi Same engine mount gasket problem as reported in Sept. Repaired under warranty Throttle position sensor is no longer working. Part replaced 
96000 mi

US $81
Intermittently wouldn't start. Battery OK. Mechanic replaced main engine ground. 
98000 mi Electronic Throttle Control light on. Car was stalling when driving--would only go 20mph and did not respond to "revving" engine--not increase in RPM. Has been listed in TSB. 
79320 mi

C $1147
Noticed slight oil leaking around valve covers - Re & Re engine cover and intake manifold cover gaskets and seals. Replaced spark plugs since access was created. 
60760 mi

C $1300
Leaking oil pan Timing belt cover repair 
1240 mi Engine ran rough-check engine light- ecm upgrade req'd. 
22900 mi Front Valve Cover Gasket Leaking 
77000 mi

US $220
Gas mileage dropped from 19.7 to 14 mpg. Dealer updated control module firmware & changed sparkplugs for $450.00 which did nothing. On personal reccomendation had private mechanic determine that speed sensor was defective cost $220.00 
26000 mi Oxy sensor replaced 
21700 mi Faulty O2 sensor. 
33480 mi Related to earlier replacement of faulty fuel sensor. Replaced again, but check engine light came back on again 2 days later. 
33480 mi Replaced both fuel pump seals. Sensor showed no leaks, but check engine light came back on several days later.  
56380 mi

C $360
Removed and replaced right rear exhaust flange. I believe it had started to corrode. The shop simply manufactured a new one and welded it on -- which was cheaper than OEM part.  
61960 mi

C $500
Corroded rad hose clamp leaking coolant. Replaced clamp. 
60740 mi Rocker cover leaked oil onto alternator. Replaced Gasket Replaced alternator 
99200 mi

C $600
Engine warning light came on. Diagnosed as failed fuel sensor(s). Sensors replaced. After repair fuel gauge was inaccurate. Went back but they couldn't test because tank was full. Returned with low tank and repair is now OK. 
47740 mi Santa Fe would not start. Battery was fine but engine would not turn over. Would eventually start after a few attempts but with a strong gas smell. This is an intermittent problem that has no predictable circumstance such as cold weather, etc... 
34720 mi Gasket blown 
9000 mi Leaking Valve Cover. 
12000 mi Repair bent heat shield 
13000 mi Engine coolant leak top of engine. Replaced thermostat and seal. 
14000 mi Dealer repaired engine oil leak on front of engine. Replaced seals and gaskets near timing belt cover.  
82460 mi

C $250
Valve cover gasket 
6820 mi Engine light came on, stopped vehicle immediately and called dealer. Dealer chose to tow vehicle (wasnt necessary), and diagnosed problem as a faulty O2 sensor. Parts were ordered. Parts installed. No further problem. 
103000 mi

US $769
Replace fuel pump. Failed overnight while sitting in driveway. 
25000 mi Throttle sensor failure - car died on freeway. Towed free by Hyundai roadside asst, dealer fixed in two hours free of charge. Inconvenient, but well handled by Hyundai. 
30000 mi during 30k svc, non dealer tech discovered leaking a/c compressor. Took to dealer for svc, and found leak was actually coming from gasket cover that needed to be replaced. replaced free under warranty 
50800 mi

C $1600
The valve cover gasket (driver's right side) leaked oil onto the alternator which took it out, which left only the battery to operate the vehicle which took the battery out. $1,600 later (entirely at owner's cost), these were all replaced. 
60140 mi

C $5645
Replaced timing belt cover 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 2.7L V6 5-speed manual FWD

68200 mi The oil pan is leaking. 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

108000 mi

US $370
Check engine light went on and car stalls when gas cap is opened. Purge valve solenoid went bad and had to be replaced. Dealer had the part in stock, meaning they know it is a common issue. 
43000 mi Throttle position sensor caused the car to run somewhat unevenly, replaced. 
126000 mi

US $643
Timing belt and serpentine belt needed to be replaced and were overdue by about 6000 miles. 
54000 mi emissions control filter replaced - normal repair at this mileage. 
75000 mi

US $754
Crankshaft sensor needed to be replaced. Timing belt replaced. 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

45700 mi

US $120
Oil leak from Valve cover dripped onto the alternator causing field winding short and alternator stopped charging. Replaced with aftermarket from Discount Auto parts 
55000 mi

US $350
Check engine light vapor canister purge valve 
34000 mi Lifter noise from the inner bank (firewall). Tried the no-belt and run fix (to determine if it is a water-pump) but problem still persisted. Dealer made an oil-change and gave the car back until the parts arrive! 
35000 mi Lifter noise after an oil change. Usually it starts after 1000-1500 miles after a new oil change. Oil is checked but not missing any, so no fill-up. I am waiting for the noise again to take it back for the repair! 
47000 mi Sensor and "control valve" on intake plenum that were causing the "ticking" noise where defective and replaced under warranty by the dealer. 
48000 mi Sensor placed on the Intake was bad and making a "clicking" noise. Thought it was the lifters, but it want away when warmed up. Second trip, mechanic identified the issue and part was ordered. 
89000 mi

US $282
Engine pulley was making grinding noices. Was told it is bent and had to be replaced when they locate the right part. Dealer Service rep was very helpful and understanding. Truck now rides like a dream. 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

13640 mi Milage is terrible. 15 l/100km in mixed highway city driving. Service rep claimed that if the computer analysis does not disclose a problem, there isn't a problem, indicating that no condition that might be responsible for the problem was investigated if 
38000 mi Check engine light came on. Tech said small evap leak that they could not locate. They replaced gaps cap and so far so good. (Last fill up was a week before the problem, so presumably not loose cap). 
39000 mi Check engine light comes on every few weeks. So far always dx as minor emissions leak which they cannot find. Supposedly checking w/ HQ to determine next step. This time light went out spontaneously 5 days later, then returned in a few wks. 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

6200 mi Check engine light on, replaced vacuum switch underneath the vehicle. 

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2006.5 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

68000 mi

£100
Throttle Position sensor replaced 

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

27000 mi Bad throttle sensor. Unable to accelerate. Check Engine light on. Part replaced under warranty.  
98000 mi

US $100
replaced timing belt and spark plugs 
142000 mi

US $90
Replaced worn spark plugs and ignition wires. 
54300 mi

US $350
Check engine code was engine misfire and a couple of (??) coils were replaced. 
56700 mi

US $618
Check engine light coming on when wet out. Found arcing in engine. Replaced coils, spark plugs, wires. 
71000 mi

US $800
Ignition coils and ignition wires failed. All needed replaced, plus spark plugs. Engine was "missing", then check engine light came on. Parts replaced, drive 1 mile, then check engine came on again. Some hose blew and needed replaced. 

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

153000 mi The radiator had to be replaced; it was leaking a non-trivial amount. 

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

67500 mi

US $620
During timing belt replacement, hydraulic-activated belt tensioner was found to be leaking fluid and was replaced. 
84000 mi

US $255
Belt slippage. Replaced belt tension adjuster and drive belt. Damage to drive belt was, per shop, caused by the failed tensioner. 
86000 mi

US $6500
Initial diagnosis was jumped timing. Engine seized and had to be replaced with remanufactured engine. 
88000 mi Oil leak from perforated cam seal. 
120000 mi

US $750
Purchased new on 4/3. By 4/15 had check engine light come on while driving and engine seized. Used engine replaced under warranty. On new "old" engine replaced timing belt, valve cover gaskets, camshaft sensor, oil pan gasket, thermo,plgs 
81220 mi

C $95
Vacuum Hose detatched 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe

Engine not specified

106000 mi

US $500
Engine failure. Unable to drive above 40 mph 
147000 mi

US $800
Mass Air Flow Sensor 
148300 mi Mass Air Flow Sensor 
63500 mi Blew up going down the freeway. Lost all compression. Note this car was not always given premium gasoline and this may have contributed to it losings compression. It is not fixed yet. parked in driveway. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

68000 mi

£368
new injector 
82000 mi

£350
no. 3 diesel injector was replaced  

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

68000 mi

US $680
Fuel vapor recovery systems fault. Replace all parts of system. 
159000 mi

US $800
exhaust system, hole in pipes at converter. replaced converter and pipes back to muffler. 
65000 mi

US $450
Broken crankshaft pulley 
56000 mi

US $260
Was leaking radiator fluid, needed cabin filter changed. Extended warranty paid for new radiator hose and rental car. 
72000 mi

US $820
Replaced timing and accessory belts. Repaired leaking upper coolant hose housing. 
82000 mi

US $775
noise from engine 
84000 mi

US $750
Engine noise  

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

142000 mi

US $230
Pressure valve in fuel tank. 
73000 mi

US $296
Replaced throttle position sensor 
75000 mi

US $165
Noticed a noise shortly after having the timing belt done. The pulley cracked and it took forever for the shop to find the problem. After 9 days got it back. Les's Auto Palme Ma. only charged me for parts-he did a tune-up too. 
93000 mi

US $500
Coolant leaking, radiator hoses and thermostat replaced. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

67500 mi

US $327
Car sounds like motorboat again. gaskets, engine, tune electronic ignition, remove/replace intake manifold-upper. spark plug wires, platinum plug, ignition wires, coil, pcv valve, positive crankcase valve. cruise control still not working!  engine light on, stalls out. Pressure test on cooling system, H/C coolant leak, possible antifreeze leak as well. 
68200 mi

C $285
Check engine light came on. Diagnosed as a O2 sensor. The sensor was replaced. The mechanic also adjust the serpentine belt to eliminate the squealing noise 
91760 mi Heat shield came loose, making lots of noise. A mechanic removed it at no charge. Fuel tank leaking. Replacement would cost too much for this old of a car. Retired. Car is currently on sale "as is". 
140000 mi

US $1600
part of cam shaft alignment, timing belt, water pump and oil pan replacement/repairs - total of all $1600 
80000 mi

US $4500
Some seals leaked into system 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

97000 mi

C $821
Replacement of pulleys for timing belt, both matched sets were damaged and had to be replaced 
103540 mi

C $3000
Fuel Tank rusted and leaking Oil pan leaking and needs to be replaced 
35000 mi Car wouldn't start. Got it to start then stalled when put into drive. Check engine light on. Towed to dealer. Need crankshaft sensor replacement. Covered by warranty. 
74000 mi

US $136
Replaced serpentine belt tensioner due to faulty bearings wearing down the timing cover. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

138-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

95000 mi The timing belt broke on this vehicle while my wife was driving it. The belt was not due for replacement for at least another 5,000 miles. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

98000 mi

US $800
crankshaft position sensor, O2 sensors, ECM, plugs, plug wires, camshaft position sensor, misfire sensor, temperature coolant switch coil packs 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe

Engine not specified

57040 mi

C $262
Rad pipe was leaking. Pipe was replaced. 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

75020 mi

$100
Diesel injector repair 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

69000 mi

US $3500
Engine was replaced due to failure. Metal found in oil. Possibly "threw a rod"? 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

64000 mi

US $371
engine would not start, was a vacuum leak at the intake manifold. 
148800 mi

C $2200
Harmonic Balancer Replaced 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

32000 mi drive pulley on crankshaft seperated and fell off vehicle 
117000 mi

US $400
Cracked pipe 
71700 mi

US $1190
Belt broke and caused damage to boot. Had to replace axle 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

131000 mi Replaced spark plug wires. Car was misfiring in wet weather. 
135000 mi

US $1
Replace crank position sensor. Check engine lite code indicated sensor failed. Sensor wire insulation was damaged due to age and heat exposure. 
75000 mi

US $550
Diesel sound continued for from original post. Was fed up and brought back into shop. They replaced the cam chains AGAIN. This time it worked! 
92000 mi

US $76
crankshaft position sensor had frayed wires that made intermittent contact with car jerk resulting. 
138000 mi

US $103
gasket in oil cap had dried up and no longer sealed. Replaced o-ring. Replaced old spark plugs and ignition wires. 
155700 mi

US $29
Had a leaky oil pan. Replaced the seal with RTV. 
132000 mi

US $300
oil leak, gasket replaced 
145000 mi coolant leak. Strong smell of burning coolant 
99200 mi

C $107
Replaced TPS-sensor 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

138-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

43400 mi

$1000
After engine tuning, found air intake sensor was defective. 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

158000 mi

US $45
EGR valve (cleaned), which it needed to be, but the biggest problem was the EGR vacuum solenoid, which needed to be replaced. 
197000 mi

US $1200
Catalytic converter had to be replaced. 

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe

Engine not specified

210000 mi

US $40
cracked exhaust manifold on front bank. used a epoxy specifically designed to repair problem, as a new manifold is pricey. reset fault codes with scanner. 
91000 mi

US $650
Catalytic converter replaced 

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

turbocharged 111hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

133920 mi

$450
Cannot ignite engine when cold in the morning. 

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

93400 mi

C $170
oil pan change 
117800 mi

US $1250
Dealer noted leakage from engine oil pan. Indicated that pan was rusting through not leaking from the gasket. This model year had significant recall for underbody rust. Oil pan required replacement. 
177000 mi

US $1350
leak inside the carburator unit Carburetor buildup causes auto stop when filling up at pump 
177000 mi

US $600
Sportsshifter went out while going through a car wash. Car would not shift gears automatically and would never go into 4th or drive. TSB found that eliminated liability to the car wash. Repair shop said car is undrivable without the part 
Throttle Position sensor replaced at 30K. - Under warranty 
91000 mi

US $110
Replaced the Ignition coil.  

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

89280 mi seams to lose one L of oil every fill.. went back to dealer and he said, that's normal.. Bullshit.. I picked up plugs and want to replace plugs and have a look at old plugs for show and tell , if clean, then will put a L of tranny oil,  
112840 mi

C $150
engine crank sensor went bad. had to remove exhaust to replace part. 
112840 mi crank sensor quit after one month, had to get a replacement but made no difference. after troubleshooting for 4 hrs and realizing that the timing belt needs replacing soon and the condition of the all the repairs .. I decided to scrap it 
129000 mi

US $350
Replace valve cover gasket 
139500 mi

US $100
Replaced plugs, wires and leaky valve cover gaskets. 
117800 mi

C $2000
gas tank leak; refit tank timing belt kit plugs 
124000 mi

C $160
crankshaft sensor 

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

144000 mi

US $500
Plugs and cables set replaced, cam cover gaskets replaced (leaking oil, about 1/2 quart between changes). 
181000 mi

US $500
Erratic Idle, whistling injectors Ck Eng Light. Replaced IAC, TB and Injectors 

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