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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe repairs by problem area

Engine (32%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (13%)

Suspension and Steering (24%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

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

Other (5%)

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (15%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (61%)

< $100 (6%)

Chart based on 33 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Hyundai Santa Fe in California, United States
Jul 2011 - Sep 2011
Aug 2011

95000 mi

US $2000
Steerring went out. Steering rack and both steering fluid hoses replaced. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Illinois, United States
Oct 2015 - Oct 2015
Oct 2015

91000 mi

US $650
Catalytic converter replaced 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Florida, United States
Nov 2010 - Jan 2011
Jan 2011

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. 

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Bulgaria
Feb 2014 - Apr 2014
Feb 2014

133920 mi

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Costa Rica
Oct 2012 - Sep 2013
Jun 2013

99200 mi

replace the bearing assembly for AC pully that was noisy & probably would have seized up and destroyed the serpentine belt + replaced the resistor for the blower motor that had failed thus no blower motor function at any speed 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Oregon, United States
Sep 2014 - Jul 2015
Jun 2015

112000 mi

US $350
He put in a condensor , charged me 350 and this AC will only blow cold when it's cold outside , not when it's hot . it blows hot air. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in South Carolina, United States
Aug 2005 - Jun 2012
Jul 2005 Throttle Position sensor replaced at 30K. - Under warranty 
Apr 2010

91000 mi

US $110
Replaced the Ignition coil.  
Sep 2010

93000 mi

US $112
Power Steering Hose replaced, high pressure side leaked. 
Jul 2011

98300 mi

US $100
High pressure hose failure on power steering. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2012 - Dec 2013
Sep 2012

92380 mi

C $110
transmission oil lines 
Jan 2013

93400 mi

C $170
oil pan change 
Oct 2013

95680 mi

C $300
REAR Calipers 
Hyundai Santa Fe in New Hampshire, United States
Jun 2004 - Jun 2013
Jun 2004

25600 mi

US $69
Drivers door window fell down inside the door. Hyundai considered this an 'adjustment' vice a 'repair' as a screw came loose vice something breaking so it was not covered under the bumper-to-bumper warranty. Not a very happy camper about this one. 
Mar 2009

83450 mi

US $179
Power steering hose ruptured. Cost of repair doesn't include cost of towing to my local dealer. 
Aug 2011

115000 mi

US $1250
Loud 'clunking' and other noises coming from front suspension. Dealer replaced both front lower control arms and ball joints. Owner noticed transmission fluid leak under car. Dealer diagnosed that transmission fluid cooler was leaking and required replacement. 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. 
Jun 2013

129000 mi

US $587
Pre-sale inspection indicated that passenger size front brake caliper was seized causing pads to drag on rotor and wear abnormally. Both front calipers and brake pads were replaced. Biggest issue I've had with this Santa Fe is corrosion 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Texas, United States
Jan 2011 - Jul 2012
Feb 2011

177000 mi

US $1350
leak inside the carburator unit Blower motor shorted out Carburetor buildup causes auto stop when filling up at pump 
May 2011

177000 mi

US $2000
AC compressor went out, replaced compressor and major connections to AC unit, gave a full cleaning. The hoses to the new compressor that were not replaced sprung a leak within 2 weeks; repair shop did not claim fault; owner paid in full. 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 
May 2012

190000 mi

US $350
Blower replaced 

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Georgia, United States
Jul 2010 - Dec 2015
Mar 2010

108000 mi

US $400
Replaced High pressure power steering hose. 
Dec 2011

129000 mi

US $350
Replace valve cover gasket Recharge AC - 12 oz r134a Replaced compressor, dryer, etc 
May 2012

139500 mi

US $100
Replaced plugs, wires and leaky valve cover gaskets. 
Nov 2013

160300 mi

US $12
Right rear shock - upper bushing needed to be replaced. 5 minute job performed from inside the rear cargo area. 
Dec 2015

178000 mi

US $100
Replaced both front axle assemblies including inner and outer CV joints. Replaced front brakes and rotors, bled system. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2014 - Mar 2015
Oct 2014

158760 mi

C $800
I have replaced rack and pinion assembly. Now after i think about I am not sure my shop did not invent reason for this repair 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2010 - Mar 2013
Dec 2010

88640 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,  
Jan 2011

89280 mi
transmission fluid leaking, looks like from cooling lines. to cold to do anything, not ready to pay for it, parked car till spring, put backup on road 
Jul 2011

93000 mi

C $100
transmission cooler rusted elbow, causing major leak. replaced with larger transmission cooler and re-routed the lines. TSB. 
Dec 2012

112840 mi

C $350
engine crank sensor went bad. had to remove exhaust to replace part. high pressure line blew. have part could not replace it as it started to snow and needed a hoist and warmth 
Mar 2013

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 
Hyundai Santa Fe in New Hampshire, United States
Mar 2013 - Apr 2013
Apr 2013

175000 mi
Steering veered to the left. Steering wheel cocked to the right awkwardly and had to fight to steer. Contacted dealer for parts and they identified it as a known recall problem/issue. Vehicle towed to dealer and parts were replaced/repaird 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2011 - Aug 2016
Sep 2011

98580 mi

C $115
front brakes, pads disk rear backing plates, bearing bleeding brake system 
Jan 2012

101680 mi

C $100
Ventilator Switch broken 
Mar 2012

102920 mi

C $150
left balljoint 
Oct 2013

111560 mi

C $134
Change low pressure return to power steering (leaking by corrosion) 
Mar 2014

117800 mi

C $2000
gas tank leak; refit tank timing belt kit plugs 
May 2014

119500 mi

C $150
Brake line leak rear Retourne power steering leak Alternator 
Dec 2015

124000 mi

C $160
crankshaft sensor 
Apr 2016

125620 mi

C $75
back door cylinders 
Hyundai Santa Fe in South Australia, Australia
Mar 2015 - Oct 2015
Oct 2015

204600 mi

A $40
No power to air-conditioning. Waiting to have car booked to repair problem. 

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

149-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Hyundai Santa Fe in California, United States
Apr 2013 - Dec 2013
May 2013

63500 mi
Attempted to get the AC repaired. Shop blew up the AC itself by pumping air instead of Freon through it. They kept spraying the engine compartment w/brake cleaner which I believe softened the transmission lines & caused a leak in those lines 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. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Texas, United States
Oct 2013 - Nov 2013
Nov 2013

137000 mi

US $730
Power steering main line leak spraying fluid over engine, making a strong smell in the cabin and also degrading steering quality. 

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