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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe repairs by problem area

Engine (33%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (12%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

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

Other (10%)

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (44%)

$100 - $499 (32%)

< $100 (9%)

Chart based on 68 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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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe

Engine not specified

Hyundai Santa Fe in Nevada, United States
Feb 2010 - Apr 2010
Apr 2010

105000 mi

US $500
Engine failure. Unable to drive above 40 mph 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Wyoming, United States
Oct 2009 - Mar 2010
Nov 2009

75000 mi

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

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Great Britain
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

68000 mi

new injector 
Nov 2010

82000 mi

no. 3 diesel injector was replaced  the abs system is playing up, both front reluctor rings are cracked due to corrosion on the constant velocity joints. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Illinois, United States
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
Dec 2008

66000 mi

US $5
Passenger side brake/tail light burned out. Replaced bulb successfully.  
Jan 2009

68000 mi

US $680
Fuel vapor recovery systems fault. Replace all parts of system. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Texas, United States
Oct 2008 - Sep 2013
Jan 2010

56000 mi

US $260
Was leaking radiator fluid, needed cabin filter changed. Extended warranty paid for new radiator hose and rental car. Two tail lights not burning. 
Jan 2011

72000 mi

US $820
Replaced timing and accessory belts. Repaired leaking upper coolant hose housing. 
Sep 2011

80000 mi

US $800
Replaced broken seat belt buckle. Took five days to get buckle.  Replaced brake pads, turned rotor, etc. and had oil changed. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Ohio, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

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. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Maryland, United States
Dec 2008 - Sep 2012
Sep 2009

106000 mi

US $2500
Leaks in low & high pressure lines. Also replace rack & pinion. 
Jun 2010

128000 mi

US $3500
After repeatedly having the vehicle in for evaluation for a transmission "thunk" when cold, it finally failed. AFTER the warranty ran out. 
Mar 2011

142000 mi

US $230
Pressure valve in fuel tank. 
Jan 2012

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. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

73000 mi

US $296
Replaced throttle position sensor 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Oregon, United States
Oct 2006 - Sep 2010
Jan 2006

22153 mi
Radio replaced due to faulty sound controls (i.e. bass and treble resetting to maximum even when turned down). 
Sep 2007

74000 mi

US $136
Replaced serpentine belt tensioner due to faulty bearings wearing down the timing cover. 
Dec 2008

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. 
Jul 2009

125000 mi

US $5
Power steering fluid is boiling over out of the reservoir tank. New cap has not stopped the leak. Appointment to inspect the steering system is being made. 
Aug 2009

126000 mi

US $435
Power steering fluid was boiling over out of reservoir. Dealership discovered clogged filter in tank and replaced tank assembly. Leak no longer present. 
Sep 2009

128000 mi

US $400
Noticed groaning rear suspension when going over bumps and during flexing movements (i.e. waves in roadway). Dealer diagnosed as left rear control arm bushings worn. Bushing and control arm assembly replaced, noise disappeared. 
Aug 2010

144000 mi

US $270
Alternator replaced in December, 2008 failed again. Replaced with a new alternator. 
Sep 2010

144000 mi
Clunk in the driveshaft turned out to be a failing transfer case coupling. Vehicle sold rather than face very expensive repair. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2008 - Mar 2010
Oct 2008

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. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Repair Histories

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