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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe repairs by problem area

Engine (34%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 154 repairs.

2009 Hyundai Santa Fe repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (28%)

$100 - $499 (40%)

< $100 (24%)

Chart based on 25 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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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe

Engine not specified

Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2014 - Dec 2015
Feb 2015

92180 mi

C $500
Wheel bearing 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2013 - Jun 2016
Jun 2013

51460 mi
Throttle sensor adjusted and ECM patched. Cruise stopped working. I think they broke the cruise control when they adjusted the throttle sensor but claimed it was due to a service bulletin, but I don't really believe that. 
Aug 2014

64320 mi

C $300
Fuel sensors failed, and were replaced. Looking at the old fuel sensors, the small "fingers" that slide on the gauge to measure the level are worn or missing. Apparently this is an know issue with Santa Fe's and they need replacing every 4 - 5 years. 
Sep 2015

79360 mi

C $449
lower ball joint was worn out Replaced both struts 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2009 - May 2015
Aug 2013

53340 mi
Need to replace car battery. 
Jan 2014

59200 mi
The back hatch was not opening all the way. Needed to replace oil springs. 
Oct 2014

62400 mi

C $150
Needed new battery 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ohio, United States
Mar 2013 - Feb 2014
Dec 2013

39000 mi

US $75
Car seems to pull to the left at highway speeds. Asked for a front end alignment and rotated/balanced tires. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Texas, United States
Aug 2009 - Jun 2016
Feb 2013

31700 mi
Rear hatch lock quit working, could not open . Took it to dealer as it was under warranty ( 5yr/60,000miles, good standard coverage). I will note that this was the ONLY repair trip made in the 5 yrs we have owned the Santa Fe ! Impressive ! 
Jun 2015

53000 mi

US $1132
the rack and pinion assembly developed noises and was leaking power steering fluid. Steering was erratic, obviously not something to wait on. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2013 - Jun 2016
Dec 2013

42160 mi

C $250
oil leak noted 
Jan 2014

43060 mi
vehicle went into limp mode due to fault tpms sensor 
Mar 2014

44640 mi
blower motor was whining at low speeds. replaced under warranty 
Sep 2014

52700 mi

C $40
Oil leak noted. 
Dec 2014

60140 mi
Throttle sensor defect. 2bd time for this repair 
Jun 2015

66340 mi

C $380
new front pads and rotors, rear brake service, lof 
Mar 2016

75020 mi

C $761
oil pan gasket leak. 5th time. replaced gasket with silicone rear brake pads and rotors replaced and one seized caliper. second set of rear brakes for this vehicle since ownership at 48k 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2014
Apr 2012

16000 mi
Clunking passenger side in front over bumps & turns replaced stabilizer bar passenger side. throttle position sensor shorted caused computer to go into limp mode (no pwr go only 5 mph) 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Wisconsin, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2016
Mar 2010

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. 
May 2011

22500 mi
Problem with shift interlink causing a problem to turn key in ignition. Occured twice and not from cramped wheel problem. Dealer could not duplicate problem however installed and rekeyed a new lock cylinder as a possible source of problem. 
Jul 2013

52000 mi

US $23
replaced left low beam headlight 
Oct 2014

69000 mi

US $50
dealer replace door seal under Goodwill warrenty. Customer paid labor charge 
Apr 2016

95700 mi

US $215
replaced front brake pads and rotors 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2009 - Jun 2016
Dec 2011

27280 mi
security system fault was cutting off gas supply causing the vehicle to stall seconds after starting. Security antena module replaced under warranty 
Mar 2012

29140 mi
Engine light was on. Dealer diagnosed as an oxygen sensor. Dealer replaced under warrantly 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Arizona, United States
Jul 2009 - Mar 2015
Mar 2014

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. 
Jun 2014

23000 mi
Replaced the TPS. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ohio, United States
Jan 2015 - Mar 2016
Nov 2015

68300 mi

US $50
upper ball joint 
Mar 2016

73000 mi

US $300
neded brakes down to 3 cm ,rotors 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Virginia, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2012
Jun 2011

14850 mi
Replaced battery, it had a dead cell, done under warranty. Vehicle was in and out of dealer in 1/2 hour.  
Hyundai Santa Fe in Texas, United States
Jul 2014 - Jun 2016
Nov 2015

120300 mi
Recall for oil leak. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2016
Mar 2015

75000 mi
Replace rotor front & rear, brake pads, caliper kit front & rear This was the first brake work done 
Sep 2015

83000 mi

US $660
Fuel gauge became inaccurate. Two fuel sending units were replaced 
Oct 2015

83700 mi

US $900
replace struts all wheels due to noise and cupping to front tires Front axle replaced driver side 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2014 - Jun 2014
Feb 2014

75600 mi
Asked dealer to fix faulty fuel level sensors on gratuitous basis, due to frequency/widespread nature of the fault. They said "head office" would not honor the claim. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ohio, United States
Dec 2010 - Nov 2015
Mar 2015

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. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Connecticut, United States
Mar 2011 - Aug 2011
Aug 2011

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.  
Hyundai Santa Fe in Indiana, United States
Jun 2012 - Dec 2015
Sep 2012

51000 mi
Erratic fuel gauge – SES light goes on, mileage reported on trip computer goes way down. Known issue with intermittent fuel level sensors, replaced both sensors, covered by warranty. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Louisiana, United States
Mar 2010 - May 2013
Jul 2010

5300 mi
Oil leak from a seal above oilpan, Originally thought to be a pan leak. 
Jul 2012

10300 mi

US $150
2.5 years and 10,000 miles battery died.Changed battery by me dealer did not have one in stock. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in California, United States
Apr 2009 - Jun 2016
Jun 2011

31000 mi
Fuel nozzle must be held at angle to allow fuel to fill. Cannot get fuel nozzle to auto fill. 
Nov 2011

41000 mi

US $50
Replace rear brake pads, lube stuck caliper pins 
Mar 2012

50000 mi

US $80
Replace noisy sway bar rods. 
Feb 2013

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 
Jun 2013

78000 mi

US $600
Fuel tank sensor failed causing fuel level to not display 
Sep 2015

101000 mi

US $500
Replaced struts and rear shocks 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2011 - Jan 2014
Feb 2011

25000 mi
Replaced throttle position sensor 
Nov 2012

63000 mi

US $600
Radio reset on its own, CD player stopped working, refused to eject CD.  
Apr 2013

72300 mi

US $650
Radio and CD player stopped working correctly. Would not eject CD's any longer. Hyundai suggested replacing radio head unit at $650. 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2010 - Jun 2016
Sep 2010

8680 mi
LED in fog light switch not working Fog light switch was replaced 
Jan 2016

60120 mi
Replaced leaking valve cover gasket and oil saturated alternator, recall. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in California, United States
Feb 2014 - Jun 2016
Jun 2015

42000 mi

US $60
Replaced front and rear brake pads 
Jun 2016

48000 mi

US $100
Thought AC was not cold enough. Shop thoroughly checked system and found no problem. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in New York, United States
Jan 2010 - Dec 2010
Nov 2010

15000 mi

US $150
the rear brakes pads wore out prematurely at 15K miles. Dealer too far away and probably would not have covered it under warranty. Replaced pads and rotors. Never heard of rear brakes wearing out at 15K Miles. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2013 - Apr 2016
Feb 2014

97320 mi

C $500
fuel level sensors replaced,fuel gauge would read only half even when full and check engine light would stay on 
Jan 2015

113860 mi

C $300
struts 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Iowa, United States
Mar 2014 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

66000 mi

US $100
At 66000 miles my car needed new Rack & Pinion, Shocks/Struts new water pump, gaskets, and fuel sensor 
Hyundai Santa Fe in New Hampshire, United States
Nov 2009 - Jul 2016
Apr 2015

66300 mi

US $1400
Fuel sensor was working intermittently, causing the gas gauge to stop working and the check engine light to come one. Sensor was replaced. Oil leak from upper gaskest. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2011 - Mar 2015
Mar 2014

53320 mi
Alternator was saturated in oil from leaky rocker panel gasket which was also replaced.  Fuel senders were replaced also. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2014 - Jun 2016
Mar 2015

63240 mi

C $160
Shift cable seized. SUV would not start (safety precaution?) 
Jul 2015

72540 mi

C $130
Right stabilizer link was loose creating "clunking" noise when driving especially on bumpy roads. Problem confirmed by my mechanic. Stabilizer link replaced as well as left stabilizer link. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Indiana, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2016
Dec 2014

64000 mi

US $400
Replaced shocks and struts on the vehicle with OEM parts. Replace tie rod ends as well. 
Aug 2015

70300 mi

US $130
Battery from Hyundai refused to hold charge. Replaced with aftermarket battery of similar size and output. 
Dec 2015

75000 mi
Warranty repair on the head gasket. Replaced. Alternator was deemed faulty upon testing and was ordered to be replaced. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Missouri, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2016
Nov 2014

35300 mi
CD player quit working 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Alberta, Canada
Mar 2010 - Jun 2016
Dec 2013

30380 mi

C $427
fluid leaking from left trans output seal. removed left lower control arm and removed axle. replaced seal. left hand valve cover gasket. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Dec 2010

19000 mi
Replaced sensor to repair problem with anti-skid system. The 'off' light came on at random times.  
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2010 - Aug 2012
Sep 2010

26040 mi
Leaking oil pan gasket and replaced axel seal 
Mar 2011

28520 mi
usb PORT overloaded, and reset. Clucking noise felt a 30km everytime after starting. Only hear it once per starting cycle. Dealer checked suspension, and OK. Still exists, and drive on. 
Oct 2011

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. 
Feb 2012

35960 mi
Stabilizer linkage required after hitting pothole. Just a medium-sized pothole, but mid-turn so vehicle leaning into it. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2009 - Mar 2013
Apr 2011

11780 mi

C $500
seized brake caliper. needed to replace rotor and pads 
Feb 2013

33100 mi
Bearing in rear wheel, passenger side front passenger connecting rod 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Oregon, United States
Jun 2015 - Jun 2016
Mar 2016

79000 mi

US $35
Replaced pads on the rear brakes 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2010 - Oct 2012
Sep 2011

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... 
Oct 2011

45440 mi
replaced o2 sensor - replaced computer - replaced cat converter and yes the problem lasted for about a month before finally being fixed 
Feb 2012

50820 mi
Stabilizer link replaced when complained on noise in front end when going over small bumps 
Apr 2012

54560 mi
Fan relay faulty -replaced Both valve cover gaskets leaking ordered parts 
May 2012

55160 mi
Valve cover gaskets installed. cooling fan caused check engine light to come on - bearings in fan shot 
Jul 2012

57200 mi
Check engine light on. Dielectric grease added to some connections and grounds were snugged up. 
Oct 2012

60140 mi

C $750
Replace brake pads and rotors 
Hyundai Santa Fe in North Dakota, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2016
Jun 2010

3000 mi

US $50
check engine light is on, dealer check out and found O2 sensor is bad. had to order sensor 
Sep 2014

29000 mi
pinion seal leaked into rear diff drive coupling alowing it to slip. electro magnet clutch assembly 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Utah, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2016
May 2011

8000 mi

US $55
Standard Oil Change and rotation. Noise problem, dismissed by dealer. They all do that. Seems to run smoother. 
Aug 2012

17500 mi
Cabin air filter tabs broken 
Aug 2013

23000 mi
Radio would not turn on, had to be removed and sent in for repairs. The technician scratched the dash and that had to be repaired as well. 
Feb 2014

28000 mi

US $135
Finish on the wheels is starting to come off, 
Jun 2014

31000 mi
Wheel finish. The wheel finish on the driver's side was peeling off. The wheels were replaced under warranty. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2009 - Dec 2013
Jul 2012

33940 mi
Charge System warning light came up. The alternator was replaced. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2009 - Aug 2013
Jul 2010

4000 mi
Vehicle stalling. Oxygen sensor replaced. Problem fixed. 
Jul 2012

18700 mi
Faulty Oxygen Sensor causing the Engine Light to illuminate. Engine was rough when hot. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2009 - Jun 2016
Jul 2010

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 Plastic strip on the bottom of front passenger door became unglued at the front of the door. It caught on the frame when the door opens and ripped it open even more. Ordered new part N/C, but the first one was damaged so they reordered it 
Aug 2012

48720 mi
Rear left wheel bearing Multiple oil leaks noticed when replacing wheel bearing, had to schedule second repair trip - valve cover and oil pan 
Apr 2015

94000 mi
Fuel level sensor went out. Registered as empty even after fill up 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Nova Scotia, Canada
Feb 2009 - Dec 2014
Feb 2011

24800 mi
Erratic ability to start. Replaced immobility coil, problem solved. 
Jan 2013

48120 mi
Replacement of wheel bearing 
Dec 2014

71300 mi

C $500
Wheel bearing. Also found leaking steering rack (not repaired/replaced) 
Hyundai Santa Fe in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2012 - Jun 2016
Aug 2015

48360 mi

C $250
Fuel guage level sensor in fuel tank . The driver side sensor failed. I replaced both sensors while I was at it. 
Oct 2015

49800 mi

C $250
Post catalytic converter oxygen sensor failed 
Mar 2016

52080 mi

C $105
right front sway link was loose . It was replaced 
May 2016

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 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 2.7L V6 5-speed manual FWD

Hyundai Santa Fe in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2009 - May 2012
Jun 2010

8060 mi
clutch slave cylinder noise ( clack ) when pressing/depressing the clutch pedal. Appointment for 7 of July to the dealer..will see the result after 
Jul 2010

8060 mi
They thought that it was the clutch slave cylinder but in fact as undoing transmission they found that the culprit was the clutch disc, more precise the clutch disc springs. They were loose with a lot of play in the clutch disc case. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Quebec, Canada
Dec 2013 - Jun 2016
Jan 2016

72720 mi

C $550
Fuel gauge 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2010 - May 2013
Aug 2010

9920 mi
Clutch piston damaged 
Oct 2011

16120 mi
Clutch cable broke twice. Fluid drop because that. Car has to be towed. 
May 2013

24180 mi
Clutch piston again. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Nova Scotia, Canada
Jan 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2009 - Jun 2016
Sep 2011

21080 mi

C $20
Daytime running light out. Tried new bulb, still not working, traced wiring, found loose connection, fixed and light works fine. 
Jul 2013

41720 mi

C $210
Car would not start. Battery cheked and replaced at 44 months, 
Sep 2014

55180 mi

C $49
Running light(headlight) not working. Replaced headlight . 
Apr 2015

60500 mi

C $320
Noise in front end on bumps. Turned out to be lower front right ball joint which was replaced and allignment. 
May 2016

66340 mi

C $395
Check engine light came on, scan indicated purge valve, which was replaced 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Indiana, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2016
Oct 2011

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. 
Nov 2015

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. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Missouri, United States
Jun 2012 - Jul 2012
Jul 2012

41000 mi
Windshield washer float had hole in it so it sunk and triggered washer fluid light to stay on 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Colorado, United States
May 2016 - May 2016
May 2016

60000 mi
Sway bar/suspension tightened to overcome suspension thunks experience over speed bumps or dips. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Arkansas, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2016
Jun 2012

37000 mi

US $114
Replaced battery 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Colorado, United States
Oct 2009 - Aug 2016
Dec 2012

40000 mi
headliner pulling away, drivers side area was broken elec key lock broken 
Feb 2013

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. 
Feb 2016

105700 mi

US $1500
broken catalytic converter failed 
Hyundai Santa Fe in New York, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2016
Apr 2014

69500 mi

US $100
Fuel sending/sensors in fuel tank. 
Sep 2015

84000 mi
Replaced right rear wheel bearing. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Qatar
Aug 2009 - Jan 2016
Aug 2010

4960 mi
Leaked coolant gas was replaced in the AC system, but was not covered under warantee so owner paid the full cost of recharging the coolant 
Dec 2013

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. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Chile
Dec 2013 - Jul 2015
Jun 2015

66340 mi

$70
coolant loss, replaced a gasket 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
Oct 2010

28000 mi
Bought car used 10/11/10. New tires were put on before buying. Have vibration between 60 and 75 mph. Took to tire dealer to see if alignment/balance was off. Tire dealer aligned and rotated/balanced. Still have vibration.  

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Hyundai Santa Fe in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2015 - Mar 2015
Mar 2015

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Indiana, United States
Aug 2012 - Jul 2014
Sep 2012

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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