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Hyundai Santa Fe Reliability

You won't find Hyundai Santa Fe reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots. So you can tell how much the Hyundai Santa Fe truly differs from competing car models in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Hyundai Santa Fe reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Hyundai Santa Fe was a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Hyundai Santa Fe has been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 30 Santa Fes, 9.6 months of data per Santa Fe, average 36700 miles21
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 40 Santa Fes, 9.7 months of data per Santa Fe, average 50200 miles28
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe   22 Santa Fes, 9.0 months of data per Santa Fe, average 23500 miles

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 28 Santa Fes, 8.6 months of data per Santa Fe, average 38700 miles30
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 50 Santa Fes, 9.3 months of data per Santa Fe, average 13800 miles

Redesigned for this model year. Most of the sample is Santa Fe Sports. Improved from initially high repair frequency.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe   17 Santa Fes, 8.3 months of data per Santa Fe, average 107100 miles

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe   11 Santa Fes, 8.5 months of data per Santa Fe, average 110900 miles

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 34 Santa Fes, 9.5 months of data per Santa Fe, average 54600 miles56
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 39 Santa Fes, 9.9 months of data per Santa Fe, average 77500 miles

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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Hyundai Santa Fe

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr SUV 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Car feels well put together, and everything works!
2009 4dr SUV 185-horsepower 2.7L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic AWD
time will tell it is is durable
2008 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
seems to run ok so far! has gotten many great reviews, consumer report best buy for 2008 for a midsize SUV
2008 4dr SUV 185-horsepower 2.7L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Hyundai warranty; Motor Trend and Customer Reports recommendation; built in Alabama (USA facility); built at same factory as Sonata; great word of mouth about Hyundai and catching up to Japanese companies; continues to impress with new cars like Genesis
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Hyundai has been constantly improving and the quality we found in the Santa Fe, after having driven all of the competition vehicles, by far surpassed the others.
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
So far the car has had only minor issues all covered under the 5 year warranty.
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
From past experience with the Hyundai products, I felt that if this vehicle came close to the previous one, I would be very happy. All professional auto critics praise the Santa Fe.
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
No shop visits required in two years
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Good reviews, great warrantee
2007 4dr SUV turbocharged 148hp 2.2L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Never left me on the road, warranty covers almost everything
Hyundai Santa Fe Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr SUV 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
We purchased this vehicle new and paid over 26k for it - until this week, we have been generally OK with the purchase (not excited, just OK). Well, it didn't start early this week, stranding my wife at night, in a vacant parking lot. No fun - we eventually got her, and left the Santa Fe. We called to have it towed to the local Hyundai dealership (North Park in Covington) - after all it only has 62k highway miles it and has been greatly taken care of, and it does have the 100k warranty, right? They led me to believe the warranty would cover repairs, but then they said the Starter was bad (we had owned many vehicles in 50 or so years - never a starter failure). Anyway, 100k coverage should take care of their (they said 580 bucks for a Starter - can you believe it) repair on this vehicle. We had it towed to the dealer specifically because of the warranty coverage. Well, the starter is now NOT part of a powertrain (have you ever seen a powertrain operate without a STARTER)? DISGUSTING to say the least - Our family has purchased multiple new Hyundai's from THIS exact dealer, and they cannot cover the STARTER? This sucks. Then later that day I found a TSB from Hyundai on a "cheap" fix for these Starter issues (less than 10 bucks for the part), but OF COURSE this doesn't apply to our repair - we need a NEW one. THEN, they don't have any starters in stock - WOW - NONE, and wanted me to pay extra to ship it faster, or I'd have to wait all week. THEN, I called Hyundai National Customer Service, and they did NOTHING for me. HYUNDAI, you SUCK.
2008 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Lower mileage warranty, at least here in Canada.
2007 4dr SUV 242-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
So far not impress, no major problems, but several issues that seem to take a long time to be fix, but dealerships.