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Hyundai Santa Fe repairs by problem area

Engine (26%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

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

Other (6%)

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Hyundai Santa Fe transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (14%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (41%)

< $100 (18%)

Chart based on 79 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

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

18600 mi

C $26
AWD coupler needs to be replaced. Knocking while turning right or left. AWD Coupler failed 

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

20040 mi thumping noise at slow speed while turn left or right. dealer repl part on trans axle i do not part name. 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

turbocharged 194hp 2.2L I4 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

37700 mi Transfer box oil seal failed causing internal failure of transfer box due to total oil loss. Transfer box replaced. 
37919 mi

£594
Severe vibration and noise from transmission. Transfer box oil found to be burnt and contained metal. Transfer box replaced. Vibration and noise still apparent. 4WD electromagnetic coupling found to be damaged internally and replaced. 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

turbocharged 194hp 2.2L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual AWD

3700 mi Creaking noise on clutch depression. 1st visit did not correct fault. Was corrected on 2nd visit. Fault was clutch return spring needed lubrication. 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

50700 mi Left Front Drive Assembly and Left Shaft Assembly replaced 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

19000 mi CV shaft was bent causing shuddering during the 3,2,1 downshifts. CV shaft was replaced. 
20000 mi Transfer case was binding up causing bent CV shaft, downshift shudder and poor fuel mileage. 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

70700 mi leaking joints/boots. To be replaced under warranty--parts currently ordered but not yet repaired. More than three weeks waiting so far. 

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

55160 mi Intermittent rough shifting. Replaced transmission on warranty. 

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

32300 mi I was told that my problem was a possible drive shaft. After trying a temporary drive shaft the noise was still there. Then I was told it was possibly the transfer case. Well that did not solve the problem. Hyundai has not responded back yet. The transfer case was replaced. 
40000 mi

US $500
On turns and excelleration the rear would thump and then shutter. They replaced AWD coupeling under warranty. Said it would have been $1500 otherwise. 
21700 mi Transmission started 'kicking' while shifting from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd, reprogrammed. 
22600 mi Transmission 'kicked' considerably from 2nd to 3rd and 3rd to 4th, then 'check engine' light. 
53320 mi Universal joint replaced (2nd time in less than two years) 

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

21300 mi recalled. car was hesitating and surging 

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2010.5 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

turbocharged 194hp 2.2L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual AWD

22720 mi clutch developed a rattling and banging and the clutch peddle was hammering when you placed your foot on it. It also developed a harsh vibration when accelerating, even lightly. it is in at the moment having the clutch and flywheel replaced. 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

turbocharged 194hp 2.2L I4 Diesel 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

4340 mi automatic trans that "crunch-es" from P to N & N to P. They do: NOTHING! 
5580 mi automatic transmission shifter makes a noise (clack) passing from P to R and R to P. the noise is made at the end of the movement of the shifter in P position. 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

19000 mi New transmission. I took it in for routine maintenance, and mentioned some symptoms that had recently started. They called me later and said that corporate wanted to replace the transmission.  
6796 mi The typical first to second gear hard shift requiring a reflash of the computer 
7000 mi transmission would regularly shift abruptly when cold and going into 2nd gear. Sometimes would have harsh shift in higher gear when hot. Replaced transmission. Problem solved 
29140 mi Replaced the transmission due to previous reported incident of no acceleration when pedal is pressed and knocking sounds. 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

74580 mi Whole front left axle changed because of split CV boot.  
49000 mi transmission made loud noises twice in 2 days, for about 100 yards. Dealer contacted Hyundai HQ and was told to implement TSB 14-AT-009 which required reprogramming the ECU and replacing the inhibitor switch bracket, whatever that is. 
83000 mi

US $926
There was a clunking sound when stopping and starting at slow speeds especially when cornering. 
77500 mi

C $280
Torque coupler from front to rear drive wheels locks up and causes wheels to shudder and chirp. Part has been replaced multiple times but problem consistently returns. 
45000 mi

US $85
Hard shifting---Reflash ECU 
27560 mi Transmission kicking and pushing from 2nd to 3rd gear. Dealer has replaced the Transfer case. Also car did not start once. Motor was cranking but not starting. After a fee minutes motor finally started. Shop will look into it. 
6200 mi Transmission replaced with new unit under warranty. 
6200 mi Transmission replaced. 
16740 mi Same problem as before, transmission clanging hard into second gear under slow acceleration. 
18840 mi Recurring problem with hard shifting issue, repair successful after newest software update. 
8060 mi Jerky transmission.Bang shifting 2to3.New transmission on order.No problem with dealer to fix it. 
22940 mi Not shifting smoothly from one gear to next. Transfer case. 2 major repair trips in 1 month. 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

54000 mi Car would shake under moderate to heavy acceleration in 2nd and 3rd gear. Transmission replaced under warranty 
16000 mi transmission failed 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

83700 mi

US $900
Front axle replaced driver side 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

63240 mi

C $160
Shift cable seized. SUV would not start (safety precaution?) 
29000 mi pinion seal leaked into rear diff drive coupling alowing it to slip. electro magnet clutch assembly 
30380 mi

C $427
fluid leaking from left trans output seal. removed left lower control arm and removed axle. replaced seal. 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 2.7L V6 5-speed manual FWD

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 
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. 
9920 mi Clutch piston damaged 
16120 mi Clutch cable broke twice. Fluid drop because that. Car has to be towed. 
25420 mi Clutch piston again. 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

Engine not specified

80600 mi

C $280
Shudder at different speeds. Front shaft removed and balanced. Problem is better but not completely repaired 
85560 mi Shudder at different speeds. Dealer wanted to replace transmission and transfer case. 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

12400 mi currently a new grinding sound so loud and bother some, either transaxle, esc sensor or abs sensor issues (we googled). dealer says its normal dont worry. feel lied to this sounds expensive. (date should say 2011 not 2010) 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

27280 mi noise while on a trip diagnosed as AWD coupler parts were ordered replaced 4wd coupler 
23000 mi Transmission was making noise, tech couldn't duplicate the problem 
25000 mi Transmission making noise 
34000 mi We again reported noise in the transmission, again the dealer couldn't duplicate the problem. 
39500 mi Car suffered from sloppy shifting. They reset the transmission learning process. Yes, it now shifts better, but this is a workaround, not a fix 
28520 mi Axle noise cured by insertion of plastic washer as per TSB. No charge. 
36000 mi Apparently a known issue, bad sensor causing high RPM on ignition, car slams from 1st to 2nd, hard on the tranny. Car may go into maintenance mode. Dealer switched out a sensor, still high RPM on ignition, but not slamming into 2nd 
15000 mi transmission had to be replaced at 15,000 miles, warped solenoid channel 
80000 mi Broken Axle 
1860 mi Vehicle can be turned off and key removed from ignition with vehicle still in "Drive". Vehicle able to roll if on grade. Vehicle could be turned off and key removed while still in drive. Vehicle able to roll if on a grade. I may not have listed this in proper area. ie transmission ignition or steering??? Fix was in console of gear shifter. 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe

Engine not specified

78120 mi

C $700
BOTH FRONT C/V JOINTS CLICKING. 
20460 mi Failure in flywheel. 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

42540 mi Reversed down driveway noticed oil trail from car. Towed to dealer service dept. Diagnosed that Mainshaft in Transmission had snapped in half! Tranmission replaced under warranty. Refused replacement car - very poor customer service!! 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

91760 mi Turning hard right from stand the motor would stall unexpectedly. Impression something is tightening and not allowing the vehicle to roll freely. Reversing to & from curb would make thump in transmission/drivetrain. Has got much worse. 
93460 mi Hyundia were unable to fix the problem.They now say the car is putting more drive to wheels which is causing the problem. Answer for not being able to fix the problem. It is lemon and no lemon laws in State. 
97340 mi Car now out of warranty and Hyundai Representative has fail to reply letters forwarded. Still not fixed. Drives good in 5th gear which is most of the time but clunking / twisting is when moving from reverse to first or vice versa, or towing. 
98580 mi Car now out of warranty and Hyundai's representative is now saying the problem they have tried to fix is "in short, this binding sensation is caused by the AWD systems". They can not fix. Hyundai have Agent warranty bill $14,500. 
101060 mi

A $380
HYUNDAI built LEMON. Hyundai computer not showing problem yet they have spent at least $14,500 trying to fix the problem. Clunking is getting worse. Not spending anymore on problem. No one wants to trade my car & Dealers recon it is rubbish. 
109740 mi

A $147
The Clunking problem now is showing when slowing just prior to stopping or using brakes which makes it show every time. Problem still not fixed as this garage thought it was the same problem that new parts had already replaced original 
68200 mi Had the car serviced, the same night clutch failed. Roadside assist said master cylinder gone. Car towed to dealer. Replaced under extended warranty 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

93000 mi

C $1800
Replace CV joint boot 
48660 mi

C $300
Replace front right CV joint boot (had a hole in it) 
9000 mi Mettalic clicking or popping sound when transmission is put in drive or reverse from park. 
12000 mi Metallic clicking or popping sound when transmission is put in drive or reverse from park. 
14000 mi Replaced bushing between drive shaft and hub. 
83080 mi

C $900
CV joint at front of car broke and had to be replaced. Unfortunately got fused to wheelbearing and that had to be replaced too making the repair unusually expensive. 
94000 mi

US $86
Gear Stick stuck. 
98340 mi

C $1200
Leaky gasket. 
60120 mi

C $764
CV boots were slightly leaking. Replaced clamps. 
61960 mi

C $500
Leaky differential seal, caused tranny fluid leak. Seal replaced. 
91140 mi

C $125
Clunking noise when reversing. Diagnosed as worn rear drive shaft bolts. Part replaced. 

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2006 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

22800 mi Replaced front axle and Caliper retaining pin(clicking when put into gear) This was a issue when we bought it used ..We just took it to the Hyundai dealer and they repaired on warranty 

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

127000 mi

US $500
Replaced both front drive axles due to a high speed under power shimmy that developed. 
143000 mi

US $50
replaced under warranty left front drive axle that was replaced one year ago. New units from Advaned Auto Parts were used. 
25000 mi

US $300
Transmission fluid was severely burnt (way below normal maintenance time for a flush) 

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

86000 mi

US $300
Failure of the input/output speed sensors on the transmission. Happened on departure from prior service visit, but counting it as a separate trip. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

124700 mi

US $2000
transmission failure 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

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. 
103000 mi

US $1800
lost 4and 5th gear,plus reverse,dealer wouldnt warranty.replaced with used tranny from 2005 santa fe with 20,000miles. 
104000 mi

US $600
loud clunking noise in drivetrain,hyundai dealer said was tranny just replaced,used tran under warranty.took 2nd shop,replaced transfer case.still not fixed.unplugged rear differential myself.runs fine in front drve. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

46500 mi

C $750
Car wouldn't stay running after start. Dealer indicated that the crankshaft RPM sensor failed. Repaired under warranty. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

91000 mi Rear differential wearing leading to driveline play and noise at highway speeds. 
146000 mi Clunk in the driveshaft turned out to be a failing transfer case coupling. Vehicle sold rather than face very expensive repair. 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

108000 mi

US $275
Right front axle, $275. 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

7000 mi Transfer case leaking 
27000 mi transfer case leaking 
213000 mi

US $330
Hoses that run transmission fluid through the radiator rusted & fluid leaked out. My mechanic called the dealer for parts, they sent the wrong parts, then they sent the right parts. My mechanic replaced them. Herb Chambers Hyundai stinks. 
106700 mi

US $300
trans pan leak 
76260 mi

C $810
Power Transfer Case oil Leak. Remove PTC put a new sealing. 
78000 mi

US $200
Drive shaft support bearing was replaced 
155700 mi

US $109
Replaced leaky return line. Replaced two seals on rear of transfer case. 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

138-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

44020 mi

$500
Vehicle developed a strange noise at low speed. Later found out the front axle had a play. Later it was adjusted by the autoshop mechanics. 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

98000 mi

US $1100
Needle bearings in transmission failed. Had to replace entire transmission with a good used one from a wrecking yard. Transmission was so jammed with metal fragments that SUV would not go forward or reverse! 

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

92380 mi

C $110
transmission oil lines 
117800 mi

US $1250
Owner noticed transmission fluid leak under car. Dealer diagnosed that transmission fluid cooler was leaking and required replacement. 

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

178000 mi

US $100
Replaced both front axle assemblies including inner and outer CV joints. 
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 
93000 mi

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

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

144000 mi

US $900
Replaced right front drive axle due to a torn CV boot. Replaced right front drive axle because of leaking CV joint boots. Work done at the same time as alternator replacement. 
165000 mi

US $600
Check engine light on, code P0500. Ran diagnostics according to manufacturers manuals. Replaced parts. 

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