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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe repairs by problem area

Engine (37%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (14%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 57 repairs.
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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (18%)

< $100 (68%)

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Chart based on 40 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Great Britain
Jul 2014 - Apr 2017
Jul 2014

37700 mi
Transfer box oil seal failed causing internal failure of transfer box due to total oil loss. Transfer box replaced. 
Sep 2014

40000 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. 
Dec 2014

43000 mi
RH front & rear sidelights and all instrument/switch lighting went out. Fuse 12 blown. Fuse replaced but failed immediately lights switched on. Fault traced to short in heated rear window switch light. 
Sep 2016

75000 mi
Oil leak from sump (oil pan) 
Feb 2017

83000 mi

£290
During routine service, rear brake lines were found to be badly corroded. Brake lines replaced. 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Great Britain
Aug 2012 - Oct 2015
Feb 2013

3900 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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Virginia, United States
Dec 2013 - Mar 2016
Jan 2014

25000 mi
Moisture seeping into rear light assembly 
Nov 2015

51100 mi
Left Front Drive Assembly and Left Shaft Assembly replaced 
Mar 2016

54000 mi
Idler pulley replaced 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Texas, United States
Nov 2012 - Jan 2018
Jan 2014 Engine had small misfires, dealer reset the codes in the throttle body and transmission 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2012 - Nov 2016
Dec 2012

10540 mi
thermostat sticking open on heat 
Aug 2013

23320 mi
The caliper piston seized the right front wheel, which heated up and had too be replaced under warranty . 
May 2014

34100 mi
oil pressure sending unit leaking 
Nov 2015

60760 mi
replaced front left lower ball joint 
Jan 2016

19640 mi
replaced right front stabilzier link. 
Feb 2016

63240 mi
replaced left front wheel bearing. 
Apr 2016

65800 mi

C $79
check front suspension for play,found L/frt stabilizer link to have excessive play....replaced L/frt front link. 
Sep 2016

73160 mi

C $173
parking brakes replaced because it was seized up and rusty from not being used. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Tennessee, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2018
Sep 2014

45000 mi
A pulley motor was replaced. This was covered under our OEM warranty. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Florida, United States
Apr 2016 - Jun 2018
Oct 2017

28000 mi

US $25
Replaced noisy idler pulley. 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Arizona, United States
Feb 2013 - Sep 2013
Mar 2013

16000 mi
Engine will hesitate every few days. Press on gas, engine does not accel, just does not go. Engine ck light does not come on. Release gas, press again, engine is then OK. Also door air leak, cruise control works intermittently. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2013 - Jun 2018
Aug 2015

40040 mi
replaced belt 
Aug 2016

52700 mi

C $300
replace battery 
Feb 2017

56420 mi
Oil leaking. Replaced oil pressure sensing switch under warranty 
Jun 2017

57660 mi

C $1000
Brake pads and rotors replaced due to wear. First brake job. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Minnesota, United States
Oct 2014 - Jun 2018
Nov 2014

22500 mi
Drivers side power lock stopped working. Blower motor squeaking. 
Nov 2016

53400 mi

US $600
Replaced hydraulically actuated belt tensioner. 
Aug 2017

65000 mi

US $850
Both front lower control arms were worn and were replaced. 
Nov 2017

68000 mi

US $800
Oil pressure sensor was leaking. Sensor was replaced. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2012 - Jun 2018
Jul 2014

8160 mi
Repaired leaking oil pan 
Feb 2016

17360 mi
Replaced the oil sensor 
Aug 2016

20460 mi
Throttle body sensor failed 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Colorado, United States
Aug 2012 - May 2013
Feb 2013

18800 mi
CV shaft was bent causing shuddering during the 3,2,1 downshifts. CV shaft was replaced. 
Mar 2013

20000 mi
Transfer case was binding up causing bent CV shaft, downshift shudder and poor fuel mileage. 
Apr 2013

23000 mi
Sensor in throttle body failed putting car in Limp Mode. Entire throttle body had to be replaced. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2012 - Mar 2014
Mar 2013

11160 mi
TPS throttle position sensor failure 
Dec 2013

17360 mi
Fog light assembly replacement. No external impact or damage.Both lenses started to crack from inside. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2012 - Dec 2013
Mar 2013

26040 mi
Rear left tail light housing was not sealed and had water in it. Item replaced under warranty by dealer. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Utah, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2018
Jul 2014

24000 mi
Engine cut out twice at low speeds. No codes. Not sure why. ECM software was updated per TSB. Problem has not occurred since. Mileage also seems to have improved. 
Apr 2017

48000 mi

US $130
fuel injection clean service, fuel system flush 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in South Carolina, United States
Sep 2014 - Dec 2015
Jan 2015 Map/dome lights not coming on when doors opened. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Florida, United States
Apr 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

105000 mi

US $200
Starter replacement 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Manitoba, Canada
Aug 2011 - Dec 2012
Nov 2011

1039 mi
Vehicle had a pull to the right from new delivery. Alignment seems to have corrected pull. 
Nov 2012

17940 mi
fake chrome on grill peeled. Lift Gate squeaking/grinding when closing. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Panama
Aug 2012 - Mar 2018
Dec 2013

15500 mi
Sluggish engine reaction while accelerating in steep roads. 
Mar 2014

18600 mi
Window of passenger front seat does not work. Electrical control is inoperative and need to be replaced. 
Apr 2016

39980 mi

US $150
wheel bearings were changed and problem was gone 
Dec 2016

45260 mi

US $600
Suddenly a noise was coming from the front near the wheels. I took it to the dealer and found out a piece in the alternator was damaged. Since that little part could not be found in Panama, I had to buy the entire alternator, but the noise is gone and car works perfectly. 
Jul 2017

47120 mi

US $300
Blower had to be changed since it stopped working unexpectedly. AC Filter was also changed. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Georgia, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2018
Jan 2015

86500 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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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Moscow Region, Russia
Aug 2017 - Sep 2018
Jan 2018

44020 mi
Automatic box differencial 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Victoria, Australia
Aug 2012 - Mar 2014
Mar 2013

26660 mi
steering wheel was cracking and pulling apart at the top of wheel 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Indiana, United States
Nov 2014 - Nov 2015
Aug 2015

58300 mi
Replaced air conditioning switch. The air conditioner would often come on by itself. 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel automatic AWD

Hyundai Santa Fe in Queensland, Australia
Mar 2013 - Apr 2013
Apr 2013

6820 mi
The Car had blown a turbo hose when pressing the acclerator down on the highway during an overtake. When we stopped the hose outer shell had blown and we had to tape it up until we could get another hose. The new electronic park brake system button on the Santa Fe just came off when the park brake was applied. Took it to hyundai, but have to wait for the brake to be fixed as the part has to be ordered in. 

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