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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe repairs by problem area

Engine (28%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (16%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (31%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (2%)

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe electrical repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (22%)

$100 - $499 (39%)

< $100 (30%)

Chart based on 23 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

8000 mi Fuel door is activated from switch on driver's door. Switch must be pushed several times for fuel door to open. Repair was attempted but problem still persists. 

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

37820 mi Replace back up camera 

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

9620 mi Wiper motor died 
18600 mi

C $26
Rear view camera has lines in it when it's hot and humid. Heated seat not very hot Rear view camera had lines in it when hot and humid 

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

3000 mi AC and fan would stop working while driving. It is a known problem for this new model. Dealer immediately knew the issue and replaced a component of the AC/Blower/Fan system. No charge to me. No issues since. 
5000 mi Neg battery cable or terminal required replacement because corrosion was building up 

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

16000 mi Replaced auto horn 
29000 mi Low on freon 

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

20880 mi Air conditioner not cooling only blowing air. 

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

36580 mi Estimated distance available at fill ups shows approximately half of what the original mileage should be ever since the engine light came on. Dealer say it will "reset" itself over time. Seriously? It's a computer and it should'nt take a m 

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

40000 mi

US $114
Battery died. 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

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. 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

52700 mi

C $300
replace battery 
22500 mi Drivers side power lock stopped working. Blower motor squeaking. 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

18600 mi Window of passenger front seat does not work. Electrical control is inoperative and need to be replaced. 
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. 
43000 mi Map/dome lights not coming on when doors opened. 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

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

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

24800 mi Brake sensor wasn't working. Car would occasionally be unable to move from neutral to reverse, or vice versa. Turning car off for a few minutes would reset the sensor, allowing you to move to reverse 
101020 mi

C $118
Replaced signal relay - constantly clicking rapidly 
59300 mi Battery light came on. Just managed to drive to nearest dealer. Left with him. Alternator had failed. Took 1 day to get part. Repaired under warranty. 
88000 mi

US $185
Had problems with the blinkers randomly making clicking noise even when the blinkers weren't being used. Dealer replaced multi-function switch in the steering column. 

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

70680 mi

C $500
replace alterntor 
51460 mi Alternator replaced 
44680 mi Yellow check engine light solved by brake switch replacement. Subject of a recall. 
59520 mi

C $500
Driver side auto door lock stopped working 
23000 mi 110-V power outlet blows fuse when switch depressed. Appears to be a faulty switch. Switch on order non-stock part. Will not know if successful until part arrives and I install it! Out of Warranty. Replaced switch with new one, still blows fuse when turned on, direct short in system obviously so will not be getting it fixed as not under warantee but it should be! 

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

14000 mi Starter stayed on after the car was turned on. Eventually it started to overheat and fail. 
24000 mi Starter took too long to start the car -- battery was found defective and replaced. 
14000 mi Brake switch went bad causing the traction control light to come on. It caused the car not to shift into park. 

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

11160 mi The radio screen had troubles with the colors and sometimes letters do not appear. 
23560 mi Problem: The Shifting stick sometimes got stuck on parking, even if you were pressing the brake to free it. Solution: They changed the chip. 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

9000 mi A/C cuts out, leading to ineffective defroster operation. Part unavailable, took a week to locate and was rush-shipped. Car sat at dealer all week. 
119000 mi

US $105
A ground wire broken or loose. 
13020 mi loose wire to starter. had issues with engine starting, kept on cranking without starting, then started just to click 
21700 mi Back door power lock did not work Outdoor temperature intermittently incorrect 
11880 mi

C $290
Problem starting engine when cold. Engine would turn over and over and not start 
45540 mi Seems to be a fairly common problem, diode fails in overhead light module preventing lights from coming on when doors open. solution = replace diode 
50220 mi

C $100
Battery would barely turn over the engine, so replaced the 6 year old battery. 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

28520 mi Replace battery N/C. Replace stoplight swich. Recall. Check engine light on again. They do not know why. 
8680 mi intermittant problem with car not starting. replaced ignition antenna Have a recurring "no start" problem. The garage put in a antenna coil to try to fix it. No computer codes come up. 
12400 mi Intermittant no start. Mechanic tightened a ground wire and so far problem has not returned. 
21080 mi Needed a lock actuator as the passenger rear driver side door lock wouldn't work. 
12000 mi Bluetooth did not work - we could not hear the phone call being made - could not hear the other person - dealer reset the system 
12000 mi Bluetooth - continued - if you direct all the sound for the radio to the rear speakers, your phone becomes inaudible - in other words, radio etc is quadraphonic but Bluetooth is only stereo and only front speakers. 
25000 mi

US $125
ground strap shorted out? car would not start. New battery didn't help. Ground strap connection to the body was cleaned and then car started. Dealer could not explain why this problem with ground strap connection had occurred. 
70000.0 mi

US $800
replaced alternator which died very suddenly alternator died abruptly and was replaced 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Replaced passenger door actuator for power door lock.  Replaced passenger door actuator for power door lock. It was under warranty and paid for by the dealer. 
27160 mi We could not lock or unlock the driver's door. Dealer replaced electric door lock on driver's door. 
31620 mi Failed to start. Replaced the starter. 
33480 mi Right rear electric door lock failed. The dealer replaced the actuator. 
37200 mi

C $145
The car failed to start. Dealer replaced the battery. 
21680 mi After more than 100km The cruise control disengage by itself. After that the car cannot hold the same speed for 2 minutes even without the cruise control. 
25400 mi The dealer told me Hyundai have a report to repeair problematic cruise control like mine. They reprogram my cruise control. My cruise control isn't repair even with the reprogramation. 
61000 mi

US $210
At 61000 the starter failed. Of course they said they would have covered it under warranty until 60k - They wanted me to buy a new starter, but made them fix the plastic part inside of it that breaks. 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

21000 mi recall to repair ESC light issue. replaced brake light switch no charge to me 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

14500 mi drivers door lock actuator replaced 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

27280 mi security system fault was cutting off gas supply causing the vehicle to stall seconds after starting. Security antena module replaced under warranty 
62100 mi

US $600
Radio reset on its own, CD player stopped working, refused to eject CD.  
71200 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. 
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. 
10200 mi

US $150
2.5 years and 10,000 miles battery died.Changed battery by me dealer did not have one in stock. 
51500 mi

US $23
replaced left low beam headlight 
78000 mi

US $600
Fuel tank sensor failed causing fuel level to not display 
53140 mi Need to replace car battery. 
62200 mi

C $150
Needed new battery 
51460 mi 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. 
64920 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. 
83000 mi

US $660
Fuel gauge became inaccurate. Two fuel sending units were replaced 
44640 mi blower motor was whining at low speeds. replaced under warranty 
75400 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. 
14850.0 mi Replaced battery, it had a dead cell, done under warranty. Vehicle was in and out of dealer in 1/2 hour.  

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

53320 mi Fuel senders were replaced also. 
24800 mi Erratic ability to start. Replaced immobility coil, problem solved. 
65700 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. 
93500 mi Fuel level sensor went out. Registered as empty even after fill up 
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. 
48000 mi

US $100
Thought AC was not cold enough. Shop thoroughly checked system and found no problem. 
33040 mi Charge System warning light came up. The alternator was replaced. 
93480 mi

C $226
Fuel gauge not working. Fuel sensor fail to one or both. Both sensors to driver and passenger side replaced, and o-rings replaced with OEM parts. 
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. 
28520 mi usb PORT overloaded, and reset. 
35100 mi CD player quit working 
96620 mi

C $500
fuel level sensors replaced,fuel gauge would read only half even when full and check engine light would stay on 
8680 mi LED in fog light switch not working Fog light switch was replaced 
70700 mi

US $130
Battery from Hyundai refused to hold charge. Replaced with aftermarket battery of similar size and output. 
75000 mi Alternator was deemed faulty upon testing and was ordered to be replaced. 
85800 mi

US $330
Fuel level sensor and check engine light. Fuel level sensor was faulty and providing a fault code and bad fuel reading on dash. Replace fuel level sensors, two, inside gas tank 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

185-horsepower 2.7L V6 5-speed manual FWD

79600 mi

C $550
Fuel gauge 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

21080 mi

C $20
Daytime running light out. Tried new bulb, still not working, traced wiring, found loose connection, fixed and light works fine. 
41320 mi

C $210
Car would not start. Battery cheked and replaced at 44 months, 
55180 mi

C $49
Running light(headlight) not working. Replaced headlight . 
69440 mi

C $636
Fuel guage acting erratically. Fuel level sensors replaced. 

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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

40000 mi elec key lock broken 
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 
37000 mi

US $114
Replaced battery 
68700 mi

US $100
Fuel sending/sensors in fuel tank. 
98000 mi

US $126
Switch module on drivers door replaced. Rear passenger window not working from drivers switch. 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

24000 mi Radio was not illuminating display in heat. 
25000 mi CD stuck in replacement audio system. Another one ordered. Trip computer not calculating range correctly. Could not replicate. New audio system installed. 
1000 mi TPMS light on at vehicle delivery. Dealer reset. light came back on within 10 miles. 
2978.0 mi TPMS light back on. Dealer has Hyundai engineer look at vehicle. Replaced module. Light still off after 100 miles TPMS light back on. Dealer has Hyundai engineer look at vehicle. Replaced module. Light still off after 100 miles 
36500 mi Horn stopped working. Dealer replaced horn and blown fuse under warranty. 
78000 mi

US $550
Fuel gauge sender failure 
83000 mi

US $270
Removed stereo system and sent to factory authorized service center to fix grinding noise with the 6-CD changer. 
12400 mi seat heater button wont turn off. drained battery. dealer was surprised it happened. was never fixed. 
14300 mi Servo door motor replaced 
20000 mi

US $60
seat heater not working 
22000 mi Replaced head lamp 
8000 mi The speakers intermittently stop working. No sound from any system (radio or GPS) comes through. Sometimes lasts for hours. They could not replicate and were not willing to check anything other than connections. 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

41900 mi

US $150
Heater door motor failed and was replaced. 
12980 mi

C $30
CD changer broke after battery change. 
43000 mi No heat driver's side. Bad 'blend motor'. Replaced. 
120000 mi A hundred miles after the fuel pump replacement, fully filled tank was reading only half full, indicating bad install, float probably stuck under equalizer tube. Will be taking in to fix next week at dealer's expense. 
3000 mi Keyless remote entry does not work reliably. The range is very variable and I sometimes need to be literally by the door for it to unlock the doors. Dealer couldn't replicate but has it on record. 
18500 mi AC temperature actuator is malfunctioning and will be replaced under warranty. 
19700 mi HVAC control unit replaced 
8000 mi XM radio inoperative. Ordered new XM radio. Replaced XM radio. 
38800 mi Alternator failed, needed replacing 
9920 mi Rattle in sunroof.. possible clip hitting metal or glass.. could not replicate enough to pinpoint the issue 
22320 mi Invertor blown, new one ordered 
44520 mi Fuel sending unit failure 
50000 mi Brake light switch replaced 
61000 mi

US $650
fuel sender failed affecting gas gage to read wrong 
99200 mi

C $250
Fuel level sensors a and b replaced 
28000 mi Rear Entertainment Center DVD screen will not display movie content. Menu will display and audio and video play through system. CD changer failed earlier. 
100.0 mi Navigation/Radio System Navigation/Radio System 
118420 mi Sensor light for fuel level. 
28300 mi

US $980
Safety check revealed batter was close to failure. 
35000 mi When taking foot off of the gas pedal and coasting, lights would go dim for about a second and then return to normal. This happened repeatedly and would start to drastically drain the battery. The ground wire from the battery terminal was bad. Strange whirling sound when rolling up windows due to issue with ground wire. 
39500.0 mi The car would intermittently lose electrical power for a split second and then recover. The car was previously brought in for this. The positive battery cable was replaced because of high resistance. The car would intermittently lose electrical power for a split second and then recover. The car was previously brought in for this. The positive batter cable was replaced because of high resistance. 
62000 mi Fuel gauge would intermittently show Empty. Although the check engine light never came on, it did throw some codes. Both sensors had dead spots. Both had to be replaced. 
29000 mi HVAC system was making noise when changing the temperature. Driver's side actuator was replaced. 
27100 mi Drivers power window quit. 
15500 mi replaced TPS sensor and reprogrammed 
45880 mi defective rear power outlet 
47520 mi Remote starter and door opener module requires replacement. module was replaced with part No.mdlhy1800hds 
51460 mi

C $429
check engine light on, gas gauge wouldn't register after a fill-up. The right fuel sending unit was replaced. 
85000 mi Gas gauge always shows empty. (even with a full tank of gas) 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

43000 mi compressor hose replacement 
55300 mi

US $93
Broken fuel float 

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

200.0 mi Passenger airbag light stays on even when my wife sits in the car, dealer said she isnt sitting correctly! DONT BUY THIS CAR! Passenger airbag light "off" light stays on even when I have adult passenger, serious safety issue. seems alot of people have reported this. Passenger airbag light "off" light stays on even when I have adult passenger, serious safety issue. seems alot of people have reported this. 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe

Engine not specified

35000 mi CD system not playing or ejecting disks. New system required, three weeks wait for delivery. 
39000 mi Rear offside door not opening from inside or outside. Previously, the same happened with rear nearside door. It was the actuator, and seems the same now, parts ordered. CD player update, still waiting on parts after 4 months, very upset. 
76000 mi Brand new and the passenger seat was faulty, seat belt warning light never went out 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

27900 mi Rear right park sensor is dead. 
42780 mi Windshield washer tank water sensor replaced. 
34100 mi A/C stopped working/car stalling. Local mechanic said clutch pulley had broken off. Dealer Service replaced a/c compressor and piping as metal had gone through system. Diagnosed stalling problem as Warning Code being thrown due to a/c problem. 
35340 mi Stereo System stopped working after last trip to Dealer workshop (previous trip required Dealer to remove Dashboard and problem manifested shortly after). Dealer replaced Stereo unit. Now working. Power outlet stopped working after last trip to Dealer workshop (previous trip required Dealer to remove Dashboard and problem manifested shortly after). Dealer stated it had been unattached during last repair and they re-attached. 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

115940 mi

A $246
High beam driver side. Low beam passenger side. Another headlight. Garage noticed three other lights out, two rear and one front parking light. Auto electrical could not located any cause to the sudden bulb deaths. Cost is total for all three trips. 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

29140 mi Wiring harness for headlights under front bumper has become frayed and torn. 
77500 mi

C $400
Fuel gauge sensor had to be replaced - gauge was inaccurate. 
11780 mi Airbag light warning cameontheweek before takingcar to dealer. A faulty signal was detected originated by loose contacts of the wiring for the air bags. 
2000 mi Fog, or auxiliary driving light bulb burned out. Factory warranty for bulbs is 12 months. Was told that bumper has to be removed to replace it. Not in stock at dealership. Has to be ordered. 
3000 mi Bulb replaced by dealer under warranty 
55800 mi

C $350
Fuel tank sensors were replaced 
61800 mi

US $975
Had to replace the AC compressor. We tried fixing the leak first but after a month the system was no longer cooling.Very disappointed the compressor didn't last longer... 
78000 mi

US $750
Had to replace the condenser this time and some o rings. I should now have a completely new AC system. Very dissappointed. 
20460 mi

C $60
mold or mildew in air conditioning creating odour 
50840 mi air bag light went on, part is ordered and will be replaced on warranty, said it comes from driver side steering where air bag is. 
106020 mi

C $600
car stalled , battery was already changed,I had it towed to garage and was as thought the alternator. It was changed at cost of 600. tax in. 
39060 mi

C $1500
Gas tank sensor replacement  
720.0 mi AC performance was poor. Diagnosed a loose high pressure valve. Tightened the valve, recharged the coolant and problem was solved. A/C recharge. High pressure valve leaked. Valve replaced and system recharged under warranty. A/C recharge. High pressure valve leaked. Valve replaced and system recharged under warranty. 
83000 mi

US $1080
Fuel level sensor, includes fuel pump 
9500.0 mi a/c not getting very cold more like just cool. Had leak repaired. 
31000 mi Air Bag light lit on instrument panel Replaced junction box in engine compartment to correct problem of short circuit in original. 
6820 mi Car wouldn't start. BCM had to be changed 
24800 mi Replaced A/C condenser under warranty Replaced A/C condenser under warranty 
25400 mi A/C Condenser replaced 
38940 mi Fuel gauge replaced under warranty 
7000 mi CD/DVD would not work. 
10000.0 mi Automatic climate control. Outside temperature reading varied wildly Automatic climate control. Outside temperature reading varied wildly 
50000 mi Front Windshield Washer Pump failed. Replaced. 
60000 mi Windshield washer pump failed again, not yet fixed. 
106000 mi Bad passenger side rear door lock. 
108000 mi

US $300
Replaced bad alternator. Location of alternator makea replacing it a MAJOR repair. 
150000 mi

US $485
Car had intermitent starting failure -we towed it 3 times only to have it start fine a the dealer. This time they replaced the starter. 
40000 mi Blower for a/c and heater quit working. Replaced transistor. Repair successful. Part ordered during first trip, arrived quickly and installed quickly. Excellent service and turn-around. 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

76880 mi Battery died but can be re-charged. Alternator dead and replaced. 
30380 mi Rear Wiper motor was making strange noises. Installed new wiper motor. 
35960 mi Radio replaced for third time. Yes, that makes four radios! It still has problems! Replace radio for the 3rd time First two for bad sound did not remedy problem. Crap radio! Third because display would disappear from time to time. Done under warranty. Replace radio for the 3rd time First two for bad sound did not remedy problem. Crap radio! Third because display would disappear from time to time. Done under warranty. 
89280 mi

C $600
Windshield washer pump failed. Windshield washer pump replacement was not initially successful as new one also failed. Returned to dealer and discovered that one of the tubes had mysteriously disconnected. 
13640 mi No light when opening the door. Intermittent radio lights, shifter lights or seat warmers. 
18600 mi Fixed the electrical problem from before. 
12000 mi Replace inoperative Switch for Drivers power seat 
45820 mi Headlight 
2480 mi Air conditioning not working at all. 
5580 mi Yet another attempt to fix the air conditioning. When the repair was attempted they noticed more seals were leaking and this requires more parts and another trip to dealer for repairs. Otherwise the vehicle has performed remarkably well. 
6200 mi Finally, after 18 months the air conditioning is fixed. 
16000 mi ordered map light dome light fix 
17000.0 mi new dome light fix. working great new grill, so far so good new dome light fix. working great new grill, so far so good 
17000 mi New dome light installed. 
32000 mi Outside temp not working correcly- rewired. 
34000 mi same problem, outside temp, not working. Next time I go in for service, they said they would look at it again. 
39000 mi Installed new temp sensor. 
21700 mi

C $20
Burned out headlight. 
22940 mi

C $20
Burned out headlight. Burned out fog light. 
28520 mi Fuel gauge giving inaccurate reading due to faulty fuel sender. 
49600 mi Rear passenger door lock not engaging. New actuator mechanism was ordered. 
52080 mi Rear passenger side door lock actuator assembly replaced. 
88600 mi

C $550
Right turn signal not working properly. Earlier visit diagnosed problem as faulty rear tail lamp harness. Part was ordered and replaced, but did not fix the problem. Need entire new assembly. 
74000 mi

US $600
Alternator failed. Also, battery reported to have bad cell in it. Both items were replaced.  
11000 mi No front dome light. Dealer replaced the front map lights to come on when the dome light in the passerger compartment came on. Very good repair and very good customer service. 
24000 mi Took in for normal oil change. Had the maintenance tech check the electrical plug in the back of the car. It would not play my son's Playstation during a trip. Kept tripping the circuit. New moduel ordered. 
26000 mi Clunking noise that started under the hood at around 10,000 miles. Many dealership visits resulted in not finding problem. Changed dealerships, found problem - air compressor was broken. Replaced, works well now, a roughly one day repair. 
91020 mi

C $250
Floaters in gas tank are off, therefore the level instrument is always off. 
17360 mi Replaced brake switch assembly HY938100W00. Took less than 1 hour.  
106000 mi

US $55
Passenger side blend door actuator failed. Replaced actuator. 
90300 mi

US $528
Replaced bad fuel level sensors. 
98500 mi

US $300
Replaced door lock actuator. 
15500 mi Alternator failed. 
11160 mi Key chip had to be reprogrammed as would not start the car, exhaust issue had to be repaired Key chip had to be reprogrammed as would not start the car, exhaust issue had to be repaired 
43060 mi Engine would not start as anti-theft immobilizer device was malfunctioning and did not recognize the key fob. The malfunctioning part was replaced within one day and the vehicle has been fine since. 
55900 mi engine immobilizer issue. occasionally didn't start on first attempt, but shop noted problem during routine inspection while in for an oil change. 
2480 mi Replace defective passenger overhead console light switch 
60140 mi

C $4000
Fuel sending units in gas tank had failed (were replaced) 
34720 mi Radio stopped working 
122760 mi

C $1000
Both headlights stopped working. 
30380 mi

C $50
Left foglight not working. Warrenty does not cover bulbs. Discovered it was a broken connector wire. Purchased replacement connector from an aftermarket supplier and replaced it. Got excellent help from the Hynundai forums. 
36580 mi

C $190
CD player would not release CD. The CD Assembly unit was replaced. I went to an independent electronic shop - it is where the dealers take their radio electronic problems. I paid for it myself, even though it is a warrenty item. 
51460 mi Air bag light remained on for past two months. DEaler spent an hour or so they said to check all the error messages on vehicle computer history. Told me that the seat belt receptacle was the roblem and they will need to order new one. 
53940 mi This repair trip was to install the replacement passenger seat belt receptacle portion that was causing the Air Bag light to remain on. Had to wait a coup[le of hours for it to be installed. 
56420 mi Regular instances of Check light on and fuel gauge showing empty tank when there was fuel in tank. Dealer diagnosed problem as failed fuel sensor in fuel tank. Dealer repaired by replacing the sensors under Hyundai warranty. 
4000 mi ESC off and AWD Lock buttons' functions were reversed. 
30000 mi after last repair, warning lights came on(blinking seatbelt & battery light). leaking oil from prev repair had dripped into alternator. able to drive to dealer. alt replaced, no charge. 
42000 mi rear passenger door lock did not function when using power locks. actuator replaced under warranty with no issues. 
88000 mi Something related to the fuses came unhooked. Fuses were fine. Whatever it was just needed to be reconnected. My very nice mechanic didn't charge me for it. 
89000 mi

US $87
AC not blowing cool air. AC needed coolant--mechanic was unable to detect leak. He put dye in & we will watch. 
90000 mi Needed new AC Compressor. 
96000 mi

US $241
Fuel gauge showed random levels. Then CEL came on. 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

108300 mi

US $40
A taillight was replaced. 
110700 mi

US $40
A headlight was replaced. 
118000 mi

US $85
Multiple bulbs were replaced - a headlight, one in the CHMSL, and one of the taillights - during a routine oil change. 
120500.0 mi

US $500
Starter replaced due to no crank/no start condition 
135000.0 mi

US $500
Replaced A/C condenser 
121520 mi

C $25
Defrost was not working approximately a year ago and new electrical connection was installed. In November 2014 I tried my defrost and found it did not work again. I took it to the shop and they replaced a fuse. It still does not work. Fog lights are constantly burning out. I have informed the dealership that there must be something wrong with the electrical as I need to change each fog lights between 2-4 times a year. I think I will just buy a different fog light kit. 
16000 mi Air Bag Warning Light Stays on 
21000 mi Same problem - air bag light stays on 
32000 mi Brake lights stuck on even with vehicle turned off so ran battery down. Also dangerous. They replaced the sensor. Air bag lights stays on. First trip they just reset the computer. This time they replaced the sensor.  
99100 mi

US $180
Switch on arm rest which opens fuel hatch will not work. Had to replace the electrical system. No problems afterwards 
3000 mi The temperature indicator on the trip computer read erratic/not at all. The airbag light came on and wouldn't go out. The dealer ended changing out an airbag sensor somewhere on the R/H fender to fix it. 
4000 mi The airbag light came on again and wouldn't go out. The dealer ended changing out another airbag sensor somewhere on the fender to fix it. Successful repair.  
8000 mi The airbag light came on again and wouldn't go out. The dealer checked the pins at the junction box and tightened the connection (there is a TSB out on this particular issue). Successful repair.  
8000 mi The airbag light came on again (4th time) and wouldn't go out. This time the dealer replaced the junction box and checked the pins in the connector for serviceability (there is a TSB out on this particular issue). Successful repair.  

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

108000 mi

US $425
Left fuel sensor would not work when tank was filled up. Once a couple of gallons where used the fuel gauge worked. The major problem was that the Engine light was on because of this. This was a big job as the rear seats had to be removed. 
25000 mi a/c frozze up. 
89000 mi

US $90
Sensors in gas tank reading fuel levels did not work. Raplaced and I know now how much gas I have left in the truck. 
7000 mi Map lights wouldn't turn on when front door was open. 

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

12400 mi Went in for TSB for map light. the first time it was repaired it did not work as expected. Need to go into the shop again to have it re-repaired. 
3000 mi rear 115V power outlet. the power inverter was no good rear 115V power outlet. the power inverter was no good 

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

47000.0 mi Front Speakers - Loud music caused it to mess up and making a popping sound when turned up too high. Thank goodness for the manufacturer's warranty so it didn't cost me anything. Have put in after market's since. Front Speakers - Loud music caused it to mess up and making a popping sound when turned up too high. Thank goodness for the manufacturer's warranty so it didn't cost me anything. Have put in after market's since. 

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

70000 mi

US $90
Driver side fog light burned out. I had both bulbs replaced in one service, since it apparently requires removing the bumper to access the lights. 
78740 mi

C $470
Alternator Fried = Replaced Alternator 
84400 mi

C $50
Cleaned and Lubricated Blower Motor 
120000 mi Picked up vehicle after engine replacement. Ran fine, turned on A/C and vehicle made loud noise. Pressure valve was releasing pressure. Rechecked and replaced fluid. Problem solved. 
120000 mi

US $50
Ordered 2 Key Fobs had them reprogrammed to operate on vehicle. Problem with Rear Wiper staying on window. Recommended that blade be replaced. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

150000 mi I currently have a problem with the Key fob not operating to lock the vehicle, although unlocking is okay. I have ordered a new micro-switch and fob body, and I intend to try to do the repair at work here. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

66000 mi

US $5
Passenger side brake/tail light burned out. Replaced bulb successfully.  
65800 mi

US $260
Two tail lights not burning. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

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. 
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. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

69840 mi

C $940
The alternator died and the battery was not able to be fully recharge. Apparently as the alternator got worst it weakened the battery and shortened it's life 
71600 mi

C $113
The alternator replaced in Oct. was deemed defective and replaced again. The alternator tensioned was also replaced ($$) 
140000 mi

US $90
Driver side window would not go up and down normally. 
88660 mi

C $711
A/C compressor magnetic clutch melted. Replaced with used compressor which leaked all coolant within a week. Replaced with second used part which leaked in the shop. A/C out of service. 
91140 mi AC never fixed. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

82000 mi

US $800
Alternator failure, along with drained battery resulting from the aforementioned failure. The alternator and battery were replaced. 
22153.0 mi Radio replaced due to faulty sound controls (i.e. bass and treble resetting to maximum even when turned down). Radio replaced due to faulty sound controls (i.e. bass and treble resetting to maximum even when turned down). 
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. 
144000 mi

US $270
Alternator replaced in December, 2008 failed again. Replaced with a new alternator. 
65100 mi

C $500
Alternator replacement Alternator replacement 
79360 mi

C $388
Alternator under lifetime warranty, battery replaced. 
83080 mi

C $135
Replace alternator for 3rd time (4th alternator) 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

136000 mi

US $800
Leaking A/C hoses replaced, A/C compressor replaced and recharge. 
136000 mi

US $120
Return A/C hose split, slowly leaking refrigerant. Part was ordered and they even ate the labor so we only paid for the replaced part. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door

3-cylinder automatic 2WD

68000 mi

US $290
A/C stopped working. Bought remanufactored one from Amazon and had a repair shop install it and charge it. The a/c still does not get cold and there is a loud buzzing noise when it is on. 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

148800 mi

C $2200
Replace Air Conditioner compressor Alternator Replaced 
145000 mi

US $900
Bad A/C hoses causing leaks, need to be replaced and recharge 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

153000 mi

US $25
Continue to experience problems with driver side rear brake light failing. Changed bulb, same result. Changed wiring harness, worked for short time. Problem with drivers side rear brake light turned out to be a series of defective bulbs. Returned bulbs and new bulbs are working fine. 
162000 mi

US $260
Replaced Starter One time per year, over the last 2 years, I have had to have the AC system recharged. Obviously the system is old and will eventually need replacement. 
163300 mi

US $700
Compressor runs fine but has leak. Replaced compressor, dryer and hose 
108000 mi

US $650
AC compressor, $650. 
81000 mi

US $185
a/c was not cold 
101700 mi

US $375
Leak in a/c. took shop 2 days to find and repair. 
121000 mi

US $110
replaced battery 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

88500 mi

US $400
drivers power window would not roll up. master switches replaced. 
82500 mi

US $925
The air conditioner stopped working. Replaced ac compressor, receiver and dryer. 
222000 mi odometer and speedometer quit working at the same time. Cost to fix was prohibitive because of the location of he problem (wire bundle) 
83000 mi

US $400
Alternator bearing seized 
89000 mi

US $200
Hi pressure hose off the a/c compressor was replaced 
47200 mi

US $250
Engine light on. Reset system corrects problem 
114000 mi

US $9
Replaced left front headlight bulb. 
120000 mi

US $10
Replaced right front headlight bulb and right rear tail light bulb. 
90520 mi

C $480
A/C dasn't work. No pressure in A/C system. One hose was liking freon/ replaced, A/C recharged. OK. 
65000 mi

US $900
AC poor performance and leaking. Replaced today AC system. 
108900 mi

US $5
the dash light "D" bulb went out. Took out dash and replaced bulb 
102700 mi My Fob has become almost unusable. It has never worked well(must be with in 2 feet of drivers door) but has deteriorated to almost not working at all. I've resorted to just using the key. 
157000 mi

US $29
Replaced the compressor and then recharged system. 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

138-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

48360 mi

$1000
The vehicle's air conditioning system had to be serviced. The compressor was replaced.  

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe

Engine not specified

107200 mi Attempted to get the AC repaired. Shop blew up the AC itself by pumping air instead of Freon through it. They kept spraying the engine compartment w/brake cleaner which I believe softened the transmission lines & caused a leak in those lines 

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

112000 mi

US $350
He put in a condensor , charged me 350 and this AC will only blow cold when it's cold outside , not when it's hot . it blows hot air. 
177000 mi

US $1350
Blower motor shorted out 
177300 mi

US $400
AC compressor went out, replaced compressor and major connections to AC unit, gave a full cleaning. The hoses to the new compressor that were not replaced sprung a leak within 2 weeks; repair shop did not claim fault; owner paid in full. 
185400 mi

US $350
Blower replaced 
99200 mi

$112
replace the bearing assembly for AC pully that was noisy & probably would have seized up and destroyed the serpentine belt + replaced the resistor for the blower motor that had failed thus no blower motor function at any speed 

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

129000 mi

US $350
Recharge AC - 12 oz r134a Replaced compressor, dryer, etc 
194680 mi

A $100
Aircon ceased working. Whole system was flushed, replaced dessicant bag, regassed. The car had previously been taken to another repairer for regassing, but they used a different, incompatible gas and fouled the entire system. 
208700 mi

A $40
No power to air-conditioning. Waiting to have car booked to repair problem. 
101680 mi

C $100
Ventilator Switch broken 
119000 mi

C $150
Alternator 

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

144000 mi

US $650
REPLACED ALTERNATOR 

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