2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai Santa Fe 2003

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe repairs by problem area

Engine (27%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (16%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (15%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (30%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

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.

2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

145000 mi

US $900
Bad A/C hoses causing leaks, need to be replaced and recharge 
148800 mi

C $2200
Replace Air Conditioner compressor Alternator Replaced 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

108000 mi

US $650
AC compressor, $650. 
101700 mi

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

US $110
replaced battery 
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 
81000 mi

US $185
a/c was not cold 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

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. 
114000 mi

US $9
Replaced left front headlight bulb. 
120000 mi

US $10
Replaced right front headlight bulb and right rear tail light bulb. 
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. 
82500 mi

US $925
The air conditioner stopped working. Replaced ac compressor, receiver and dryer. 
83000 mi

US $400
Alternator bearing seized 
89000 mi

US $200
Hi pressure hose off the a/c compressor was replaced 
88500 mi

US $400
drivers power window would not roll up. master switches replaced. 
47200 mi

US $250
Engine light on. Reset system corrects problem 
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) 

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

138-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

48360 mi

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

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Electrical Problems

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