2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai Santa Fe 2004

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe repairs by problem area

Engine (35%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (10%)

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (37%)

$100 - $499 (31%)

< $100 (20%)

Chart based on 35 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe

Engine not specified

75000 mi

US $754
Crankshaft sensor needed to be replaced. Timing belt replaced. 
105000 mi

US $500
Engine failure. Unable to drive above 40 mph 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

68000 mi

new injector 
82000 mi

no. 3 diesel injector was replaced  

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

68000 mi

US $680
Fuel vapor recovery systems fault. Replace all parts of system. 
159000 mi

US $800
exhaust system, hole in pipes at converter. replaced converter and pipes back to muffler. 
82000 mi

US $775
noise from engine 
84000 mi

US $750
Engine noise  
54700 mi

US $260
Was leaking radiator fluid, needed cabin filter changed. Extended warranty paid for new radiator hose and rental car. 
72000 mi

US $820
Replaced timing and accessory belts. Repaired leaking upper coolant hose housing. 
65000 mi

US $450
Broken crankshaft pulley 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

75000 mi

US $165
Noticed a noise shortly after having the timing belt done. The pulley cracked and it took forever for the shop to find the problem. After 9 days got it back. Les's Auto Palme Ma. only charged me for parts-he did a tune-up too. 
92700 mi

US $500
Coolant leaking, radiator hoses and thermostat replaced. 
73000 mi

US $296
Replaced throttle position sensor 
142000 mi

US $230
Pressure valve in fuel tank. 
64000 mi

US $30
Exhaust section between catalytic converter and muffler was broken. 
134000 mi

US $55
Started getting very poor gas mileage, hesitation, rough idle, severe engine shaking. No Check Engine Light. But scan with Actron shows code of P1159 Variable Induction System. I have had this code before in the past and had to remove the intake to clean it. This time I have tried 2 times using a 3M Fuel System Cleaning kit. The vehicle is running much better now but occasionally set the code still. If it does not clear up soon I will pull the intake and clean. While its off I will replace the spark plugs a second time. 
140540 mi

US $102
Replaced failed coil pack that was shorting out during damp weather. Also replaced the other two since they would probably fail soon. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

147000 mi

US $800
Mass Air Flow Sensor 
148100 mi Mass Air Flow Sensor 
67500 mi

US $327
Car sounds like motorboat again. gaskets, engine, tune electronic ignition, remove/replace intake manifold-upper. spark plug wires, platinum plug, ignition wires, coil, pcv valve, positive crankcase valve. cruise control still not working!  engine light on, stalls out. Pressure test on cooling system, H/C coolant leak, possible antifreeze leak as well. 
91140 mi Heat shield came loose, making lots of noise. A mechanic removed it at no charge. Fuel tank leaking. Replacement would cost too much for this old of a car. Retired. Car is currently on sale "as is". 
79500 mi

US $4500
Some seals leaked into system 
102300 mi

US $890
Ignition coil 
140000 mi

US $1600
part of cam shaft alignment, timing belt, water pump and oil pan replacement/repairs - total of all $1600 
68200 mi

C $285
Check engine light came on. Diagnosed as a O2 sensor. The sensor was replaced. The mechanic also adjust the serpentine belt to eliminate the squealing noise 
88040 mi

C $950
The engine serpentine belt was noisy. The belt was replaced 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

96120 mi

C $821
Replacement of pulleys for timing belt, both matched sets were damaged and had to be replaced 
102920 mi

C $3000
Fuel Tank rusted and leaking Oil pan leaking and needs to be replaced 
74000 mi

US $136
Replaced serpentine belt tensioner due to faulty bearings wearing down the timing cover. 
35000 mi Car wouldn't start. Got it to start then stalled when put into drive. Check engine light on. Towed to dealer. Need crankshaft sensor replacement. Covered by warranty. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

138-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

70000 mi The timing belt broke on this vehicle while my wife was driving it. The belt was not due for replacement for at least another 5,000 miles. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

98000 mi

US $800
crankshaft position sensor, O2 sensors, ECM, plugs, plug wires, camshaft position sensor, misfire sensor, temperature coolant switch coil packs 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Engine Problems

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