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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.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe.

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 Texas, United States
Nov 2012 - Jan 2018
Jan 2014

8200 mi
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 Florida, United States
Apr 2016 - Jun 2018
Oct 2017

28000 mi

US $25
Replaced noisy idler pulley. 
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 Tennessee, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2018
Sep 2014

45000 mi
A pulley motor was replaced. This was covered under our OEM warranty. 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

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 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 - Mar 2020
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 
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 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 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 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. 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Florida, United States
Apr 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

105000 mi

US $200
Starter replacement 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Georgia, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2018
Jan 2015

69800 mi
leaking joints/boots. To be replaced under warranty--parts currently ordered but not yet repaired. More than three weeks waiting so far. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in South Carolina, United States
Sep 2014 - Dec 2015
Jan 2015

43000 mi
Map/dome lights not coming on when doors opened. 
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. 

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

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. 
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 Moscow Region, Russia
Aug 2017 - Sep 2018
Jan 2018

44020 mi
Automatic box differencial 

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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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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe

Engine not specified

Hyundai Santa Fe in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2015 - Aug 2017
Mar 2015

120000 mi

US $150
Cleaned fuel system as was not running correctly. After simple cleaning no problems. 

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Manitoba, Canada
Aug 2016 - Sep 2018
Oct 2016

42660 mi

C $1300
VVT & timing chain & tensions.During start up when cold only the VVT was clattering loud noise and the timing chain was rattling. After warm up could not heat the valve train noise anymore. Dealer paid for parts only under good will. 
Jun 2017

60760 mi

C $60
I changed the front brake pads but found they still has 30% of braking lining left. I was told by CTC that my front brake pad linings were very low while I bought new tires at 95,000 kms. 
Jun 2018

82460 mi

C $1100
Rear brake were still seizing, calipers were seizing. Replace both calipers and rotors. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Wisconsin, United States
Jul 2011 - Jun 2018
Oct 2015

73700 mi

US $530
Oil light would flicker at low RPMs. Oil pressure switch was replaced. 
Aug 2016

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. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2011 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012

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 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Wisconsin, United States
Jul 2011 - Jun 2018
Sep 2011

9000 mi
Added rubber boots over exposed shocks to keep dirt & grime from causing seals to fail. 
May 2015

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. 
Jun 2015

61000 mi
Was rattling, so I took it in. Repaired under warranty. 
Feb 2016

71000 mi
The timing chain tensioner system runs off of oil pressure. Lost pressure when engine off. Caused chain to rattle badly. (check valve in system failed) 
Mar 2016

73000 mi
Lower connecting rod bearing failing (noises on startup caused me to bring in). Entire engine replaced. 
May 2016

74000 mi

US $900
Replaced worn struts 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2013 - Aug 2016
Aug 2013

54460 mi
Intermittent rough shifting. Replaced transmission on warranty. 
Sep 2014

77500 mi

C $150
Washer fluid pump leaked 
Mar 2015

88040 mi

C $185
lower front ball joint driver's side replaced - too much play - required for safety check; required wheel alignment; rear brake pads replaced; brake fluid flushed Left tie rod end changed plus wheel alignment 
Oct 2015

101020 mi

C $118
Replaced signal relay - constantly clicking rapidly 
Feb 2016

110060 mi

C $225
Replaced front left lower ball joint 
Hyundai Santa Fe in North Carolina, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2018
Dec 2012

17000 mi
ESC light intermittently came on,. Brake light switch replaced. 

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in New York, United States
Jul 2011 - May 2016
Mar 2012

5000 mi
Insulation added to stop creaking in cabin. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Indiana, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2018
Jun 2015

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. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2011 - Nov 2016
Oct 2012

21700 mi
Transmission started 'kicking' while shifting from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd, reprogrammed. 
Nov 2012

22400 mi
Transmission 'kicked' considerably from 2nd to 3rd and 3rd to 4th, then 'check engine' light. 
Apr 2013

26540 mi
Significant oil leak after previous work on transmission. 
Jun 2013

29140 mi
Leaking joint. 4th trip for the same repair. 
Mar 2014

35960 mi

C $45
You could feel the passenger door going up and down with your elbow when running over potholes. They adjusted the door and striker. door and striker'. 
May 2014

37820 mi
Steering had become harder and harder. Dealer replaced front strut bearings. Didn't test drive. Problem still present at delivery. Car had to go back in. Problem was with universal joint. 
Dec 2014

43400 mi
Oil pressure sensor replaced. 
Nov 2015

50220 mi
Bad shock replaced 
Feb 2016

51460 mi
Alternator replaced 
Mar 2016

53320 mi
Universal joint replaced (2nd time in less than two years) 
Aug 2016

56420 mi

C $25
Shock replaced. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Nova Scotia, Canada
Oct 2012 - Nov 2013
Apr 2012

22947 mi
Car would not start periodically. Immobilizer Module replaced. Car would not start periodically. Immobilizer Module replaced. Antenna Coil replaced. Keys reprogrammed. 
Mar 2013

38440 mi
Leather seems to be peeling on driver's door arm rest. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in New Brunswick, Canada
Aug 2011 - Jun 2016
Jun 2012

13640 mi
Yellow engine light fixed by replacing the o2 senor under warranty. 
Jul 2013

29120 mi
Leaking strut on the drivers front ruined a tire by wearing the inside shoulder bald. 
Apr 2014

40180 mi
Spring noise during low speed turns. Strut bearing was bad and replaced. 
Aug 2014

44680 mi
Yellow check engine light solved by brake switch replacement. Subject of a recall. 
Dec 2014

49600 mi
Front and rear bushings replaced because of clunking noise. 
Nov 2015

60520 mi
Timing chain cover reseal. Leak noticed by dealer during an oil change. Traction control light intermittently coming on. 
Apr 2016

65720 mi

C $60
Oil light coming on. Oil pressure sensor replaced. Both front strut coil springs broke. Upon dealer inspection the driver strut bearing was also bad. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2011 - Jun 2018
Sep 2014

44640 mi
Water collecting in the passenger side rear tail light. Dealer fixed under warrenty 
Jun 2016

59520 mi

C $500
Driver side auto door lock stopped working 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2011 - Dec 2017
Oct 2017

65720 mi

C $350
Oil pressure sensor failure 
Hyundai Santa Fe in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2011 - Nov 2017
Mar 2015

70680 mi

C $500
replace alterntor 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Quebec, Canada
- Aug 2011
Aug 2011

1116 mi

C $171
replacing a ground wire because vehicule won't start 
Hyundai Santa Fe in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2017 - Sep 2017
Jun 2017

41540 mi

C $168
Replace R front axle Hyundai paid for parts ( new Hyundai part 2 year warranty) 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2012 - Apr 2013
Aug 2012

12400 mi
1st trip to dealer to have this repaired. Still sqeaking New alternator installed. Under warranty Rattle/squeak in roof liner. Hyundai never was able to repair this. Second of three trips to daler for this. No success 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ohio, United States
Nov 2015 - Aug 2017
Sep 2016

63000 mi

US $100
Bought used with a maintenance package and $100 deductible. Repair total was $200. Right front steering required repair. Car would jump around on the road. Part was replace and total alignment was done. Now it finally steers like an SUV. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Maryland, United States
Nov 2013 - Mar 2018
Jan 2015

37200 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. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Connecticut, United States
Mar 2014 - Mar 2017
Sep 2015

23000 mi
Rt rear headrest would not fold down when putting rear seats down for larger cargo. Removed rear seat & headrest. Opened headrest repaired internals, reinstalled. Works fine now with the modifications I made. CHEAP PLASTIC PARTS FAILED! 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! 
Jul 2016

29000 mi
Throttle was hitting a dead spot and would almost stop when accelerating from stop or hard from slow Speed. Dealer said it was a recall, which I never got! Updated software and cleaned carbon out of throttle body and hopefully intake manifold. 

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Tennessee, United States
Nov 2011 - Sep 2014
Aug 2012

14000 mi
Brake switch went bad causing the traction control light to come on. It caused the car not to shift into park. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2015 - Jun 2017
Apr 2017

69440 mi
BROKEN FRONT COIL SPRING STRUT MOUNT 
Hyundai Santa Fe in District of Columbia, United States
Jul 2011 - Aug 2014
May 2012

14000 mi
Starter stayed on after the car was turned on. Eventually it started to overheat and fail. 
Feb 2013

24000 mi
Starter took too long to start the car -- battery was found defective and replaced. 
Jul 2014

29000 mi
Check engine light went on, dealer diagnosed a faulty intake manifold. Part ordered, replaced after sold to a co-worker. 

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in New York, United States
Oct 2011 - Jun 2013
May 2013

20600 mi
recalled. car was hesitating and surging 
Hyundai Santa Fe in British Columbia, Canada
Jun 2016 - Apr 2017
Aug 2016

39960 mi
Steering column leak 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Idaho, United States
Feb 2013 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

53000 mi
Power steering issue, covered under warranty. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Maine, United States
Jul 2011 - Sep 2015
Feb 2013

34000 mi
Rear door would not open, suddenly. It felt funny for a month or so and then quit. 
Apr 2014

55000 mi
Loud intermittent exhaust noise under the hood. Sounded as though exhaust became disconnected from header. Would last for 10 minutes and stop. Did not effect use of vehicle. 
Jun 2014

60000 mi

US $84
tie rod end replacement and bolt replacement for strut 
Sep 2014

65000 mi

US $544
right rear wheel bearing started humming 
Mar 2015

75000 mi

US $2800
Pinion bearing on drivers side shot.  Tie rod ends replaced. 
Sep 2015

78000 mi

US $235
lost rear main seal. Had left ball joint replaced and alignment 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Panama
Aug 2011 - Jun 2018
Nov 2011

11160 mi
The radio screen had troubles with the colors and sometimes letters do not appear. 
Dec 2011

11780 mi
One of the Back seats didn't fold. 
Jan 2013

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. 
May 2013

27900 mi
Unstable in idle and sudden loss of power while driving at low speed (around 20-30km/h) 
Jun 2013

30380 mi
Unstable in idle and sudden loss of power while driving at low speed (around 20-30km/h). Problem with the catalytic converter and they replaced it. 
Feb 2018

86800 mi

US $200
Change of break pads. 

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2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Hyundai Santa Fe in Sri Lankia
Jul 2011 - Jun 2018
Jan 2012

31600 mi
Seat belt on the driver's seat malfunctioned 
Apr 2016

40800 mi

$300
The power steering developed stffness, when turning to the right, the steering seems stiff and extra effort needed. 
Dec 2017

77500 mi

$200
Front brakes were replaced 

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2010.5 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in New South Wales, Australia
Jun 2013 - Jul 2014
Jul 2013

22520 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

Engine not specified

Hyundai Santa Fe in New Mexico, United States
Mar 2015 - Jun 2015
Jun 2015

98000 mi

US $100
Short block had to be rebuilt and installed, piston rings and other issues to the Pistons caused engine to sieze. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Aug 2010

7000 mi
Crank seal leaking 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Italy
Nov 2010 - Sep 2015
Dec 2010

4340 mi
automatic trans that "crunch-es" from P to N & N to P. They do: NOTHING! 
Mar 2011

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. 
Feb 2013

19100 mi
no parts replaced. only fixed some bolts of the front right suspension to fix a "tlac" sound made during braking. 
Apr 2013

20140 mi
water leaks driving in hard rain from the right back door. no water leaks with car standing into the rain. 
Sep 2014

32240 mi
the abs&Traction ctr lights do not turn off at the first start. sometimes the lights turn on when reverse gear is engaged for the first time. after turning off and back on the car, the lights go off. diagnosis "comunication error" NOT SOLVED. 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2013 - Mar 2013
Mar 2013

29140 mi
Replaced the transmission due to previous reported incident of no acceleration when pedal is pressed and knocking sounds. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2010 - Aug 2016
May 2011

4960 mi
car overheated. something needed tightening or replacing to radiator 
Sep 2012

13020 mi
loose wire to starter. had issues with engine starting, kept on cranking without starting, then started just to click noticed radiator fluid leaking into ground when car parked 
May 2014

21700 mi
Back door power lock did not work Outdoor temperature intermittently incorrect 
Jan 2015

17080 mi

C $290
Problem starting engine when cold. Engine would turn over and over and not start 
Jul 2015

29760 mi
loose heat shield, rubbing noise when coasting 
Hyundai Santa Fe in South Carolina, United States
Jul 2012 - Jun 2018
Jan 2014

119000 mi

US $105
A ground wire broken or loose. 
Dec 2017

179000 mi

US $672
ABS and ECS lights on. Replaced rear passenger hub assembly 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Maryland, United States
Nov 2010 - Oct 2014
Feb 2011

9000 mi
An elastic strap came undone, that holds a cover over the mechanics of the back seat when it is folded down. It was repaired by dealer. The seat fabric pulled out from under the rear seat folding lever housing. The problem was not fixed due to a miscommunication. The car will return to the dealer for repair. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2010 - Aug 2015
Jan 2011

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 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Virginia, United States
Jan 2011 - Mar 2013
Feb 2011

19700 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.  
Aug 2012

51700 mi
Rack was leaking fluid. Had to be replaced. Took out power steering pump too. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2010 - Jun 2018
Jul 2010

3720 mi
Rails on sunroof broken - noise opening/closing, rails replaced under warranty 
Nov 2010

6796 mi
The typical first to second gear hard shift requiring a reflash of the computer 
Feb 2012

15872 mi
The common radiator pinhole/seam leak on the Santa Fe radiator, noticed small coolant loss at overflow tank, slight green stain on radiator. Radiator replaced under warrantee 
Jun 2014

36592 mi

C $8
The rear wiper uses a cheap painted steel washer to seal the arm against the window. Cheap to replace at $8 for the part, wouldn't be happy to pay labour to replace it... The rear wiper uses a cheap painted steel washer to seal the arm against the window. Cheap to replace at $8 for the part, wouldn't be happy to pay labour to replace it... 
Jul 2015

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 
Nov 2015

50220 mi

C $100
Battery would barely turn over the engine, so replaced the 6 year old battery. 
Sep 2016

56420 mi

C $610
oil pressure sender - oil leak ($10 for part $350 for labour),  right rear brake caliper sticking = new caliper $250 installed 
Jun 2017

63240 mi

C $10
Paint continues to come off in chunks - delamination of white paint from the grey primer. I've been putting decals over the damage to prevent rust - Hyundai isn't willing to deal with paint delamination issues 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Michigan, United States
Sep 2011 - Jan 2012
Dec 2011

23000 mi
3rd time for same problem—jerky movement in lower gears, under 25 felt like someone hitting car from behind. No mechanical problem found, but after "lots of test driving" they replicated. Software update seems to have fixed problem, for now at least. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Nova Scotia, Canada
Aug 2010 - Jun 2018
Sep 2011

11160 mi

C $50
Front springs replaced; oil change and 18KM service check  
Jul 2012

20040 mi
Broken bushing was causing a rattle and was replaced under warranty 
Jun 2015

54560 mi
Replaced rear taillight which had water getting inside and shorting out bulbs. 
Jun 2016

69440 mi

C $1300
rear shock replaced 
Apr 2017

81560 mi

C $290
replace both front fog light bulbs Replace left front control arm bushing (separated) 
Sep 2017

86800 mi

C $500
Replace 2 front lower ball joints 
Dec 2017

99200 mi

C $200
Check engine light diagnosed as exhaust leak. Smoke test revealed valve on gas cap not re-seating. Replaced with new gas cap. 
Mar 2018

94860 mi

C $1500
Check engine light illuminated for large EVAP leak. Replaced cracked fuel pump housing 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Minnesota, United States
Jul 2010 - Jul 2013
May 2011

8000 mi
Lock assembly for left rear door replaced ... will not lock 75% of the time. Part ordered. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Indiana, United States
Jul 2010 - Jan 2020
Feb 2010

200 mi
car steering to the right, steering wheel off center 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Texas, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2015
Apr 2011

3000 mi
known problem with harsh/abrupt shifting with 6 speed auto tran. TSB' have not fixed the problem, as of yet. fix(TSB}does not solve the problem ( only temporary). 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Florida, United States
Aug 2010 - May 2012
Sep 2011

17000 mi
My Santa Fe was in the shop for one day to adjust the transmission which was shifting in to high gear to fast causing the vehicle to buck. 
Nov 2011

18000 mi
Engine would stall for 3 to 4 seconds when starting from a complete stop. 
May 2012

20000 mi
The stalling problem never was resolved...the problem seemed to be that it did not do it on a constant basis and they claimed they could never get it to do it. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Oregon, United States
Aug 2010 - Dec 2011
Oct 2010

2000 mi
Damage to inner lip of right front fender caused paint to crack and flake off. Hyundai paid for body shop repair and rental car. 
Dec 2010

5000 mi
Car stalled at low speed in city driving. Towed to dealer where no fault codes or history were found. Car was driven home and problem has not resurfaced. 
Jan 2011 Radiator sprung leak at top right corner, occasionally spurting coolant onto engine cover. Radiator is not losing excessive amounts of coolant, however. Part ordered; covered under warranty. 
Feb 2011

8000 mi
Radiator was replaced, stopping the leak. 
Mar 2011

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. 
Nov 2011

23000 mi
Condensation formed in passenger side inner taillight and began pooling at bottom. Persisted for two weeks, dealer ordered new lamp unit. 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Connecticut, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2013
May 2013

83000 mi

US $926
Needed a new yaw rate sensor There was a clunking sound when stopping and starting at slow speeds especially when cornering. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2010 - Apr 2015
Mar 2011

8266 mi
Jerky transmission.Bang shifting 2to3.New transmission on order.No problem with dealer to fix it. Replace transmission 
Aug 2012

22200 mi
Replace electric cooling fan. Expected time 1 hr.Real time 2 hrs. 
May 2013

28520 mi
Replace battery N/C. Replace stoplight swich. Recall. Check engine light on again. They do not know why. 
Aug 2013

31620 mi
2 doors sagging.Not closing very well.Mechanic hits strike on doorframe with hammer.I tell him it's a door and not a strike problem.He is not listening.Problem still exist. Hunt Club Hyundai Ottawa. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2010 - Jan 2012
Sep 2010

6820 mi
updated the transition software 
Jun 2011

17360 mi
transmission software update 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Alberta, Canada
Jul 2010 - Apr 2012
Jan 2011

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. 
Mar 2011

12400 mi
Intermittant no start. Mechanic tightened a ground wire and so far problem has not returned. 
Jun 2011

14260 mi
Problem with transmission not catching when changing gears going from gear down to gear up. Feels like it is slipping and then catches and "clunks" when it goes into gear. 
Jul 2011

15500 mi
Vehicle had intermittant no start problems. Disconnected command start - 2 1/2 weeks without problem. Did a transmission update for slipping and after 2 1/2 weeks no problems. 
Dec 2011

21080 mi
Needed a lock actuator as the passenger rear driver side door lock wouldn't work. 
Mar 2012

24180 mi
Struts leaking Steering rack leaking 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2010 - Oct 2017
Sep 2010

6000 mi

US $45
VERY loud tapping noise at startup. Goes away after 3 seconds. This will re-occur after being off after 3 hours. Either rod bearing noise or lifter noise as oil apparently drains down. Dealer changed oil & filter, could not replicate. 
Oct 2010

6200 mi
Loud tapping in engine with cold startup. Factory rep to listen in October. Noise very minimal in colder weather. Will take back next year in warm weather 
Aug 2011

16000 mi

US $38
TSB stated that 1-2 and 2-3 shift points erratic when cold 
Jun 2014

37000 mi

US $140
re-flash ecu with original 
Mar 2015

45000 mi

US $85
Hard shifting---Reflash ECU 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2010 - Jun 2018
Jun 2012

50840 mi
Oil leak from weep hole at engine/tranny interface. Dealer reported leak from oil pressure switch. 
Sep 2013

80600 mi

C $200
Clunking on rough roads only. 
Feb 2014

84320 mi

C $547
Clunking on rough surfaces, sound and feel of something loose and about to drop off. 
Mar 2015

97340 mi

C $804
Oil pressure sensor leak; replaced oil pressure sensor for the second time. 
May 2015

98040 mi

C $1200
Both front springs/struts replaced (broken spring on right side) Control arm bushing replaced Right front wheel bearing replaced 
Sep 2017

112840 mi

C $1700
Front pads and rotors, rear calipers Clunking on turns, right front lower balljoint replaced. Front brakes deemed needing service at time of repair. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in New Brunswick, Canada
Jul 2010 - Oct 2013
Oct 2010

5580 mi
Transmission surges, throttle issues and extreme thuds when shifting in slow situations. Software update (TSB). Some improvement, but not completely rectified 
Nov 2010

6200 mi
Transmission replaced. 
May 2011

15500 mi
Recurring problem with transmission clanging into 2nd gear during slow acceleration. Diagnostics done, repair not succesful. 
Jun 2011

16740 mi
Same problem as before, transmission clanging hard into second gear under slow acceleration. 
Aug 2011

19440 mi
Recurring problem with hard shifting issue, repair successful after newest software update. 
Jul 2012

34100 mi
Replaced timing chain cover 
Aug 2013

50840 mi
Vehicle would not start on all occasions. When ignition would not catch, it would take multiple attempts, but it always started. Waiting for situation to happen again at which time I will return to dealer. 
Sep 2013

52700 mi
Starting issue as previously reported. Dealer thinks it is a faulty immobilizer antennae and ordered part. Awaiting installation. 
Oct 2013

52700 mi
Installed new antennae, didn't work. Ordered a wiring harness to see if it might do the trick. I decided to cut my losses and got rid of the car. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2010 - Jun 2012
Jul 2011

14880 mi
in channel side visors scratching glass windows. All 4 visors and windows replaced under warranty due to manufacturing defect 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Maryland, United States
Mar 2011 - May 2017
Nov 2011

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 
Dec 2011

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. 
May 2013

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. 
Jun 2015

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. 
Mar 2017

70000 mi

US $800
alternator died abruptly and was replaced 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2011 - Apr 2012
Jan 2011

6200 mi
Transmission replaced with new unit under warranty. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2015 - Jun 2018
Feb 2015

62480 mi
Hard to start on occasion but getting worse.The antenna circut was changed for the immobilizer. Starting 100% better.But to get this appointment done,phoned Hyundai Canada.They talked to dealer and had me in at dealer within 2 days. 
Nov 2015

74880 mi
Whole front left axle changed because of split CV boot.  Also front strut leaking also changed at same time,Under HPP warranty, did not cost anything. Check Engine light on,diagnosed as intake gaskets leaking.Parts ordered,parts in 2 weeks later. Appointment made and 1 day to fix. 
Apr 2017

85560 mi
Stabilizer bar parts worn, replaced under warrany. No problem,but flashed computer. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2014 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

76260 mi

C $280
Turn key engine cranks, catches, stalls Ongoing problem with engine immobilizer system Dealer will claim "could not duplicate" Keys have been replaced, problem persists... Owner of vehicle checked oil level one day after repair. found engine cover missing. returned to dealer, told cover is missing and will be ordered. Suspect cover was damaged and customer was not told. Intermittent, Turn key, engine turns over but does not start. Ongoing engine immobilizer malfunction. Dealer will not repair problem. 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. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2011 - Sep 2011
Mar 2011

22940 mi
Steering wheel when turning started to squeak like rubber on rubber noise approx 1 week before losing all steering ability. The dealership replaced front passanger boot, gear and linkage assembly and power steering. Clicking/vibration in front end. Front bearings. Had to be towed. Not shifting smoothly from one gear to next. Transfer case. 2 major repair trips in 1 month. 
Jun 2011

26040 mi

C $108
Front spring broke while on trip home from 2nd repair. Car went back they had it 2 weeks. replaced both front springs under warranty. Told by dealership "we were lucky, as the last one like that pierced the front tire".  
Hyundai Santa Fe in Connecticut, United States
Jun 2017 - Jul 2018
Apr 2017

106000 mi

US $458
Front Struts 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Maine, United States
Jul 2012 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012

44000 mi
ongoing issues with material on back seat, material doesn't fit right for either back seat - single one replaced months back under warranty and bench seat authorized for repair only to fix material from coming up - fixed after 3rd attempt 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Saskatchewan, Canada
Feb 2018 - Sep 2018
Jul 2018

89900 mi

C $265
Rear rotors and pads 
Sep 2018

91140 mi

C $275
Front pads and rotors 
Hyundai Santa Fe in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2010 - Apr 2016
Dec 2012

20460 mi
Vehicle motor would turn over but would not start until third try.This happened irregularly. Same issue after they replaced immobilizer system. 
Nov 2014

36740 mi
Idler belt adjuster 
Jul 2015

42980 mi
Cvt failing Hyundai paid for everything. Was past warranty by 3 months. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2011 - Apr 2013
Feb 2011

11160 mi
Replaced Tie rod end. Was causing noise when driving. Factory roof rails malfunctioned (pull tab failed to release rear rail so they could be repositioned) 
Jul 2011

13830 mi
Rear window door (Rubber, vinyl or plastic) trim changed color and lustre. Dealer will order and replace on next visit  Factory roof rails malfunctioned (pull tab failed to release front rail so they could be repositioned. Replacement must be approved by Hyundai. This is the second rail that failed. In febuary, they replaced the rear rail. Noise coming from front suspension. Dealer compared with brand new 2011 Santa Fe,and says noise is normal due to the front plastic components ratles. No repairs done. Ajustable back support on drivers seat (Limited model) is noisy (Squeaking), when applying variable pressure while driving. Dealer will validate on next trip. Suspect noisy spring hooks.  Rear window door (Rubber, vinyl or plastic) trim changed color and lust. Dealer will order and replace on next visit  
Aug 2011

14830 mi

C $52
Noise coming from engine belt tensioner (Noisy bearing). 
Jul 2012

27060 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. 
Sep 2012

29140 mi
Noisy front suspension at low speeds, like loose tennis balls in carton box, always had this noise even when SUV was new in 2010. Dealer finally changed the Rack & Pinion. No more noise. This problem has been reported by many other owner. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2012 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012

19000 mi
Front doors make a hollow rattling noise when closing the door - dealer identified the interior door skin had become unglued 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2017 - Jul 2018
Jul 2018

93000 mi

C $65
Faulty headlamp/signal switch 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Kentucky, United States
Jul 2010 - Jan 2011
Aug 2010

16000 mi
transmission failed 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Maryland, United States
Mar 2013 - Mar 2015
Apr 2013

30500 mi
The car would not start and was towed to the dealership. The dealer replaced a starter switch. 
Jul 2013

33300 mi
The car would not shift out of drive. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Hawaii, United States
Dec 2013 - Sep 2015
Aug 2014

54000 mi
Car would shake under moderate to heavy acceleration in 2nd and 3rd gear. Transmission replaced under warranty 
Jul 2015

65500 mi
Wheel sensor in right rear wheel was bad 
Hyundai Santa Fe in British Columbia, Canada
Oct 2010 - Jul 2015
Dec 2010

4340 mi

C $70
Vehicle accelerated after came to a stop. This occurred in -40C temps. The service personnel in two dealership service shops have not been able to recreate the incident inspite of extended attempts to do the same. Hyunda Can involved. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Quebec, Canada
Nov 2010 - Dec 2017
May 2011

13020 mi
front left suspension leaking, installed new one. front right suspension leaking, installed new one. 
Apr 2012

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. 
Jul 2012

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. 
Mar 2013

37200 mi

C $90
Front suspension leak right and left. Had to align the car. Aligment wasn't under warranty. 
Apr 2015

62000 mi
End of warranty repair 
Jan 2017

73780 mi

C $550
front right wheel shaft broke leading to the transmission failure. Had to replace the entire transmission and the front right wheel shaft. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Mar 2018
Oct 2011

10840 mi
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. 
Jul 2014

26660 mi
One nut on a U-clamp in the steering system was slightly loose and there was a noticeable small glitch in the steering. The nut was tightened and the problem solved. 
Aug 2014

27160 mi
We could not lock or unlock the driver's door. Dealer replaced electric door lock on driver's door. 
Mar 2015

31620 mi
Failed to start. Replaced the starter. 
Jun 2015

33480 mi
Right rear electric door lock failed. The dealer replaced the actuator. 
Sep 2015

37200 mi

C $145
The car failed to start. Dealer replaced the battery. 
Mar 2016

40920 mi

C $250
Replaced left front ball joint.Must have hit a pot hole to damage it. 
Sep 2016

44020 mi
Loose strut on the front suspension was rattling. The dealer replaced it to repair. Also the oil was changed. 
Dec 2016

46500 mi

C $200
Replaced right front ball joint 
Nov 2017

66960 mi

C $100
Left front ball joint was replaced. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Louisiana, United States
Sep 2010 - Dec 2017
Oct 2010

6000 mi
Rear seat cover removes itself from bottom bracket when passengers sit in the back seat, and comes detached from cushion. Plastic mounting strip is defective. Ordered new rear seat under warranty (not there yet). Concern also (web) - trans. 
Dec 2010

8000 mi
Interior plastic scratches (permanently) VERY easily, making a new vehicle look less than new, from the inside of the car.  
Aug 2012

40000 mi

US $25
Rear seat cover clips defective - rear seat cover comes off most times when people sit on the rear seat. Had to configure some clips for the bottom to keep the seat cover from coming off - shoddy plastic clips put on at the factory. 
Oct 2012

42000 mi
Stopped by the dealer I purchased the Santa Fe from (and 4 other new Hyundai's, through the years). In addition to the interior panels being fragile/prone to scratches, the steering wheel cracks are larger, but they never called back 2 fix 
May 2013

53100 mi
Clip broke on cargo net for hatch area - plastic (typical Hyundai problem) failed, was ordered under warranty, and I replaced it. 
Sep 2013

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. 
Jun 2014

69000 mi
ABS system failed - had to change rear axle on drivers side 
Jun 2016

97000 mi
For the last several years this vehicle doesn't always start when in park. It is either something with the ignition switch or the transmission shift lever - dealer couldn't find the problem but it is still a problem and has been for a while 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2013 - Mar 2018
Dec 2015

62620 mi

C $750
Control arms replaced. Must say technically work out of warranty by 400 km but the dealer called Hyundai to get them to pay for everything. I had brought in the vehicle earlier but they were too busy because of the Christmas season. 
Apr 2017

91140 mi

C $150
Just did a wheel alignment. Way off. 
Jul 2017

93620 mi

C $2500
Rack and pinion Struts.  Axle. Boots. 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

Hyundai Santa Fe in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2014 - Sep 2015
Sep 2014

63240 mi

C $800
Broken front spring on driver's side. 
Hyundai Santa Fe in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2016 - Apr 2017
Jan 2016

85000 mi
front wheel bearings 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2010 - Dec 2016
Jun 2013

21000 mi
recall to repair ESC light issue. replaced brake light switch no charge to me 
Hyundai Santa Fe in Ohio, United States
Jul 2010 - Jul 2012
Mar 2011

6000 mi

US $30
One of the back doors had a lock that would no longer work. Mostly inconvenient because if one lock doesn't work the car is vulnerable to break in. 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

175-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Hyundai Santa Fe in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2018 - Mar 2019
Apr 2018

79360 mi

C $400
Stuck rear calipers after replacing pads and rotors. 
Sep 2018

81840 mi

C $500
Parking brake wire was rusted. 

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Hyundai Santa Fe in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2013 - Dec 2013
Apr 2013

14500 mi
drivers door lock actuator replaced 

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