2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai Santa Fe 2004

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe repairs by problem area

Engine (36%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (20%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

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

Other (10%)

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (14%)

$1000 - $2499 (29%)

$500 - $999 (14%)

$100 - $499 (0%)

< $100 (43%)

Chart based on 7 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 4dr SUV

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

124300 mi

US $2000
transmission failure 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

103000.0 mi

US $1800
lost 4and 5th gear,plus reverse,dealer wouldnt warranty.replaced with used tranny from 2005 santa fe with 20,000miles. 
104000.0 mi

US $600
loud clunking noise in drivetrain,hyundai dealer said was tranny just replaced,used tran under warranty.took 2nd shop,replaced transfer case.still not fixed.unplugged rear differential myself.runs fine in front drve. 
131000 mi

US $65
4WD is binding severely when backing up and turning or turning going forward. Dealership says it might be Viscous Coupler but its a couple of thousand to replace. Have not repaired yet. Replaced 4wd computer but didn't solve issue. 
128000 mi

US $3500
After repeatedly having the vehicle in for evaluation for a transmission "thunk" when cold, it finally failed. AFTER the warranty ran out. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4dr SUV

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

144000 mi Clunk in the driveshaft turned out to be a failing transfer case coupling. Vehicle sold rather than face very expensive repair. 
86000 mi Rear differential wearing leading to driveline play and noise at highway speeds. 

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Transmission Problems

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