The check engine light would go on periodically which was super annoying. Independent automotive reviews have highlighted the Santa Fe's low price and generous standard equipment, but noted the exterior design is growing outdated compared to Hyundai's other models. The next funny noise, the next problem the dealer won't fix or take me seriously about. I've brought it on the beach for some four wheeling, I've pushed it over 110mph, it has over 160,000 miles on it, and it's still running quite well. The original tires lasted 90,000 miles and the exhaust is still original.
Took car to dealer, and was told that the crack wouldn't be covered by warranty. I don't have the all wheel drive version, but even just the 2 wheel drive does really well. I have a basic model, without bells and whisles. Optional subfloor storage bins in the cargo area are a thoughtful feature, provided your stored items fit in their pre-configured shapes: In other words, nothing too tall, too wide or too thick. The recall began on October 24, 2014.
Hyundai currently sells the Santa Fe in three trim levels. The audio system is upgraded to ten speakers with surround sound. The inside-mounted pull-down grip makes closing it just as easy. Remedy Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the coil spring, free of charge. Awesome Vehicle — Well made. General Comments: Overall, I love this car.
Always started even in the Cold Chicago Winter! After critics panned the first generation's lack of horsepower, Hyundai installed new engine options for the second generation. A few days later, Engine started making a ticking noise. Maybe when my warranty runs out, they will take me seriously. We will consider buying a Santa Fe again when this one dies. When open, the liftgate easily clears six-foot foreheads. For 2002, even base models have four-wheel-disc brakes, power door locks, body cladding, and separate front tweeters for the stereo. General Comments: Besides the problems listed above, and the issues I've had the with dealership, I like the car.
Car handles very well at freeway speeds and is comfortable on long trips. Our Take on the 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai made its sport-utility vehicle stand out in a crowd. Hyundai currently sells the Santa Fe in three trim levels. It is not the most economic vehicle to refuel, but its substantial weight and stability makes it a good choice for driving the family around in comfort. What I didn't like was putting in new front brakes, timing belt, release bearing and clutch all within 88,000 km's!! And we liked how the Santa Fe drove, both on and off paved roads.
Took it back to dealer, because stress cracks are supposed to be covered by warranty, Was then told that yes, it's a stress crack, but still they won't replace. The Santa Fe seats five people. Has a few squeaks and rattles with 155K on the odometer. The glasshouse is adequately sized. Possibly, as the 2008's are sure to have been improved and fine tuned since it's early days. Did it end up being covered by them? Oh, and the central mirror is loose, which I cannot fix without changing the whole electrochromatic mirror.
In my view, it's better for a small player like Hyundai to polarize the audience than to try to please everyone, which tends to lead to a bland sameness. It was more than up to the task of some light off-road driving at sometime-motorcycle circuit in Southern California, even without the traction control system. They should know what is covered and what is not by what is listed in the warranty and they shouldn't have given you the runaround on it. Driving Impressions The Hyundai Santa Fe offers excellent handling, with minimal top-heaviness in corners. I have never had to take it in for servicing outside of routine maintenance.
Stabilizer bar links and bushings. Fuel economy less than expected. We jacked up the back tires, then stood on the accelerator, and our Santa Fe raced eagerly ahead. But rear-seat passengers get head restraints and three-point seatbelts only at the outboard positions, and the shoulder-belt anchor loops are fixed, not adjustable. Hyundai primarily designed the crossover in South Korea and manufactures it in Ulsan, South Korea. In summary, I'm gonna miss my Santa Fe.
Also, the price is great. Motor and tire noise higher than expected but not terrible. Gas mileage is not so good 18 mpg. Doing this, however, will and did fry the Alternator. For that amount of money I may be able to have the whole problem fixed somewhere else. Acceleration is a bit sluggish, however.