#3151 of 4482 Add another to the garage....
Dec 07, 2001 (2:20 pm)
Just bought a 2002 Santa Fe LX, AWD, black with gray leather int. Our family could do a Hyundai commercial.....my daughter has a 2000 Accent, I have a 2001 Sonata GLS and we just bought the Santa Fe for my wife. My one son is the only holdout...he has a 95 Grand Prix. I continue to tell everyone that they need to get past prior impressions of Hyundai and actually go and drive one...don't just base their talk because of older models, ( Excel/Scoupe etc).
As I have seen in other posts, I cannot get over the quality of the Santa Fe. It just feels like the goods.
Question....being all wheel drive, does it really need the traction control? Does it improve the traction even more?
We have not had 1 problem with any of our cars to date....I only hope the Santa Fe continues that track record.
The AWD's 6 to 4, front to rear, torque distribution ratio varies depending on the traction situations; what the TCS(Traction Control System) can do is that it can control the traction of each wheel individually by applying brakes or/and sending torque reduction request to the engine computer if necessary.
You might want to really consider those at the dealerships right now as your best bet for getting one. The popular SUV is still in back order status in some places and Hyundai's labor strife is only going to make it worse in the short run.
See my post #1597 in the Sonata board for the latest on the labor strife at Hyundai Motors. This might affect the availability of the Santa Fe.
Has anyone towed a small trailer with the Santa Fe.I have a class III hitch ordered and was wondering how much tongue weight and towing capacity.I am looking to tow a 4x8 or 5x8 enclosed u-haul trailer.Thanks in advance,John
I own a brand new 2001 CR-V. I also own 2000 Sonata V6 GL. I test drove Santa Fe, Rav4, 2002 CR-V. We went for CR-V because of driver visibility (better than santafe, typical honda), looks (CR-V is cuter), and utility. However, I'm kind of regreting our decision now. 2 years of driving Sonata really spoiled me. This brand new CR-V drives so badly (overall noisy, engine buzzy, etc.) and makes me wonder why they sell so well. True, Honda's are known for reliable cars but Santa Fe is overall a much better value and ride quality/quietness/power are all superior to CR-V.
#3157 of 4482 Invoice for Floor Mats, Mud Guards and Horizontal Bar RR
Dec 19, 2001 (3:12 pm)
Just started talking to the sales person at the local dealership regarding the SF LX AWD. His first offer (not even close to where I'd accept) was $23,519 (including above items + tile fee.) He claimed a MRSP of 24, 129 (Base MSRP of 23,794 + Mats ($80), Mud Guards ($75), Horizontal Bars to Roof Rack ($180). Edmunds does not list invoice or MRSP for those items, does anyone have the info (or link)?
I think it depends on where you are as to what you can get the Santa Fe for. I bought my wife a 2002 LX AWD that had the same sticker price as yours ( actually higher as he had the usual 300+ add ons that are worth $10). We got the SF for around $22,600 not including tax title, etc.
This is outside Chicago and there are several Hyundai dealers in the burbs, so they usually will be somewhat competitive. I bought a 2001 Sonata GLS there in May, sticker was $19,343 and I got it for around $15,250. I think buying several cars there (4) and also referring people there that have bought also probably helps me get a decent deal.
They usually have quite a few Santa Fe's and Sonata's ( tons of Elantras) , right now they have 33 Santa Fe's and 33 Sonata's. A real good selection.
Been happy with all 3 Hyundia's we have ( my daughter also has a 2000 Accent) and we have not had a single problem to date.