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Hyundai Santa Fe, SUV
Jan 25, 2002 (9:05 am)
My girlfriend and I bought our SF Sept 9th 2001, we were told it was the first 2002 sold in Oregon at that point. We came to the dealer, Thomason Hyundai Beaverton looking for the advertised rig, 2001 GLS 4wd v6 at $19,495. It was before the ad took effect and that car wasn't even on the lot, but managed to talk dealer into the ad price on a similar 2002 with a few more goods (roof rack rails mostly). After loading up the warranty to 10y/100k bumper to bumper and 3 years of prepaid maintenance we paid a grand total of $20,900.
Sept 14, rear ended HARD, driver rear corner by a 94 4Runner with about a 35-40mph speed difference as he swerved into my lane with me slowing to a stop. I got out without a scratch but the SF looked bad. Amazingly it was only $4000 in damage, no frame or suspension damage.
Hyundai is the BEST deal going, bar none. I don't care what people say about it. Now at 4 months, 2 in the shop we have 7000 miles and not a single issue. I would expect a car that took a shot like that to be developing squeaks, rattles and mystery ailments. I will be getting another Hyundai while they are still cheap selling them.
Jan 25, 2002 (2:50 pm)
I've had my Santa Fe for a couple of weeks now, and there's always been the smell of fuel fumes in the cab. Not very strong, but after a 20 minute drive I can smell it on my hands. The dealer says it'll go away after the break in period. Any other experience with this in new Santa Fe's? Mines a 2002 GLS FWD w/ ABS & Trac control. I dearly love it, but have never experienced this with another new vehicle. Help!
#3286 of 4482 Fumes in new GLS
Jan 25, 2002 (5:43 pm)
All Hyundais have that smell it takes a while to go away. I joked with the salesman since I bought a demo that I was buying it smell free. He said yes everyone notices the smell. Our Elantra had a gas like smell for a few months. Hyundai coats the engine, trans and underbody with some anticorrosion stuff that causes the smell. I think it is cosmoline that is a petroleum based coating. It will go away and it is usually the only negative thing about a Hyundai.
#3287 of 4482 Santa Fe vs CRV
Jan 25, 2002 (11:48 pm)
I have a desire for the new CRV but the price and
limited availability turn me off.I drove the VUE and found road noise excessive.The warranty of the Santa Fe I like but does it's V6 use a lot more gas?
Jan 26, 2002 (5:01 am)
A V6 will use more gas than a V4 or I4. But then again it depends on how you drive the vehicle. I average about 21-24 mpg combined when I drive my Santa Fe.
Jan 26, 2002 (11:31 am)
I should have believed the saleman, but, heck, I don't want to get into that bad habit. Thanks again!
#3291 of 4482 Gas Mileage
Jan 27, 2002 (11:10 am)
I had a 1997 CR-V before I bought my V-6 Santa Fe. Similar fuel consumption with both vehicles. Since I drove both of them basically the same speed, I had to rev the CR-V constantly in the 5,000 rpms to make it move. The Santa Fe may use a little more gas; maybe 3-5% more. (Or 1 MPG less)
#3292 of 4482 air conditioner compressor
Jan 27, 2002 (6:26 pm)
I have a 2002 Santa Fe 4wd LX Loaded, with 2500 miles on it. When I start the car I was getting a clicking sound, I thought it was coming from the fan belt, I even sprayed wd40 on the belt and the noise went away. Once the car warmed up the noise would also go away. Well I brought the car back to the dealer and they said the noise is coming from the air conditioner compressor, and has to be replaced. Has anyone else had similar problem?
#3293 of 4482 re: air conditioner compressor
Jan 27, 2002 (7:00 pm)
I would never have thought to spray a belt with lubricant.