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#3948 of 4482 aftermarket sunroof
Jun 02, 2003 (7:08 am)
Greetings. We purchased our 2002.5 Santa Fe in May of 2002, about 4 months before Hyundai offered a sunroof on their USA models. We had an inboard put in that looks as good or better than the factory ones. It is a Solaire 5300, made by Webasto. This company has a nationwide network of dealers that can handle the install. Their website is :http://www.webasto-us.com/am/en/am_auto_sunroofs.html and on that page, you can click the link to find a dealer in your area. I will admit there is occasionally an annoying rattle in my roof, but I will also admit that my brand new Mercedes C-class has the same annoying rattle, and this is NOT an aftermarket roof! Hope this helps.
#3949 of 4482 Cabin air filter
Jun 04, 2003 (7:36 am)
Here's another reason to like your new Santa Fe: it accepts the cabin air filter from the Sonata. For some reason, the Santa Fe ships with the filter box empty, and the option to install the cabin air filter is never mentioned. Even the dealers don't know about it.
Read the entire message thread at the following URL and you'll find a link to the actual instructions, as well as the part number for the filter:
http://pub108.ezboard.com/fhyundaisantafemessageboardfrm63.showMe- - ssage?topicID=2536.topic
If you just ask the dealer for a cabin air filter for a Santa Fe, they won't know what you're talking about. Mine cost me $35, others have been charged as little as $29.
Installation took me about 1.5 hours with several interruptions. The only tools needed are a 10-mm socket wrench and a phillips head screwdriver. If you already own these, you can probably do the installation yourself without any difficulty. Best to do this while the car is still new, before dust builds up on the air conditioning evaporator.
#3950 of 4482 Cabin Air Filter
Jun 04, 2003 (9:55 am)
Steve 285 is right I opened up my 2001 Santa Fe LX
and the cabin air filter is missing.There was small bits of leaves and other debis on the floor next to the evaporator. I am sure in the 2 yrs and 7 months I have owened the Santa FE LX that dirt has entered the evaporator.
I am going to the dealer today to get the cabin air filter. It only took me about 15 min to open and get to the filter.
Jun 05, 2003 (7:37 am)
"Except for a few minor changes, the Santa Fe soldiers on offering a compliant ride, roomy interior and reasonable value — only now it can be had with a bigger and more powerful engine."
Follow-Up Test: 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe
#3953 of 4482 Cabin Filter
Jun 05, 2003 (11:35 am)
My Hyundai dealer did not have the Cabin filter. I went to an automotive store and bought a fram air filter that had the same height and width but was longer by 2 1/2 inches. I cut the 2 1/2 inches off and inserted the filter. It fit fine and only cost $5.99.
#3954 of 4482 Digita1bob> your price-$-quote of '03 SF LX awd
Jun 06, 2003 (8:34 am)
Digita1bob, Now that Hyundai mfg Santa Fe 3.5L Std. (LX trim level only) invoice-cost $23,321 w/roof optional invoice-cost $526 and destination-cost $590 a total of $24,437.The price-quote $22,550 you received sound like an excellent price! Where & what dealership (Pls. no salesperson name just location & dealership name) gave you this price-quote for ’03 Santa Fe LX AWD 3.5L w/ moon roof. I’m in the north NJ/NYC metro-area window shopping for a ’03 SF LX-trim AWD. Your price-quote may help others who enter this Santa Fe forum. Thx. in advance.
#3955 of 4482 makeover
Jun 13, 2003 (4:08 am)
Has anyone heard of Hyundai giving the Santa Fe a
makeover anytime soon?
#3956 of 4482 It's just HAD a makeover.
Jun 13, 2003 (11:55 am)
There's a new 3.5L V6 available now. It comes with a 5-speed auto trans and a different AWD system. The AWD system may be a step backwards. From what I've read they've moved from a Subaru type viscous system (all wheels are powered all the time with a 60/40 front / rear torque split) to a Ford Escape / CRV / MDX style electronically controlled system where it's FWD only until the computer detects wheel slippage.
The 2.7 V6 Santa Fes still have the old system, which leads me to believe that the new system was added to the 3.5 V6 models to mitigate some of the weight gain and poorer gas mileage that came with the new engine.
I believe the next redesign is expected in the 2005-2006 time frame, once Hyundai starts building Santa Fes in their US plant.