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Hyundai Santa Fe, SUV
#4207 of 4482 Re: advice on Hyundai Santa Fe [dizzygrinch #4101]
May 17, 2004 (12:09 pm)
I had a 2002 Santa Fe I traded in (replaced tranny at about 10K miles and with other problems decided vehicle was a lemon). Purchased a 2004 in Dec 03 - guess what? I'm now dealing with a leaking tranny seal at 7K miles(dealer took 2 days to replace and also check fuel gauge). Got vehicle home, big puddle on garage floor and driveway - transmission fluid. Vehicle back in shop, dealer not sure if seal was bad or if transfer case is cracked. Hassel with loaner vehicle because I did not buy extended warranty and did not buy from dealership where service is being performed (purchasing dealership no longer deals in Hyundai) - wonder why. How is your problem coming?
#4208 of 4482 Thinking about a Santa Fe
Jun 13, 2004 (7:29 pm)
Hey guys, I am thinking about buying a Hyundai Santa Fe. I am considering the 2.4 liter FWD base with the convience package and ABS or the 2.7 liter v6 fwd with the ABS/traction control package. I have had a chance to do a brief test drive on both and noticed that they both lacked take off speed but didnt notice much difference between the two. (Granted it was 2 weeks between test drives). So can someone tell me why I should get one over the other? Is the 2.7 worth the extra 1800 or whatever? What price should I expect to pay for each?
Jun 16, 2004 (12:18 pm)
Ok, i have a few other questions. THe time frame on the warranty is great. However what types of things are actually covered under the warranty or better yet what is not covered? Do you still have the pay a certain percentage when something goes wrong or is it totally free? Can you change your own oil and other regular maintnence stuff or do you have to take it to the dealer to avoid voiding the warranty? What other things void the warranty? Thanks/
Jun 16, 2004 (1:10 pm)
I believe you'd be happiest with the 2.7, but it's really your choice. I think the Santy is a bit heavy for a 4 banger, especially if you go automatic.
As for the warranty questions, I'd recommend you check out the information Hyundai provides at hyudaiusa.com. As with any vehicle, you can perform basic maintenance like oil changes w/o voiding your warranty as long as you keep records and your receipts. Do a Google search on Magnussen-Moss for details on what and how your warranty can be voided.
#4212 of 4482 Sante Fe GLS 3.5
Jun 24, 2004 (7:44 pm)
Just bought the 2004 Sante Fe GLS with the 3.5 6 cylinder engine,,,,,,,,,,I love this truck,rides like a car,not sure about the gas mileage yet,only have 300 miles,,,
#4213 of 4482 Re: Sante Fe GLS 3.5 [santefe #4212]
Jun 30, 2004 (5:53 am)
Hi! I just bought the same model. Chose it over the Honda CRV and Mazda Tribute. Paid 18,000 (with trade in of my 98 Nissan Altima which was beat up).
Anything I should be on gaurd for in terms of problems?
#4214 of 4482 2004 3.5 mileage answer/and question
Jul 02, 2004 (6:14 am)
I got a 2004 3.5 gls with moonroof etc. a few weeks ago and have about 600 miles on it now. Just did the calculation with info for between the 2nd and 3rd tanks of gas, and the mpg was 21.2. That would have been mostly about-town driving.
I think this is a nice solid vehicle for the money. I'd been looking at Highlanders and test drove a few, but even after dealing down to $27,000, I couldn't rationalize spending that kind of money. Then I test drove the Santa Fe and simply liked driving it better, and got a pretty comparable vehicle for thousands less (I think it was $20,800--after the $1700 cash back deal they had). The dealership was not at all pushy, and several people I work with who have Santa Fe's confirm that the service is great even after the sale. (I also thought it was interesting when I'd ask someone how they liked their Highlander and they'd say in a flat voice, Oh, I like it. Then I'd ask someone how they liked their Santa Fe, and they'd exclaim, Oh, I LOVE it. Even if they'd had a problem initially (which was always fixed at no charge).
I'm not sure, though, that I should have gotten the 3.5 engine. It does make it drive more like a car and has great power (which I don't care about having unless in a high-speed merging situation), but when I'm starting out, I feel like if I'm not really careful stepping on the accelerator with just the right light touch, I sometimes get these jack-rabbit starts, similar to someone who can't drive a stick-shift properly. And someone on an earlier posting mentioned a hesitation, which I think miight be related to what I'm describing? A reply to that mentioned an ECU update so I wrote that down, even though I have no idea what it means. I'm wondering if it's a fuel injection problem, if there actually is a problem.
I thought I'd wait until it's time for the first oil change, see if I'm still not used to or comfortable with it, then see if this could be adjusted or fixed. I'd like to hear if anyone else has noticed anything similar. Just having the proper wording to give the service department might help me more than anything. At this point, all i could tell them is that I often feel like a racehorse flying out of the starting gate. They'll just laugh.
#4215 of 4482 A new Santa Fe Owner
Jul 02, 2004 (9:33 am)
Just got the santa fe v6 2.7 fwd two days ago. We love it! The wife has already started to fight with me for driving it, hehe.
we tested many other compact SUVs, like CRV, tribute, escape, VUE and finally chose the santa fe over others.
It is fun to drive, and has long list of standard features, competitive price, super exterior and interior designs.
I am happy with my decision!
#4216 of 4482 need Santa Fe quick! DC/Northern VA area [djpk #4206]
Jul 09, 2004 (7:40 pm)
DJPK- you said you knew a good salesperson in the northern VA area-- i'm interested to know who.
here's my deal:
- looking to buy my first car soon; after everything i've read about SF, i'm hooked!
- will be moving to CA end of summer($$$ gas prices!) and then Boston next year (so also will deal with lots of snow)
- i don't really care about too much power, but i do have concerns about mileage and traction in snow...
should i look at 2.7L or 3.5? FWD or AWD? any other tips for this inexperienced car shopper?