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#165 of 224 Third Hyundai in as many years
Sep 25, 2003 (4:30 pm)
I just bought my wife a 2003 Sanata Fe LX with the 2.7 V6, leather and no moonroof. After rebate, and some haggling, I got it for $22,119.
So far, we're very happy with our decision and the vehicle.
This is her second Hyundai, the first being a 2000 Elantra which she was tired of driving. It's a good commuter vehicle, but I hated driving it on long trips. Anyway, this is intended to make her daily drive more enjoyable and long trips more enjoyable when we're packing a lot of stuff.
I bought a 2003 Tiburon GT in Feb. 2002 based on her trouble free experience with the Elantra. Now, after a year and a half, 50,000 miles on her car and 40K on mine and no problems with either car, we decided to test drive all the smaller and mid-size SUVs. I started out not caring for the front fender treatment on the Santa Fe, but the test drive, along with the warranty, high content level and our own satisfaction with Hyundai, convinced us to get this vehicle.
The only concern I have right now, is gas mileage, I'm hoping to see 350-400 miles to a tank (since it's a 19 gal. one). That should be about 20 mpg and since her driving is mostly 50-60 mph on the highway, I think it's reasonable.
I've seen where some have got this kind of mileage, while others are moaning about poor mileage. I'm crossing my fingers on this one!
#166 of 224 2003 LX Santa Fe Experience
Oct 13, 2003 (3:50 pm)
I bought a 2003 LX Santa Fe fully loaded AWD, Moonroof, etc for $25,400 including tax, title and everything. I think it was a fair price, does anyone have any comparisons. I live in New Jersey.
#167 of 224 Santa Fe Off-road experience
Oct 13, 2003 (3:52 pm)
Does anyone have or know of real off road experiences with the AWD LX Santa FE. It almost seems to nice to take off-road How does it hold up in a real offroad situation?
#168 of 224 Off-roading in a Santa Fe
Oct 14, 2003 (6:32 am)
Everything I have read about the Santa Fe indicates that it is not built for serious off road use at all. As posted, it is too 'nice' of a vehicle to attempt trips off the beaten path.
Someone on another Santa Fe site posted that they had taken theirs to the beach and not had any problems getting stuck. Another poster stated that this SF got stuck in some shallow mud because only the left front tire would even move, and it was spinning in place. The AWD function didn't seem to be working for him at all.
#169 of 224 My new Santa Fe
Oct 22, 2003 (5:38 am)
I just bought a 2004 LX fully loaded with moon roof and 3.5 engine. My only complaints so far are the power outlets shutting off when you turn the key off, and the brightness of the light coming from the automatic heating system display. I currently have 400 miles on it and so far I love it. If anyone has any info on how they fixed either of the above problems I would be glad to hear from them.
Oct 29, 2003 (2:28 pm)
Question: Are all 2003 Santa Fe AWD LX 3.5 equipted with a 17.2 gallon gas tank?
Figuring gas milage during break in at 1,100
miles is 15 miles to a gallon around town. Light foot with conservative driving with occasional hills. Two passengers with large dog for weight.
Is this in the range that you have also for milage and driving conditions? Anyone know at what odometer reading that gas milage will be consistant or improve a bit?
#171 of 224 Gas mileage
Nov 03, 2003 (5:54 am)
You really have to give it a few tank fills to get a good average. Also, the answer depends upon how you are figuring your MPG. If you dividing the miles driven by the size of the tank, this would be a totally inaccurate way of measurement.
Anyone wanting to help themselves should keep a log with their vehicle. Pencil in miles driven, gallons used, MPG, oil changes, problems/fixes, etc. The running MPG figures come in handy when you have one of those elusive problems that the dealer can't repeat in the shop but causes your MPG to dip way down. The log is proof that the vehicle does have a problem, perhaps something that the onboard computer can't see.
FYI, my '03 Lx with 3.5L engine averages about 21 MPG. 17 city with the air on, 23 highway with the air off.
#172 of 224 I am a new Hyundai Santa Fe 2004 owner
Feb 11, 2004 (4:54 pm)
Recently, my old 2002 Huyandai Santa Fe was wrecked by a drunk driver. The insurance company had to total the cost of the vehicle. I had to buy a new 2004 Huyundai Santa Fe for myself. I was pleased with the handling of the road of my old one. I bought a brand new one and its riding ability is incredible. I'm very pleased with my purchase and the dealer made a great offer which was too good to refuse. I'm happy that I did choose the Santa Fe, my brother was right it's a wonderful car to drive.
#173 of 224 Hyundai 2004 gas mileage?
Feb 17, 2004 (6:32 pm)
Purchased a 2004 Santa Fe Lx with 3.5 v6 4wd.
I really love the car. Fully loaded, had running boards and wood grain installed.
Price was great (I think), paid 23,900 after $1,000
rebate. (New york price)
My only disappointment is the gas mileage.
I have been getting about 11 mpg in local driving.
Is this right or is their a problem?
Feb 24, 2004 (4:35 pm)
I'm working with a dealer for an '04 3.5L AWD w/moonroof. With rebates, loyalty and him giving me 500 below invoice, I've got him down to just under 18,500. Do you think I should go ahead with it?