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Hyundai Santa Fe, SUV
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Feb 13, 2002 (6:05 am)
I haven't had a problem with the molding peeling but, I did have a problem with bird droppings peeling the paint off the front of my hood. My husband and I were washing my Santa Fe when he told me that he couldn't get what ever that was off. I looked at it and said well, know wander you can't get it off because it is already off the paint has came off. Well, I was peeO'd. I called the very same day to tell the service department about it. I have already been to the service department so many times already that they know me on FIRST name basis. They said, I had to wait for the HYUNDAI rep to come in. Well, it took 2 months for that. I was told so many times that it would not be covered under the warranty because it was caused by bird droppings. Well, I went around my Santa Fe and put HIGHLIGHTING tape on the bubbles I found coming up on the car. To show them the imperfections of the paint. Well, when the HYUNDAI rep looked at my car. He decided to fix the hood. I guess they would rather paint the hood than the WHOLE car.
leigh8 Jun 1, 2001 9:42am
Feb 13, 2002 (6:13 am)
When we first got our Santa Fe. My husband was driving it and the light came on and he took it right to the dealership. They said, He needed turn the cap at least 4 times. That there was some kind of senser in the tank.
Link to 90.
Feb 13, 2002 (6:23 am)
I have had my Santa Fe since March of last year. Has little over 10,000 miles. I have had problems since day one with the gas mileage. I have never gotten the 20 miles per gallon in the city. I barely got that on the highway. Well, I just took it in this past week to have it looked at again this was the 4th time it has been looked at. They found that the 2 sending units were bad and the nipple to the fuel pump was off. I could never get the fuel gauge to show full when the pump cut off. So hopefully this problem is resolved. If not I am contacting Lemon Law.
roadkill55 Jul 2, 2001 3:28am
#266 of 1938 To wildkentuckyca
Feb 13, 2002 (9:20 am)
What dealer are you dealing with? Maybe you should go to another dealer if they are giving you problems. Also, you said that you had to "have the cap put back on the top rack that blew off" on the way down to Florida. What are you referring to? The radiator cap? You said the dealer repaired it so the repair order should say exactly what they did. How did you get to Florida without a radiator cap?
#267 of 1938 Rack cap
Feb 13, 2002 (11:29 am)
It is just a small cosmetic molding on the roof luggage rack. I had one come off mine and I just glued it back in place. BTW no problem on my V6 GLS after 40,000 KM!
#268 of 1938 "Sarcastic" and "Hyundai SF" Have the Same
Feb 13, 2002 (7:01 pm)
amount of letters.
I think not.
#269 of 1938 "Sarcastic" and "jeffmust2"Have the Same
Feb 13, 2002 (7:05 pm)
amount of characters.
I think not.
#270 of 1938 Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery
Feb 14, 2002 (7:07 am)
So thanks, dielectric7!
Good to see the lack of an original thought still hasn't stopped you from posting on the web.
So, back to the topic, Santa Fe Problems - are they all still being purchased by people impressed by the drivetrain warranty - the same type offered on the Neon?
Feb 16, 2002 (5:39 pm)
There was actually a recall for the molding in the roof rack. Our's was lifting a little and they repaired it. No problems since.
#272 of 1938 Warranty ? Jeffmust2
Feb 17, 2002 (7:27 am)
Last week, however, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.
mailed out notices to the 3.3 million owners of
Camrys, Solaras, Siennas, Highlanders, Avalons,
Celicas, and Lexus ES 300 and RX 300 vehicles.
The division agreed to pay for the cost of repairs of
damaged cars, provided the owners could give
proof of a "reasonable effort" to maintain the engine.
The sludge buildup, which could affect cars with 1
MZV-6 engines and 5SFE inline-four engines,
chokes the engine with a buildup of sludge, a thick,
oxidized form of oil, and renders the car
According to the Automotive News report, it's
unclear why the engines are susceptible to this
buildup, but one technician quoted in the report said
a design flaw in the 3.0 litre V6 engine is the cause
of the problem. Larry Perry said he believes that
Toyota reduced the size of the cooling passages to
the cylinder heads in the engines, in order to
increase combustion temperatures for more of a
complete burn to reduce exhaust emissions.
Too much heat makes oil more susceptible to
sludge, the report stated. Perry said he measured
temperatures that were more than 30 degrees higher
than earlier models.
A Sienna owner cited in the report said that an
analysis of her oil found traces of chemical glycol,
which pointed to the likelihood of a leaky head
gasket, allowing coolant into the engine chamber,
which would also raise engine temperatures.
While Toyota has offered to pay for damage
repairs, it maintains that the offer is not an admission
that anything is wrong with the engines, Automotive
News reported. Instead, it is an attempt to calm a
large number of concerns about the sludge, while
encouraging owners to care for their vehicles
The offer is good for one year, and extends to
owners who show proof that they have had at least
one oil change in the past year.
You were saying, Jeffmust2 ????? Anyway, wouldn't it be reassuring to know that your Toyota, I mean Lexus engine, would be covered by a one year clause to cover the jello/oil problem. I think Hyundais are still being purchased by people impressed with the warranty.