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Hyundai Santa Fe, SUV
Jun 22, 2004 (6:11 pm)
the Mountaineer was introduced in 1997 as a rebadged Ford Explorer, I believe. Are you saying that the Santa Fe Mountaineer has been around for at least 8 years? (1996) And, yes, this is just a concept, but it still gets Joe Average confused when he looks at it (The Santa Fe Mountaineer) and then walks on over to the Mercury display and sees a larger SUV made by Ford, not Hyundai
#35 of 42 Re: You have wrong information [miyo]
Sep 02, 2004 (6:51 pm)
Those pictures look a lot more like the new 2004 Hyundai Tucson. Compare the vertical trim on the grille and the lack of curve on the side panels.
Oct 17, 2004 (10:08 am)
I've been reading the Santa Fe messages concerning the new 2005 model. I just purchased one last week, actually the day they arrived on the dealers lot. It is very similar to the 2004 model except for minor changes. The front grill is no longer the "fish" mouth but now has another bar across the opening which looks much better. Up here in Canada we haven't even heard of the "Mountaineer" model. I've driven the new Tucson and it's quite a bit smaller, especially behind the rear seats. I researched all the same class SUV's extensivley before deceiding on the Santa Fe and I am very pleased with my choice. It is built better and far more solid than the Escape. If nothing else would entice you to buy the Santa Fe, the warranty alone is enough to make the choice a no-brainer. Thanks for letting me rant, and I hope this info helps prospective buyers. Bye for now, Hutch.
#38 of 42 Re: 2005 Santa Fe [ahutcheson]
Oct 24, 2004 (6:36 pm)
Thanks, Hutch. Besides the grill, is the rest of the appearance like all the photos we've submitted? Also, what about the interior? How does it look and "feel" compared to the 2004 model? Has the price gone up any significant amount?
#39 of 42 Re: 2005 Santa Fe [jvenezia]
Oct 25, 2004 (9:47 am)
Hello J Venezia:
Glad to get a response. The overall appearance is very similar to the 2004. It may be a little bigger, but gives the impression of being "tighter or firmer?"...hope you know what I mean. On the road I found I felt more in control and the vehicle was much more responsive and quick feeling. The interior was set up much the same as the '04 but the materials were nicer and the color scheme (light & dark grey) is very easy to live with. The price is very much the same as the 2004 model. We got a brand new 2005 with the 4 cylinder engine mated to a 5 speed manual transmission for the same price as a 2004 base model 6 cylinder automatic without any bells or whistles. We wanted the 5 speed as we have always had standard transmissions and we are very happy with the vehicle. We are geting more than adequate power from the 138 hp engine and good gas mileage. So far, no complaints. We are going on an extended journey in the new year and will up-date our experiences when we return. Overall...very happy, Hutch.
#40 of 42 2005 Santa Fe info
Oct 25, 2004 (4:23 pm)
Go to www.hyundainews.com, 2005 press kit, 2005 models. Everything you want to know is there. rgw.
#41 of 42 Re: 2005 Santa Fe [ahutcheson]
Oct 25, 2004 (4:32 pm)
Outstanding. Thanks again. Personally, I've whittled down my choices to either a Mazda Tribute "S" AWD with the 200 HP engine, or the Santa Fe GLS AWD with the 3.5 engine. I've owned enough Fords to be pretty wary of them and the Ford engine in the Mazda still keeps me cautious, but at least it's been improved quite a bit. The big turnoff about the Santa Fe so far has been the cartoonish front end (fish lips and big bulging fenders) and the lack of power for such a heavy vehicle when paired with an automatic tranny (which is mandatory for my wife and daughter...who is just about to begin learning to drive). The 3.5 ought to clear up any power issues and should (hopefully) avoid many of the issues with the 2.7 liter engine. That leaves only the transmission and fuel system as points of concern. I'm looking forward to test driving both the Mazda and Hyundai. With all else being equal (assuming the "go factor" is roughly the same for each), I'll probably choose the Santa Fe.
#42 of 42 Re: 2005 Santa Fe info [rgw]
Oct 25, 2004 (4:40 pm)
Thanks, rgw. It looks great.