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#106 of 169 Interior facia board going soft and tacky
Jul 26, 2008 (9:32 pm)
I have a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe and I'm having a problem with my interior facia board rubber going soft and tacky, it leaves finger prints in it when I touch it. I had the car detailed last week and now black rubber is coming off it and onto my hands, it seems to be getting worse.
Is anyone having the same problem?
Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix or maybe seal the dash facia board rubber?
#107 of 169 Santa Fe Interior Leg Room
Jul 29, 2008 (10:20 am)
I was very much interested in buying a new Santa Fe until I checked the leg room. I could not move the front seat back far enough (either manual or power seat) for adequate leg room. Meanwhile, my wife was sitting directly behind me was already complaining that her knees were touching my front seat! Wow, this is a very strange situation, since both Consumer Reports and Motor Trend stated that there was adequate leg room, front and back. I am 6.0 ft. and my wife is 5' 9", so we are not really tall people. Has anyone else noticed this problem? Both the Honda CR-V and the new Subaru Forester had more leg room. I am thinking that adding space for the third seat in the Santa Fe, may have reduced the space in the passenger and cargo compartments. George -- Arizona
#108 of 169 Re: Santa Fe Interior Leg Room [arizgeorge1]
Jul 29, 2008 (7:52 pm)
I'm 6 ft. tall and have no problem whatsoever with leg room in my 2007 Limited (5 passenger). I don't need to have the driver's seat anywhere near all the way back when I drive.
#109 of 169 Re: Santa Fe Interior Leg Room [arizgeorge1]
Jul 30, 2008 (7:39 am)
Was this at a dealership demo? Was the steering wheel telescoped all the way out? Start with the seat all the way down and the steering wheel all the way in then adjust as needed.
#110 of 169 Leather wrapped steering wheel - 2008 SF SE
Aug 10, 2008 (6:00 pm)
I have always used covers to protect steering wheels. My Santa Fe SE has a leather wrapped steering wheel. I am a little concerned that the tight fit of a cover may damage the leather over time. If I do not use a cover - any suggestions as to how to clean and preserve the condition of the leather?
#111 of 169 Re: Santa Fe Interior Leg Room [jcwsbltd]
Aug 11, 2008 (6:08 am)
Thanks guys for your response on the question of leg room in the Santa Fe. Yes, I tried moving the steering in and out and up to give me more leg room both with the manual seat and then the power seat. But, it didn't help. I agree that I should find adequate leg in front for a 6 footer and enough knee room in back according to Motor Trend and Consumer Reports. Nevertheless, I found more leg room in the new Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V. Therefore, I went ahead bought a CR-V. A great SUV for its size and good road handling.
Aug 11, 2008 (6:41 pm)
Has anyone solved the issue of vibration noise in the dash behind radio and even more of the same noise a little more to the passenger side in the dash. The sound is intermittent about 50% of the time. Sounds a little like something in the glove compartment vibrating (but it is empty). Tires are correct pressure and I have pushed on the areas from the outside to see if it is a loose panel - no luck so far. I know someone solved a noise on driver side in the cover over the the speedometer etc displays and someone had a loose section of door panel between the dash and the door - not the same as mine.
#113 of 169 Re: Leather wrapped steering wheel - 2008 SF SE [graybeard1]
Aug 12, 2008 (7:45 am)
I would strongly recommend NOT putting a cover over a cover!
Here's three suggestions, I'm sure you'll get lots more.
1. Lexol leather conditioner
2. Saddle soap (more work, but worth it)
3. Nothing. I'm not planning on doing a thing to the leather on my '08 SF's steering wheel - I hate the feel of the residue from ANY of that stuff. But that's just me.
#114 of 169 Re: Leather wrapped steering wheel - 2008 SF SE [denvertrakker]
Aug 12, 2008 (9:04 am)
Thanks. I tend to agree with you.
If not cleaned, the day will come when the leather will be caked with dirt; this is true for the transmission shifer knob also. I assume saddle soap will be the best bet.
#115 of 169 Cargo area cover
Aug 20, 2008 (12:03 pm)
Anyone know where to get a new (or used ) cover?
Maybe a direct from Korea supplier? It's a 2002 w/ Beige int.
US dealers want $300!!