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#105 of 600 delay in transmission shift
May 14, 2008 (9:59 am)
I have a 2003 Santa Fe (automatic 7.6 V6) with 42,500 miles which we love. We purchased used from Hyundai dealer and also bought the extended warranty. This car has always hesitated when going from reverse gear to forward gear. We have learned not to press on the Accellerator for about 4-5 seconds unless we want to experience a jolt when it finally engages. The dealer told us this was normal for this make car. I have a bit of a hard time believing that, but he claims his wife's Santa Fe does the same thing. Is this normal for this car? Or is something wrong with the transmission? Thanks!!!
#106 of 600 Re: delay in transmission shift [bobmc3]
May 14, 2008 (2:46 pm)
Simple solution - ask him if you can drive his wife's car, and see!
#107 of 600 Re: delay in transmission shift [denvertrakker]
May 15, 2008 (5:13 am)
He is pretty honest guy, and would be happy to let me drive his wife's car if I asked him. But I would still be interested to know if this is "normal" for this car? And if so, I will continue to brake and wait before trying to accellerate. I would think others would have noticed this and I would have seen much more activity about it. I have only seen a few messages on this site with similar problem. Is it something you think can be serviced or fixed? Thanks
#109 of 600 Re: Hyundai Transmission Failure 2008 Santa Fe Brand New 24 hrs old [cdnbikerdude]
Jun 17, 2008 (10:09 am)
I've read in many places, including these forums, that the Santa Fe has SERIOUS transmission problems. The biggest complaint appears to be that the transmission "slips" between 1st and 2nd. What's troubling is that many drivers don't notice this until they've owned the car for a week. And by that point, the 'slipping' is unbearable, but it's also too late to choose a different car.
Excuse my naivete, but my question is whether this occurs with the automatic transmission, or with the 5-speed. I don't really understand how a 5-speed could have all these transmission problems. But I only drive 5-speed manual transmissions. So, frankly, I could care less if all these transmission complaints are referring to the automatic.
I'm hoping to make a buying decision soon. So please reply to cjd at sportsmogul dot com.
#110 of 600 Re: Hyundai Transmission Failure 2008 Santa Fe Brand New 24 hrs old [dreslough1]
Jun 17, 2008 (7:54 pm)
I'm not aware of the problem you described. FWIW, I have a 2007 Limited AWD with automatic and the transmission has been flawless.
#111 of 600 Re: Hyundai Transmission Failure 2008 Santa Fe Brand New 24 hrs old [dreslough1]
Jun 18, 2008 (1:18 pm)
Well, I finally took our SantaFe back to the dealer as the delay was getting to be 4-5 seconds. The service dept. said that is not normal, no matter what a salesperson may have told you. I was told it is a transmission problem. He also said it was not very commo9n on these cars and that he had only replaced 6 transmissions over the years. They called Hyundai and were told to order and put in a new "computer" for the transmission first. If this didn't work, then the transmission will be replaced. Fortunately I have the extended warranty coverage as the factory warranty is done! My car goes in tonight and they are providing us with a loaner car at their expense. So far so good....we'll see! I can't speak to the conclusion that these cars have a transmission problem, as every thing I have read seems to be a very good and reliable car, and certainly new purchases for original owners have a wonderful warranty! May be that's why you don't find too many of these on the used car lots to purchase...people hang on to them.
#112 of 600 Re: Hyundai Transmission Failure 2008 Santa Fe Brand New 24 hrs old [bobmc3
Jun 20, 2008 (5:28 pm)
Sorry to hear your troubles....
I have a 2007 Santa Fe Limited which does not have the 1-2 gear issue, and has been pretty much problem free.
And your right i'm seeing alot of newer Santa Fe on the road and they have become very popular. I see several everyday.......I ran a search on AT and there are only 6 used limiteds for sale in a 100 mile radius of my home, and I live in a fairly populous area (4-5+ million).
#113 of 600 Re: Hyundai Transmission Failure 2008 Santa Fe Brand New 24 hrs old [cdnbikerdude]
Jul 23, 2008 (4:43 pm)
My wife's 2007 Santa Fe Limited with about 21K miles had a similar problem crop up recently.
Suddenly the SUV jerks forward. The Check Engine Light comes on. If you slide from Drive to Manual, it stays in 3rd gear and refuses to shift down or up.
We came up with a workaround to use until we could get to the dealer: pull over and park, turn the car off, wait about 5 seconds, and restart the car. Slide the transmission to Drive then Manual. If it says "1" you are good-to-go until the next occurance. If it says "3", turn the car off and try again.
Now at the dealer, so far they have replaced the "transmission harness" but that did not solve the problem (it reoccured that night after getting the car back). Now they are replacing a computer of some sort. We'll see how that goes.
I am also requesting they install the "Retrofit Dome Light Kit" (as explained by Hyundai USA) so the map lights will light when the door opens. The tech had never heard of it (seems like by now all the dealers should know about it) but was going to talk to his boss.
#114 of 600 2003 sante fe automatic transmission filter
Jul 23, 2008 (8:07 pm)
Hi I have a sante fe 2003 model. I took my car to a hyundai dealer and they were supposed to fit a transmission filter to my car that they supplied to me. They pulled apart my car only to find that I did not have a filter to replace. Of course I was charged for them to do this, but my question is, Why did they not no that my car did not have a filter to replace? All that needed to be done was to change the oil and I paid $180 to change oil, when my husband could have done it. I feel that they did not have a very good knowledge on their own product. Please explain!