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#265 of 600 Re: Purchase 2010 Santa Fe [sharon1670]
Nov 08, 2010 (9:02 am)
Go with the Forester. Although I used to love my Santa Fe ('01 model), the first year we went through 3 transmissions. Didn't have a lick of problems until March of this year at 165k miles and were out of state and had to have transmission rebuilt. Still having the same old problems every other Santa Fe has had. It's been a long-standing problem with Hyundai and I wish they would just fix it. It's a great car. We kept it up with having oil changed regularly every 3,000 miles. Everything got fixed when it was supposed to, etc. We kept good care of it. Expected it to last at least to 200k. We looked at Forester before we bought Santa Fe. In retrospect, should have bought Forester to begin with.
#266 of 600 Re: Purchase 2010 Santa Fe [gera]
Nov 08, 2010 (9:28 am)
One thing to do is check out other sites for info. If you go to Consumer Reports and look up the reliability record for the Santa Fe, you will find that their survey results contradict what the last few posters have reported and that the Santa Fe's transmissions are rated to be very trouble-free. I know I will get flamed for saying this, but anecdotal and non-empirical evidence may indicate that a few owners are having problems, but that does not indicate that all, or a statistically significant amount, are having problems. My two cents. Oh and I am a Santa Fe owner (2008 AWD Limited) and have had no transmission problems whatsoever. So the question is--who do you believe or trust more? Satisfied or dis-satisfied owners? The choice is ultimately yours and yours alone.
#267 of 600 Re: Purchase 2010 Santa Fe [sharon1670]
Nov 08, 2010 (3:17 pm)
Consumer Reports is not always reliable with respect to vehicle reliability ratings. On my 2007 Santa Fe 3.3 V6 AWD the throttle body had to be replaced three times and both front stabilizer links once at 50,000 km 31,000 mi. These are both widely reported problems with the 2007-2010 Santa Fe and CR makes no mention of it. As well, the rear brake calipers tend to corrode and seize if not dismantled and cleaned yearly which is a very costly service that Hyundai service departments recommend for obvious reasons.
#268 of 600 Re: Purchase 2010 Santa Fe [tenpin288]
Nov 08, 2010 (3:25 pm)
The 2008 Santa Fe has a 5 (five) speed transmission. The problems being reported pertain to the new for 2010 6 (six) speed transmission
#269 of 600 Re: Purchase 2010 Santa Fe [iv6tec]
Nov 08, 2010 (3:55 pm)
I know the 2010 has a 6 speed vs the 5 speed in my 08, but one of the previous posters mentioned transmission problems he/she had with an 01 Santa Fe so I thought I would chime in with my experience.
#270 of 600 Re: Purchase 2010 Santa Fe [iv6tec]
Nov 08, 2010 (4:03 pm)
Consumer Reports is not always reliable with respect to vehicle reliability ratings
Granted any report/survey regarding problems should always be taken with a grain of salt due to variances in methodology, reporting percentages, etc, but CR is usually "fairly" accurate. The thing to remember here is that CR's ratings are based on how a vehicle ranks with its "peers", not on some absolute scale. That means that maybe the SF transmission could have some problems but it ranks at the top of the scale compared to similar vehicles. Ergo, you could take that to mean that the SF transmission is at the top of the heap and a shining example of automotive engineering, or just merely the best of a bad bunch!
#271 of 600 May still get one
Nov 08, 2010 (7:52 pm)
We've still want a Sante Fe, probably a 2011 and may take a chance soon. I'm beginning to think the trans issues are a limited thing with a vocal minority. I hope I'm right but feel bad for those with the trans problem.
Several posts mention the Forester. We have a 2001 with 105k+ miles. It hasn't had any major transmission issues but it's had it share of problems. Eats brakes and no we're not hard on them.. Do a search for "head gasket problems". Or rusted fuel filler neck problem. Worst stereo I've ever heard. There were other problems but the car had it's good points. Granted this was a 2001 model.
The Sante Fe looks nice overall compared to other things in it's price range. A family member has a Highlander and while nice it's had a couple of issues while costing $7k more for a similar equipped model.
#272 of 600 Re: May still get one [joe919]
Nov 09, 2010 (10:40 am)
I own an early production 2007 Santa Fe. Two of our next door neighbors have Santa Fes (one a 2009, and one a 2010). Several of our friends own them as well. What can I say ... they are popular here in Colorado. The AWD versions make good ski cars.
None of us in our circle of owners have had any transmission troubles. That includes some strenuous driving in the Rocky Mountains.
Our Santa Fe is the only car in the group that has had any issues at all. We had a problem with the passenger side front airbag sensor, which required two trips to the dealer. Other than that, our car has been dead on reliable over 35K miles.
Hyundai has been really pleasant and responsive to work with. They even upgraded our front map lights for free when they redesigned and improved them for the 2008 model year, and replaced a broken interior vent as a warranty repair when really ... it was a hyperactive 10 year old who broke it. That was super nice of them.
That said, our Santa Fe was a replacement for an unreliable, expense-prone 2000 Subaru Outback (which suffered from the typical 2.4L engine head gasket and engine seal issues). That was a car made ten years ago, and Subaru's current line of cars may be different. Or it may not be, seeing as Subaru is still using the same doggone drivetrain designs that have been having issues for years and years. But let's not assume that Subaru's cars are going to be any better or worse than Hyundai's products over the long haul. From my own personal experience, Subarus are NOT particularly reliable and can be a real pain in the maintenance department.
So count me as a Subaru skeptic. They shouldn't get a free pass.
Then there is the enjoyability-of-driving issue. I don't know about the their other models, but the brand new Subaru Legacy that I drove as a rental car last month was not very good. It was nice looking, sitting on the rental agency's lot, and I was all enthusiastic to select it from their lineup ... and then I drove it around. Holy cow ... what a underpowered, unresponsive lump. Definately not geared for people who enjoy driving.
#273 of 600 Re: Hyundai 10 transmission [jemms2010]
Nov 09, 2010 (11:27 am)
So everything that could have been replaced or fixed has been but problem still persists, we are now ging after the dealership to replace the vehicle as they have no fix for the problem, if GM of the dealership doesn't replace vehicle then CAMVAMP will be invlolved since we do not have a Lemon law in Ontario, the Canadian Auto Arbitrators take over instead. will update soon
#274 of 600 2010 Santa Fe Transmission problem
Nov 10, 2010 (6:39 am)
I posted previously regarding my intermittent transmission problem because of slipping and jerking on start up. My Santa Fe was produced in October of 2009, and from what I have read the tranny problem is most likely from the early 2010 productions. I really like my Santa Fe and did research the SUV crossover vehicles before buying. I am not upset about buying and would buy again. I really like this vehicle. I have traveled across the country and quite a ways into Canada in this car and have had no problems other than the slipping which only occurs at low speed. And besides that, I would say it's only slipped about 4 or 5 times total. . My dealer, Taylor Hyundai in Perrysburg, Ohio, has been excellent. I have a loaner car while they are replacing the ECU, (computer controller). They have had only 2 Santa Fe's with this problem, but I am certain it will be corrected and be trouble free. Regarding the previous post on Subaru's, I currently own a Subaru Impreza WRX that would change his mind on being sporty and fun to drive. Subaru also makes quite a few model wagons with 250hp turbos and will beat some of the Porches. As far a reliability, I have had zero problems with my Subaru(s) over the last 20 years. The biggest difference between the Santa fe and WRX is the size. The Santa fe is much bigger and has more room for stuff and people. It will also tow my boat.