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#342 of 611 Re: New, 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Lmt. 4-Cyl. auto. [enviroman2]
Jan 22, 2011 (9:41 am)
The dealer you spoke to was not up front with you. The problem is with 2010 Santa Fe Limited with the V6 and six speed transmission as you can see by the amount of treads on this site. On Jan 20th I had the latest and the greatest (per Hyundai) update done on my 2010 Santa Fe. Number is 39110F3Y ECM update. Which by the way is for both the 2010 and 2011 Santa FE with V6 and 6 speed. Four have been accomplished by my dealer with no complaints. My transmission problem has just about disappeared, however since the last ECM update my car has developed a new and very dangerous problem.
When starting out from a dead stop or slightly moving forward then pressing on the gas pedal to accelerate there is a dead spot where nothing happens, then all of a sudden the car jumps forward. At times the acceleration is so quick the front tires spin. Releasing pressure on the gas pedal brings the car back under control. This is much more prevalent when making a right or left turn. Just this morning when attempting to turn left at a divided highway with one car coming on the other lane and with plenty of room to turn before that car came close, my car did nothing when I pressed on the gas. I immediately stepped on the brake or there would have been on hell of a wreck.
Has anyone experienced this problem?
#343 of 611 Re: New, 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Lmt. 4-Cyl. auto. [mike519]
Jan 22, 2011 (9:47 am)
How many miles on your 2011 Santa Fe? Wait til you get 3 or 4 thousand miles. By the way the Santa Fe Limited only comes with a V6 and 6 speed transmission, not a 4 cyl. Why is the 2010 ECM update apply to the 2011 Santa Fe Limited, it's the same as the 2010 Limited.
Why was your 2010 transmission replaced?
#344 of 611 Re: New, 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Lmt. 4-Cyl. auto. [viper14]
Jan 22, 2011 (10:52 am)
I have 8500 on the Sante Fe currently, problem free so far. They replaced the trans because the service rep was driving it when it hit hard into 2nd gear as I had been complaining about. I was lucky it happened for them. They tried blowing me off until then.
#345 of 611 Re: New, 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Lmt. 4-Cyl. auto. [viper14]
Jan 23, 2011 (8:07 am)
after my reman tranny was installed i had a similar situation where the same thing happen to me in an intersection where the light had change to yellow so i went to step on the gas and a dead spot just like u had. took it right to the dealer and of coarse could not duplicate it, was told it has to do with the ecs, tc, bdf systems. i told them i didn't care what system it was , but that it was not safe when your stepping on the gas peddle and have it to the floor that the wheels should at least spin, mine didn't. after reading all the blogs on many forums, it sounds like this could be a computer problem. my santa fe is on its way back to the dealer on monday, again for tranny issues and others as well. i have had nothing but good things to say about hyundai vehicles in the past, but enough is enough, this one is truly a lemon. if hyundai doesn't acknowlage that this one is in fact a lemon, i will be contacting our lawyer!!!!
#346 of 611 Re: New, 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Lmt. 4-Cyl. auto. [widg99]
Jan 23, 2011 (11:10 am)
Wow! Sounds like I'm not the only one with this new problem. In my option, I think this problem rates up there with the uncommanded acceleration issue Toyota had. This dead spot problem started right after the ECM computer update # TC7 10BA30R0 I had done Dec 1, 2010 and was supposed to be corrected with ECM update # 39110F3Y done on Jan 20, 2011. I had that update last week and seemed to fix the transmission, but not the dead spot issue.
There will be crashes soon on these Santa Fe models because this dead spot and until people get badly injured or worse nothing will be done.
Hyundai are you reading this?
#347 of 611 Re: Hyundai Santa Fe Transmission Problem Fixed [diamond22]
Jan 23, 2011 (11:22 am)
ECM update doesn't work. Back to the drawing board.
#348 of 611 Buy or don't buy?
Jan 23, 2011 (11:37 am)
So would I be right to assume that I should stay away from buying a 2011 6cyl AWD limited Santa Fe ? Afer reading the post here I'm really confused if there a couple of problems that aren't being fixed.
#349 of 611 Re: Buy or don't buy?
Jan 23, 2011 (12:04 pm)
There have been close to 350 messages back and forth between Santa Fe owners just on the transmission issue. Why not read them all, then make your decision on buying one. I'm on my second Santa Fe, 1st was a 2006. Currently I have a 2010 Santa Fe with 3.5 V6 and 6 speed transmission and I love this car, but I'm afraid of the dead spot when pressing the gas and I wonder if the transmission is going to last to 100,000 miles.
My Hyundai dealer has always been up front with me and is trying to work things out.
#350 of 611 Re: Buy or don't buy? [viper14]
Jan 23, 2011 (1:01 pm)
Not to minimize the problems here, but it would be interestng to know how many people generated the 350 messages referred to. It would be one thing to say that this is a 10% failure rate, but it may be closer to 100 out of 100,000, or 0.1%. It also seems that at least one replacement transmission did the trick. To all those who are struggling with this issue, my apologies.
About the dead spot, there is a post on another message board that indicates that this is an issue with the throttle, and not the transmission. They indicated that there is an adjustment on the accelerator that improves this issue. I'd include that link, but Edmunds doesn't allow links to other Forums. Just google Throttle dead spot Hyundai. Good luck all.
Jan 23, 2011 (1:08 pm)
Viper, my best friend has an 09 Sante Fe and hasn't had a problem in 38,000 miles. I asked 2 dealers about tranny problems and they said they haven't heard of any in a year. 2011 Kia buyers are having tranny problems, I read about all the problems you guys are having and wonder how the dealers can tell me they haven't heard of them. I just wish they'd admit the problem , say where the problem cars were built and when. So if I do buy I can avoid them. I'm now concerned for my family safety and that's why I'm asking for all the advice from you guys. That's why even though I really want the car, I'm confused as to what to do.