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#580 of 611 Re: 2011 SantaFe Transmission lags [ibhipru]
Aug 30, 2012 (2:08 pm)
I own a 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4 cylinder. It appears I have the identical problem you are describing. I live in LA / Hollywood Hills Area and there have been numerous close calls where I am rear ended entering the 101 freeway entrances where there are sloped ramps or practically no ramps in areas forcing me to accelerate only to find a hesitation to the transmission and the engine ramp up to 5 or more RPMS. Allot of engine commotion, but no transmission response, and when the transmission finally responds, your neck gets whiplash and you need to really grab hold of the steering wheel to stay centered or if your already moving say on the freeway, when the transmission finally decides to act, you have no power as it accelerates lacking torque because the transmission shifts to an improper gear. Another issue I am having is going uphill. In areas such as the Hollywood Hills there are alot of residential and road byways that travel up the hill to meet mulholland drive, travelling up those inclines are a major pain on my Santa Fe. For example, from a full stop going uphill, the transmission makes it to second gear then seems to love staying on second, because unless I change to manual transmission shift, it will not engage to 3rd. The RPMs go up to 5 or higher, and Iím not even putting on full throttle, If I do accelerate to promote the transmission to go to third, the engine slows me down as it starts compressing due to the RPM going so high up and stays in second gear. I relate this to when you have a piece of gum stuck on you and your trying your best to toss it and it just becomes stubbornly attached to you, the transmission just loves sticking on second gear. I Accelerate, Decelerate, Accelerate, Decelerate and nothing, its just stuck on second gear. Very annoying and frustrating. When Iím traveling on the freeway, the engine ramps high with the RPMís on just a minor slope, no load and no passengers. As if the transmission computer does not know what gear to change to and becomes so dramatic on slight changes in the slightest inclines. I recently traveled to Montana, and while driving from Montana back to LA, I had to exit in Salt Lake City Utah, because the RPMS where reaching the red color on just the smallest freeway inclines and I felt the car hardly going forward, no torque power. Once stopped at the end of the ramp exit, I barely taped on the gas pedal to proceed from the ramp and the RPMs went all the way to the red while the car barely moved forward, the computer did not know what gear to change to, no torque power, only when I switch to manual shifting mode and shift myself, did the car start cooperating. Again, it seems like the computer does not know what gear to change to and appears that when you go manual shift mode, you bypass the computer programming. Its the only logical thing I cant think of. What I donít like is that the check engine light has never activated and when I have taken it to Puente Hills Hyundai, they state they cannot duplicate it. On the Montana trip, when I exited the freeway in Salt Lake City, I went straight to Murdock Hyundai as it was acting up. When I drove onto their service lane, I asked the adviser if one of their techs can jump in and drive the car since the transmission was shifting crazy, but the service advisor said there was no one available, so I turned off the car. When they got to it, it was working again and they did not duplicate it. All they did was reset the computer and stated they did a software update and let me continue the trip, the transmission started to act a bit better for the remainder of the trip. As of today, these issues are a common day problem for me. So I suppose that I must drive until something breaks or my family and I get rear ended. I'm currently at 48K miles and under warranty, but unless the tech can duplicate it Im out of luck. I want to enjoy the Santa Fe, but this is really killing it for us. Thankfully we have the option to switch to manual shifting mode.
#582 of 611 2012 Hyundai Sante Fe Transmission Issues
Sep 05, 2012 (3:07 am)
I have a 2012 Hyundai Sante Fe with 1500 miles on it and last week the whole transmission gave out on me. The Vehicle is currently at the dealer awaiting a new transmission (covered under warranty). The dealer told me it was a internal default which means the whole unit needed to be replaced. When they hooked up the computer to the car it showed no bad sensors on the transmission. Has anyone heard of such a thing on a brand new SUV? This is very unfortunate and I hope this does not steer me away from other Hyundai vehicles in the future!
#583 of 611 Re: 2004 Santa Fe just conks out [ermac_79]
Sep 10, 2012 (1:03 pm)
An occasional problem on this vehicle is failure of the Crankshaft Position Sensor. This failure may prevent the vehicle from starting. You should check into it!
#584 of 611 Re: 2011 SantaFe Transmission lags [gera]
Nov 06, 2012 (10:48 pm)
we have a 2007 Santa Fe , our transmission went all together . It only has reverse . We still owe $11000. on the loan and cant afford to purchase a new tranny and make the payments on the car too ..
Hyunai should replace the tranny !! Isnt a Transmission supposed to last at least the life of the car ?? Our car has never been abusied in any way .
This is the first car loan that Ive ever had , and now its going to ruin my good credit .
#585 of 611 Re: 2011 SantaFe Transmission lags [countrygirl574]
Nov 07, 2012 (7:35 am)
Hyundai has a poor reputation for engines & trannys. A lot of us hoped that would improve over the years, but even the 6 Speed leaves alot to be desired.
Apparently, your mileage has put you beyond the Warranty. It's a tough lesson to learn, but you have to stick with Quality products.
#586 of 611 Re: 2011 SantaFe Transmission lags [chucko6]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 08, 2012 (9:41 am)
The Identifix ratings we have here are good for Santa Fes. If you look around the forums, you'll see lots of transmission problems discussions. The actual failure rate for SFs is probably typical, but it's a real pain if your car winds up being one of the few percent that fails.
#587 of 611 Transmission Life
Nov 08, 2012 (5:57 pm)
"Isnt a Transmission supposed to last at least the life of the car ??"
I dunno that may be a bit unrealistic. Yes we see here bad stories of Hyundai trannies with lots of problems and they really should look into this. Off the top of my head a transmission should last about 150,000 miles. But even when you take care of a car, parts can go bad. On my old Plymouth Voyager I had a piston rod snap and the tranny had to be rebuilt before I hit 100,000 miles.
#588 of 611 Stick shift trouble from park to reverse
Jan 28, 2013 (12:37 pm)
I have a 2004 santa fe with 118,000 miles. At 63k miles, my car was towed and the day I picked it up I drove to my destination and parked. Upon starting up the car and attempting to shift from park to reverse the stick shift locked. Then I forced it into gear and broke the shifter to where it went from park to drive with almost no effort. I had it towed to a hyundai dealer and they supposedly fixed it and said it was the kotter pin. Now whenever I park on a hill or with the tires turned slightly or sometimes on a straight surface, it's impossible to put the car into reverse without rocking the car first with my foot out the door like Fred Flintstone. This doesn't occur all the time but has become frequent enough that I won't valet or loan my car to anyone. My mechanic thinks its the transmission but I disagree because it bagan at 63k miles. I want to sell the car but won't sell it with this problem. Do you have any ideas? Chris
#589 of 611 transmission replacement
Jan 28, 2013 (12:40 pm)
I have a 2004 hyundai santa fe gls awd with a 2.7L 6 cylinder engine. When should I expect to change my transmission?