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Hyundai Santa Fe, SUV
#1629 of 2993 Re: Sante Fe- Dependable? [carfreak8]
Dec 02, 2006 (9:59 pm)
TERRIBLE: hyundai Tucson; Kia Sportage
BELOW AVERAGE: Kia Sorento
AVERAGE: Hyundai Tiburon
ABOVE AVERAGE: Kia Amanti
Here's the latest info direct from CR's web site;
2006-2007 ratings(Latest Rankings from CR's Website)
Tucson Above average CR recommended
Sonata Above average CR recommended
Azera Above average CR recommended
Entourage Above average CR recommended
Tiburon Insufficient Data
New Elantra Insufficient Data
Old Elantra Above average
New Santa Fe NSF Data
Old Santa Fe Above average (was once a recommended pick)
New Accent NSF Data
Old Accent Below average to above depending on model year
Sportage Shaky but greatly improved over 2005
Sorento Average CR recommended
Sedona Above average CR recommended
Amanti Average CR recommended
Optima NSF Data
Rio NSF Data
Rondo NSF Data
Which year did you get your data from?
#1630 of 2993 No MP3 Audio jack?
Dec 02, 2006 (11:04 pm)
In my glowing review I forgot to mention the one thing that bugged me about the Santa Fe. No MP3 audio jack.
Sure the Santa Fe audio system will play MP3 off the CD, but I'd much rather use my own MP3 storage device with 80 gigs of music than load 6 CDs into the dash.
Minor quibble but something Hyundai should incorporate into their 2008 models as the competition already has this feature.
Dec 02, 2006 (11:35 pm)
We've test driven the new CRV,Ridgeline, RAV, and Sante Fe...we liked the CRV but was surprised at the hard plastic, no power seat available. Ridgeline (I would love to get a little truck) was very nice, but the center console,seats, and inner edges of the moonroof were wet because the moonroof had leaked! very disappointed in that. RAV drove well, and I especially liked being able to lower the back seats with the levers on the side of the cargo area. The Sante Fe was extremely nice and drove well. the Tuscan would be the perfect size but no power seat and the interior quality was different than the Sante Fe. we went to the L.A. auto show for one last look around. It was nice having all the cars to compare in one spot! narrowed it down to RAV or Sante Fe, but not sure about service departments of both. How do I find out about this? What DOES happen if you buy a new car and the moonroof leaks? Who pays for the fix and cleanup? Thanks for this site..very informational.
#1632 of 2993 Re: Sante Fe- Dependable? [tenpin288]
Dec 03, 2006 (6:23 am)
Which year did you get your data from?
I got my information from the Consumer Reports "Best Buys For 2007 Buying Guide". I listed what they had reliability information for, and that is what it said.
That is "Reviews of The 2006-07 Models"
The reason for the unknown information is all the newly redesigned models. Hopefully as all the models are redesigned, quality, resale, and reliability increases because what those models with information show is unacceptable.
#1633 of 2993 Re: undecided? [beebee13]
Dec 03, 2006 (6:32 am)
we liked the CRV but was surprised at the hard plastic
Whatever the CR-V has, the Santa Fe is 10 times worse. If you don't like the plastic in the CR-V, then I don't see how you could like santa Fe. The Santa Fe's plastics are hard, not soft.
As for the Ridgeline leaking, I would not doubt the the last person that opened the sunroof and the closed it, did not close it properly. When the sunroof closes, at the very end of the closing, the back of the glass, goes up. That person may have took there hand off of the button, because they thought it was closed, and it wasn't. I have almost done that on my car but, but luckily, upon exiting I saw the sunroof was not level with the rest of the car and I fixed it.
#1634 of 2993 Re: Sante Fe- Dependable? [tenpin288]
Dec 03, 2006 (7:20 am)
Don't bother trying to convince others, such as carfreak8, about the quality of Hyundai. They will never change their opinion, as they basically truly dislike the brand, regardless of Hyundai's level of quality. Hyundai could have the best quality and resale value, and it wouldn't change a thing. They simply can't get over the Hyundai name, and the image it projects. Their loss is our, and others, gain.
Generally, those seriously bashing Hyundai on this forum, and others, are Honda or Toyota owners - or, their respective dealers' sales staff. There is significant anecdotal evidence of this. Why, perhaps they see Hyundai as some serious competition?? Toyota's Chairman certainly does - he considers Hyundai their most significant concern now, and in the future.
#1635 of 2993 Re: Sante Fe- Dependable? [w9cw]
Dec 03, 2006 (8:25 am)
I do not hate Hyundai, I just do not like people trying to say that that the pretty much got a Honda or Toyota for less money. Hyundai still has a ways to go to get to the levels of Honda or Toyota.
I myself am just a little mad at Hyundai, because have you seen a few of there new cars. The Entourage/Sedona looks exactly like a Odyssey, except for the tail lights. Also the Sonata looks the same as the 03-05 Accord in the back end. Also, the Azera, if you look at the side view, it has the same stretched looked as the Avalon. I just think if Hyundai is serious, they could have been a little more original with their designs.
And of course Other manufacturers are worried, there are people like many of the people on this forum that think they are getting a Honda or Toyota at a lower cost. There is still a gap that I do have NO doubt they will fill. Now though, Hyundai is moving fast and taking a few perspective buyers of Honda's or Toyota's with them. For now though, Toyota nor Honda are really being hurt by Hyundai.
#1636 of 2993 Re: Sante Fe- Dependable? [carfreak8]
Dec 03, 2006 (9:06 am)
Yata, Yata, Yata.... it's just YOUR OPINION.
Have you ever owned a Hyundai?
I own two Hyundai's and I have owned at least two of the following: every American brand, Honda, Toyota, Porsche (including a Turbo), and one Nissan.
I think my experience and that of others who have actually owned the vehicles they offer opinions about trumps YOUR OPINION and all the reviews you offer as support.
I admit that I do pay attention to JD Powers and Consumer reports but they are just ONE of many factors that goes into my buy decision. There have been many times that I bought items that were CR recommended that were very pleasing and some that were junk. In 1997 I bought the new Chevy Malibu, (Motor Trend Car of the Year) and it turned out to be one of the biggest piles of dung I ever owned.
Resale value - do the math! I have and keep coming out ahead (based on my usage and the length of time I keep a vehicle).
Bottom-line: your opinions are exactly that... just YOUR OPINION.
Enjoy your overpriced Honda, unless of course you got the Honda employee discount.
#1637 of 2993 Re: Sante Fe- Dependable? [jcspohr]
Dec 03, 2006 (10:55 am)
What i have said is not just my opinion. It is a combination of Car and Driver, Motor Trend, JD Power, Intellichoice, CONSUMER Reviews, Consumer Reports, and Newspaper reviews. I have not owned a Hyundai, but I have test driven MANY cars of MANY different brands. I know what is good and what is NOT. Hyundai is NOT bad, they are just not quite as good as Honda or Toyota.
As for resale value, it is slowly improving, now if you go to intellichoice.com, it shows the five year cost a bit over 1K below competitors. It still is not at the levels of ToyHon. Another thing that bugs me about Hyundai is the Bad image, that they have about quality, (I know it is improving)but I would not want that image.
As for my "overpriced Honda", I got a GREAT deal considering I ordered it, before the Navigation models were out. Also I do NOT and would NOT work for Honda!
Now that I have everything off my back, I think I am done posting here, because, every two seconds there is reply and I am getting bored with the subject. I know what I like and all you know what you like.
this is MY OPINION, but enjoy your new vehicles, I DO hope hope you like them!
Back to the CR-V forum!
#1638 of 2993 07 CRV vs. 07 Santa Fe
Dec 03, 2006 (11:35 am)
Since I'm here to actually get some information rather than start an argument, I'm looking to those of you who have some experience with Hyundais. I've have 2 CRVs and the oldest has around 230k miles. My wife likes/wants an 07 to replace this old one and I'm sort of interested in the Santa Fe. I pretty much know what the CRVs have and what to expect. The Santa Fe looks pretty nice on paper but is gas mileage really as bad as they say? Is the power significantly/noticeably greater in the Santa Fe? How useful is the 3rd seat option? Anyone who can give me some information (ammunition?); it would be appreciated and helpful