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#2941 of 2993 reply to Maibach Post #2926
Apr 16, 2009 (1:26 pm)
First, I compliment you on your good comprehensive composition. It made me want to reply. I too took delivery of a 2008 Santa Fe in Nov 2008. Hyundai's marketing strategy needs some refining. I bought the GLS with the standard Transmission as I ocassionaly tow the vehicle behind a motor home. Hyundai haphazardly distributes the Santa Fe with the manual tranny on a low volumn basis and the dealers cannot order the std tranny for a specific customer. Potential buyers are out there but they have no way of knowing where to find the vehicle.
This is my fifth Hyundai and we still have all five vehicles. My first was a 1999 Elantra station wagon with standard Transmission. It regularily gave me 43 miles per gallon at 60 miles per hour. Next, I bought a 2002 Santa Fe GLS 4 cyl with auto tranny for my girl friend. It gives 30 miles per gal and she will not part with it. Next, bought a 2002 Elantra GLS with standard tranny for my son. It gives 43 miles per gal. Next, I bought a 2003 Santa Fe 4 cyl GLS with standard tranny and it gives 32 miles per gallon. Lastly my 2008 Santa Fe gls never gives me more than
26.5 to 27 miles per gallon. I carefully maintain all five vehicles and the quality of the 2008 Santa Fe which was produced in Alabama is noticibly inferior to the prior four that were produced in Korea. On the Korean producion cars each nut and bolt was inspected for torque and marked with paint dabs to verify inspection. It is also interesting to note the decrease in MPG for each succeding year as the American buyers demanded bigger engines with more neck snapping power. Now the trend to higher power is reversing and the Santa Fe will be offered with the 4 cyl engine again in 2010.
#2942 of 2993 Re: New Sante Fe owner...few disappointments. [majbach]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 16, 2009 (1:31 pm)
Welcome to CarSpace - I just glanced over to my hutch to admire my NWT license plate I got in Inuvik and it's missing. We may have to talk if I can't find it.
mpg kpg kpl? will improve once your Santa Fe gets broken in a bit more.
#2943 of 2993 Re: New Sante Fe owner...few disappointments. [steve_]
Apr 16, 2009 (1:54 pm)
Just say the word...
"BRRR 2 COLD"
"MAPLE LEAFS" (why??)
License plates are everywhere.
I do not expect my economy to improve. However, I factored this in when deciding to buy a larger engine. After moving here, I NEEDED AWD at the very least. I have little use for the empty space of the back of a truck so that leaves SUV. I basically had to shop for what fit, not what I liked or could afford. Fortunately, the SF was all three. I also need something roomy enough for a 240 pound stature, 25 lb down parka, beaver hat, body armour and gun belt.
I almost went for a CR-V as it was an awesome deal (I'll leave out the details). But, despite being Honda biased, I liked the SF much better. Plus, I wanted something that had depreciated a little already as I knew whatever I bought it would spend more time depreciating than it would on the road. That too was ultimately why the trade-off from good mileage of the CR-V to mediocre mileage of the SF was tolerable. I figured the price difference between the two more than offset the increase fuel costs b/c up here, I likely won't drive 5,000 kms per year (as opposed to 30,000 where I was from), so gas costs are not really significant.
#2944 of 2993 Re: New Sante Fe owner...few disappointments. [majbach]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 16, 2009 (2:14 pm)
I was thinking you put the first 1k on it, but yeah, you may not get much of an improvement in the mileage. Especially not hauling around a bunch of gear and stuff. And yeah, not having to eat the initial depreciation will buy a lot of gas.
Enjoy the new ride!
#2945 of 2993 Installing Mud Flaps
Apr 19, 2009 (11:38 pm)
I have a 2008 Santa Fe GLS. I wanted to purchase mudflaps for it and install them myself. Can anyone give me advice on how this is done? I wasn't sure if the mudflaps are mounted using the existing screw holes on the inside wheel well or are other modifications needed?
#2946 of 2993 Re: Installing Mud Flaps [santafeking]
Apr 20, 2009 (7:15 am)
If you purchase the OEM mudguards, they should install easily with no modifications. I installed mine with little effort. The part number for the front is 08460-2B010, and the rear kit is 08460-2B500. I found mine on ebay from Frank Hyundai in California for $35 (for both together) plus shipping.
#2947 of 2993 Re: Installing Mud Flaps [denvertrakker]
Apr 20, 2009 (8:44 am)
Hi: I also purchased my mudflaps for my 07 Santa Fe on line from the same seller. Just a note to assist you can turn the wheels in on the front so you do not have to remove the wheels to get the screwdriver onto the factory screws. The mudflaps come with replacement screws and the mudflaps are a definite improvement to the vehicle.
Good luck with your installation.
#2948 of 2993 2007 Santa Fe Trailer module.
Apr 20, 2009 (2:28 pm)
I purchased from dealer module U8612-2B001.I installed it but cannot get lights to work. Have correct power and turn signal response from mutipin connector. The 2 pin connector has no power coming from vehicle,is there a fuse or something I am missing?
#2949 of 2993 Re: Hubcaps?? [steve_]
May 02, 2009 (9:49 am)
Looks like I was incorrect earlier about standard features on the Santa Fe not changing. The 2009 models are finally out (took until May??) and the base GLS not only comes with hubcaps now, but also black mirrors as opposed to body colored. I saw several at my local dealer yesterday. Price went up $200 too. Too bad, because by doing this Hyundai really cheapened the look for those interested in the base model. On the other hand, I-pod and USB ports are finally standard.
#2950 of 2993 Re: Hubcaps?? [js06gv]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 02, 2009 (1:56 pm)
Well, the mystery is solved anyway.
I guess I'd rather have the USB if I had to choose between that or upgrading from hubcaps. I don't get to see the hubcaps very often driving around, but having the ability to play mp3s is nice.