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#97 of 151 Re: 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe Sudden Unintended Acceleration [twinster]
Aug 30, 2011 (4:12 am)
Since you had the surge experience more than once, I would recommend that you insist that the dealership's service department keep the Santa Fe for a minimum of 3 days and have someone drive it consistantly. Insist on a loaner car for the time period. I only experienced one unintended sudden acceleration, but that was more than enough for me. After several months the dealership did agree to take the care in for several to test drive it. Of course, nothing happened so they said there was nothing to repair. But in your case, there's a good chance it would occur while it's in their hands. My husband was very insistant. We finally dealt with the regional sales manager who visits our area once a month. My surge experience happend in late December 2010. It took until March for us to get any satisfaction. I refused to drive the car or even ride in it. We armed ourselves with all of the Internet Blogs to confirm that many other people shared the same experience. They were sympathic but insisted that this condition does happen occasionally in many car model just not Hyundai's. The bottom line was that we made a deal with their preowned department. They paid off the remaining loan amount on the 2009 Santa Fe. Yes, we were out the 16 payments, plus initial downpayment, but I had to have peace of mind. I use my car for transporting people and couldn't perform my job if I was constantly worrying about a possible accident due to SUA. Since you have two teenagers driving your Santa Fe with the understanding that they will often have their friends in the car, do you want to place their lives in jeopardy? I would suggest insisting on the dealership driving your vehicle for several days; print out as many of these Blog discussions as possible; insist on a face-to-face meeting with the Hyundai regional sales manager; and finally, talk to the preowned department about a buy out. Yes, you'll be out a chunk of cash, but you can't put a price tag on the lives of your family. Good luck to you!!
(P.S. I purchased a preowned 2002 BMW with low mileage and I couldn't be happier!)
#98 of 151 2010 santa fe "stalls out" then lunges forward
Sep 04, 2011 (8:49 am)
When slowing down for turns or stop lights, and then the brake is released, and accelerator is pushed, vehicle moves sluggishly and then "stalls" flat for several seconds. There is no requirement for an ignition re-start, since then the engine re-engages and vehicle suddenly lunges forward. This is a sporadic problem (two or three times a week). No engine warning trouble light; dealership claims all diagnostics show nothing. Vehicle performs well otherwise (starts well, idles well, rpm's okay, etc.) Been happening over the last four or five weeks--not the gas, since am on my fourth new tank full--21,000 miles on the six cylinder 2010. Any ideas would be appreiciated, or if you have had similar problems.
#99 of 151 Re: Request [glucose]
Sep 04, 2011 (9:18 am)
I have had a similar problem with my 2010 AWD Santa Fe. Was your problem ever resolved, and if so, was there a fix.
#100 of 151 Re: Anyone experience Sudden Unintended Acceleration in a Hyundai Santa Fe? [bryancos]
Sep 09, 2011 (3:03 pm)
Thanks to everybody who publish this information, I was almost buying one of this cars for my wife, but now I think I will go and try another options.
I dont think this people from hyundai are very honest. For me this situation is the same as steal, because their are selling a product that doesn't fit with the regulations, and they dont care if people will died secondary to their mistake.
#101 of 151 Re: Request [liz45]
Sep 17, 2011 (8:06 am)
The dealer says everything checks out, but it still "flattens out and lunges" infrequently (about once or twice a week). I have done my own research on this and have determined it might be the throttle position sensor. I have looked into how this sensor works, and "flatten out" spots could occur due to how the resistor wears. I have also found out that some owners have had to have this sensor replaced, when it significantly failed. If it continues, I will have the dealer replace this sensor at my own expense, and then I will have the old part independently tested. If it turns out to be defective, then I will ask for a refund from the dealer. I have also found the exact problem on the National Highway Safety complaint site (ODI number 10352192), and I would like more information about this complaint, but they want $45.00 an hour plus copying expenses just to see if there is more information about this complaint.
#102 of 151 Re: Request [tidester]
Sep 19, 2011 (8:22 am)
Have you found any more information on this problem?--mine is "hesitation to surge." Thanks--liz
#103 of 151 Re: Request [glucose]
Sep 19, 2011 (8:26 am)
Hi--I noticed that your "posting" was in March 2010--do you still have the vehicle, and has the problem been corrected, gotten worse, etc.? Thanks for any help. Liz
#104 of 151 Re: 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe Sudden Unintended Acceleration [twinster]
Sep 19, 2011 (8:32 am)
Has your problem ever been solved? I am having the same problem with my 2010 Santa Fe. Thanks. Liz
#105 of 151 unintended acceleration
Sep 27, 2011 (9:25 am)
I purchased my Santa Fe in Mar. 06. My first experience with the un-intended acceleration happened in Dec. 06. Took it to a Hyundai dealer and they of course couldn't find anything wrong with it. Over the next couple of years it happened approximately three more times. Again took the vehicle to the dealer and once again nothing was found to be wrong with it. Each of the above mentioned instances happened while coming to a complete stop at a stop light or a stop sign. Each time the car was going straight and the acceleration only lasted seconds. But the brakes would not stop the car.
The last time was two weeks ago. My wife was driving the car in a parking lot. She stopped at a parking lot intersection and it happened and it only happened for a few seconds and then it stopped and she turned right and then once again stopped while someone walked across the road and it happened once again. It only lasted a few seconds. She then turned right to go into a parking space. It once again accelerated but this time the car didn't stop until it hit the car parked in the next parking spot and then it pushed that car into the next parked car. Damage was done to both parked cars and also tore up my bumper and a fog light. Thank goodness no one was walking in front of the car or between the two parked cars.
The car has now been at the dealership for almost two weeks and they of course say they can't find anything wrong with it.
Don't know what I am supposed to do now. I am scared to drive the car for fear of it happening again and maybe injuring myself or someone else. This car could very easily surge while at a busy intersection and it could be pushed out into oncoming traffic causing several injuries. Does anyone have any ideas?
#106 of 151 Update from Liz-unintended acceleration
Sep 27, 2011 (11:48 am)
Upon doing further research, I have found that for my 3.5-6 cyl, 2010 Santa Fe, the throttle position sensor was built into the throttle body. Thus, the entire throttle body (about a $250.00 part plus whatever labor costs that are involved) has to be replaced just to address a throttle position sensor issue. I have also found that my problem could be from a defective pedal position sensor (less expensive) or the engine control module (computer)(expensive). I am still experiencing the problem, and someday hope to have the issue resolved.