Hyundai Santa Fe Review from France

2001 Hyundai Santa Fe

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 206

Summary:

Great except for the clutch problem

Faults:

Clutch went at 80000 km.

General Comments:

We were very happy with our 2 yr old Santa Fe until the clutch failed and needed replacement. When we queried why this was the case, asking if it was covered by the warranty, we were given to understand it must be the poor quality of our driving, and had to pay a 1400 Euro bill. We have since heard that several other Santa Fe's have had clutch problems which have been repaired under warranty's, so we feel doubly cheated. Why doesn't Hyundai have a more consistent approach? We are taking this further.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th May, 2004

14th Jul 2004, 11:21

I bought the first Santa Fe to come to our area in May 2001. I really liked my car, but it has had one problem after another. Within months of buying the car the electrical failed and had to be replaced. With in the next 2 years the front end was replaced twice, it is on it's 4th rack and pinion. Now at 3 years the front end seals are going the transmisson makes noise and the transfer case has what appear to be hairline fractures and the seal leaks. It has been in the shop about 10 times any where from 1 week to 4 weeks. The service was not good and they have misrepresented the problems and repairs a number of times. I really liked my car, but I would consider it a lemon and disappointed that the company was not more responsive.