2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0 CRDi
I love my ' Busty ', as I call her :)
Steering wheel grip rubber cracked/flaked-off early.
Boot luggage pull cover self repaired early.
Internal central locking switches act up rarely since ~45000 miles.
New alternator req'd at 90000mi.
New Clutch req'd at 113000mi.
Though lacking the more sexy EU cockpit design of my previous car, I am very satisfied with Hyundai's build quality and reliability.
I, being somewhat of a mid-life Petrol-Head, have made serious performance demands on my Santa Fe throughout her years with me, which she has satisfied. Indeed she looks ready to continue to please for many more years.
My son has grown up in the back seat and has given her the normal childhood trials which have also left her unfazed. Throughout all this her bodywork remains as beautiful and unblemished as the days of her youth.
Even though I regularly leave her starving for basic servicing, usually +25000 miles between visits, she has always accepted my neglect without complaint. I expect her to soon require some vital organ transplants as she ages, but feel assured she will take my future teenage son for his first solo ride.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th November, 2010
27th Jan 2011, 06:53
Good to see you are doing well with your vehicle. I am thinking of buying an older one of these with a high mileage, for towing a horse trailer.
28th Apr 2016, 16:50
Busty is still riding on at 300,000kms :)
5+ years since my initial review, I still am a very satisfied owner.
The only non-service attention I've given her is replacing the injector nozzles tips, as the engine was stalling out while accelerating.
It would restart again after a short safety cut-out time, but was a shock to experience nonetheless.
I also had to touch up the paint around the rear wiper mount to fix a rust spot there.