2002 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7 V6 from North America
Holds up well after 12 years and 137K miles
Light bulbs (front and back).
Left CV axle.
Valve cover gaskets (both sides).
Stabilizer bar links and bushings.
Steering rack makes a noise.
Cruise control stopped working.
The car has proven pretty reliable. When I bought it with 103K miles, I changed the leaking valve cover gaskets, the left CV axle and the stabilizer bar links and bushings. Together with a set of 4 tires, filters and general other service items, the cost was about $2K. The car paint was fading since I bought it, and that continued during the last four years, but the metal is still not exposed and no rust has appeared anywhere. In Florida, where I bought the car, the paint on the majority of Santa Fe vehicles of this generation is fading.
During the last four years that I have been using the car, and after driving it for about 34K miles, only three light bulbs went out, and the cruise control stopped working, which I did not bother to fix. Oh, and the central mirror is loose, which I cannot fix without changing the whole electrochromatic mirror.
Otherwise the car drives smoothly and has been trouble free. I hope it continues like this. Compared to other vehicles that I have driven of similar age and miles (Honda CRX, Buick LeSabre, and Mercury Grand Marquis), this so far has the been the most reliable. It is not the most economic vehicle to refuel, but its substantial weight and stability makes it a good choice for driving the family around in comfort.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th June, 2014