I've owned 2 Santa Fe's (2001 & 2004). Both had engine failures and had to have their small blocks replaced at around 60,000 miles. Both failed on the freeway. Both had all their regularly scheduled maintenance performed by the book. These 2 freeway failures placed me in very serious safety conditions.
The 2004 failed at night in the middle of the Arizona Desert - I was driving at 70 mph when the engine lost power and made a terrible noise. I end up getting towed over 150 miles to a Hyundai dealer. Small block failed (60,068 miles – 68 miles past the warranty). Hyundai initially refused to pay for any of the repair work; but, after a tremendous amount of effort on my part; they finally agreed to covered (only) 35% of the repair. My advise to consumers: Never buy Hyundai's again!!!
Hyundai did not stand behind their cars.
There seems to be a serious problem with Hyundai engines - possible oil circulation as reported by the Orange County Register.
These failures placed me and my family in very serious safety positions.
I spent nearly 100 hours trying to get Hyundai to help cover the cost of repair and after all this they (only) covered 30%
Never buy Hyundai products!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 28th October, 2009