2007 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7 from North America
Well, where to start?
The car wouldn't start due to an electrical issue that had me at the dealer 4 times.. They replaced a power door lock, rear brake switch, power and negative battery cable.. Hyundai engineer came out to look at, and still couldn't find it.. Blogged it, and it's common. Has only happened once, and service was good at trying to help me.
After having my 60k service done, the car kicks at low speeds.. I think the rear end of the car is taking a beating, but once again they can't find the issue?? But they did find a $100 vacuum line that they stated was a first for them, but Hyundai said it was common?
I was told the complete lack of power - I'm talking about crawling up hills, and not to mention lots of down shifting up and down by the auto trans.. Dealer stated it's an AWD SUV with a small V6 going up hills; nothing they can do... So I guess it's my fault the 2.7 is under powered and gets poor gas mileage; buy the 3.3, not the 2.7 -- or buy HONDA and don't waste your money until they step it up - warranty is good, going weekly to the dealer is not.
Overall - the SUV looks good. The trim is easily marred, but looks OK..
AWD works absolutely great - shifts smooth on flat ground.
They will back the warranty, but it's a hassle to always take it there.
Paint is thin and easily scratched/chip - I read all of this in Consumer Reports, but worked for Hyundai in sales, and thought the cars were OK..
Get the 3.3 or 3.5. The 4cyl and small 2.7 are junk..
Just like Kia, if it has an electrical issue, you're screwed - if not, it will be a great car..
Dealer is great; called the company and they told take a long walk - warranty covers power train, but all power trains will make it to 100k no problem.. electrical issues go out within 30k on the warranty.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th August, 2010