2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3 V6 from North America
Too many design issues and issues. Not recommended
Valve cover leak resulting in alternator being ruined.
Fuel gauge intermittent in cold weather.
Overall, I have been very disappointed in this car. It has had some fairly major problems since purchasing it.
The brakes have a poor design, which can result in the pads seizing. Also has a design problem with the valve cover gaskets, which results in leaking onto the alternator, which leads to failure. The valve cover leaking is covered by recall apparently, but not the brake issue.
The nav system was horribly out of date and expensive to update.
Fuel economy with the 3.3 has been mediocre. Power is underwhelming.
Why is the powertrain warranty 10/160 in the US, but only 5/100 in Canada?
I had high hopes for Hyundai, but am so disappointed - I do not think I could buy a Hyundai again, nor would I recommend them to my friends.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd June, 2016
27th Jun 2016, 19:06
Sometimes I think that auto buyers expect too much from Hyundai/Kia auto corporation. They just started building cars about 1968, which was with help from Ford corporation to build the Cortina. Then really built their first car back in 1975 with the help of British engineers and executives. So they are pretty much the new kids on the block when it comes to building cars. People are going to wait a while til they build the perfect car. Until then, they are very basic cars that can't take a lot of abuse. And yes you can put a lot of bells and whistles on a basic car, but it's still a basic car.
7th Oct 2016, 22:19
I remember when Hyundai came to the US market with their "Excel". The cars were basic and incredibly durable: you could flog them endlessly and they kept chugging along. Hyundai isn't some small piker of a company, but a large conglomerate that makes huge ships, commercial trucks and trailers, and lots of stuff. They don't have an excuse for being evil and treating their customers like dirt though, although that seems to be a part of every large corporation's playbook. They could spend a little money and buy goodwill and a good reputation by taking care of their customers. A new engine to a customer, and then covering their bills? Chump change to a huge multinational with buildings full of lawyers who know how to hide massive profits in overseas shell accounts.