2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3L from North America
Won't buy another Hyundai!
Brake cleaning done twice, in 55000kms @ $150/service.
Coolant flush @ 48000kms.
Brake flush @ 48000kms.
Induction service @ 48000kms. I mentioned bad gas mileage, and this service has not improved anything.
Headlights burn out easily.
Seems like the most expensive "regular maintenance" vehicle out there.
Transmission is sluggish and shifting poorly.
Averaging 450kms/tank of gas - 75 litre tank, and I am not a race car driver.
Body panels shifting, seams of panels not as the day the car was purchased.
Car is generally comfortable for long drives.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd July, 2011
1st Jan 2013, 15:51
General maintenance should not be considered a "fault". Whether they are "expensive" to you or not, depends on who you deal with and who is doing the work. An oil change can become "expensive" if you take it to a mechanic that purposely breaks things so he has to fix them for you. Not saying that's what has happened here, but it's not a new thing.
Transmission is sluggish. How long has it been since you've changed your ATF? I do partial changes, and when the ATF hits roughly 40,000 miles, I suck as much out as I can and replace it with fresh. The SUV shifts so smooth it's like a new vehicle. Any vehicle will shift rough if it has not been maintained, fluids included.
Headlights... they burn out. Brakes... need replacing. Coolant... not a big deal.
Now if you've done all of your scheduled maintenance and the vehicle grenades itself, you have a dud. I have not seen this happen in the case of the Santa Fe.