2001 Hyundai Santa Fe
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This Car Helped Save My Life

by from Pennsylvania on October 27, 2006

Got off to a rough start with this vehicle. Some kind of a defect in the engine caused it to seize and fail shortly after I bought it. With a whole lot of perseverence, the company honored its warra...
Got off to a rough start with this vehicle. Some kind of a defect in the engine caused it to seize and fail shortly after I bought it. With a whole lot of perseverence, the company honored its warranty and repaired everything basically from the inside out. After nearly two years of trouble-free driving, and great gas mileage to boot, I was involved in a rollover crash. Amazingly, this car helped save my life. After rolling over one and a half times, I landed on the roof and skid some 200 feet -- face first -- down an interstate. Although I could see glass and sparks very close to my face, the car held up incredibly well. I was able to walk away with my life. The airbags did not deploy, but the restraint system made sure I wasn't going anywhere. In fact, I had a little trouble getting the seatbelt loose after the crash. Chalk up a big plus for Hyundai's safety rating on this one!
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2001 santa fe

by from Vineyard Haven, MA on March 24, 2010

I bought this car new, the initial year for the model. After about 2 1/2 years, so many things went wrong with it that I feared I'd made a terrible mistake in buying it. However, after all the things ...
I bought this car new, the initial year for the model. After about 2 1/2 years, so many things went wrong with it that I feared I'd made a terrible mistake in buying it. However, after all the things that went wrong (and I have a file full of repair invoices!) the best warranty in car history paid for all the repairs. Sticking EGR valve, replaced EGR solonoid and ignition coil, timing belt had 2 teeth missing, replaced timing cover all at 32,710 miles, just over 3 years old in 2/04. In 11/04, timing belt tensioner replaced and 2 ACC belts. 1/05 replaced throwout bearing and new clutch because original ruined by throwout bearing and one front brake pad broken in two. 3/05 gear shift pops out of gear!! Transmission low on fluid due to leaking axle seal. Also at this time, replaced sway bar bushings. Loose tensioner found to make pulley crooked and caused a belt to fray: new drive belt installed. Now 7/05 my car died on the road! They found: timing belt issues (again with the timing?!!??) timing belt off one tooth, balance shaft belt missing many teeth, broken crank shaft sensor. Replaced them. 9/06 found front manifold & gasket need replacement & oxygen sensor too. These above calamities don't explain the towings & time without this car while it was being repaired. And oh yeah. I live on Martha's Vineyard so the car had to go by FERRY to get repaired several times! I found out the hard way that the dealership from whom I bought the car lied to me when they said the 5 year roadside assistance was available to me on the island. It wasn't & I've had AAA ever since. Well, just recently at 88,000 miles, I had to pay to have the timing redone! All in all, call me crazy, I will consider buying another Hyundai because of the warranty. I understand they've worked out the many kinks (isn't THAT nice..) of their SUV but I'll probably look into the Tucson & Touring next time. "Next time" being when all the life has been sucked out of the 2001 behemoth! Waayyyy too heavy for a 4 cylinder engine, turns out.
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Their First SUV is still a winner.

by from Coral Springs, Florida on December 4, 2006

Six years and 176,000 miles, never used the 100,000 warranty. Just changed the oil, changed the brakes and tires and added gas. Oh and a new battery. Excitingly boring. My LX is a great toaster. Even ...
Six years and 176,000 miles, never used the 100,000 warranty. Just changed the oil, changed the brakes and tires and added gas. Oh and a new battery. Excitingly boring. My LX is a great toaster. Even the leather seats are not cracked nor are the seams opening.
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Great value for the money

by from New Hampshire on January 19, 2011

I bought my Santa Fe LX 4wd brand new in the initial model year (2001). I had a few problems with the engine control module as well as the transmission sensor. Both were replaced under the warranty. I...
I bought my Santa Fe LX 4wd brand new in the initial model year (2001). I had a few problems with the engine control module as well as the transmission sensor. Both were replaced under the warranty. I've replaced the timing belt twice, but I do have over 150,000 miles on the car now. I had to replace all 4 wheel bearings, one at a time at least, and the rear suspension controller arms were replaced under a recall as they rusted out. (live in a snowbelt state) All in all, a decent, reliable car. Would consider buying another Hyundai in a minute. Maybe the Tucson next time. I need the 4wd and it's great in the winter with the snow and ice.
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First Car, First Love

by from rochester ny on February 4, 2013

This was my first car and I bought it right off the lot it was the first car I test drove and I knew it was what I was looking for. It was very reliable (few fender benders in this car) no maintence i...
This was my first car and I bought it right off the lot it was the first car I test drove and I knew it was what I was looking for. It was very reliable (few fender benders in this car) no maintence issues except the number 4 coil and struts. lots of room and pretty. Great sound system. Couldnt imagine an other car as good as the one I owned. I had to sell for financial reasons but now that Im looking for an other car this is definitely one Im keeping in mind.
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STRONG AND RELIABLE

by from austell GA on December 31, 2010

I bought this car in 2007 since then never experience any engine problem. The only maintenance carried out is periodic oil change. I will recommend this car any day. This has an efficient gas mileage ...
I bought this car in 2007 since then never experience any engine problem. The only maintenance carried out is periodic oil change. I will recommend this car any day. This has an efficient gas mileage because it has 4 cylinder
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Awesome Features

by from Western Maryland/West Virginia on November 15, 2013

It's now 2013 and I have a 2001 Santa Fe with only 62,000 miles. I have the LX which has the V6. There is not much difference between the available trim levels as they all come very nicely equipped. T...
It's now 2013 and I have a 2001 Santa Fe with only 62,000 miles. I have the LX which has the V6. There is not much difference between the available trim levels as they all come very nicely equipped. The one feature that sets mine apart from the rest of the pack is Heated driver and passenger seat cushions!! I have read the other reviews on here and I guesss I got lucky, NO issues to complain about. The BMW X5 SUV has so many complaints, I'm glad I didn't shell out an extra $20k for the status!! Yeah, the leather isn't quite as supple and the performance is about 3 tenths of a second more on the 0-60ft. times. I also own a 2009 Sonata SE V6, and both are awesome vehicles!! The only complaint I have is this SUV has a 4WD badge on the tailgate, but your not gonna take this off roading. I wish it had 4-Low, granted not needed often but better to have it and not need it you know. I'm glad to see from other reviews that I have at least another 100k left with this vehicle. It handles wet and snow covered roads and the ABS performs like it should.
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Keep up on maintenance

by from Akron, Ohio on June 27, 2017

This is an excellent car if you keep up on the maintenance. Some parts are very hard to reach, which makes it pricier to fix. Overall, this car has been reliable and drives great in the snow and rain.
This is an excellent car if you keep up on the maintenance. Some parts are very hard to reach, which makes it pricier to fix. Overall, this car has been reliable and drives great in the snow and rain.
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Out of money

by from Denver, CO on June 19, 2009

I have paid for more repairs on this car as to what I purchased it for. They are not inexpensive repairs either. It's a sensor here, and a sensor there. The transmission went out and I had it replaced...
I have paid for more repairs on this car as to what I purchased it for. They are not inexpensive repairs either. It's a sensor here, and a sensor there. The transmission went out and I had it replaced then they found out after I picked it up and it still wasn't working that wasn't the problem, I had to have the computer replaced. I can't seem to fine anyone that can really work on this car with out problems, even the dealership. I will never purchase another Hyundai. It will drain your pocket book and make you go broke. I have been without my car for over 2 months now because it is "being repaired". I am looking for a used vehicle and if this Hyundai Santa Fe ever gets running good enough to take in for a trade it will be like saving money for me. I like the style, it's comfortable, it handles great but it's not worth it.
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car that is good

by from Puerto RIco on November 25, 2006

This car is very good in every senseand i like because is my only car i hace always had . It has a good radio. the features were little cheap here in Puerto Rico because we got the best of the SUV's "...
This car is very good in every senseand i like because is my only car i hace always had . It has a good radio. the features were little cheap here in Puerto Rico because we got the best of the SUV's "like the limited one" and it didn't had leather seats, sunroof, etc.. but after all is good!
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