2005 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Nice but gas hog

by from Near Philadelphia on March 11, 2011

The 2005 Hyundai santa fe 3.6L XL AWD is a very nice car. Interior is very roomy when compared to similar vehicles. I purchased this car w/ 105K on it and for being the 3rd owner I am suprised by how ...
The 2005 Hyundai santa fe 3.6L XL AWD is a very nice car. Interior is very roomy when compared to similar vehicles. I purchased this car w/ 105K on it and for being the 3rd owner I am suprised by how tight the vehicle is and how nicely it still drives. I don't go off road so I can't comment on that, but it did nicely in snow (deepest I encountered was 8 inches). I have 2 complaints - I've had to reacquaint myself with the gas pedal. This thing wants to take off at the slightest press of the pedal (although I understand there is an adjustment for this). The other problem is this car is A GAS HOG. Combined mileage so far (i've had it 3 months) is 15 miles to the gallon, (mind you I go about 70mph on the freeway because if you don't, you'll be run over around here, so I have to take some blame on this). I have yet to take it on a long trip, but highway miles are supposed to be around 23, but I have my doubts. Otherwise, very nice car and if the gas mileage were better' I'd say great car.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Wow

by from Watertown, SD on January 28, 2009

Living in the upper mid-west this vehicle is perfect. Gets thru snow in winter very well. Good gas milage in the summer and on long trips. Plenty of room for our family of five and all our luggage. Ri...
Living in the upper mid-west this vehicle is perfect. Gets thru snow in winter very well. Good gas milage in the summer and on long trips. Plenty of room for our family of five and all our luggage. Rides great, handles great, and a lot of SUV for the money. My next vehicle will be another Santa Fe. Over 100,000 miles and not a single problem with it. It's one of the best investments I've ever made. Plus I love the way it looks as I have received many compliments on the interior and exterior.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Great buy

by from Atlanta, GA on October 4, 2011

I bought my Santa Fe with about 118,000 miles and it now has 130,000;it's had no mechanical issues so far. I drive about an hour and a half round trip for school and work. I enjoy my "new" Santa Fe a ...
I bought my Santa Fe with about 118,000 miles and it now has 130,000;it's had no mechanical issues so far. I drive about an hour and a half round trip for school and work. I enjoy my "new" Santa Fe a great deal. The car is very user-friendly with a great interior layout and lots of room while also being small enough to easily maneuver. I get an average of 22-24 MPG.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Great Vehicle, Great Value

by from Charlotte, NC on January 17, 2008

I've owned a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe for two years. It does great on long trips, excellent on gas and plenty of room for luggage. I've had no mechanical problems with it and it still looks super. It is ...
I've owned a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe for two years. It does great on long trips, excellent on gas and plenty of room for luggage. I've had no mechanical problems with it and it still looks super. It is a very solid SUV.
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Super SUV

by from Kansas on November 21, 2008

I purchased this sporty looking SUV new. I love how it handles and the gas milage is OK. Have never had any mechanical problems Love the 100,000 warranty too. I think Hyundai is starting to top the li...
I purchased this sporty looking SUV new. I love how it handles and the gas milage is OK. Have never had any mechanical problems Love the 100,000 warranty too. I think Hyundai is starting to top the line of good,reliable vehicles.
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Best car ever. We traded in an MBZ S class

by from Southern California on December 29, 2006

We bought the top of the line 2005 LX AWD with the big 3.5L V6 engine. This is a jewel of a car. We traded a $60,000 S class MBZ and this is better for our purposes. It compares favorably with our dau...
We bought the top of the line 2005 LX AWD with the big 3.5L V6 engine. This is a jewel of a car. We traded a $60,000 S class MBZ and this is better for our purposes. It compares favorably with our daughter's BMW X5. We drive it up to the mountains to ski in the winter and tow our boat in the summer. It's great! The lower grade model (GLS, 2.7L V6, 2WD) is very poor by comparison! Don't confuse them. The LX has all the luxury features and handles great in the snow on curves. It's very quiet and powerful and extremely reliable. We've had absolutely no problem at all. It rides like a large luxury sedan on the highway with plenty of passing power at high (90+) speed. This car is Korea's flagship vehicle and they were out to prove they're competitive with cars costing much more.
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Average Styling - Reliable Ride

by from Williamsport, PA on July 20, 2013

Purchased my 2005 Santa Fe as it fit the storage and hauling capacity required by my wife. Everywhere we go, at least one service dog and a wheelchair tag along. The Santa Fe offers sufficient room to...
Purchased my 2005 Santa Fe as it fit the storage and hauling capacity required by my wife. Everywhere we go, at least one service dog and a wheelchair tag along. The Santa Fe offers sufficient room to allow a us to take all three large dogs to grandma's if needed. Additionally, I purchased a roof bag to haul that which just won't fit. The roof rack has been a boon on many occasions. The interior will allow for four adults to sit comfortably, but the service dog gets second rate status in the rear storage area. Unfortunately, we purchased the V-6 3.5L in a front wheel drive, so I don't get to comment on the AWD abilities. My wife loves the heated seats and has gotten to use the traction control and ABS several times. We purchased it used, as a clean one-owner 32K model from the local Hyundai dealer. Now with 100K, I should say that I am very pleased at the low maintenance requirements. It has used several brake sets and is due for another. The 3.5L offers plenty of power and is more than willing to spin the drive wheels if one isn't careful with the accelerator. This entry level ride is just that, but has suited our needs. The paint is starting to chip in a few spots, especially on the bumpers. At least plastic doesn't rust. Maintenance - As I change oil, rotate tires, and do brake jobs myself, it has been a cheap car to own. Recently, at 90K I have started to pay for this as several trips to the dealer finally sorted a running issue that cropped up. Throttle body replaced, for $1K was pretty steep and the last three months have been around $3K cumulatively. Don't you know, the cost assessment light is on again on the dash. I hope that these issues aren't the start of the turning point in our relationship.
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Does recommend this car!!

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SUV I've always wanted

by from Ruston LA on July 1, 2010

Lots of room, confortable and great design. Traded in a small sports car with 5 speed and got a SUV with automatic.
Lots of room, confortable and great design. Traded in a small sports car with 5 speed and got a SUV with automatic.
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Reliable car at a reliable price!

by from Manchester, NH on October 12, 2006

I think this car is the best car choice I have ever made, AWD, ABS reliable SUV!!! The exterior and interior of this car is outstanding. I have been to two of the Hyundai dealerships and they both hav...
I think this car is the best car choice I have ever made, AWD, ABS reliable SUV!!! The exterior and interior of this car is outstanding. I have been to two of the Hyundai dealerships and they both have very nice staff!
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Warranty ?

by from ny on May 24, 2009

Terrible gas mileage on 2.7L GLS. Vehicle has had major starting issues and has only 36k miles. Has been to hyundai dealers(2) 3 times neither can figure out problem. Hyundai has made no attempt to ma...
Terrible gas mileage on 2.7L GLS. Vehicle has had major starting issues and has only 36k miles. Has been to hyundai dealers(2) 3 times neither can figure out problem. Hyundai has made no attempt to make ammends , have not offered a loaner car until they can find why car won't start. Having the best warranty doesn't mean much when they won't honor it.
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Does not recommend this car

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