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Hyundai Santa Fe Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 138 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe

  • Odd design elements aside, the Santa Fe offers a consumer-friendly blend of space, comfort, features, performance and value.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Reasonable price, super warranty, roomy interior, long list of standard features, solid construction.

  • Cons

    Underpowered without the 3.5-liter engine, unusual styling won't please everyone.

  • What's New for 2003

    For 2003, side airbags become standard equipment for every Santa Fe. New this year is Homelink and a Monsoon sound system with a six-CD changer -- these are standard items on the LX, and the audio upgrades are optional for the GLS. There is a newly available 3.5-liter V6 which will be offered in addition to the 2.4-liter inline four and the 2.7-liter V6. The 3.5-liter engine replaces the 2.7-liter unit and is now standard on the LX as is a new five-speed automatic transmission.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
/
  • 25
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I love my santa fe

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I purchased my Santa Fe in 2003, I now have 145,000 miles on it. I replaced the tires at 95,000 and the timing belt at 125,000. My wonderful little SUV sees the dealership only at scheduled maint. as I have not had any problems with it at all. And as my daughter says ... I will drive it until the doors fall off. If I had to purchase another car it would be another Santa Fe!! Very roomy and comfortable on long trips.




First suv

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

After my 93 Corolla had finally had it, I decided to get an SUV. Actually wanted a VW Toureg, but fell in love with the Santa Fe since I could actually afford it. Had one issue a few months after purchase, was able to work around it and get it fixed (something with a valve in the fuel system). Being in northern MN, I do wish I would have gotten one that was 4WD or AWD. Drives well, and being almost 6 ft, I feel comfortable in it and in the back. Seats fold down nicely. Have used the roof racks for skis and for a luggage, went nicely. Power sun roof, very nice. I was very excited that it had a cassette player(my iPod connects easily) AC is very cold. Cruise work easily. Lots of storage inside




I luv it!!!

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I have driven lots of cars/trucks/suvs in my years as a car owner. I would buy this SUV again in a heartbeat. I drive 100 miles a day just back and forth to work. The only thing I have had to do is tires, breaks, and normal maintenance required for the warranty. (timing belt, tensioner @ 60,000) I get GREAT gas mileage (26-26 mpg) considering the weight of Santa Fe. My mother bought herself a Santa Fe 6 months after I got mine, and loves hers as well. I would recommend this SUV to anybody, and have. Well worth every penny.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Never buy another one

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I brought my Sante Fe two years ago in 2004. It was ok at first and then at 27,000 mies the clutch started to stick. It would lock up in 2nd gear. Well, I took it to the dealership and thet were supposed to fixin the problem. Well guess what! One month later when I got it back it ran smoothly for 2 weeks now I'm havin the same problem again after they claim to hav replaced the Transmission, well in addition to that! I've spent 300 dollars on tires not to mention the brakes has some issues! All I have to say is I'm done with Hyundai! I will either trade it or get rid of it!!!!!




The hyundai xperiment

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

The feel of the Santa Fe is very comfortable and smooth, sleek SUV and great on power. Havent been a owner for a long time, but the experience is great so far.




2003 santa fe base

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I have tested and drove almost all the SUV's, except for the real expensive, over $40,000, nothing compares. The RAV- 4 was like driving a bus. The CRV was very narrow inside and was not comfortable to drive more than a few miles. The Santa Fe has superior room and drives better. The drive is good.



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Full 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

What's New for 2003

For 2003, side airbags become standard equipment for every Santa Fe. New this year is Homelink and a Monsoon sound system with a six-CD changer -- these are standard items on the LX, and the audio upgrades are optional for the GLS. There is a newly available 3.5-liter V6 which will be offered in addition to the 2.4-liter inline four and the 2.7-liter V6. The 3.5-liter engine replaces the 2.7-liter unit and is now standard on the LX as is a new five-speed automatic transmission.

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Talk About The 2003 Santa Fe

2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Discussions See all Started By

matthewhwolf
matthewhwolf
03-18-2014
I'm interested in buying a used year 2010 - 2012 mid-sized SUV and I'm trying to decide between a Hyundai Santa Fe and a Toyota Highlander. I'm looking for it to have around 20K - 30K miles or so. I'v...


rivrav
rivrav
03-27-2007
What is the transmission capacity for a 2003 Santa Fe with a 3.5 liter engine and what type of fluid is needed? I cannot find the manual. Thanks....


econn1
econn1
08-01-2007
I just had my 2003 Santa Fe serviced and the climate control got set to Celsius. I looked in the manual and I only have information for the manual controls, not the automatic. Cna anybody tell me ho...



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