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Hyundai Santa Fe Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.7 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 173 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

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
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  • 24
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great value for its time

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe LX Fwd 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

Bought the LX for my wife in Nov 2002. She is 5'2" and loves it. I am 6'2" and it is great around town, bit of a challenge on all-day drives. Been to Colorado skiing in 2x and it is great in the mountains. MPG could be more, but the feds killed it with crappy ethanol (insane idea to use food for fuel). Get 18 or 19 mpg around town, stop and go. Interstate driving nets 26+ at 70-80mph. (Ours is the 4 spd auto.) Downside has been recent - right side lock is failing. The radio is poor on AM (had the antenna replaced once) and the radio display is on/off intermittently. I've used all BG products and done careful maintenance - Santa Fe should go to 150K easily.




My white 2003 fwd lx

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe LX Fwd 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

I thought that after living with a car for 5 years since being purchased brand new it would be a good assessment of how it would perform day in and day out. In one word "excellent". The only things I've done besides normal maintenance were to change the battery & the license plate lights! Even the BF Goodrich tires managed to hold up with tread left at 77,000 but I figure it was time to replace them with another set. I managed about 25mpg overall but admit not to being a fast driver. The only wear and tear was the paint for some reason coming off of all the 5 doorhandles. I would guess the paint is on the thin side. Would I do it all over again? Without a doubt, I love this car!




No problems with my santa

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe LX Fwd 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

I bought my Hyundai new as my first car and other than routine oil changes and 30 and 60,000 mile services....I have had no problems at all. It runs great and drives well in all types of weather conditions. I would love to get a newer one, I love the new body style better.




Lots of extras however, they

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe LX Fwd 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

At 101K miles I had the following problems: The ignition failed on the care at 70k I had that replaced. The radio failed. The left side window had to be replaced. My keyless entry paid rusted out. They said it fell in the water. Other then that it has been normal stuff.




2003 lx santa fe fwd

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe LX Fwd 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

I was first leary of buying another Hyundai since we've owned an 1989 and 1993 Sonata that were problem childs. The long warranty brought me back as well as leasing incase I wanted to walk away. I am here to tell all that we have had excellent reliability average about 22 to 23 in mixed driving and close to 26 on highway driving at 75MPG. The 2.7 V6 engine seems stronger at greater speeds. I think it's because of being a 24 valve engine. The stereo is great, the cargo capacity is excellent. We still have the original tires. Two drawbacks: The timing belt and spark plugs need to be changed at 60000. Plugs require dealer to change at a cost of $250 because of a design flaw with intake.




Bang for buck

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe LX Fwd 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

I have had my sante fe for over three years. In that time, I have had virtually no problems. I think that the quality is good, the ride is smooth and the price is right.



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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

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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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