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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe - Consumer Reviews

2005 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Decent vehicle
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By Erick Yarnell
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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe LX Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Been happy with it. No issues


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I recommend this SUV for active professionals
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Steve
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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Powerful v6 with quick take off & great 3500 hauling capapability. I haul a trailer with 42 ft boat no problem. The leather seats are firm yet comfortable. Cargo space is just right & roof rack is well designed to adjust quickly to any load. I have owned a Toyota Land Cruiser and I like this smaller SUV better.


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2005 Hyundai Sante Fe -
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By SINGLE MOTHER
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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Kept up on maintenance, short in horn, hitch, driver window. Premature warring tires due to bad springs, replaced AC compressor and AC condenser. Cam sprocket broke, took car to dealership was told need new engine - WRONG! Took car to a second mechanic put the car back together properly and the car runs fine. Replace your cabin filter often. Verify your VIN number to your contract - mine did not match. Gas mileage did not live up to window sticker. REPLACING BACK 3 SPARKS PLUGS YOU NEED TO TAKE THE TOP HALF OF THE ENGINE OFF...


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Will never own another Hyundai
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By MeredithB
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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe LX Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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got this car used from a family member who disclosed all problems, showed car fax etc. I have spent more money on this car than this [non-permissible content removed] is even worth! In 2 years and LESS THAN 18,000 miles put on it myself, I've had nothing but problems. Oxygen sensor $200, mass air flow meter $500, both front axels and ABS sensors $1100, serpentine belt + AC compressor $650, not to mention frequent fuel ups! I take excellent care of this car, always getting regular oil changes and monitoring fluids under the hood. Most recently the car has started to have braking problems where the whole car shakes vigorously (probably my rotors going) as well as the most horrible cranking, whining noise when turning the wheel even in the slightest. I just needed this car to last me through college to get me from A to B; it did that while being unreliable, breaking down every few months, and emptying my broke college student pockets. Will never EVER own another Hyundai.


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Favorite vehicle to date
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By bristol6
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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe LX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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2005 Santa Fe LX AWD. The first car i ever owned was a Hyundai. Since then i owned a BMW, a Dodge, a Mazda, and a Chevy, and I have returned again to Hyundai. My Santa Fe is reliable, capable, comfortable, and relatively easy to maintain. They are fairly common vehicles so parts aren't hard to find. Plenty of space inside, and enough room in the cargo space to stow whatever you want. Folding the back seats down is easy and quick. I put some Toyo All-Terrain tires on mine, and i am comfortable driving it across fields, through mud, snow, ice, and sand. If you're looking for a reliable fun midsize SUV that you can take anywhere, this is your ticket.


Best Features

Easy and fun to drive, and bang-for-your-buck factor.


Worst Features

Maybe another 20 horsepower would do it justice, seems a little sluggish up hills. A low-range gearbox and overdrive would be great options, and considering it is the highest level trip option, I would love to have a moonroof.


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