2007 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV GLS 4dr SUV w/XM (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
This car was passed down to us from my grandparents, then to my parents, now us. It was originally purchased as a grocery/errands car and now is our everyday driver. This car is fantastic. Never had any major problems. Just one, our sunroof wind deflector came loose and we had that fixed by the dealer. We purchased a brand new 2012 Mazda Cx-7 with similar options minus leather and this car blows it out of the water. More power, better gas MPG, seat warmers are warmer. My daughter has much more room and it has much better trunk space. The Mazda has been nothing but issues since 30k miles. We are at 93k on the Hyundai with NO problems. Buy Hyundai it is totally worth it!
Reliability. Leather. Heated seats. Trunk space. Roof rack. Sunroof is bigger than the Cx-7. Loading this car is much easier than our Cx-7, the Cx-7 is awkward for bigger objects. Build quality for interior is 4 stars! Hyundai is much better than I ever imagined. Love the car as a whole. Will probably stick to Hyundai for our SUV choices and Volvo for our car choices until I retire. Also get the rubber mats that are made for this car, saves the carpet from getting muddy from days at the park, ball field etc. Car has seen trips to my grandparents mountain home, and the family beach house. Great road trip car, COMFORT and Gas MPG for an SUV. Also, adjustable headrest that move forward!
Our Remote keyless is starting to age, sadly because the car has seen so much use. We will have to replace both soon. Also, the front grille chipped very oddly revealing chrome. I was happy to see that there was chrome underneath so I took the paint off all of it to find that now we have a beautiful chrome grille that looks even better than when the Sport Ute was new! Hyundai is like wine the older the company gets the more beautiful the cars have become. Our next SUV will come from Hyundai because they also stand behind their products. Remember stay away from Mazda nothing but problems after the warranty is gone. Hope this review helps someone!
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV GLS 4dr SUV AWD (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
I bought my 2007 Santa Fe in 2010 when it had 58xxx miles. It now has 166xxx miles. I've never reviewed a car so I'm going to throw it all out there. The car is a stud, I've had it through winters in both Colorado and New York. The AWD is exceptional and even in 2 feet+ of snow the vehicle pulls like a beast, even with the smaller engine. I've been stuck in a snowstorm pulling a 5x10 uhaul trailer and buzzed right passed all the stranded vehicles. I have the 3rd row seating model and it has been perfect for all my kids. I added a Phillips rear entertainment system and it wired in easily. Also replaced the head unit with a Sony Bluetooth/XM model.
The rear (middle row) seats recline slightly in increments, makes it easier to get the car seats into a good position. The ride is comfortable even on cross country trips. Road noise is minimal. Electronics have been top notch (except the tpms sensor, what car does that thing work on??..). Towing capacity is good for a vehicle this size and I get about 17 mpg around town and 22 hwy. I saw some of these other reviews and thought man!, they must of got a lemon. The car has been great for me, reasonably priced when I bought it. I'd buy one again in a heart beat. Looking around out in Colorado it seems a lot of other buyers feel the same!
The car eats brakes pretty quick, about every ~35k miles. About $100-500 each time. The fuel sensor went out around 70K miles. I just go tank to tank based on mileage. The purge valve started messing up a little before that making it hard to start after fueling. I replaced the valve when I did the serp belt, t-belt/w-pump to the tune of $1k. I've had 2 sets of tires on it, Contis and Goodyears ($1250), about to buy more Goodyears. I replaced the rear shocks (struts) at 85k for $500. The headlights and fog light bulbs are absolutely horrible. I usually get 4-6 months out of a bulb, they are easy to change though.
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
Driveshafter broke at 134,000, which pulled the ball joint out of the right front wheel, throwing a piece of metal into the serpentine belt, breaking it.
The right front tire fell off.
Thankfully, I was driving thru a parking lot when all this happened.
Earlier I was going down I-70 at 70 mph.
There is a recall for 2013 driveshaft breaking but Hyundai doesn't want to admit there is a problem with the driveshaft.
It doesn't just break.
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV GLS 4dr SUV AWD w/XM (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
Very disappointed with the car. Too many problems way too many. fuel sender unit at 60 K CC converter at 89
fuel pump 120
the reliability is not there
everything is "its out of warranty" bottom line is no more hyundais and they cover nothing since nothing goes wrong in warranty.
and when it does you have to fight like a dog
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV GLS 4dr SUV AWD w/XM (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
... at the worst possible time... in the worst possible way. I chose this car mainly on Hyundai's good reputation and was convinced it would be durable. These are important things when choosing a used vehicle. 5 months and 6K miles in, the transmission went and cost me 3.5K to fix. Not what I had in mind when I spent $11,5K on it! I've had good ownership experience of VWs, Toyotas and Hondas in the past and while you have to maintain and keep up, none of them let me down, so the Hyundai is on its own. If you're considering it as an alternative to a CRV/RAV4/ Highlander/Pilot/Forester don't, this car cannot pretend to be anywhere near of these. If you really must pay $2K for a dealer warranty
Interior and exterior design and layout are well thought through and aesthetically pleasing. The vehicle has plenty of room for a family and all the stuff that a family lugs around. The rear seats fold flat but also to 90 degrees giving you good packing options for your cargo. The blue lighting on the dash and in the cabin gives it a bit of class. It's a bit of a hunk but body control is good, and the vehicle does not wallow and lean in bends. Off road and in snow it behaves pretty well.
The GLS base model is really spartan. No temp gauge inside or out, no ipod connectivty (and forget about trying to use an FM transmitter), no trip computer, many of the plastics in the cabin feel cheap and hard and the steering wheel even has rough edges... Head-rests are at an awkward angle compromising your seating position, gas mileage is very so-so 17-20 MPG in the real world with conservative relaxed driving. The auto transmission only has four gears and is slow and dim witted. The stereo needs to be better...