2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
Owned the car brand new for about 7 years now and so far it has been good to us. A few recalls were taken care of warranty but one major repair expense outside of warranty was the rack and pinion ($1k/incld labor) since it was leaking heavily from the passenger side. Also, there are traces of oil leaking from the head valve gaskets after 90k. Regular oil maintenance for both engine and transmission have been done religiously according to recommended intervals. I'm expecting to pay another $1k @100k for spark plug and valve cover gasket replacement work. It seems that these cars were designed to crap out after warranty and when you're done paying off the loan...SMH
-3rd row seat and DVD player for the kids and extended family & friends that ride along.
-Gas mileage for a SUV
Better quality auto parts that would keep up with its competitors that are known to last for a very long time (i.e. Toyota & Honda)
2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.3L 6cyl 5A)
I purchased this vehicle used and by far my favorite. I have owned all types of vehicles and this is by far my favorite in terms of performance and luxury. My girlfriend has a BMW X3 and the Hyundai compares in terms of luxury and performance. In fact if you look at the specs the two vehicles are almost identical. The only difference is the BMW feels "tighter" steering wise.
Overall plenty of power and luxury. The seats are comfortable and the ride is extremely smooth and quiet. Getting about 20.7 mpg in primarily suburban driving and over 25 on a long trip to and from the Jersey shore.
The ride, performance, and luxury. The leather seats are comfortable. The heated feature is fantastic and love that the backseat reclines and the "trunk" in the back.
The only feature I wish it had was auto locking doors when the vehicle is put in drive.
2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV GLS 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
The vehicle was serviced June 2013 for the following recalls: SRS PODS and Stop Lamp Switch Replacement.
After the recalibration of the SRS PODS system, the Airbag (AIR) warning lamp in the dashboard remained on.
The front seat belt tensioner was replaced free of charge, but 9 months later the
AIR light came on again and the entire seat needs to be replaced at a cost of $2400 plus tax and labor.
I never had any problems with the SRS system until after the recallibration of the SRS PODS system.
Prior to this, the transmission and Hydraulic Brake Control Unit were replaced in 2009. The noise thought to be the transmission (prob. valves) went away around 50,000 miles.
2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV GLS 4dr SUV AWD (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
IMO this is the best SUV you can get for the money, especially if buying used. The cargo capacity is outstanding, including generous under-floor storage, the ride is very quiet, the mileage is surprisingly good (no worse than my previous Honda CR-V - a much smaller and noisier vehicle). With the Santa Fe you get the feeling of a refined, almost luxurious vehicle but with a bargain pricetag.
AWD works outstanding in the snow.
Vehicle is very quiet.
Cabin style, quality & design is very nice (cool blue accent lighting looks great at night).
Cargo capacity - very generous; seats fold completely flat, unusually large under-floor storage area.
Best below-deck cargo space of any SUV that I've looked at.
Good MPG for a vehicle of this size (averaging 20MPG with mostly city driving, have gotten up to 26MPG on road trips).
Excellent safety ratings.
Great visibility - lacking in many modern SUV's.
Replace the hard plastic dash with a soft touch material.
An auxillary audio jack (for hooking up your phone or mp3 player) would have been nice.
2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV GLS 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 5M)
We've had this vehicle for almost two years now (48,000 KM) and still love it. It looks great and we've had zero service issues with it thus far. The only two small issues that we have with it would be the not-too-great gas mileage and a bizarre 'helicopter' type sound in the car if one rear window is open when there are no others open - strange problem, but we quickly learned not to do that! We are still very happy with the vehicle and have since recommended it to others who have also bought a Santa Fe!
Great exterior looks, blue dashboard lighting, side mirror defrost, plenty of room
Improved gas mileage; Would have been nice to be able to slide the whole rear bench backwards when needed to give extra leg room to back seat passengers