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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe - Consumer Reviews

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

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SRS Issues Following OCS Recall Fix
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By donmou
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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


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Best SUV for your dollar
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By boxman_okc
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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4dr SUV AWD (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

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.


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Two Years and Still Happy
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Laura
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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 5M)


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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!


Best Features

Great exterior looks, blue dashboard lighting, side mirror defrost, plenty of room


Worst Features

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


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Love the car but....
15 of 78 people found this review helpful
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By santafedriver
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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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I purchased my Santa Fe almost two years ago and I have really enjoyed the car for the entire timeuntil today. The car started jumping forward when I was traveling a low speeds or stopped at a light. A few minutes later, the ESC and oil lights illuminated in the dashboard and the car lost power. Luckily I was just two blocks from home.


Best Features

I love the blue interior lights and find the car very comfortable to drive. Looks great, too!


Worst Features

Fix whatever issue I am encountering! Otherwise the car is awesome!


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Bad Rack and Pinion
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Anthony Lupo
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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 5A)


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Had to replace rack and pinion three times. Also, inside door liners, had to replace rubber twice. For all those who own this vehicle, make sure you have the rack and pinion checked. If the steering wheel doesn't stay straight once it's aligned, it could be your rack and pinion.


Best Features

Besides those two problems, the car seems to be ok.


Worst Features

Company should tell buyers of Hyundai's rack and pinion problems.


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