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Tranmission
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By disgruntled27
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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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I am into my 3rd transmission for a car that is 4 years old and 30,000 miles. Dealer cannot explain why my car keeps destroying the transmissions. But when engaging my car into gear there is a delay and then bangs into gear. I am totally disgusted and am getting rid of this car. I will never recommend this car to anyone.


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A very solid vehicle
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By cam36
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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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Mine is a Limited, FWD. Bought in June of 2010. Just turned 37,000 miles. Runs great. Nice power and handling. 20-22 mpg combined winter and summer--all right for v-6 w 276hp. Has been completely reliable thus far with absolutely no mechanical issues at all! The only complaints I have are the road noise at highway speeds and its sensitivity in acceleration from a standstill, it wants to jump right out there...not much room for finesse. If you need to floor it to pass or maneuver, it takes a noticeable lapse of time where it does nothing ( like a turbo hesitating before it kicks in) and then it snaps to and takes off. Aside from these things, it's been a great vehicle.


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Very Decent If Purchased Correctly
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By bobbichen
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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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This is a medium term follow up. I have owned this unit about 6 months with about 5k miles on it. Simply put, I went in with low expectations but it is growing on me. I had the issues with the transmission like many. Three trips to the dealer (flash upgrades and a fluid refill due to a dealer mistake) followed by disconnecting the battery for 30 seconds (computer reset) finally sorted it out. Now the vehicle drives smoothly with only an occasional missed shift. Mediocre MPG (about 16 to 18 city). All around, though, for the price (purchased at wholesale) it is hard to beat.


Best Features

Storage compartments in the rear are very handy. Seats are comfy. Engine power level is good and after unplugging the battery (computer reset) the throttle response is more linear. Vehicle is attractive inside and out. Though there are a ton of Santa Fes on the road the Limiteds have different (nicer) alloy wheels that tend to distinguish them.


Worst Features

Transmission is a bit of a weak spot. I suspect a recall will come sooner or later. Unit is almost a bit overpowered. 225 to 235 would be a better level for this size of unit and would help improve gas mileage. Stereo speakers are low quality. A few more dollars in that area would drastically improve sound quality. Factory tires were absolute junk in wet/snow (Bridgestone Dualler) IMHO. I changed out for Michelin XV4s ($1000) and ride quality and traction vastly improved immediately. Factory tires are part of the harsh ride in my experience.


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Transmission problem
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By coho
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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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In the first 2k we experienced a thump almost all the time the vehicle was started in park. Dealer said it was a sticky valve and they replaced the transmission. The problem has started again. Dealer has not/cannot fix it. It never happens when a mechanic is in the vehicle. Hyundia Canada do not really admit to that there is a problem. Offered to leave the vehicle with dealer until they experience the thump. But no they could not do that. Other than this problem the vehicle seems fine. Am keeping a log of the thumps even though with a new vehicle you should not have to. Ammunition for when the warranty runs out.


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Six Month Review: Overall Not Bad At All
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By bobbichen
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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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I purchased this as a preowned unit with about 22k on it, last June. Initially, I had transmission issues like most spoke of. I was advised that the upgraded fluid had been installed at build. I had to go through several rounds of software "flash" upgrades before the harsh shifting calmed down. It still is there a bit in 2nd and 3rd, but is much better. Overall, this is a terrible vehicle to buy new but for late model used, purchased at wholesale, it is actually quite good. If the tranny fails I have a five year warranty and I drive about 7.5k a year so I'm not worried about miles. Interior is quite good, stereo very decent, and leather seats are comfy. Gas milege mediocre.


Best Features

Leather seats, stereo, storage compartment in rear floor.


Worst Features

Transmission is rough and this needs to be a focus area. Engine is more powerful than it needs to be. 210 to 220 hp would be fine for most purposes and would improve mileage. Vehicle is a bit overpowered with a 275 hp V6 like some others in this general category (including Rav 4). Stereo speakers are a weak point with Hyundai in my opinion. A few extra dollars in this area would yield big improvements in sound quality most likely.


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