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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Air Conditioning Recall Service

April 23, 2014

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

We recently serviced our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe for its 15,000-mile routine items. At that visit Cerritos Hyundai special-ordered parts to complete an air-conditioning blower motor campaign and to replace a front-door trim piece. A few days after our visit, the parts arrived. And the other day we scheduled an appointment for their installation...

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Loose Rearview Mirror

April 10, 2014

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

The rearview mirror on our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is loose. Not sure how long it's been like this, but when you grab the mirror to make an adjustment, it rocks back and forth slightly in your hand, without actually changing the adjustment.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: 15,000-mile Service

March 27, 2014

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

We had a handful of items requiring attention by the time our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe requested its 15,000-mile service. Despite finding three dealerships within 10 miles of our office, we traveled 40 miles to Cerritos Hyundai, as it was the most convenient locale at the time. This visit introduced us to a service center first...

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Overlapping Doors at Curbside

January 29, 2014

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

In the past we've stated the benefits of the rockerless, narrow-sill overlapping doors on our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. Their many advantages include: always-clean sills that won't transfer winter slush or spring mud onto your pant leg upon entry or exit; easier entry for those who aren't as flexible as they once were because they can stand a couple inches closer to the seat; and just plain good looks.

There is a downside, and it can crop up when taking on passengers at the curb. If the curb is very high the passenger door may make outright contact as it swings open. This isn't exclusive to this door design, but there can be no doubt these bottom edges are lower. There's a greater chance of curbside interference.

The mild damage shown above came from a lesser version of this scenario in which the curb itself is low enough to clear but not the lawn behind, which is oftentimes mounded higher. High-crowned roads don't help because they add in a dose of vehicle lean that tips the opening door toward the waiting grass.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Airport Parking Oil Change

November 12, 2013

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

The maintenance required light was on when I drove our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe home from the office. How long had that been the case? No idea. I was rotating into the car from something else.

The oil needed to be changed as soon as I could manage it, but I was heading out of town the next morning. I was flying to Amsterdam, in fact, to sample the new 2014 BMW i3 electric car. I'd be gone four days.

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