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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Kept up on maintenance, short in horn, hitch, driver window. Premature warring tires due to bad springs, replaced AC compressor and AC condenser. Cam sprocket broke, took car to dealership was told need new engine - WRONG! Took car to a second mechanic put the car back together properly and the car runs fine. Replace your cabin filter often. Verify your VIN number to your contract - mine did not match. Gas mileage did not live up to window sticker. REPLACING BACK 3 SPARKS PLUGS YOU NEED TO TAKE THE TOP HALF OF THE ENGINE OFF...
2005 Hyundai Santa Fe LX Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
got this car used from a family member who disclosed all problems, showed car fax etc. I have spent more money on this car than this [non-permissible content removed] is even worth! In 2 years and LESS THAN 18,000 miles put on it myself, I've had nothing but problems. Oxygen sensor $200, mass air flow meter $500, both front axels and ABS sensors $1100, serpentine belt + AC compressor $650, not to mention frequent fuel ups! I take excellent care of this car, always getting regular oil changes and monitoring fluids under the hood. Most recently the car has started to have braking problems where the whole car shakes vigorously (probably my rotors going) as well as the most horrible cranking, whining noise when turning the wheel even in the slightest. I just needed this car to last me through college to get me from A to B; it did that while being unreliable, breaking down every few months, and emptying my broke college student pockets. Will never EVER own another Hyundai.
2005 Hyundai Santa Fe LX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
2005 Santa Fe LX AWD. The first car i ever owned was a Hyundai. Since then i owned a BMW, a Dodge, a Mazda, and a Chevy, and I have returned again to Hyundai. My Santa Fe is reliable, capable, comfortable, and relatively easy to maintain. They are fairly common vehicles so parts aren't hard to find. Plenty of space inside, and enough room in the cargo space to stow whatever you want. Folding the back seats down is easy and quick. I put some Toyo All-Terrain tires on mine, and i am comfortable driving it across fields, through mud, snow, ice, and sand. If you're looking for a reliable fun midsize SUV that you can take anywhere, this is your ticket.
Easy and fun to drive, and bang-for-your-buck factor.
Maybe another 20 horsepower would do it justice, seems a little sluggish up hills. A low-range gearbox and overdrive would be great options, and considering it is the highest level trip option, I would love to have a moonroof.
2005 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Fwd 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
Our Santa Fe was bought used and now has 102,000 miles on it. The
2.7 liter is underpowered but gets great gas mileage. There are a few design flaws such as the third brake light hanging in the rear window, and the back 3 spark plugs are under the intake manifold, changing them is expensive and a pain. the last thing is the drivers seat does not go back far enough for taller drivers.
Drivers seat having more leg room and placing the third brake light into the sheet metal so its out of the way.
2005 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS AWD 4dr SUV (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
The 2.7 liter V-6 is underpowered, and not good for towing at all. This suv revs high when you want to accelerate quickly, like out of a toll both for example. The interior is compact and not roomy for taller people at all. And I am 5'7". The seats do not go back far enough for the driver and passenger....that's the Biggest complaint. The seats are very uncomfortable as well. Limited rear storage area. I had a 05 Chevy Silverado before the Sante Fe, I switched thinking our kids would have more room...big mistake.
I live in snow country, and this is by far the worst vehicle I have ever driven in the snow. Who ever says 4x4 and all-wheel drive are the same are sadly mistaken. By American.
Dependability. Reliability. Compact design. Easy to maintain. I like the side window defrosters alot. Handles well in the rain, and horribly in the snow.
More leg room, and better full economy. Its roughly a 17 gallon tank and if pushed to the max will only get you 300 miles on a tank full. The two-tone paint is ugly. The Big Reflectors on the rear bumper =s Ugly. Handles terribly in the snow