2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I bought my 2010 Santa Fe V6, full option, last year. I've been having problems from the start. I noticed a violent jerk and sounded like my transmission fell off. I took it in to the dealer but they couldn't find anything wrong. My wife drives the Santa Fe, and the engine shut down on her twice. When we took it to the dealer, he gave us a rental for a week while they test drove it. Again, they didn't find anything wrong with it. Last month, when I was driving, I was making a left turn and when I stepped on the gas, the car was not moving, only the engine revved up. I hope people read this and never buy this crap. I am Korean-American and I will NEVER buy Korean crap again. Thank you.
I am blaiming myself for buying a Hyundai vechnicle. Needless to say the bad transmission and poor mileage that a lot of customers having on this forum, my less than one year old 2010 Sante Fe refuse to start one night, and put me into a cold night waiting for more than 2 hours to have their 24 hr road side assitance to tow my car to a nearest dealship. On the way, the tow truck guy of CAA telling me that he had been faced the same problem lately and feel sorry for me to have a Hynduai with such a nonreliable quality and poor service.
So my advice for everyone who intend to buy a Hyundai vechnicle: Look somewhere else and stay away of it!
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I am so sorry to say, I no longer could live w/ the transmission issues w/ my 2010 sante fe & got rid of it. My initial problems within two months of purchasing: bucking everytime I turned on the car & slamming/thumping into 2nd & 3rd gear w/ slow acceleration and also experienced a hesitation of shifting between 2nd & 3rd. Been to the dealership numerous times & they reset my transmission once. They were able to fix the bucking when the car is turned on. Then took it back for the original problems resurfaced within a few hundred miles. Then they "couldn't duplicate" the issues & told me 'till they can there is nothing for them to do - as if I am making all this up.
Stand behind your product, if my dealership would have addressed/fixed my issues I would still be driving the car.
Last straw was when my drivers side window started to rattle (like it was gonna break when shutting the door) & I was told "that's how the 2010s are" & they were not going to fix it.
Had this vehicle for a year now, and I really like it. Mileage could be a little better, and one annoyance is that it does not have an outside-temperature gauge. Very nice ride, particularly on the highway, lots of usable interior room, and it handles well. Brake feel is a little soft. Did have a problem with the splines on the intermediate shaft to the transmission shearing at 20,000 km, but was fixed under warranty. Our dealer treated us well, and we have since leased a 2011 Elantra from them.
Comfort, ride, looks.
Make a fuel consumption computer gauge and an outside-temperature gauge standard. The Elantra has these, and it costs $10,000 less.
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
So far I am very satisfied with my Santa Fe. It has been very smooth, quiet and efficient (as long as I am not mashing on the gas) and my current peak was 27.2mph. I average about 23 combined which is what I expected and is decent for AWD, the heat in S. Florida, and traffic. The ride height and visability are very helpful for observing the road. The turning radius is excellent! The AWD system really helps when its wet. I have no experience in the snow currently living in Miami, Fl, but bought this with the intentions of moving to D.C.
After doing some research I found that the AWD system is designed by BorgWarner and is the ITM3e which is the same one used by Acura's MDX SH-AWD and the Porsche 911 Twin Turbo...Google it!!!
I have not read about the plagued tranny problems those are having. Granted I only have 12k miles on the vehicle.
Ipod adaptor (must have for me), bluetooth, steering wheel controls are all nice, but my favorite features are in the back. The back seats actually recline which is nice for long trips. There is additional storage in the trunk. It measures about 28"x18"x12" which is handy for emergency or for me, camping gear. Also a second small one there right by the hatch for more smaller things.
I do hear a small clunking occasionally from the rear passenger side. It might actually be tools or something shifting though. Acceleration isn't the best from 45-70, but after all I did choose the I-4, and I am coming from BMWs. Off the line though, it jumps off pretty quick which is very good in traffic.
The biggest improvement would be more instrument panel dimming when the head/side marker lights are off. Even the lowest setting is too bright. I just leave the side markers and/or the headlights on. Also, I wish it had 4 window automatic down/up as it only has that feature on the driverside door.