2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Consumer Review: engine knock and random codes

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe - Consumer Review

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Sport 2.0T 4dr SUV (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Automatic)

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engine knock and random codes
By bigal78 on


2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)


Bought 2013 in January 2014. One week later heard knocking in the engine, took it to dealer was told that the GDI engines make this noise, normal. 2 weeks later took it back as knocking is not normal and there has been numerous reported engine failures with same noise, vehicle throws random emission codes which there is a tsb for but not all dealers know this so I have to put up with a defective SF. I loved it at first but that ended within 3 weeks. I think the 6 cylinders are more reliable than the 4's. Traded in for SF XL limited, has the 6 cylinder. Update Feb 2017; the SF xl limited has performed excellent.

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By rmcbain
on 05/26/14 12:33 PM (PDT)

I agree that the V6 is a much better engine. I had a 2007 Santa Fe with a V6 and never had one issue with it. It also got better gas mileage than the 2013 4 cylinder turbo

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By bigal78
on 02/21/14 07:12 AM (PST)

Brought it to dealer 3 times for engine knock. Sent audio recording then video recording. Service manager states he heard knock on video but when I brought it in to have fixed the knock mysteriously disappeared and they will not fix it or honor the warranty. Nice. Now left with no choice but to trade it in for a reliable vehicle and/or find another service department.

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