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The Santa Fe is a well-equipped and pleasant car-based SUV that rides comfortably and quietly. It also has a refined powertrain and a nicely finished cabin. Handling is not particularly agile, though secure. Further, weight takes a toll on acceleration and fuel economy, plus interior volume is less roomy than it might appear to be on the outside. A tip-up in government rollover tests is cause for concern.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2005. Side air bags standard from 2003. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2007.
Road Test

The Santa Fe is a well-equipped and pleasant car-based SUV that rides comfortably and quietly. It also has a refined powertrain and a nicely finished cabin. Handling is not particularly agile, though secure. Further, weight takes a toll on acceleration and fuel economy, plus interior volume is less roomy than it might appear to be on the outside. A tip-up in government rollover tests is cause for concern.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (138 hp)
  • 2.7-liter V6 (173 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (200 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Rubber trim around the front hood”

Philip R., NY (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“My car's paint looks horrible, but it gets me where I need to go”

Anonymous, TN (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Clear coat began peeling off of roof, hood and tops of fenders. Underlying paint began fading, too”

Tom S., IL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

“Large ares where the paint has worn away”

Anonymous, TX (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

“Clearcoat is peeling on the hood, fenders and roof, exposing the paint underneath which is now fading. The dealer and manufaturer refuse to accept this is a defect. I have never had any vehicle, regardless of age, have this problem. And I have see”

Art A., NJ (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

“Paint is peeling on the hood, under the racks on top of vehicle. Sides of SUV look good”

Victor M., VA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

“drivers side paint peeling”

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

“Paint is peeling, fading and cracking off of outside mirrors and back door handles”

Mark L., WA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

“paint is chipping, and fading in many areas”

Frank G., NY (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.7-L V6)

“Clear coat started peeling off. Leaving base coat unprotected and dull. Needs a complete paint job!”

Anonymous, IL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

“the color of the car is red and it is just starting to fade in a few places”

Alfred R., FL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

“Pewter Gray: The paint on the hood and sides of the vehicle is down to the primer. The rails between the windows on the sides of the vehicle are rusted. The paint has severely faded, chalked, cracked and peeled the last two years”

Kathryn S., FL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“paint is fading, cracking, fading”

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“paint flaking on side view mirrors and on hood”

Anonymous, CT (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“actual fading and peeling started 3 years ago”

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.7-L V6)

“the paint is oxidizing on the top and edges making the car appear to be in much worse shape than it is. it is ugly and appears to be in poor repair”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure Unsure)

“Paint is faded over much of the top and sides of the car and has chipped off on the side mirrors. There is one rust spot on the passenger door. This car does sit in the driveway in the sun. It will be expensive to fix the rust and paint”

Gordon D., FL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Rust

“rust is around the rear wheel well”

Philip R., NY (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Rust problem on rear fenders behind the rear wheels”

Anonymous, IA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

“I have rust spot drive side rear quarter panel”

Philip R., NY (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“The coating on the trim around the rear passenger windows has worn away, exposing the metal underneath and causing it to rust. The dealer and manufacturer have refused to address or acknowledge this is a defect”

Art A., NJ (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

“Both the left & right sides of rear body. Rust on rear of wheel opening. (lowest bottom) Almost as if moisture gathered inside the well & stayed there. I've seen the same areas on all Santa Fe's, every where I travel”

Margaret W., IL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“the bolt that holds the spare tire in place underneath car has rusted and unable to hold spare tire in place”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Spots of rust on door, not worth fixing due to the high mileage and age of vehicle”

Anonymous, MA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

“rust above both rear tires in wheel well”

Ken S., IL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

“There is no main body rust. The issue with rust is on the dividers between the windows”

Kathryn S., FL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“rust spots above both rear wheel wells on rear quarter panels”

Anonymous, CT (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“One spot on the back passenger door at the base of the window. The paint is still covering the rust but you can see it buckling”

Gordon D., FL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“back wipe rust”

Normand R., QC (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.7-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Power steering fluid leaking”

Anonymous, MA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

“Leak was discovered because of a noise I heard”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

“Purchased with problem mi 108441 - turned out to be heavy leakage. Used 2 part stop leak which as completely stopped the leak for now. May need to replace rack & pump at some point”

John B., CO (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Had a leaky hose that became a broken hose after it was inspected, and it needed to be replaced. Was without car for 3 days”

David S., MN (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Power steering lines leaked within 6 months of repair”

Robert M., PA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure Unsure)

“Replaced leaking hose”

Ken S., OH (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“cannot repair the leaking power steering”

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Sudden and catastrophic failure of power steering hose”

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“power steering line ruptured”

Anonymous, MA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 2.7-L V6)

“normal wear and tear”

Anonymous, IL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

“needed replacing but feel with mileage not out of ordinary”

Frank G., NY (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.7-L V6)

“shocks &struts diminished in function”

Robert D., FL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“replaced twice”

Anonymous, TX (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 2.7-L V6)

“normal wear and tear”

Anonymous, IL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“wheel bearing wore out left front did not replace right front”

Robert D., FL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“Foggy lenses; had both cleaned numerous times”

George H., PA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

“Both headlights went out at the same time. My mechanic thought that was very odd. They seem to be working fine now”

Anonymous, UT (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

“headlights often quit working after a few weeks. I've been told it's an electrical issue that's very expensive to diagnose and fix”

Mark L., WA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

“The alarm that tells you that you left your headlights on malfunctioned, and headlights were left on in the airport parking lot. Car was dead when returned from trip”

Sherri B., OH (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Unsure)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“intermittent brakelight”

Anonymous, FL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Brake lights would not work”

Anonymous, MO (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

“Left Tail light keeps failing. Don't know why”

Joe S., SC (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Warning lights

“Problems with 102 sensors”

Anonymous, WI (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 2.7-L V6)

“This again was traced to an electrical problem requiring replacement of the electrical harness”

Anonymous, MA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)
Clock

“The clock works of and on now”

Anonymous, UT (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

“Would not work”

Anonymous, OH (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 2.7-L V6)
Gauges

“Engine tachometer would stop working from time to time. Dealer traced it to an electrical problem requiring a new electrical harness”

Anonymous, MA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“All lights went out on the control panel, below the cassette/radio (fan, air direction & heat knobs) a few years after purchase.Not covered by warranty & quoted a very expensive repair, due to labor costs. (pulling the dash board out) Never repaired”

Margaret W., IL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Remote would not open door, and electrical door locks from inside would not work. Short in junction box”

Anonymous, OH (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 2.7-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“had to replace alternator belt, timing belt, accessory belts, water pump”

Amy L., WI (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

“N/A”

Anonymous, FL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“even after having full scheduled maintenance by Hyundai, the car idles rough, bought back to dealer and another car place, no one can find why car idles rough”

Anonymous, CT (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

“N/A”

Anonymous, FL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Comes from the top of motor”

Anonymous, KY (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“gasket leak”

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

“leaks near the front tires due to rough road conditions”

W L., CT (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.7-L V6)
Engine computer

“engine light and airbag emergency, go on and off, if I hit a pot hole.Had car checked and serviced, get issue solved, hit another pot hole , then lights go back on”

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

“Had to replace the gas tank due to leaking”

Ken S., OH (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“there is a leak in my fuel tank”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace the gas tank as it rusted through even though gas tank cover looked new”

Amy L., WI (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“We live in the Northeastern area of the U.S. and because of the snow and salt the fuel tank suffered from rust to the point that it started to corrode and leaked gas fumes in the SUV resulting in the fuel tank being replaced”

Tony B., PA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Seams like the brakes do not last”

Anonymous, NH (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

“Right rear brake wears out quickly down to the screech pad”

Thomas E., NY (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace them twice”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“Replaced all rotors several roughly every 18,000 miles since car was purchased new”

George H., PA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

“Rotors keep failing”

P C., TX (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“We had the brakes fixed because of LOUD squealing about 1.5 years ago. It would be fine for about a month, and then commence again. The mechanic finally figured out the new rotors had rusted; fortunately, they were still under warranty”

Jayna M., OH (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

“Had the rotors and brake pads replace per the dealer”

Anonymous, MD (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

“Just regular driving, nothing special”

Tony S., GA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure Unsure)

“We live in the Northeastern area of the U.S. and because of the snow and salt the parking brake has rusted to the point that it is cheaper not to use it rather than have it replaced”

Tony B., PA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

“brake lines rusted and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 2.7-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“The compressor failed and had to be replaced. System was cleaned and hoses were replaced”

David C., AZ (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

“Compressor seals failed”

Cindy W., TX (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

“The AC compressor died completely and we had to have it replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

“Had to be replaced”

William R., KS (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.7-L V6)

“Leaking too much and had to be replaced. Also had to replace the radiator in the past 3 years”

Pete V., NE (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“poorly designed drain system”

Anonymous, MD (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Electrical failure

“Fan motor goes on with system turned off”

Anonymous, NV (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

“condensation build up, stops cooling air”

Anonymous, MD (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“it seems that within a 8-10 month period most of the window and a large part of the door weather stripping gave up”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“weather stripping needed replaceing around front window”

W L., CT (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.7-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“upon starting, a rattling sound comes from the engine area. after driving, a short distance, it disapears. two mechanics could not locate the source, but the car is safe to drive”

Edward P., MD (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Normal old age squeaks”

Anonymous, KY (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Part of having an older - used car. A little noisy but quieter than some other older cars we have had”

John B., CO (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Air or water leaks

“There's a water leak but I find where it is coming from”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“The passages to the system were clogged causing the computer to report a bad EGR. Had to have the passages cleaned but this was not discovered until the chip was replaced twice”

Anonymous, NC (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Erg failed”

Kelly A., BC (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.7-L V6)

“leak in fuel line”

Anonymous, SC (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“oxygen sensor mounted on catalytic converter failed because of electrical short”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“2 or 3 sensors cause engine light to come on; had to replace 1-3 sensors”

Anonymous, MA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Unsure)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“all of them failed”

Albert Z., NJ (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5-L V6)

“Elements of first two converters ending up in the third converter, causing a fail of the entire system, and a loss of power. Cost to repair was almost as much as the value of the car”

Glenn C., NY (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

“heat shield rusted out and dropped onto drive shaft. Replacement is taking a long time”

Anonymous, IA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Muffler

“Muffler was causing loud noise and needed to be replaced due to age-related normal wear and tear”

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.7-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“A loud noise on the left side of the vehicle when I either go forward or put in reverse”

Anonymous, NV (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure Unsure)
Slipping transmission

“The automatic transmission was slipping and loosing fluid. I used a 2 part "transmission fix" to keep it running. I have used this 2 separate times and it is holding for the moment - after a number of months”

Anonymous, CO (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“I hear a loud knock or bang on the left side when I either back up or go forward”

Anonymous, NV (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure Unsure)

“The vehicle jumps through two or three surges when put in drive. Like it is bucking then it smooths out”

Thomas E., NY (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“One window won't work from driver control but does work at local control”

Ken S., IL (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

“Latches were all replaced. Due to latches started to peal, and become sharp. My granddaughter hand got cut badly from latches”

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“driver side lock sticks will not open all the time have to use manual key to get in to car. have to lock manual with hand on button because push button to lock all doors does not work for driver door all the time”

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.7-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“stopped working”

Anonymous, MA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

“The player will not release a CD, so the player cannot be used. The radio continues to function normally. A Hyundai dealer has advised that the entire radio module must be replaced, at a large cost”

Anonymous, BC (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.7-L V6)

“buttons fell off”

Anonymous, TX (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 2.7-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

“The Timing belt needed to be replaced as well as the idler pulley - was causing pinging and performance issues. They also replaced the water pump and belts”

Anonymous, CO (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The timing belt did not fail. It was replaced as preventitive measure”

Anonymous, AB (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Engine failed catastrophically on the road”

Hugh H., IN (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 2.7-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Rear axle seal broke causing vibration/noise in rear”

Robert M., PA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure Unsure)

“cluster unit quit working. Does not show mileage or speed”

Anonymous, NV (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“Alternator location necessitated major labor to change due to ridiculous location under engine. Engineering nightmare”

Allen A., MA (2004 Hyundai Santa Fe LX 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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