This version of the Hyundai Santa Fe is a good SUV. With an interior now big enough for a third-row seat, along with excellent fit and finish, it is a refined and versatile package. Santa Fe also has responsive handling, with a firm but comfortable ride. The 3.3-liter V6 is smooth, but fuel economy is disappointing (a 2.7-liter V6 is standard).
Alerts
There are 6 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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
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

This version of the Hyundai Santa Fe is a good SUV. With an interior now big enough for a third-row seat, along with excellent fit and finish, it is a refined and versatile package. Santa Fe also has responsive handling, with a firm but comfortable ride. The 3.3-liter V6 is smooth, but fuel economy is disappointing (a 2.7-liter V6 is standard).

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
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
  • 2.7-liter V6 (185 hp)
  • 3.3-liter V6 (242 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Had to have on of the exhaust manifold catalytic convertors replaced. It was very difficult to locate the correct price and very, very expensive to have repaired"

Kevin M., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Fuel cap

"Remote open does not work"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"indicator works intermittanlly, and cost to replace is very expensive"

John M., OH (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel gauge failure"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure Unsure)

"There was a recall on the car due to malfunction of the fuel gauge. I had that repaired and then had the smell of gas in the car every time I filled up. It took three subsequent appointments to have this problem fixed"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"There is a wide-spread issue with fuel tank level sensors that Hyundai refuses to address. This issue affects the fuel gage and it is almost impossible to determine the amount of fuel in the tank. Our vehicle ran out of fuel in traffic, due to gage"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON AND GAS GAUGE REGISTERED EMPTY"

Leroy B., CA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel gauge reading inaccurate due failing sending unit...dealer recommended replacing both sending units to preclude additional labor expense should other original sending unit fail"

R H., FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"The fuel sensor in the tank had to be replaced. Cost over $500"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Wouldn't register gasoline level-erratic"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"Both sensors failed. Check engine light on, gauge stuck on E"

John D., TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"My fuel gauge failed and read empty all of the time. I had to replace 2 sensors in the fuel tank requiring significant labor with significant cost. There was no recall despite multiple vehicles with this problem"

Robert L., MA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Failed"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"It failed and the dealer's replacement also failed. The second replacement appears to be OK"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Engine Check lite came on, the Fuel gauge was at empty, after I had just filled the tank"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Faulty fuel sending unit in gas tank. A very common problem with this model. It actually has two sensors because the tank is split over the axle under the back seat"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel level sensors (2 of them) failed and needed to be replaced. Because there are 2 of them, it is costly with parts and labor. This is a common failure of this vehicle based on forums. New sensors are different than original equipment"

Paul T., ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel gauge is a 4-stage sensor. The fuel gauge goes down to half-empty, then nothing. No idea how much fuel is in the tank when it reaches half"

Tom C., ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"fuel gauge became inaccurate"

Anonymous, UT (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel gage is intermittent and therefore unreliable"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel sender malfunctioned, gas gauge was not stable"

Dana R., NJ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Unsure)

"At 80,000 miles my fuel gauge became intermittent meaning it sometimes tells me I have gas but most of the time it does not. Over a $1k repair at the same time many PM repairs are also due"

Kari B., WA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Problem occurred when vehicle reached 75000 miles and spent $500. to fix it"

Lila M., CA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"At approx 120,000 Km required new fuel gauge & sender unit"

David B., ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Unsure)

"It went bad"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Gauge went to 0 when I filled the tank, appeared to read correctly when tank was 1/2 empty. Cost approximately $600 to fix, had to remove rear seats to fix"

Dan H., WA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"gas gauge stopped working after 105000 miles. not covered by warrenty"

Anonymous, ME (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"Strong smell of gas in car. Had to have sender replaced by dealership"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.7-L V6)

"Sender failed without warning, replaced under extended warranty. Replacement sender also failed and had to be replaced. Problems with gasket after replacement allowing fuel fumes into car, finally corrected"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel level sensor(s) indicate empty when tank is full, then slowly return to normal as tank is used up. Engine light comes on right after fill up, then clears as level drops"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Needed fuel gauge level sensor replaced. That's a 800.00 bill. Ouch"

Gregory O., WI (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel gauge sender doesnt work and its not worth the $s to repair it because the entire tank needs to be dropped to access the sender"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Fuel sensor failed after about 90000 miles. very expensive fix over 500.00. Gas tank had to be removed and a fuel pump replaced because its a contained system. You can not just replace the sensor"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.7-L V6)

"had to replace fuel sensors (saddle bag tank) and due to improper replacement, had to revisit the problem"

Michael H., BC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Dashboard gas gauge went haywire. Replace both Gas tank fuel level sending units before finding a corroded electrical connection may have been the actual cause. Cost: $650"

Michael-Mary R., TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Known issue by Hyundai but will not have a recall"

Thomas S., NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"My fuel gauge stopped working. I had to replace the fuel pump because the gauge is incorporated into the pump"

Anonymous, WY (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel level sending unit failed causing on board computer fault, this prevented state inspection"

Thomas I., TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel gauge quit working. Repaired for $500"

Martin M., IA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"The fuel gauge doesn't read the correct level after it drops below half a tank of gas"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel gauge not working but replacement did not work. Turned out to be an electrical problem"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure Unsure)
Fuel pump

"Cost $500 to replace an in tank fuel pump. Car still smells of gas after months"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Clogged fuel filter, but fuel FILTER is INSIDE the fuel PUMP which is inside the fule TANK and the entire fuel tank must be removed to replace the (very expensive) fuel PUMP. The filter is not separately replaceable"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"fuel pump stop working with the fuel gauge and took to the local repair shop and they stated that many customers had the similar issues"

Jonathan A., NY (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"It went bad"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Whenever I fill my gas tank, I have problems starting my car. The gas gage doesn't work and my check engine light is always on. I have checked online and other owners experience the same problems, but there has been no recall"

Tyler H., NV (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.7-L V6)

"I had to replace the fuel pump in order to replace the fuel sensor"

Anonymous, WY (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel pressure gauges said I had inadequate fuel pressure. Cost $350 to replace"

Dee G., NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel feed sensor"

Robert W., CA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"This car has had a lot of sensors fail. Emissions, Speed (This was Scary), fuel level"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Sensor in fuel tank works intermittently. I'm never sure how much gas I have in the tank"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Unsure)

"Check engine light on and problems starting car after filling gas tank"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE Unsure)

"The hard gas gauge and electronic gauge telling you how many miles you had left we showing in accurate data and while driving or standing, was fluctuating anywhere from 40-110 miles within 4 seconds of each other"

Richard R., IL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel level sensors failed. Causing the tank to be removed for sensor replacement. Now I have constant fuel smell issues"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Problem occurred when the car reached 75000 miles and spent $500. to fix it"

Lila M., CA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Check Engine Light went off, took the car to NTB and paid for the sensor to be repaired, very costly for a sensor. The sensor location is a problem, labor cost to get to the problem was more expensive then the senor itself"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

"Check Engine Light has come on twice since owning this vehicle. The first time was for a defective fuel cap and the second is for a defective solenoid"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace one of the o2 sensors. Once I was able to locate it (with the help of you tube) and buying the proper tool, I was able to replace myself without too much difficulty"

Kevin M., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Both O2 sensors on one bank were replaced to resolve a P2098 code. This was unsuccessful. Efforts to correct the problem are continuing"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel sensor gone bad and check-engine light came up"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Check engine light"

Anonymous, KS (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"compressor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"A/C compressor failed and had to be replaced"

William B., MO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"The climate control system appears to work fine, but does not control vent mode. Hyundai wants to replace entire module fo over $800!"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"temperature blend door actuator replaced. recurrent problem"

Terrence B., WI (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"In 2012 and in 2015 one of the position (driver in 2012) and passenger in 2015 stopped working. i.e. in the winter of 2012 the driver side did not supply heat or ac. In the spring of 2015 the passenger side did not supply AC air"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"blowing cool air on driver and blowing hot air on passenger side despite both controls being set to a low temperature during warm weather"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Sometimes is just doesn't work. We have had it in three different times. It works for a while; then doesn't"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Sensor failure"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The driver side ventilation is stuck open so that the air coming through is generally engine temperature or outdoor air temperature depending how cold it is outside. This typically results in either very hot or very cold air coming through the vents. The passenger side seems to operate properly"

Mark R., NY (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Climate control system began to malfunction. Researched the problem on the internet and watched a YouTube video with instructions on the cause of the problem and how to repair. The part was less than $40 and I was able to replace it myself. Problem solved"

T C., IN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Unsure)

"air only comes out from the bottom in all the settings"

Nelson M., NY (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Air from vents s/b 40 degrees F but rarely drops below 60-6 degrees F. They can't seem to find problem, they blamed everything, "fixed it all" but problem persists"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

"A/C compressor cuts-off from time to time. Had problem for several years, no permanent fix has yet been obtained from multiple mechanics"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Cost me a few hundred dollars for diagnosis and then another $100 or so to replace a small switch behind the dash"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Wide fluctuation"

Gerard M., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Keeps changing speed, from blowing hard to hardly at all, seems like a controls issue"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)
Electrical failure

"A/C System has a intermittent electrical issue. My extended warranty covered the repair. This is a common problem"

Bruce F., FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"At various times the car simply does not start. No reason, it just doesn't start. We have had it in no less than 5 times...still no resolution. Also, we did have one of the "car just quits" while driving incidents. Did not know of these until we"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Heater system

"Failure for one of the heater vent actuators ... $350 + repair cost"

Danny F., CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The vehicle heater system quit working. Cost nearly $700 to repair"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"had to replace a thermostat and something that controls the heat and cold"

Judith K., CT (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.7-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Low pressure hose needed replacement"

Robert R., CA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Loss of Freon has limited the the cooling capacity of the Air conditioner. This has been very disappointing . My 20 year old Acura with AC system has never needed a recharge in the past 20 yr's"

Joseph L., NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Alarm goes off at various times for no reason"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE Unsure)
Gauges

"Fuel gauge, both sensors in the fuel tank needed to be replaced ... $700 + repair cost"

Danny F., CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"gas gauge show empty when we fill up the tank. It take several hours before it shows 3/4 tanks"

Anonymous, NM (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"The gas gauge stopped registering. It stayed on empty regardless of the level of gasoline in the tank"

Donna B., CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure Unsure)

"Gas gauge stopped working, triggering the engine light to come on"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"All warning lights went on. I had to replace a junction box for $ 1200"

Burke D., AB (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The headlights are easy to replace but difficult to align properly"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Premature and regular failure. Changed headlights and within the year they had failed again. All proper precautions were used when changing headlights"

Michael U., AB (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Front headlights lights, both left & right have burned out and are difficult to replace. I believe this is premature as I've have had autos that the headlights never burned out.!"

Joseph L., NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Low beans are very poor, hard to drive at night"

Thomas S., NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Though the battery ha been replaced in my remote fob, it usually takes 3-4 clicks before the car locks or unlocks"

Diane S., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Motor controller for the driver's door had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.7-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Sensor light indicates failure in sensor. To expensive to justify repair"

James P., LA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Unsure)

"Light came on about 4 times in short period of time. Each visit to dealer 'fixed' the issue but it returned"

Tom C., MN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"recalled items esc and abs tire pressure lights"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"Sensor failed & needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wiper motor stopped working. Repaired. Now the washer fluid does not cover entire windshield. The fluid pours out heavier but only reaches the middle of the glass"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Wiper motor in rear window died"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Wipers work but the washer spray nozzels alignment is always a problem"

R H., FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Interior lights

"The interior map lights do not work. Have returned to the dealership multiple times, never stays fixed"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 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

"CD player will no longer play,eject, or load CD's, Dealer cannot fix!"

Steve T., CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

"I replaced the car battery twice and the CD portion of the radio malfunctioned"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"CD player motor croaked three years ago of course when the warranty expired, chose not to replace the radio and probably will not fix the cd player"

Judith K., CT (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.7-L V6)

"Failed"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The CD changer failed"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"6-disc changer doesn't work. CDs get jammed. Totally unUSble"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Has gone out of alignment only plays first few tracks"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"6 Disc CD Changer No longer functional. Will not play, eject or load CD's. Dealer estimated cost at $1000 but no guarantee on parts availability for this model year"

Travis M., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"The CD Player is hung up and will not accept a new CD. Only applies to the front CD player and not the one in the back"

Richard H., FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Unsure)

"CD player stopped working and would not eject CD's. Dealer could not repair and referred me to a car stereo specialist. Total repair cost was $575"

T C., IN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Unsure)

"Every so often, (maybe 2-3 times per year), the whole audio system goes out. Then there is no radio, no CD, no GPS system available. It will come back on after the car has been shut off and sat for a few hours. It may not happen again for several months but especially when I was using the GPS and it quit when I was relying on it in a strange area, it was very frustrating"

Diane S., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"CD player has all 6 cds in unit. Thinks player is empty. Will need to take in for service"

Karen P., CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"For the second time in two years, the CD player quit working, and CDs were trapped inside"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Radio/GPS screen froze - Hyundai repaired it on warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Radio

"Battery down so unable to start car. Garage found short in radio/clock/CD player and unable to fix at reasonable price so fuses out while car not in use"

Robert B., NS (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Unsure)

"Intermittent audio out. Audio cuts in and out. Their is a beep or chirp then audio works. Sometimes it just stops. When it is out, music and nav. Audio stops"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"They refused to acknowledge a problem until the month after the warranty expired (then claimed we never reported it, what a smelly pile). Anyway, streets that have been around for twenty years or more before the software was created do not appear on system or telling me I am going south when I am going north. If I am N of equator, the sun is on my right shoulder and I know the time is 10 am, then I am going NORTH. Repair people actually told me women have no sense of direction. If that were tru"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Failure of idler pulley"

Henry P., FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Idler pulley was making noise. The dealer replaced it. Problem solved"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"poor quality of work at the dealer caused 1200 dollars in damage near end of warranty. They would not stand by their work"

Douglas V., IN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"At 7 years old with 104000 km had to replace the belt serpentine belt tensioner"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Whenever I fill my gas tank, I have trouble starting my car. The engine check light is alway on and my gas gage doesn't work"

Tyler H., NV (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.7-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"Has had engine knock fro some time - Hyundai claims that it is normal. Even contacted Corporate and they say to keep[ working with dealer. Not happy - warranty has expired and if there is a problem even though we have told them it probably won't be"

Carol W., FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"when cold engine knocks sounds like a diesel engine. Took to dealer for repair over a 2 plus years. keep telling me that noise was normal. took to an independant for diagnostics told that had a bad lifter or timing chain issue or both. first dealer refused to repair, second dealer said they replaced timing chain, however engine still makes same noise when cold. NOT impressed with Hyundai service"

Karen P., CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Oil leaks have been a recurring problem with this car. The most recent leak is the same leak that was repaired last year"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Valve cover gasket"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Oil leak dripped on the alternator and caused the car to stall. Car was towed to the deal and repaired. Repair not covered under warranty"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure Unsure)

"oil leaked onto alternator"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure Unsure)

"oil leaked onto alternator"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Unsure)

"Rear head gasket replaced under recall but had to pay for front gasket myself to the tune of about $500"

Robert S., NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Recall. Engine gasket allowed oil to drip onto alternative, potential fire possible"

Gabriel V., ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"minor oil leak that ruined the alternator--repaired under the extended warrenty"

James L., CA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Valve cover gaskets wore out and oil leaked onto the alternator causing it to fail"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Accelerated on its own...was at a red light...when light turned green gave it a little gas and tachometer read 8000 and car sped off like I had gas pedal to floor...I did not panic...put car in neutral and turn ignition off..was able to stop 3 feet short of parked bus in front of me....went on line to see if anyone else had this problem and was shocked to see that their were quite a few that did...dealership replaced a few sensors and car seems to be running ok now"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 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

"Tires were wearing unevenly. First time they were aligned the mechanic did not have equipment to align 18" tires. Refused to admit his mistake. I had them aligned again at another auto repair shop"

K P., MD (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"replacement of LF Lower Ball Joint"

Wayne F., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"Experienced front end rattle. Removed and replaced both front end sway bar links at approx 100,000 miles. Car runs fine ever since"

Eugene K., FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.7-L V6)

"power steering fluid leak-1300 fix but covered by extended warantee"

Michele G., IL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering went out last December. Took it to the dealer who told me I needed a new power steering pump. I thought the car warranty would cover this since 100,000 mile guarantee, but this was considered 'preventative maintenance'. Definitely ve"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

"Both front struts required replacing with only about 80 000 Km. To me not very reliable"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"They were bent where they were connected to the car"

K P., MD (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"they wore out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"I had to have the steering column replaced because of a fluid leak"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Failed, leaked fluid and completely had to be replaced"

Linda S., VA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I had a leak or some sort of problem with the rack and pinion steering on left side. When I took it to dealer, they told me it was covered by warranty so I made an appt. to get it fixed. When I got there, they told me the repair guy had made a mistake and I would have to pay for it. As this is very expensive repair and the car is old, I left and was going to see about getting another car. The next day they called and said that since I was told it was covered, they would honor that. So I got it"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Unsure)

"Needed new ones"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Front end could not be aligned. Dealer said front end tie rods were frozen and had to be replaced"

William B., MO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"steering wandered, took independent shop to diagnose tie rod replacement after several concerns brought to dealer who could not diagnose problem. Now repaired"

Michael H., BC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"because of rust and corrosion, and need to remove brake assembly and other items for replacement of bearing, cost was $600"

John M., OH (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"I have replaced at least 4or 5 wheel bearings since owning the car"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 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

"Had to replace the alternator twice and the car only has 54,000 miles"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Head gasket leaked on alternator requiring its replacement"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Valve cover gasket failure caused oil to leak into the alternator. Hyundai Corp reimbursed the alternator cost/install labor"

John T., CO (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"alternator went bad. replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Alternator failed after warranty. Failure due to oil leaking from the valve cover gasket while under warranty"

Timothy Z., CA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"Alternator had to be replaced due to damage from Head Gasket leak; This issue is responsible for an active recall of the Hyundai Vera Cruz (with the same engine), however it wasn't extended to the Santa Fe even though it also had the same engine"

Marcia W., FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"oil leaked onto alternator"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Unsure)
Coil

"ignition coil had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

"cylinder coil started missing and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)
Ignition switch

"The 'halo' in the ignition that reads the chip in the key was faulty giving a engine turn over but no start condition"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"battery had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"The interior trim around the doors and windows is coming loose and away from the body of the door"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Rear Spoiler on top of Trunk door faded"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Clear coat over the paint was to thin on Spooler and door handles. Spooler was repaired under warranty, door handles have not. Thin coat started to come off under three years of manufacture"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Paint chipped, they said due to possible rocks. but drove last car over same roads for 175000 miles and never had problem, and also explain the paint chips on back of santa fe"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Paint peeled from front edge of hood. Repaint was $700"

Robert W., NC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Clear coat on Mirrors, door handles and spoiler was to thin, the paint started to come off in about 2 1/2 years after purchase. Spoiler was repainted under warranty, Mirrors, door handles I will have to pay for"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The paint is peeling off the front bumper and the rear hatch is rusting under the rear window wiper"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Rust

"Rusty screws and fasteners"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Hood"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

"The caliper housing rusted away"

Mike M., ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"seemed to affect wear on rotors"

Joseph F., NJ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"There's really nothing to say, This appears to be nothing more than routine maintenance"

Frank B., OH (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 2.7-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Rear brakes have been replaced 2x in 20,000 miles, Car sits inside a garage, when not in use. Dealer said brakes rusted, hello 3 unlike metals used in brake system... hello and idiot could see 3 unlike metals don't mix and cause rust and failure"

John M., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Brakes worn down prematurely and damaged rotors without any expected indicaters"

Kevin L., AB (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Prematurely work brake pads caused damage to the rotors with no expected warning"

Kevin L., AB (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Right rear rotor was oddly pitted and required a change. I have never seen that before and I can't imagine what would have caused it"

Michael U., AB (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"abnormal wear on rear rotors"

Joseph F., NJ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"I took the Santa Fe in for deal that Hyundai had and front discs were replaced and the rest of the front brake assembly was cleaned and lubricated. Emergency shoes were cleaned and lubricated. Rear brakes were services and shoes replaced"

R F., ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

"Seal around windshield has been repaired twice by dealer"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Radiator cracked, it was expensive and time consuming to replace"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Seal around windshield leaked water, was repaired under warranty, the windshield is now leaking again"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Weather stripping around front doors has come loose"

R H., FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"This car RATTLES! Any minor dip in the road and you think it's going to lose a screw somewhere"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Engine mounts"

Anonymous, KY (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Unsure)

"The undercarriage is noisy"

Jim B., MN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Wind noise

"Front windshield has wind noise since I bought it new. Windshield has been replaced, still no change, poor design by Hyundai"

John M., PA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"This is a common problems and the oil leaks on the alternator which causes it to go out. Hyundai wouldn't agree that its a common issue and I had to pay to fix"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Head gasket leaked on to alternator requiring replacement of alternator"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"the gasket was replace due to gas consumption abnormality. Later the valve cover gasket was replaced"

R F., ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Head Gasket leaked oil spilling onto alternator causing it to stop working"

Marcia W., FL (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"Noise on cold start; reported to dealer and they said no problem. Researched on my own to suspect timing chain tensioners. Reported to different dealer, who fixed"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The timing chain or belt (I dont remember) didnt actually fail. I replaced it as recommended by the manufacturer"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"timing chain stretched to limit and needed to be replaced. This was very expensive"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 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

Gear selector or linkage

"Sensor not recognizing "P" therefore wouldn't start. Wouldn't shift out of P. Has to use manual unlock override located on shift console to shift to neutral. When in neutral it would start"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"Shift lever locked so unable to shift. Found a release lever that has to be depressed through a slot in front of shift lever and maintenance was able to fix by greasing the gear mechanism under the car"

Robert B., NS (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Unsure)

"Unable to shift, required lubricant in gear selector ball joint"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"The clutch was soft and a few times would not come back up from the floor"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Rough shifting

"At cold start letting the engine warm-up for a few minutes. Then by shifting in to reverse it was more prevalent shifting it to drive there was a kick and sometimes at double kick very rough and very annoying. However when the engine was hot it was h"

Gustav M., NY (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"two or three times since I bought the vehicle, I have experienced rough shifting and had the dealer "reset" factory specs. Annoying"

Michael H., BC (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Same as oil leak, engine gasket allowed fluid to drop onto alternator"

Gabriel V., ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Leaking seals and erratic shifting"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Complained about the problems almost immediately after purchasing the vehicle. Suggested repeatedly to dealer that it seemed like a bearing problem. Five years later and two weeks after the warrantee expired, dealer found three bad bearings. Was repa"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-L V6)

"At 145387 Km gearshift would not go into any gear except reverse. Dealer analysis: "Trans shift lever binding at trans". Trans removed and replaced with factory rebuilt"

David B., ON (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Unsure)

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

"Left rear bearing broke and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Electrical failure

"The alternator died"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Transfer case

"Had continuous issues but were finally addressed by dealer. I believe that I purchased a lemon"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Unsure 3.3-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

Locks and latches

"Locks stop working shortly after the warranty ran out"

Kimberly S., OH (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Unsure)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"there is a crack in the paint near the right tail light and the dealer body shop have changed their story numerous times which is the reason why this keeps coming back because it has came back for a third time"

Jonathan A., NY (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"manifold pipe needs to be replace, not a complaint, it's 9 years old in a wintry climate"

John G., RI (2008 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

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