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 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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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.
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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 2009 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"engine light came on.needed new solenoid"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"Engine trouble light kept coming on even after re-set; replaced component just after waarranty expired"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Purge valve and canister needed to be replaced because of persistent check-engine light"

Patrick S., FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"light come on says the the emission is unsatisfactory even though it can pass the test. So when the emission test is due we have difficulty certifying the car"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace catalytic coveter"

Robert L., TX (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"check engine lite came on, had to replace emission system"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

"Vacuum ??? doesn't work."

Robert M., NL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)
Fuel cap

"Leak caused check engine light to go on"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Fuel senders failed causing gas guage to not read"

Craig B., CA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Both fuel gauge/tank sensors failed in 2014 & were replaced. In January 2015 gauge started reading empty when I knew I had at least 4 gallons or so in the tank. Had the sensors checked & they were OK. Since I drive a lot of highway miles for work thi"

Joseph S., PA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel gauge stop working"

William G., CT (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The fuel gauge would read empty even when full. The dealer said it would cost $750 to fix as they would have to drop the fuel tank to repair the gauge"

Michael F., CO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited)

"Fuel sensor would indicate full of gasoline and then would suddenly indicate empty. Replaced sensors to solve problem caused by bad gasoline--conjecture"

Laurie T., TX (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The "float arm" broke. If tank is fuel it registers otherwise the gauge shows me on empty.The cost is high and this is the number 1 issue ed on this car per my auto repair shop. Since this is a flaw on the car I feel its the company's responsibility"

Anonymous, ID (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"As previously stated, had to replace unit"

Leonard C., VA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.7-L V6)

"Fuel gauge failed .required new sensors installed"

Ray A., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace poorly designed fuel sender (you have to replace both because you don't know which is faulty) and main dealer price is north of $800"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Also failed just out of warranty"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"not working"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Both sensors have failed 1000 miles after warranty expired. Fuel gage no longer reads correctly or at all . Saving up for repairs. I was given a $750 estimate"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The fuel gauge was misreading from day 1 but they wouldn't touch it, and then it recently started giving check engine warning about the fuel sender needing replacement (can't remember the bill but in the $300 range). They wouldn't honour it so had to"

Ray M., BC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"2 sensors inside fule tank one failed, fule indicator stopped working. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"fuel gauge sensor was faulty..repaired under warranty"

Everett C., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel sender was faulty and would send false readings. Hyundai refused to replace even though I had found this was a common problem; therefore I ended up paying for the repairs"

Doug M., AB (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"failure of fuel tank level sensor. $700 to fix at dealership"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel gauge is wildly inaccurate. Rarely registers more than half full. When I fill tank, gauge drops to zero and reserve light comes on. I have not fixed because the pump and gauge are one unit. Instead, I reset the trip odometer each time I fill the tank and refill at 250-300 miles"

Ken K., CO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.7-L V6)

"fuel gauge began working intermittantly, then crapped out. after i googled, i saw this is a very common problem with the hyundais, there should be a recall, BOTH tank senders had to be replaced"

Kimberlee K., FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Fuel Level sensor failed causing the check engine to light. Could not pass the Maryland Emission Inspection. Cost to repair - about $900"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel gauge constantly reading empty despite being full of fuel"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Both fuel gauge senders had to be replaced twice before they worked. Known problem by Hyundai would not cover. Cost over $600"

J W., PA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel Gauge indication intermittent"

Bernie B., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Both senders failed 6 months ago and I was able to have both replaced recently but now they are faulty again. I have never seen this happen on a vehicle with less than 65000 Km on it"

Richard W., BC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"Barely out of 60k warranty I began getting erratic fuel level indications which is a common problem with Santa Fes. I bought a tool and new fuel level sensors on line and replaced them myself. Now the fuel gauge reads correctly"

J T., CO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"the fuel sender has failed twice on this vehicle. There are 2 senders. It is expensive to repair. Further, after one repair there was a very strong gas odor in the vehicle. Not sure if it was due to mechanic error or not. Ended up taking to dealership, where had to again replace a sender unit and get the odor stopped"

Tom M., CO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"The fuel gauge begain to fail and then a second sensor inside the gas tank failed, which caused the "check engine light" to come on and stay on. We took it to the Hyundai dealer. Repair costs for both sensors (mostly labor) was about $550. Access to sensors inside tank was through the interior, which caused it to smell of gas for several days"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Engine light came on- diagnostic codes show intermittent problem with fuel measure gauge in tank"

James P., OH (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"The fuel gauge sensor did not work therefore I was not able to Tell if I needed gas or not. This cause me to run out of gas"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"fuel sensor went bad... gas gauge, mileage gauge etc didnt work"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"There are 2 sensors. Guage was not indicating properly so had both sensors replaced. Still did not work so returned to have one of new sensors replaced. Now guage only shows half full even when tank is full and check engine light comes on every time I fill up. 3 - 4 hours labour every time one of the sensors is changed. Major design flaw!"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"This is a well documented problem with this vehicle. Should of had a recall issued by Hyundai"

Kenneth B., WI (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Gauge was not accurate and sometimes did not work at all"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel cap snapped into pieces one day. The fuel level indicator no longer works"

Joseph B., NY (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"heck engine light came on and off and trip advisory numbers were no longer accurate. Nor was the gas gauge."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel reading accurately. Would show empty or 1/3 tank regardless of how much gas in tank. Used trip meter every tank to compensate, but automatic fail for emissions test. Cost $600 (independent) or >$900 dealer, to replace the sensors in order to pass emissions and get registration renewal. Failed immediately and have had to replace again."

John A., CA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel gauge and range indicator stopped working. Had to judge refills by odometer. Cost over $1,200 to repair."

Anonymous, GA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"After fill up, the gauge would start going towards empty not full. Also had a strong fuel smell."

Linda R., FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Fuel gauge went wonky on me and I had the two senders replaced."

Anonymous, AB (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Sender failed, causing gas gauge to become erratic to the point of being useless. Drove by trip indicator until I could get it repaired, which involved replacing the fuel pump, as it is an integral part."

Roger E., TX (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel gauge/sender needed to be replaced. All the gauges in the fuel tank should have been replaced at the same time to avoid repeated trips to the dealer caused by check engine light coming on repeatedly."

Anonymous, TN (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel gauge stopped working - replaced sensors in fuel tank - problem solved for a while - now has returned - gauge not working -"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Erratic fuel gauge readings. Dealer refused warranty repair and wanted $800 to fix. I did it myself at home for $130."

Jo T., CO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Paint on the hood is bubbling cracking and peeling. there are 2 fuel gauge senders. I had to pay for 1. the other under warranty."

Glen S., NJ (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Sender failed. Since replacement multiple episodes with gas odors in cabin"

J N., AL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"Fuel indicator is faulty. Common problem and one that cost 800 or so to fix. Gas gauge does not work right"

Steven K., MI (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"Fuel gauge stopped working. There were 2 fuel sensors that were replaced. This is a common problem with this model and year."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Gas gauge doesn't work anymore."

Robert M., NL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel sender slowly became defective with first one then the other failing. This occurred just outside warranty but with low KM's on it, this should not have happened"

Richard W., BC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"the fuel gauge sender had to be replaced and the repair and parts seemed rather expensive"

Anonymous, ID (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"The fuel gauge works only intermittently, and is completely unreliable."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)
Fuel injection system

"Complete fuel system service done"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"from 10k miles to now - when stopped- idle will surge and then drop to a hard shudder over and over. They said it was carbon on the throttle body. Now they want to replc the throttle body for $500. a 70k vehicle should not need a new throttle body"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"My car was not starting. It was not even turning over. I needed a new fuel injection pump and system"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Gas gauge would register empty when tank would still be 1/4 to 1/2 full. Check engine light stayed on. Had to replace fuel pump module assembly and sending unit. Also, had to replace clockspring assembly"

Leonard C., VA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.7-L V6)

"probleme with the connector of the pump the dealer did not fixed the connector properly twice then they put silicon to glue the connector"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"Both fuel pump heads rusted out causing fuel smell. Both needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, NS (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Had to replace throttle position sensor. Car was running rough and "missing" at highway speed"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Check engine light (indicating emissions control problem) is frequently on, especially since I began experiencing problems with the fuel gauge. I have my mechanic reset it, or just ignore it"

Ken K., CO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.7-L V6)

"it was sensors that identified the problem with the gas evap system"

Patrick S., FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"The fuel gauge begain to fail and then a second sensor inside the gas tank failed, which caused the "check engine light" to come on and stay on. We took it to the Hyundai dealer. Repair costs for both sensors (mostly labor) was about $550. Access to sensors inside tank was through the interior, which caused it to smell of gas for several days"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel system sensor in gas tank had to be replaced. Removal of rear seat. Gas smell in car for 2 weeks later"

Jim O., OH (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"The engine light periodically turns on. Gettel Hyundai of Lakewood, FL claimed it was a sensor in the fuel tank. After spending over $400, it was not fixed. They wanted another $500 to replace something else. The vehicle runs well so I have not had it repaired. They appear to be only guessing at the solution"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel sensor failure and gasket failure required multiple service trips to fix"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Don't remember what the sensors were off the top of my head but they were causing a serious loss of fuel economy."

Patrick M., OR (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Had a check engine light and the code said it was the rear O2 sensor.."

Linda R., FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Sensors in full tank caused check engine light to come on. Repeated trips to Hyundai dealer finally solved the problem(s)."

Anonymous, TN (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel gauge failed at 96,000 Km. Internet search indicated it was NOT an isolated problem. This is a major expense to replace the 2 sensors & senders, Hyundai has not provided any assistance with these should not happen failed parts. I only neede to replace the two senders and the dealer charge was $740. If both parts were needed my estimate was over $1500."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"related to fuel sender"

J N., AL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 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

Alignment

"the wheel alignment was required after new tie rods were installed"

Patrick S., IL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Ball joints

"Left front lower ball joint replaced because of poor winter road conditions"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"left front lower ball joint was replaced at 70000"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"wore out"

Everett C., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Ball joints replaced 2 times"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"needed replacing"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced. Had more front end work done end of 2015 as well. Tie rod ends and another ball joint"

Jim O., OH (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"The front lower ball joints needed to be replaced at a cost of $700"

William F., OH (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Wore out.. replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

"Replace left ball joint as recommended by dealer, didn't know I had a problem,"

Dav K., NJ (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

"Fair wear and tear."

Paul M., NS (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"The passenger side upper (I believe) Ball Joint was bad. This was caught during an inspection when the car was at the dealer for an oil change. The problem was corrected by another mechanic (not a dealership) when I brought the car in for a second opinion."

Anonymous, IL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Problem not noticed by owner, Discovered by dealer at annual state safety inspection. Opposite side ball joint replaced about 12 months earlier, Both problems found at dealership and replaced at dealership."

Robert S., PA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)
Bushings

"Front end bushings got noisy so I replaced them. Alleged normal wear"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS)

"Stabilzer bushings failed at 60000 miles - dealer fixed under warranty. Failed again at 90000 - repaired by independent mechanic using quality parts. Had struts replaced at 10500 - no sign of wear on stabilizer bushings."

Mark S., OH (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering motor went out and we had to replace it"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"The rack and pinion system had to be replaced at a cost of about $1,100."

Anonymous, WI (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"The right front strut was causing a loud clunk sound. It at first was not constant but eventually it became constant and was replaced by a dealership"

Paul Y., WA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Leaking passenger side strut"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"They were pretty loose (we live on a dirt road) and needed replacement"

Arthur D., CT (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.7-L V6)

"Leackage"

Gerry M., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"Don't know"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.7-L V6)

"Replaced a strut under warranty"

Anonymous, SK (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Front struts failed causing premature failure with the left ball joint and lower control arm assembly and both sway bars. $1260 in repairs"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"suspension noise is terrible and car seems to sway side to side"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Told by mechanic that front struts were leaking"

Daniel M., FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Car was bouncing. Suspension getting old. Replaced shocks/springs"

Francois M., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Mechanics say 1 front strut is leaking & should be replaced.. and to keep things even, both front struts should be replaced."

Tj G., AB (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"PROBLEM NOT READILY APPARENT DURING OPERATION AND WAS FOUND DURING WHEEL BEARING DIAGNOSIS"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"intermittant shake and tps tire light came on, 4 trips to two dealers before they figured out the rack and pinion was bad and was putting air bubbles in the system"

Kimberlee K., FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Had to replace entire power steering system"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

"The left and right outer tie rod assemblies were worn at the joints and had play present. This was a safety issue, and the car had to remain in the shop longer than expected because of it. Was not under warranty and was over $400 to fix"

Chris D., DE (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS)
Tie rods

"L\Rod linkage had plactic parts causing suspension noise"

Craig B., CA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Had a rattle. Technician found loose sway bar. Replaced it. . Reportedly is common occurrence"

Holger L., NY (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"Play"

Gerry M., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"wore out"

Everett C., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Front passenger side had to be replaced. Had same problem with my 2001 Santa Fe. The tie rod broke while I was driving"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Vehicle began to wander in the lane requiring constant small corrections. Hyundai dealer diagnosed problem as needing new tie rods and a wheel alignment after the tie rods"

Patrick S., IL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"this was the second Wheel bearing that i needed to replace. The car is only 6 yrs old but the road conditions in Qu?c are awful"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"I have had to replace the wheel bearings in 2 wheels in the last 2 years - repairman said this model had trouble with this as there was no shield to protect the bearings from water"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Slow build up of wheel noise from the rear. Independent and trusted garage identified the problem as wheel bearings. Replaced both rear wheel bearings for about 700$C each"

Gordon M., BC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Both rear wheel bearings failed . One at about 90000 and second at about 99000"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS)

"Wheel bearings needed to be replaced in two wheels approximately one month apart"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"All 4 wheel bearings replaced within 1 month"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Had to get my front right wheel hub replaced two weeks ago. This is the third wheel hub replacement in the last four years, all different ones. Only one original wheel hub left on the vehicle, what are my chances?"

Gilbert B., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"A whining noise started suddenly two years ago. Asked a mechaninc to check the front wheel bearings and was told they are fine. The whining got progressively louder and a year ago I asked two different mechanics to check the the wheel bearings and was told they were fine. Two months ago, the right front wheel started making a crunching, grinding, expensive sounding noise. Replacing the wheel bearing solved all the problems."

Mark S., OH (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"Probably caused by poor road conditions in NS, as I know of several other people, with different makes of vehicle, who have experienced the same problem in recent weeks."

Paul M., NS (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"Bearing failure (wear and tear) right passenger side front. Repair in the form of replacement bearing. Solved."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"DIAGNOSIS OF THIS PROBLEM TOOK SEVERAL SERVICE APPOINTMENTS"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"windshield gasket had to be replaced due to constantly coming loose on one side. also, the rubber gasket around one of the doors also has a tendency to come loose."

Anonymous, ME (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint peeling"

Edward H., CA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"It started out as small gravel chips on the front of the hood. They have grown to the size of a silver dollar. It appears the paint preparation was faulty and the pain did not adhere to the metal underneath. I asked Hyundai to fix it, they declined"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Paint was peeling from front grille, and bumper. Paint would peel off with normal hose pressure"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

"All door handles have chipped and crack paint"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"on all the door handles. Paint has flaked off the top ridges of the handles. not covered by warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Paint peeling on hood & around windshield. Dealer repainted twice under warranty, but hood is starting to peel again and warranty period has expired"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"paint peeled off the hood"

Patrick A., FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

"Peeling paint on the anterior aspect of the car"

Anonymous, OK (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Paint peeling on roof next to windshield; peeling on rear spoiler"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"There are scratches on the car. Paint quality seems flimsy"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"paint coming off in a car wash"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"multiple paint 'chips' on front, hood, and back door of vehicle. very succeptible to rock chips. paint looks pitted in areas where chips are missing. Windsheild is also very easily chipped by small debris/rocks"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Just the hood is peeling very badly"

Jeff T., MD (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"front end hook and bumper paint cracked and fell off"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Paint started peeling 3 years ago. Factory paint peeled off in sheets. Hyundai would do NOTHING"

Rick S., MO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"Hood paint is fading"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"In several places on the hood and in one place near the roof, paint is pealing off, revealing the primer coat below. Not covered by warranty but appears to be defective paint in multiple places"

Chris D., DE (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS)

"There was a small chip on my hood. Most likely from a stone. I went to wash my car one day and the pressure from the car wash nozzle got into the chip and started a chain-effect flaking away of the surface paint. I no longer use high pressure, but, the damage is done and getting worse"

Joseph B., NY (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Paint peeling on corners of roof"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Starting 2 years ago, hood started peeling. I’ve seen other white Santa Fes where the hood was peeling. Dealer offered no help. Have to contact Hyundai. Rest of paint looks brand new."

Glen S., NJ (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Paint has started to peel on the top of the car, put touch up paint on it last summer but by spring there was more chips that are peeling, plus any little chips that get are the car seem to start rusting right away,"

James K., PA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Transmission went out at 56,000 miles and had to be replaced. Paint has chipped and cracked off on top of spoiler and tail gate."

Roger R., MO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

"A minor pebble ding on my hood in 2016 has turned into about 1 square foot of paint peeling. I have written to Hyundai about this but never received an answer. The paint became very frail once it was breeched by the pebble."

Joseph B., NY (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Paint is flaking off in a few area of the hood and roof"

Ray M., BC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"White Top coat of paint peeling from the gray primer."

Anonymous, IL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Large (3-5 inches) sections of paint suddenly started peeling from roof of car."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Apparently, original paint was not sprayed at the correct time as the paint above the rear window has all peeled off. Too expensive to have painted again especially since it was the fault of the original painter."

Anonymous, OR (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Paint is peeling off in several areas, mostly on the hood above the headlights. Hyundai says this is not covered by our extended warranty. Looks like badly applied paint or badly prepped surface when painted. I have seen this exact problem mentioned by a number of people online and feel there should be a recall for this issue."

Anonymous, DE (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)
Rust

"Rust on wheels and rims has been present for several years"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS)

"The wheels on a 5 year old car are completely rusted. Dealership will not do anything about. Paint also pealing off in numerous places. Especially the door handles"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Rust hole in front right sub frame"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Lots of rust on underbody and brake disks. Hyundai issued a recall and repaired rust on critical frame parts"

Anonymous, WV (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Rust started in year 7 of owning the car and is very progressive. Lift hydraulics in tailgate rusted out and the tailgate is very heavy to lift and slams shut if you let it go - very dangerous. The exhaust had several rust holes. The body is rusting faster than we can repair it, faster than other vehicle types of the same year. And we had it under coated every year."

Susan H., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Auto was recalled to apply undercoating. Rust was not reported as being significant to be a problem."

Robert S., PA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"calipers on rear sometimes stay applied after brakes are released"

Tony K., NJ (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Seized for 2nd time since purchase"

Jim K., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"I think the calipers were replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)
Master cylinder

"master cylinder collapsed, leaking, both flex lines off and were replaced"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Noise from rear end when braking"

Debbie B., IL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"I am not unhappy with the first brake job being done at 75K, but I tried to be proactive by doing the regular service to the vehicle in an effort to head off expensive repairs jobs. At 75K this was the first brake job but I had no indication that I w"

Alan K., IL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Rotars & brake pads replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited)

"needed brakes"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I have been very pleased with the car since new. I replaced the brakes all around due to mileage and not for reliability. Have done all recommended services and it has only had one problem which was repaired under warranty years ago."

Reginald S., FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Front calipers."

David G., GA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The vehicle in question is just under 9 years old it needed maintenance / replacement parts for wear...it is driven daily"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Had to replace both front and rear calipers at less than 25,000 miles. Rear calipers failed first"

Holger L., NY (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"Front brakes wear fine. Rear brakes last @ 10 months?"

Joseph S., PA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"brakes wear out on back too fast. calipers sometimes keep brakes applied after releasing brakes"

Tony K., NJ (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"i think my daughter had parking brake on and drove it a few miles. I dont think brakes should be metal to metal with 30000 miles ?"

John S., UT (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Brakes need to be replaced every 30,000 miles"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Rear brakes in this SUV are to be replaced regularly at less than 20,000 km. They don't last"

Jacques L., QC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Also 2 sets of pads"

James M., PA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Hyunday brake rotors for this model year are very low quality, and tend to rust very quickly"

Gilbert B., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I have had to replace all four wheels brake equipment (pads, rotors, calipers) twice in 12 months along with the wheel bearings once. It was like the whole system fell apart at the exact same time. 115000 miles (July of 2017)"

Joseph B., NY (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"old"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"Actually had to get new brakes i only in the rear after almost 103K miles! Replaced everything in the rear $750."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)
Rotors

"Took vehicle in for regular and normal service. Did the 60K service including inspection of brakes. At 75K brakes were done with replacement of both front rotors with no indications at the 60K service that complete replacement of rotors would be nece"

Alan K., IL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Rotors have rusted and pitted excessively and have thus reduced available braking power"

Tom W., QC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"I have put 2 sets of rotors on the vehicle in the past 29,000 miles. Corrosion is the main problem"

James M., PA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I needed a complete brake job"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Had to replace rather than resurfacing rotors when replacing brake pads"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Squeaking

"brakes old and needed 2b replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"needed new front brake pads"

Matthew C., GA (2009 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

Body control module

"Vehicle would not start for unknown reason, then a few hours later would start no problems. They replaced the computer and now it tis fine. Was under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The 3rd stoplight group located on the back gate the sockets spread open thus causing the bulbs not to light and happened one by one till after the 4th one i repaired the still working 4th socket by bending it closed more. On a trail gate with vibration every time the door is slammed shut they should have used the sockets like on older cars not stamped out piece of metal"

Joseph L., VA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"3rd brake light assembly above back door---it came out of the depression. Caused by brittle plastic breaking that held the screw."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)
Gauges

"Fuel gauge started showing less fuel than was in the tank. Also a problem with the driver's seat belt caused a warning light to come on,"

J B., WV (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel gauge stopped working"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Fuel gage did not work.needed it for inspection.cost 500. Dollars"

Anonymous, RI (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"Gas gauge stopped working"

Carole B., FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Headlights

"Lights on driver side burn out much more frequently than drivers side"

Craig W., GA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS)

"Both low beam headlights have burned out at different times. The right low beam has burned out twice in one month"

Paul Y., WA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I've had to replace my headlights every year since purchase. Dealership said its a bulb issue, so I had the dealership change them in 2014. However, I purchased in 2009 (factory bulbs) and replaced both in 2010. Main headlight, not highbeams"

Anonymous, ID (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"right headlamp runs dimmer than left; switched bulbs and problem continues"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Replaced same left front headlight 3 times in 1 yr"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"I have had to replace them more frequently than normal"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"problem with headlight connector melting"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Interior lights

"Interior lights either don't work or stay on constantly"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

"The interior light has not worked properly for a few years. Mostly off but sometimes it goes on for a brief period. The wires may be loose and not properly connected"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Common problem with these vehicles involves the failure of the dome lights not coming on in the driver's compartment."

Walter B., NC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)
Remote engine starter

"Antenna coil failure, part replaced. Also replaced immobilizer transponder"

Anonymous, MB (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"TPS light comes on periodically. Sometimes the pressure is off, but sometimes it is the outside temperature"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

"Warning light stays on and the problem can't be identified"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Two tire pressure monitors failed after 10 years / 100,000 miles"

Miguel R., WV (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"TPMS light goes on randomly. Multiple garages have checked the system and have no explanation -- but some dealership mechanics have tried to tell me it's because there's a cell phone in the car. Seriously."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Does not work at -20 deg. C. and below"

Chris B., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)

"The wiper fluid mechanism is out. Have never had this go out on a car. Especially a 5 year old car"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Had to replace the wiper washer motor"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-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 would no longer play"

Robert P., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"CD Player does not take in CDs"

Perrin S., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"cd player never really worked and when radio and dealer installed car phone failec, I replace the whole thing"

Holsman P., WI (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Will not accept cd when forced in it will not work"

Wally Z., WI (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.7-L V6)

"CD player would no eject cd or allow connection of mp3 player. It resolved itself and I no longer use the cd player to prevent a reoccurrence."

Anonymous, KY (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Put in a CD and there is no response"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Caused by GPS unit problem"

Richard C., MO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"On radio or XM, sound (equalizer) screen is difficult to return to"

Jeff T., MD (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"all part of same unit...not being able to use GPS in our business is not acceptable...Hyundai cannot find nor fix problem"

George W., VA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"The fuel level gauge died completely. Had to be replaced (its kind of very useful to have one that is working). Took almost a day to do the job ($1,000. +) and they had to do it again a couple weeks after that because it was still not working. (at le"

Jacques L., QC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Sometimes and without warning the GPS images will wander violently across the screen, although the directional information remains OK. The audio component will also change stations or roam without human contact with the touch screen"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"It has been a real hassle with both Hyundai and Map-N-Soft. Both trying to get updates and then getting version 8 which broke the radio and and locked everything up. Both Hyundai refused to fix the problem. Pressure by my Dealer got Hyundai to fin"

Richard C., MO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Radio

"power completely fails to music system and then comes back on regularly"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Radio would not send sound signal to one of the speakers"

Anonymous, NM (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Radio volume control went crazy. Not covered under 10 year bumper to bumper warranty. expensive to fix and dealer can not tell what model it is without taking it out first then has to send to California for a new one. Very dissatisified"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"All radio, CD, GPS in one unit. Unit has given problems for two years. Has been repaired several times and replaced once. It is still not working...radio does not go on until car is warmed up...CD resets to different state"

George W., VA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Since new...does not work in cold weather until car warmed up...has been repaired 5 times and replaced once. Still not working"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"AM radio stopped working"

Doyle I., KY (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)
Speakers

"none really. Quiet clean car. LOVE IT"

Judith M., CO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"when trying to change stations, the system switches to another source. this has been a problem since day 1, and they have "fixed" it numerous times. But, it still is not working. It's a piece of crap"

Greg S., PA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-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

4WD/AWD components

"awd coupling leak / crack needed replacement. caused whole vehicle to shake and clunking noise"

Trevor S., AB (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"replaced rear drive line coupler"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The ABS module had to be replaced out if warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited)

"Hyundai has continuing problems with PCM causing a stall condition at any speed. Some have been recalled and some have not. Condition happens very infrequently but could cause dangerous conditions, obviously. The fault for this model, as in all others, lies in a PCM software glitch. This can be resolved with a software update at a dealership, but as this model has not been recalled, it would cost the consumer app. $90-$150 for this model. ALL of these vehicles with this fault should be recalled immediately."

Walter B., NC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)
CV joint

"Covered under warrenty"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"At about 55k miles started hearing intermittent mild dull knocking sound appearing to come from left front. Over 6 to 12 months became more persistent/noticeable. Eventuially had both CV joints replaced but now have what feels like wheel-wobble at lower speeds"

Casey H., OR (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Unusual noise in right front. Mechanic diagnosed it as cv joint. Easy and cheap fix...380cad."

Gordon M., BC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"roaring noise rattles"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"After much diagnosis by dealer, turned out the driver side axle assembly was making noise. After replacing transmission, passenger axle, problem was solved. Problem has returned with exact same symptoms"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"replacement of driveshaft. caused severe shaking of vehicle"

Trevor S., AB (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Front driver' side tire shakes when driving just under 20MPG"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"A joint had to be replaced on the driveshaft."

Anonymous, UT (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Wheel bearing went bad."

Marcia B., IN (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)
Electrical failure

"alternator went bad. Was able to cripple it home at low speed and get it to a mechanic"

Lee B., TX (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I am associating the electrical 'failure' with the heating/cooling issue described"

Patrick M., OR (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"TPS sensor failed, not under warranty"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Warning light would come on intermittently"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited)
Transfer case

"Transfer case had to be replaced, under warranty"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 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

Air or water leaks

"water pump leaking. Pump & anti freeze replaced"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Weather stripping is starting to come off on most doors"

Michel H., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"I explained all I intend to discuss in the previous comments. By the way, on my wife's Elantra, the dealer once did not tighten the oil drain plug properly and leaked in my garage. They fixed it though"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"rattles from right rear quarter panel area"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"sounds like something is loose underneath"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"Suspension parts eroded prematurely"

Jeffrey B., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Recurrent rattles from somewhere near the front of the passenger compartment. Tried to get the dealer to help but they said they did not hear anything and could find no problems"

Ian J., RI (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Sway bar link broke on passenger side"

Michel H., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"heat shield keeps coming loose causing annoying vibration noise when accelerating"

Anonymous, NB (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Vehicle is used as a rural mail carrier. Ball joints and stabilizers wear"

Scott A., IL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Rear spring mount squeaking"

Anonymous, SK (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"every time I hit a small crack in pavement there is a metal to metal ratlle"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"I have a rattling noise coming from rear that even repair shop can't locate"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"The left stabilizer link failed"

Danefield J., NY (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Wind noise

"Noisy at street AND highway speeds. No clear solution, per dealership"

Ian J., RI (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"While there is increased wind noise, my main concern might have to do with the Hub Assemblies, since the front wheel bearings alone may not be the problem. I thought it was tires but took it to Pat Goss's garage and they said the dealer was rotating"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Car is noisy when at highway speeds."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Lost power on interstate at 60 m/h.Max speed was 10m/h"

Ronald B., MN (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"The engine quit at about 40 mph getting off on freeway ramp. All the electronics were still working. Engine restarted and hasn't happened again in 8 months"

Janet P., OH (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"On 3 occasions I experiencd unintended sudden acceleration when accelerating .had difficulty braking to stop the car . Hyundai said was floor mat and refused to fix it under warranty ,I had Honda replace the two fuel sensors at my expense. Solved"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"I had several instances over the years of unintended acceleration when stopping or braking. Had to break heavy and throw the transmission into neutral to prevent a collision. Dealers never acknowledged it was a known issue. Internet said otherwise."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"on several occasions some of the computer parts in the engine have been replaced. one repair service was covered by warranty and 2 or 3 other repairs were paid for out of pocket"

Anonymous, ID (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"Engine has terrible knocking. When checked, was told the pistons are out of sync, could be fine or could be a major problem down the road. Was instructed to always let engine warm up before driving, especially in cold weather."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe)
Oil leaks

"gasket seal leaks timing chain cover and head gasket"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Valve covers leak in the area around the timing chain and leak oil onto alternator causing it also to fail"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Factory recall for valve cover leaks, dealer replaced twice and I just had it done again at my cost. Now the front timing cover seal is leaking - need to remove engine to repair. Not cost effective"

J W., PA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Re-call: Valve cover gasket leaking oil onto Alternator thereby causing a possible fire hazard. Dealer fixed oil leak by installing a new gasket, and, replaced the alternator with a brand new one. No cost to me"

Hank B., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Valve cover gasket leaked oil onto alternator which stopped charging battery. When voltage dropped enough, all electrical systems shut down while traveling 70 mph on interstate. Managed to steer to side and avoid accident. Two dealers and one independent repaired gaskets three times (two alternators) before solving problem. Hyundai reimbursed most expenses"

Samuel P., TX (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Valve cover gasket leak covered under service campaign"

Anonymous, SK (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Dripping oil fell on the alternator, which created problems when driving, including loss of power steering."

Robert D., FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"oil pan gasket was leaking"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"Oil pan leak"

Gary W., IN (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-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

"Alternator failed. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"oil leak on alternator"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"There was an oil leak directly into my alternator, which ruined it"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"Alternator broke, $460 to repair at my local guy who is very reasonable"

Charles T., PA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Engine randomly shuts off when accelerating from a stop light. It's a known problem, suspected to be associated with the alternator (which they've already replaced due to recall). Happens maybe once every 2 months in heavy traffic."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Alternator and valve cover gasket were subject to a recall which was not disclosed to us. 50 miles after purchase we had difficulty and had to have it repaired out of town and then only later did we find out there was a recall. We were eventually reimbursed by Hyundai. Neither the selling dealer nor the KIA dealer we had it repaired at claimed to know anything about the recall."

Anonymous, MN (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"battery dead. . This would be expected after 5 years"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Distributor or rotor failure

"water on engine caused failure of distributor on one cylinder."

Anonymous, AB (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"One of he cylinder coils failed causing the vehicle to run rough"

Wade L., LA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"Refused to start"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Engine harness

"I had the accelerator stick open several times because the throttle position sensor was intermittently faulty but undiagnosed by dealer . This was dangerous and I had to shut the engine off once at highway speeds. I read that many other Hyundai Santa Fe owners had experienced this same problem but when I approached Hyundai Canada, they denied that it was an issue much less issuing a recall."

Anonymous, AB (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Ignition switch

"Sometimes will not engage starter. Must try several times"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 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

A/C compressor

"There was a hole in the compressor ,was down 1/2 day, cost $ 600 to fix"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS)

"I believe that it is likely the compressor...however it just may be that it needs freon. I will take it to the dealer next week. It's just not running very cold"

Barbara F., FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"AC compressor has been replaced twice by the dealership. First one failed about 2 years in and the 2nd one failed about a year later"

Ernest T., OH (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"A?C had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"had some relays fail twice that controlled the system to cool properly when stopped or in traffic"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"often unable to manually control system"

Daniel M., FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"First time it was making a noise. Second time had low output"

Linda R., FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

"Fan motor runs erratically at various speeds or stops, despite control settings"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS)

"heater did not blow on passenger side"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)
Electrical failure

"The Sensor for the Climate Control system turns the unit on automatically and I can't turn it off unless I turn off the car. Doesn't matter heat or air. Dealer says they can't find the problem"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Heater system

"Occasionally the heating/cooling will turn on all by itself. I turn it off, it comes back on. May do this 5-7 times per incident and may happen 3-4 times in a day but doesn't happen everyday. When I turn on front defroster, A/C also comes on."

Patrick M., OR (2009 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

"According to dealership this occurs over time. It is an easy and inexpensive fix"

Anonymous, NS (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

"Hard to move shifter, due to corrosion on a linkage shaft. After lubricating the shaft it has worked very well. A known issue"

Paul M., NS (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"trans range switch frozen from rust buildup"

Thomas S., MA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited)
Rough shifting

"Throttle actuator assembly had to be replaced (after dealer thought it was only the throttle actuator sensor), ~$1k"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Related to the linkage issue. Required lubrication to remedy"

Paul M., NS (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Vehicle began slipping in reverse and also sometimes goes into limp mode when down shifting from 5th gear. Hoping to have it repaired soon."

Anonymous, MN (2009 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

"replace 2 times"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"The head gasket has leaked and needed replacing 2x, however they were good enough to cover under warranty but we just sneaked under the 5 year limit"

Ray M., BC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Gasket required replacement. 3 times"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"belt wearing out, belt poor item on car"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"timing chain had to be replaced"

Paul M., WI (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 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

"Driver side rear door failed to open from the outside but is fine opening up from the inside. Dealer mechanic informed me that the complete mechanical door latch assembly has to be replaced. This door does not get used enough to justify a failure of this type with the amount of KM's on the vehicle"

Richard W., BC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)

"Driver rear door handle none functional from outside but works fine. Not used that often but dealer says cause was normal wear and tear. Vehicle had less than 60000km on it."

Richard W., BC (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe 3.3-L V6)
Seat belts

"driver;s seatbelt does not retract after i take it off. makes me wonder if it works properly. interior moldings around door always falling off. clunking sound near front right axl. not sure what it is. dealership does not find an issue"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 2.7-L V6)

"They jam often. They don’t pull back into holder when you unclip them, resulting in them often get caught when you try to close the door. Back seat seatbelts are difficult to unclip."

Susan H., ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Paint is cracking and peeling off."

Roger R., MO (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 2.7-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission replaced under warranty"

Edward M., NS (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited 3.3-L V6)

"Transmission needed to be replaced at 135000 km. New transmission lasted 17000 km then needed to be replaced. Now on our third transmssion. First replacement was covered by extended warranty. Dealer wouldn't warranty next replacement but eventually did"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.3-L V6)

"It just made a whining sound when changing gears. It was replaced free at 96,000 miles as per warranty."

Philip S., OH (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe SE 3.3-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Had to have radiator replaced TWICE in 55000 miles"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2.7-L V6)

Exhaust

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

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