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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe

2003 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Problems

Engine -- Verified

The crankshaft position sensor may fail, causing engine stalling or a failure to start. Replacement or the failed sensor will commonly correct this problem.

Engine -- Verified

The timing belt can fail prematurely; if it fails while driving, it can cause catastrophic damage to the engine. Be sure that the timing belt is inspected and replaced according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule.

Engine -- Verified

On the 2.7L V6 and 2.4L 4 Cylinder, a defective exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) switching valve may cause an intermittent rough or unstable idle engine.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

If the alternator fails, it should be replaced with an improved design which is better able to replenish electrical power to the battery. The new alternator requires a different diameter drive belt.

2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., October 29, 2003

Summary: CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 120, ┬┐TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES OTHER THAN PASSENGER CARS.┬┐

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Body, Interior & Misc., July 17, 2009

Summary: HYUNDAI IS RECALLING 83,355 MY 2001-2003 SANTA FE VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. ROAD SALT APPLIED IN THESE JURISDICTIONS DURING THE WINTER MONTHS MAY RESULT IN PROGRESSIVE, INTERNAL CORROSION OF THE REAR TRAILING ARMS, WHICH COULD LEAD TO THINNING OR PERFORATION OF THE REAR TRAILING ARM STEEL. OWNERS MAY SEE OR FEEL SLIGHT TO MODERATE CHANGES IN VEHICLE OPERATION WHICH WILL INCREASE IF THE VEHICLE IS NOT REPAIRED. THESE CHANGES INCLUDE A LOWERING OF VEHICLE HEIGHT THAT CAN LEAD TO TIRE MISALIGNMENT AND STEERING PULL. OWNERS MAY ALSO NOTICE A CREAKING SOUND.

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Brakes, March 24, 2004

RepairPal Expert Overview:

On vehicles equipped with All Wheel Drive and the 3.5L V6, at speeds between 3 and 12 MPH, vibrations from wet brake pads may cause interference with the electronic signal noise with the ABS sensor. The Antilock Braking System (ABS) may activate, which may extend stopping distance and result in a crash. Dealers will reprogram the ABS ECU. The recall began March 24, 2004. The Hyundai recall number is 065.

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Questions and Answers

Claire, 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, 4 Cylinder, Hampton, VA

What does code P0421 indicate that I should have repaired?

trish67, 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, 6 Cylinder, O Fallon, MO

My Santa Fe engine light came on and I was advised to replace my gas cap, which I did. About three gas tank fill-ups later, my vehicle started just fine but wanted to stall if I did not keep the e...

Rysma, 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, 6 Cylinder, Carbondale, PA

I purchased the car used and it came with the aftermarket car starter/anti theft system. My remote has stopped working. I changed the batteries and it was not that. I can not start my car withou...

mikemac941, 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2.7L V6, Eastlake, OH

I have recently noticed a high pitched whine, acompanied by a definite vibration through the steering column, and a slight shimmy in the front. It abates as the car warms up. Current mileage is ...

mmaryann, 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, Keller, TX

the card idled a little roughly, but then riding down the road it died, engine light came on, but, wouldn't start again. After sitting for an hour or so, car started and was able to get it home

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2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

This vehicle has been a 9 month nightmare!
I purchased new in 2003 everything was perfect until 90 thousand miles.
ABS pump failed had to replace.
AC compressor pump failed had to replace.
Alternator failed had to replace.
Power steering leaking from undercarriage....Electrical issue...I'm working on fixing those next month.
Now if I didn't have the skill to fix this nightmare known as 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe I would be paying a lots & lots of money out in labor to repair center/Dealer
In parts Ive already spent well over 1000.00.
I'm selling this peace of junk next year will never buy another Hyundai

I drive a standard transmission Santa Fe with 200 thousand miles and still going good. This vehicle ages gracefully, without the noise and the quirks of many others. As long as oil is changed every 5000 miles, timing belt replaced every 75 thousand miles and tranny oil replaced every 100 thousand miles, this car will keep ticking. AC compressor and starter motor are not as good as the rest of the car, need replacement more often than the usual 100K miles. The starter sits below the exhaust manifold, keeps very hot and does not last as it should. The suspension is very smooth, a quiet and comfortable ride. Fuel economy is above average for an SUV. This car does not like ethanol gasoline. It is pretty high and its wheelbase rather narrow, so it rolls over easier, must be driven carefully, especially in sharp curves.

I bough my Santa Fe new in 2003 and frankly it has almost 90,000 miles on it and it has only cost me about $400.00 in repairs outside of regular maintance. The Warranty is amazing! My CV Joints went at 84,000 and the dealer replaced them at no cost. I will probably buy a Tuscon when I can afford a new car.

The person who said the card is great until 100,000 miles is right on. The car was great until it hit the 120K mark. The AC Compressor went and now at 140K, the transmission is going. Not happy.

It seems the people who love this car have not hit the 100,000 mile mark. After that expect water pump to blow, ac compressor to fail, coils to need changing, and new timing belt system. Wow that is expensive! I am at 120,000 and just got the estimate for the ac compressor $1,085.39 dollars. Yikes!

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