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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

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2008 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.

Drive Train -- Verified

Prior to replacing the automatic transmission fluid (to improve shift quality), make sure that the transmission fluid level is correct. Also, make sure the computer that controls the transmission has the most up-to-date adaptive programming information. When servicing these transmissions be sure to use fluid approved by Hyundai.

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., September 8, 2011

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The clock spring electrical contact for the driver's airbag may become damaged through normal usage over time. The electrical circuit will experience a high resistance condition and in the event of a crash, the driver's airbag will not deploy, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the contact assembly as necessary to correct this condition. The Hyundai recall number is 103.

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Body, Interior & Misc., July 24, 2012

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Hyundai is recalling certain 2007 through 2009 Santa Fe models because the air bag system may not properly detect a smaller occupant in the passenger seat. Improper detection may cause the front passenger airbag not to deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the front passenger. Dealers will update the occupant classification software to correct this concern. The Hyundai recall number is 105.

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Body, Interior & Misc., June 11, 2008

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The certification label on the driver side center pillar lists the incorrect gross axle weight rating (GAWR). Overloading your vehicle may adversely affect handling/braking and could result in tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Hyundai will mail corrected labels and installation instructions to vehicle owners. Dealers will install the labels upon request. The Hyundai recall number is 084.

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Body, Interior & Misc., October 13, 2008

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Hyundai is recalling certain trailer hitch wiring harnesses on 2007–2008 Santa Fe and Veracruz models because moisture may get into the circuit board components, resulting in corrosion that could cause a short circuit. This may result in overheating or damage to the converter module, possibly causing a fire. Hyundai will notify owners and repair the affected harnesses free of charge.

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Brakes, April 1, 2013

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The affected vehicles are being recalled because the brake light switch can fail prematurely, resulting in the loss of brake light operation. Other systems that may be affected include: cruise control, push-button start, gear shifter, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system. Dealers will replace the brake light switch to correct this concern.

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Questions and Answers

Mr.Tiger Eyes, 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe, 3.3L V6, Miami, FL

I have a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited, I had an accident with this car and the alternator broke. The original one was a Valeo 13.5V and 130 Amps sins I could not get one on this island i put one o...

bill56, 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe, Gardner, MA

My 3rd brake light lens,the lcd light on the spoiler is broke and I need to replace with a new one.I have the new part but can not figure out how the old one comes off.Need help to replace it,Pleas...

lmg, 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe, 3.3L V6, Cornelius, NC

what is the average cost?

smo363, 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe, 3.3L V6, Springfield, OH

i'm trying to find out where i can buy diamond atf splll, or sk atf splll trans fluids. my local hyundai dealer parts dept. had some hyundai fluid, but it was only $4.50 a qt., so i didn'...

Visitor, 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2.7L V6, Valley Center, KS

XM and FM volume levels are equal. When AM is selected the volume is about 1/2 and not clear

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

I bought my 2008 Santa Fe in May 2009 with 30,000 miles on it. Aside from the recent air-bat recalls, I've been extremely satisfied with the vehicle itself. But yesterday I became EXTREMELY disappointed to find out that Hyundai, who mostly became known for it's 100,000 warranty and is one of their biggest selling points, will not honor that warranty for the power train if you're the SECOND OWNER. So I had a HARD wake-up call yesterday when the check engine light came on, the part involved was related to the power train, but I had to pay for the $300+ repair because my car now has 66,000+ miles. The other issue I had was the gas tank sensor fiasco - You fill up the tank and it reads empty...fortunately I was still under warranty for that one, but I read it repeats. AND after leaving the dealership from that repair yesterday, the check engine light came back up and now it came back with a misfire code for pistons 1 and 6. I'll let you know how that works out - they had to keep the car.

Bought our 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe for our first retirement car. We now have about 65,000 miles on the car - mostly highway driving. The Santa Fe looks, rides, and drives like new. The Hyundai dealer has been great. We have had no problems with the car. We average about 20 mpg - sometimes as much as 23 mpg traveling cross country. WE LOVE OUR HYUNDAI.

I bought a 2008 Santa Fe and initially was very happy with it, then it started to delay going from reverse to forward and when it kicked in it jerked forward, which we thought as just the 4 wheel drive kicking in until the transmission conked out and it was led off to the dealership. For only 75K Kms this is not good, but am waiting on Hyundai to say weather they will cover it or if I'm supposed to fork out $25K

I purchased my 2008 Santa Fe on April 1, 2009. Yes, I thought I might be the April Fool's joke for doing so, but I had compared it to all the smaller SUVs in its class. I have now owned it for almost two years. I am quite happy with it. I get an average of 22 MPG, but on vacations I have gotten 26 MPG and 28 MPG! That's amazing for its size. My only complaints are the interior and the road noise. The interior is not as "plush" as I'd like it to be and the road noise can be a bit louder than I prefer. But, other than those to MINOR complaints, I love it so far. I have had a bit of a problem with the left headlight. The dim sometimes doesn't want to work, but the bright will. I assume something is loose, but haven't had it fixed yet.

Horrible/excruciating interior noise when rear windows are opened while driving...so bad that it hurts your ears!!! Front suspension was never very surefooted...sometimes floaty/bouncy and other times jarring...recently developed a very loud knocking noise from the right front suspension (vehicle has 33008 miles)...will be taking the vehicle to the Hyundai dealer for diagnosis of this issue and hopefully a repair covered by the warranty...

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