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.
Poor Shift Quailty of Automatic Transmission on Hyundai Santa Fe
Average mileage: 103,155 (8,000–200,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD, Automatic Transmission
53 people reported this problem
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe - 4WD 104,000 mi, Visitor
The Vehicle Shutters from 2nd to 3rd gear. The computer is not showing any codes. The dealer has Flashed the computer system and this has not corrected it. It only occurs when the engine is cold and after it warms up it goes away and shifts smoothly. I had it to a trans repair and he states it's not the trans. It's also been newly tuned up. No one knows what's worng or how to fix this.
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe 50,000 mi, Visitor
My 2011 Santa Fe hesitates and "jerks" like it can't decide on the right gear to be in when accelerating from a stop. The Hyundai dealer had it in the shop for 1.5 weeks and replaced the transmission, reset the computer code, and put in a new axle. Picked it up last night and it's still doing the jerking thing.
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2WD 130,000 mi, Visitor
Intermediate jumping and hesitation from reverse to drive and between 1st and 2nd gears. Have read that it is a transmission control module software problem and needs to be upgraded. Is not fixed as of yet.
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2WD 150,000 mi, Visitor
My Santa Fe is great except for the transmission stutter when you first start it up and put it in Drive. Regardless of cold start or warm ....as you pull out the vehicle will act like its slipping & there is jerking for the first few moments until it goes into 2nd gear and then all is well ! This does not occur again until you shut the vehicle off & then start again.......Fluid level & condition is good but this has been there since I bought it used. The only way to not have it slip, is to very slowly pullout from a start & ease down the road for about 50 to 100 yds. barely above idle until it shifts into 2nd,
2009 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2WD 17,400 mi, Visitor
Harsh shift between 2nd and 3rd. Usually happens on longer trips When things have heated up good. Next morning, shifts perfect!
2001 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2WD
3rd gear takes a long time to shift to 4th
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe - Automatic Transmission 35,000 mi, Visitor
initially hesitates when going from stop to go (stop signs, red lights etc)
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe - 4WD 128,000 mi, Visitor
The car was just entering the highway and jerked three times before slipping into third gear(60mph). After that it was driven all day with no other problems.
2005 Hyundai Santa Fe - 4WD 145,000 mi, Visitor
Car slightly jerking in accelaration
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe - Automatic Transmission 200,000 mi, Visitor
tran slips when shifting
2002 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2WD
sometimes have to pull over shut the truck off to get it to start shifting again
Transmission failed after 24,000kms. Dealer replaced under warranty. At 40,000kms (25,000 miles) I am having to replace the transmission again. The vehicle is 3 months out of warranty, but the replacement transmission only has 16,000kms (10,000 miles). Hyundai replacing part under goodwill, but making me pay labour - $1,000. Obviously they have an issue with the transmission in that year as I know of 4 other people who have had them replaced at low mileage.
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2WD 87,800 mi, Visitor
Shifts into Drive very roughly.
2002 Hyundai Santa Fe - 4WD 110,000 mi, Visitor
dies when in D and down shifting into first gear while coming to stop. also doesn't like to shift into 4th unless put into manual shifting. no fix found as of now.
2008 Hyundai Santa Fe - Automatic Transmission 125,000 mi, Visitor
truck is not registering that it is in park so it either doesn"t start unless put in neutral or the shifter gets stuck in park and won't allow the vehicle to move. Had the shifter replaced twice and it will be fine for a couple months and then we start having the same problem again
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe - 4WD 112,558 mi, Visitor
When put Santa Fe into drive, step on the gas and go car hesitates and jerks. So I let off the gas slowly and then I start to go then it shifts into gear and drives fine. Trying to sell my car by self and want to make sure that I inform new owners of the problem.
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2WD 75,000 mi, Visitor
Car jerks at acceleration 1 to 2 gear
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2WD 155,151 mi, Visitor
Low power and hard transmission shifting
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe - 4WD 8,000 mi, Visitor
Trans seemingly couldn't make up its computer mind of when to shift, resulting in jerks and hesitations that forwarned of forthcoming damage. My local Hyundai dealer replaced the transmission on both occasions.
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe - 4WD 36,000 mi, Visitor
Hard shifting and a sort of shuttering when shifting in lower gears. It sounds like the gears are having difficulty gripping. I took it to the dealer, as it is still under warranty, but they run a computer program, then claim it's fixed or say that they can't replicate the problem. So frustrating that they don't want to fix the problem, most likely because it's a warranty fix. Ugh!