Poor Shift Quailty of Automatic Transmission on Hyundai Santa Fe

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.

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Average mileage: 102,155 (8,000–200,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD, Automatic Transmission
12 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
53 people reported this problem
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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe - 4WD 104,000 mi,
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,
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,
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,
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,
Harsh shift between 2nd and 3rd. Usually happens on longer trips When things have heated up good. Next morning, shifts perfect!
3rd gear takes a long time to shift to 4th
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe - Automatic Transmission 35,000 mi,
initially hesitates when going from stop to go (stop signs, red lights etc)
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe - 4WD 128,000 mi,
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,
Car slightly jerking in accelaration
sometimes have to pull over shut the truck off to get it to start shifting again
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe - Automatic Transmission 200,000 mi,
tran slips when shifting
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2WD 87,800 mi,
Shifts into Drive very roughly.
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.
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2WD 155,151 mi,
Low power and hard transmission shifting
2011 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2WD 75,000 mi,
Car jerks at acceleration 1 to 2 gear
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe - 4WD 112,558 mi,
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.
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe - 4WD 8,000 mi,
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.
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe - 2WD 158,000 mi,
Sputters when accelerating from a stop and from 2nd to 3rd
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe - 4WD 150,000 mi,
Sometimes it takes longer to shift from 3rd to fourth. Never any of the others. I have noted that it takes place on uphill acceleration only. Never level.
2001 Hyundai Santa Fe - 4WD 45,000 mi,
Transmission slips between 2 and 3 gear shift.