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.
Car Problem Reports
Hyundai Santa Fe Correct Maintenance of Timing Belt
Hyundai Santa Fe Problem
Engines Affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.7L V6, 3.3L V6, 3.5L V6
Average Mileage: 101,199 mi (13,799 mi - 210,000 mi)
Visitor, 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2.7L V6, 210,000 mi
timing belt broke with 210000 miles on and tooh out cylinder heads
Visitor, 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 13,799 mi
April of this year my timing belt prematurely snapped damaging engine. Had to have intake valves replaced and sealed...I love stick shift Santa Fe but now at just 114000 check engine light came on again this time saying po101 Mass air flow which was also just changed within the past year. starting to feel Hopeless at 114000 I should be able to go another 100,000 ~ Jenny Melgar
Visitor, 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2.7L V6, 146,000 mi
car just shut down while driving, lost compression. took out 16 of the 24 valves. cost 2200 bucks to fix. new belt and components, rebuilt heads, all required gaskets. GIANT pain in the ass.
Visitor, 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 63,000 mi
timing belt broke while driving. does it pay to fix
I was driving, everything was normal then with no warning instead of shifting into the next gear my car just started slowing down. I didnt push it. No solution yet, it came with horrible timing pun intended
Visitor, 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 138,000 mi
Engine stalled and mechanic said it looked like a birds nest in there. Replace top of engine.
1st Belt was replaced at 79,000 than my belt broke while driving 110,000 now engine is destroyed
Visitor, 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe, 3.3L V6, 56,000 mi
Squeaking engine for 6 months... Hundai did not find any problem each of the four times car was taken in. Now at 56,000 miles, timing and drive belt needs replaced. Not covered by warranty.