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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews and Owner Comments

 
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Reviews (29 reviews)
  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Carmichael, CA, September 19, 2014 07:29
    I purchased this car new 2004 6cyl 3.5L. It has been the most dependable vehicle I have owned. Only one major problem when a local mechanic installed a timing belt incorrectly and had to get dealership to correct it. Keep it maintained and the car will last. Occasional part replacement is normal for any vehicle. This vehicle has NEVER left me stranded.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Fairview, TN, September 03, 2014 20:02
    Bought it new on a snowy day in jan 04.no problems till 140000 had to replace cat converter.ran great other than reg maint till 200000 then had automatic tran rebuilt.fan switch for air and heat sometimes turns ofg and then back on.oh yea did replace front drive shafts at around170000 shafts were still good but boots were split and leaking greese.I've owned this hyundai going on 11 years. Its been a dear ole thing.I've thought about replaceing it a few times but haven't because no matter the repair price ots still much cheaper than a new car note.so I guess ill keep it as long as spare parts can be bought.yea 04 santa fe base model 4 cylinder automatic is a good ole car jist stay on top of maint and oil change and just ride on. Crank sensor waterpump were changed out some years back but this kinda stuff wears out on all brands of cars and trucks
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Long Beach, CA, August 01, 2014 12:17
    Best car Ever! It always starts & rolls Great! I am the 3rd owner. I got the car in 2011 w/about 123,000 on it. It now has 140,000, The ONLY issues I have had are with my electric front windows. I simply got that fixed! I recently got a new timing belt, Left front axle replaced. I do however have a small power steering leak. I just use No leak power steering fluid & no longer have any issues. I will get it replaced eventually. I get an oil change every 3000 miles. My only complaint is the PAINT, my vehicle is white & the paint has turned (on the back of the vehicle) but I have noticed this with Several other Santa Fe's. I will DEFINITELY always buy Hyundai! I love my car! btw, Today 08/01/2014 there was a RECALL on 2001-2006 Santa Fe to replace the coil spring in 20 states look it up, just in case it applies to your vehicle.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    wvcarrin, Huntsville, AL, July 16, 2014 10:31
     Enthusiast
    AC will freeze you out. Gas mileage is around 20/21 mpg in town, 24/25 on the road, not what I would like for it to be. Handles very well. Had this car about a year now and need to have timing belt changed, previous owner "thinks" it was new when he bought it two years ago. I know it needs a tune up and that may help my MPG issue. It has 120000 miles on it.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    gary belzman, Indio, CA, July 01, 2014 13:55
     Rookie
    This vehicle has been a lemon since day one. Bad A/C switches, Bad exterior Paint. Bundled cables in engine compartment issues. Seat Belt & Seat issues. Terrible gas mileage. 11 mpg. Just had injectors cleaned. no change. Wish we would have bought a Rav4 or 4 Runner from Toyota. Planning to trade this in soon on a new car purchase. Too many problems to list here. Just want it gone.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Duluth, MN, June 16, 2014 17:50
    I have had my 2004 Hyundai 3.5 V6 for 4 years. Everything is breaking on it. I am having engine trouble, transmission trouble, rear end problems. Many things have been replaced and it has become a big lemon. It still needs $1,000s in repairs. It has 142,000. My friend has a 2003 with 210,000 miles and has had no major problems. Just my luck. I wish Hyundai would have been the vehicle for me, but I will not look at another brand. This is suppose to be such a good vehicle according to brand and yearly ratings. I am very disappointed as I cannot afford to fix or get another vehicle.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Youngstown, NY, March 23, 2014 10:07
    I just get the car and I am having some problem
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Victorville, CA, October 16, 2013 14:24
    My 2004 Hyundai Sante Fe GLS (with V6 3.5L engine). Is still going strong and has 412,000 miles on it! This is the truth. Actually, it doesn't belong to me anymore I gave it to my daughter at 372,000. Its still only costing her the regular maintenance costs battery, rotors, starter, belts, and now tires. I love that car - I wish I'd bought another one. All you have to do is keep it lubed and it'll rung forever! I was trying to get it to 500,000 miles.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Tonawanda, NY, May 05, 2013 13:47
    This vehicle seems to have been made of no name poor quality parts. Premature failure of timing belt causing crank position sensor to fail before total destruction of engine. Too many ball joints tie rod ends and wheel bearing failures until I installed quality brand name parts. Now with new timing belt, tensioners idle pulleys, water pump, etc, there is a engine bottom knock. Seem like a main or counter balance bearing. All this with only 135,000 miles. The vehicle is very functional and I gave Hyundai a try because I wanted a standard transmission. The vehicle is very practical and I really like its ride and roominess but Hyundai missed the boat on RELIABILITY. For 2004, this vehicle is a terrible value.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Sicklerville, NJ, January 20, 2013 17:45
    Brought it new, now have 166k miles oil change every 3500 miles, transmission services as scheduled, timing belt changed out at 100k. my only problems to date has been power steering pump at 165k dash clock and some paint on the hood and back hatch. I see the paint problem often and will be writing Hyundai a letter to see if I can get paint out of them. I currently own 4 Hyundais. All dealer serviced and very happy with all of them
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Carmel, NY, October 16, 2012 17:12
    Bought My 2004 Santa Fe 3.5 about 6 months ago.. No complaints on the car at all.. Most reliable car i have had... got it with 280,000 miles on it, and it now has 288,000 mils in it.. I bought it from my mechanic, the original owner bought it new, had it serviced at my mechanics shop every time.. oil changes on time and kept it clean.. people see my car and think it is like a 2010 how clean it is.. i had it in another mechanic shop to do the oil change only because mine was on vacation, he told me he has never seen a Hyundai with 284,000 miles on it, with an engine in such great shape.. i will be doing the timing belt soon just to have it replaced,.. but i love the car... they say they can last up to 500,000 miles :) hope every one else likes there's..
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Paris, KY, April 17, 2012 10:23
    I bought this vehicle (2.4L 4cylinder, front wheel drive) used with 29,000 miles 2 years ago. It now has 53,000(4/17/2012) miles. The only repairs made so far were because of the mechanic at the Subaru dealership not installing parts correctly, total cost of repairs were less than $200. I hand wash and vacuum the vehicle every other week. So far no maintenance cost other than what I said above. Just oil changes and tires. Outside trim still looks great, inside shows wear but not too bad. This vehicle has never left me stranded or stuck off road anywhere, very reliable. Only problems right now is the popping sound coming from front suspension every now and then (probably needs new gas shocks and struts), nasty smell when first turning on A/C, and after putting in drive after not driving for a while the transmission or something has a jerk to it. Ive had the transmission fluid changed and looked at and no problems with transmission.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Sour Lake, TX, February 28, 2012 08:51
    I bought my 2004 Santa Fe new and have made sure to use synthetic oil since driving it off the lot. I have replaced the brakes twice and the timing belt once...in 165,000 miles. My only real gripe is a fuse will go out every three months. My 2000 Tiburon had all kinds of problems (all covered by warranty) with stereo and transmission. It had 155,000 miles when it was totaled in 2009 by a Silverado on the driver side door. My 2002 Santa Fe had 85,000 miles when it was totaled in 2004 by a Dodge pulling a trailer hit us head on on our side of I-10. Except for the cracked glass from the airbags you couldn't tell on the inside that you had been in an accident. My 2009 Sonata has 88,000 miles and I haven't had an issue. I have been a Hyundai driver for 12 years and think every one should own one!!
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Romaninvegas, Henderson, NV, February 27, 2012 14:57
     Enthusiast
    I'm 16 yo and just "inherited" our families 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe with a V6, 2.4 liter engine, and 126,000 miles. We are the only owners of the car and haven't had any problems with the car. Sure there are the normal cosmetic issues attributed to it being 8 years old. The only things we've replaced were the timing belt at 100,000 miles, the speed and mile tracker, and the spark plugs only as a precaution. It still runs strong and I love driving it. The only reason I can see for people not having a good experience is because they don't take care of their vehicles.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Wildcat401, Dallas, PA, January 23, 2012 10:24
     Rookie
    2005 Sante Fe Windshield Washer do not work, Fuses are new, hoses are clear need a new washer motor. how much is this repair going to cost also har rear wiper
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Laveen, AZ, September 29, 2011 21:09
    2004 Santa Fe. 60,000 Miles. So far: seat fabric is wearing out fast. Water Pump is failing (which is why I came here). Trim pieces have fallen off the outside of the car. The windows don't go down any more (Except the driver window). The lights got stuck "on" one time and burnt out the battery. (note the lights auto-turn off when you take out the keys). They didn't. The A/C won't turn off tonight - try to turn it off and the contols short out and flash on and off. We've had seal failures cause us have to replace some part or other that cost $800 I can't find the record now of what it was. Replaced timing belt due to horror stories we found on the internet. Tires that come with the car wear out real fast in Phoenix desert heat. Fair enough. Sister in law bought same car, same model, same year, and her A/C has failed already and had to be replaced. I really despise this car.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Monterey, CA, September 27, 2011 18:52
    I see most people here have negative feedbacks on the santa fe . Ours is the 4cyl. 2.4 engine . Don 't know if it ' s the reason why , but we ' re up to 230,000 KM and never had any problems . Only had regular maintenance on it . Changed front and rear brakes once , timing belt at 117,000 KM ...
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Saint Albans, VT, August 02, 2011 16:42
    bought used with low mileage...the dealer has had in the garage more then i have...first two years, lets see. timing belt, throttle body, every sensor, stuck throttle and drove through garage, brakes didnt stop it. eats gas and wife drives it like a old lady..tune up took 2 days because you have to take half the motor apart to get to the rear plugs.......will never buy another Hyundai...EVER.....dont buy one they will suck you dry......ps I'm a master technician with over 34 years under my belt....this car sucks...
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Massapequa, NY, May 26, 2011 16:08
    Hyundai should be embarrassed to sell such crap. With less than 30,000 miles on it I have had problems with back seat breaking, wont fold down, wiper motor problems, passenger side window does not roll down, runner boards, its worse than any American car.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Paris, KY, March 22, 2011 19:02
    I bought the 2004 santa fe in 2010 with 29,000 miles. It has been a year now and it is at 38,000 miles. So far no problems and has been very dependable. My driving includes city roads, country roads, and interstates. The suspension does make weird noises every now and then when going over rough terrain. The transmission is sluggish and sometimes wont go in gear. The interior has nothing special and is very plain/bland. It has plenty of room. The cup holders are very small and will not hold anything without the drink tipping over. It has a 4 cylinder engine and still gets bad gas mileage (22mpg average). The vehicle does NOT have ABS or traction control. 0-60mph in around 11 seconds. Driving on interstate (70mph) is smooth except on windy days. The car rides smooth from 0-100mph. You have to fight the car at higher speeds because it is light and sits up high. Brakes do not grip well and takes longer distance to stop. When the brakes are wet they make a loud sounds and do not grip well at all. Overall the car is overpriced for what you get. I would not recommend this vehicle to anyone unless you live in the city and drive very little.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, New Lebanon, OH, December 11, 2010 09:51
    I own a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe... it now (June 2010) has 109,000 miles on it and is still such a wonderful vehicle. I like that it is a SUV but yoiu wouldn't know it if you judged by the MPG this SUV gets. I frequently take a trip that is just a little over 500 miles round trip and evrey time when I have completed the trip I have a quarter tank of gas (maybe a little more) left. I fell in love with this car the first time I drove it. It has never given me any problems. Would I buy another? Absolutely!
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Los Altos, CA, December 11, 2010 09:50
    The worst car I will hopefully ever own. Horrible a/c system, if you are riding in the back you don't get any air...Replaced o2 sensor 3 times, fuel filter 2 times, difficulties with the transmission. Would not recommend purchasing.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Hanover, PA, December 11, 2010 09:49
    The 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe is the worst car I have ever owned!!! It's been nothing but a huge money pit. I will NEVER Buy another or reccomend a Hyundai to anyone. I will tell anyone that listens all of the issues that I've had with this car so that I can hopefully prevent them from making the same mistake I did by buying one.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    LongviewGirl, Longview, TX, December 01, 2010 04:41
     Enthusiast
    I absoultely love this car. It had some issues at first with the cadillac converter and manifold, but they got it fixed and everything's good now.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Grain Valley, MO, November 15, 2010 06:22
    This is the best vehicle i have ever bought! Knock on wood never had a problem with it! I would buy this suv over and over again. I have had it for 6 years now. I have never been unhappy with it!
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Singlemom, South Weymouth, MA, August 31, 2010 12:37
     Enthusiast
    I purchased new had problems with the breaks in wet weather at low speeds since day one. Told dealer can't reproduce problem from day one. Made to purchase all new rotors and pads for this at less then 20,000. Problem still there. Gave up talking to dealer about it. Years later TSB about it but told the year of my truck is right but not month so its not my break problem. But it is 100% what my breaks did since new. Have had to change sensors for all types of things. A lot of bubbled surface Rust showing under hood on hood support beam in front of hood. Ball joint, Power steering pump, 4 elec sensors, replaced. Now axle boots leaking grease and tie rod boot leaking grease and ripped. I feels like I have replaced parts in all areas many the minute it hit 60,000 and was no longer covered. The breaks from o miles to present. Oh and the raido since the truck was new was replaced 3 times. Paint chipped off the orig. after 2 months of owning (purchased truck new). Replacment radio stopped changing stations 3 or so months after being put in and the display went out and paint on station keys chipping off again (I don't have long nails either). 3rd radio has the same problem only it comes and goes. At times station won't chnage and display is out click off and on it comes back on and works paint chipping off in same places as others. Though by the time the 3rd replacement radio started the same problems as the others it was no longer covered even though it was the 3rd replacment since the car was new with the same problems. I feel disappointed because for over $20,000 for a new top line Santa Fe I thought buying new meant I would not have to keep going in for repairs or breaking down like I would having an older used car. It is my first new car and I feel the old used cars I've had all my life were not less reliable then this purchased new one has been. How messed up is that. I am just as afraid to travel with this Santa Fe I brought new as I was with cars I brought used that were over 10 years old and that was not supposed to happen. As well I have followed the service requirments and have been an easy driver on the truck and the only driver.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Saint Charles, MO, August 10, 2010 15:17
    The 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe I own is the worst car I have and hopefully will ever own. I have numerous problems with the transmission. I have had three new transmissions and two new engines and blew the crankshafts once. The air condition condenser went out once, and if it wasn't under warranty I would have immediately gotten rid of the car. I am certain that after 100,000 miles when the warranty is up I will have no choice but to get rid of the car due to an inevitable catastrophic failure.
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Stormville, NY, June 18, 2010 15:00
    the only thing wrong is it cuts out while driving . and stalls when stop can any one help with this
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  • 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Visitor, Rockledge, FL, June 12, 2010 15:03
    I have had to many problems wrong with my santa fe for this reason dont like hyundais anymore
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