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Hyundai Santa Fe Problem Trends and Complaints

July 2022 Overview

Based on 12 problem areas, owners have reported the following issues with this vehicle.

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Excessive engine oil consumption on 2018 Santa Fe Sport AWD GDI engine

Model Year:

2018

Manufacturer:

Hyundai

Model:

Santa Fe

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Bought vehicle with 59,000 end of October 2020. Changed oil end of January 2021 on my own and only 1.5 quarts came out. Took vehicle back to dealership that I bought it from (Honda Dealership). Performed an oil consumption test and came back 1000 miles later. Oil was still low

Review submitted by:David

Pros:Comfortable, great tech, smooth ride

Cons:engine

Where’s my oil!

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Hyundai

Model:

Santa Fe

Complaint Resolution:

No, need help

I purchased my 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport in 2020 with just over 71K miles on it. I maintained this vehicle very well, I have every service record to prove it. Around 86K miles I discovered I was burning oil faster then any car I’ve owned. I took it to

Review submitted by:Devini

Pros:I loved this car, very spacious and a good mom car without being a mini van.

Cons:The engine will fail regardless of how well you maintain the vehicle.

Burning oil that has led to even more problems

Model Year:

2013

Manufacturer:

Hyundai

Model:

Santa Fe

Complaint Resolution:

No, need help

My 2013 Santa Fe sport started burning oil well under 100k miles. I noticed I had to add a ton of oil in between oil changes which I maintained religiously. Finally I took it to the dealership to get an oil consumption test done. At the end of the test,

Review submitted by:Laurel

Pros:I loved it when I bought it.

Cons:Ridiculous oil burning, Hyundai is impossible to deal with. Basically I hate everything about Hyundai right now.

Sante Fe consumes large amounts of oil

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Hyundai

Model:

Santa Fe

Complaint Resolution:

No, need help

Our 2017 Sante Fe now has 107000 miles on it. At around 70K the oil consumption increased and continues to increase. The car has been plagued with poor mpg mileage since it was new. The mpg was best right off the showroom floor, then got notably worse. I have been

Review submitted by:Brad

Pros:nothing

Cons:engine defect

Excessive oil consumption on 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

Model Year:

2013

Manufacturer:

Hyundai

Model:

Santa Fe

Complaint Resolution:

No, dealer refused to help

I have a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe which currently has 171,000 miles. Approximately 1 year ago in 2021, I was having my car serviced for a regular oil change when I was notified by the service advisor that my car had much lower expected oil (almost none) than expected and

Review submitted by:Bao

Pros:Good value for price

Cons:Engine consumes and burns oil excessively causing engine damage and smell

Using Oil Badly

Model Year:

2010

Manufacturer:

Hyundai

Model:

Santa Fe

Complaint Resolution:

No, dealer refused to help

I bought this vehicle from a dealer an it has used oil from day one. Dealer will not help please help me please I have taken it back no help taken it back again no help won’t answer my phone calls or messages I have to work and I need

Review submitted by:Linda

Pros:Love the suv

Cons:I can’t afford to pay for a vehicle to sit in my yard

High oil consumption,

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Hyundai

Model:

Santa Fe

Complaint Resolution:

No, need help

Car began consuming oil at a high rate at approximately 93k, within 1 month of being looked at by Hyundai for 90-95k maintenance/transmission fluid replacement. Caused additional catalytic converter issue (P0420) due to oil contamination. Car was looked at by engine repair shop, could not identify place where oil would

Review submitted by:Ariel

Pros:It’s great to drive, I love the way it handles in the rain or snow.

Cons:High oil consumption without a clear reason

Oil consumption

Model Year:

2018

Manufacturer:

Hyundai

Model:

Santa Fe

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Hyundai Santa Fe. Have had to add oil every 2000 miles.

Review submitted by:Frank

Pros:Looks nice

Cons:Poor gas mileage

Engine guzzling oil

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Hyundai

Model:

Santa Fe

Complaint Resolution:

No, need help

I’ve been to the dealership and I’m currently going through a period of tests to see if the engine is actually guzzling too much oil. I already went twice and paid for the oil sensor switch to be fixed along with a oil change initially but that didn’t fix the

Review submitted by:Rachel

Pros:Color

Cons:Engine guzzling too much oil and having multiple problems

Excessive Oil Consumption

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Hyundai

Model:

Santa Fe

Complaint Resolution:

No, need help

Mileage on car was near 74K, oil light would turn on then off but never stayed o . Took car to my repair guy he said it was low on oil even though I still had 2K miles before next change. He checked everything, seal, filter etc. NOTHING was wrong

Review submitted by:Celia

Pros:Everything. Size, comfort,

Cons:Oil problem, new acceleration problem.

Maryland

Model Year:

2018

Manufacturer:

Hyundai

Model:

Santa Fe

Complaint Resolution:

No, dealer refused to help

Oil consumption of 1 quart every 600 miles. Dealership keeps telling me the manager is on vacation and refuses to talk to me about my oil consumption issues. I am a single lady scared to go more than a few miles from my home that it will break down and

Review submitted by:Jill

Pros:None- hate the car. A single women scared it will break down

Cons:Not reliable can not drive long disyamce witj out being scared to run out of oil

Florida

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

Hyundai

Model:

Santa Fe

Complaint Resolution:

No, need help

Santa Fe Sport Ultimate began using oil at app. 72,000 miles. It appears to be using oil at a faster rate now. The dealer told me an oil consumption test will cost $350-400 and we may have to leave it overnight. Add the cost of a rental car and it's

Review submitted by:David

Pros:Everything else.

Cons:Oil consumption and the cost of the test and possibly a new engine.

Texas

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

Hyundai

Model:

Santa Fe

Complaint Resolution:

No, dealer refused to help

2020 Santa Fe bought Oct 2020. Engine shut down at 6700 mi. Bought in Dallas broke down in Oklahoma City. Towed to nearest dealer. Bob Howard. Detected no oil in engine block. Needed new engine they told me it needed new motor but might be up to six months wait.

Review submitted by:Tim

Pros:When running I liked it

Cons:Engine only lasted 6700 miles.

Engine died and claim for engine recall denied

Model Year:

2016

Manufacturer:

Hyundai

Model:

Santa Fe

Complaint Resolution:

No, dealer refused to help

I have a 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe that has just under 189,000 miles on it. Driving down the interstate and it made an awful noise and then just shut down - thankfully I was able to coast to the shoulder safely. Had the car towed to the local Hyundai dealership,

Review submitted by:Sandy

Pros:It's been a great car - had never had any issues with all the miles I've driven. It's my 2nd Santa Fe!

Cons:Up until now, none - however with the oil/engine situation it makes it very unsafe of a vehicle to drive around.

Won't move. Stuck in gear

Model Year:

2010

Manufacturer:

Hyundai

Model:

Santa Fe

Complaint Resolution:

No, need help

Won't move. Stuck in gear. Neutral safety switch is used still won't move. Every gear just revves. I've switch d the In and output speed sensors. I've changed the neutral safety switch and it still just gives me the same issues. Its my only vehicle. And now lost my job

Review submitted by:Brandon

Pros:I love it except it not allowing me to drive it. Transmission or sensor issues.

Cons:Well maintained and it's giving to much of a. Issue

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