1st Generation (2001—2006) Santa Fe Problems

This generations ranks 38th out of 52 Hyundai generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the body (15%), engine (13%), and the transmission (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Paint Is Wearing Off 13 complaints at an average of 91,016 miles in the 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe.
  2. Paint Is Easily Damaged 3 complaints at an average of 30,017 miles in the 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe.
  3. Runs Rough, Check Engine Light On 1 complaints at an average of 68,959 miles in the 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe.

What Santa Fe Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Hyundai model years.

Watch out for the 2004 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2006 14 1 21 4.27
2005 34 3 26 7.68
2004 45 3 50 9.71
2003 21 4 63 5.76
2002 20 4 25 4.32
2001 12 4 112 2.79

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