1st Gen (2001 – 2006) Hyundai Santa Fe Problems

The 1st generation of the Santa Fe has a cumulative PainRank™ of 5.64. That can be compared against other Hyundai generations. Shopping for a Hyundai? So far, so good. But there are some warning signs to watch for.

Owners of the 2001–2006 Santa Fe model years have sent in 144 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the body (15%) followed by the engine (12%) and the transmission (11%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2006 12
3.5
2005 34
7.71
2004 45
9.74
2003 21
5.77
2002 20
4.34
2001 12
2.8

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