Why Hyundai Santa Fe Owners Complain About the 2007 Model the Most

The Hyundai Santa Fe has been a popular five-passenger SUV in the Hyundai lineup since 2001. It’s a family-friendly vehicle with an affordable price tag and a good amount of features. Over the years, there have been a few issues with the engines that Hyundai owners have complained about, and 2007 really stood out. What did owners of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe complain about the most?

2007 Hyundai Santa Fe fuel system problems

The biggest problem that owners complained about is that the fuel sensors failed and the fuel gauge gave the wrong reading. CarComplaints.com gave this 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe problem a severity rating of 7.3 or “pretty bad.” This is mainly because if the car were to run out of gas without warning while cruising down the highway, it could cause an accident. The issue occurred at an average of 100,100 miles and cost around $500 to fix.

Sometimes, the fuel gauge failing would cause the check engine light to come on. Solutions included replacing the faulty fuel sensor and replacing the sensors in the saddle gas tank. Even though it is a relatively minor problem, Santa Fe owners were frustrated that Hyundai didn’t issue a recall. 

Some Santa Fe owners experienced transmission failure

Another issue that owners of the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe complained about was the dreaded transmission failure. Car Complaints gave that their highest possible severity rating of 10, or “really awful.” Luckily, only a very small number of Santa Fe drivers experienced this problem, but when they did, it cost around $4,000 to repair. In one case, the all-wheel-drive system was the cause of the failure, not the transmission itself. In another case, the transmission had to be replaced. 

Other engine problems listed for the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe were the check engine light coming on, a leaking valve cover gasket, ignition coil No. 5 misfire, a leaking head gasket cover, and a cranking noise under the hood. Engine failure, loss of oil, and engine misfiring and coughing were also reported. 

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is a top choice

Hyundai has left these problems behind with the new 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe. It’s been recognized by several prestigious organizations with awards, including Kelley Blue Book’s “Lowest Cost To Own” in its class, “Best 2-Row SUV for the Money” and “2019 Best New SUV for Teens $30,000 – $35,000” by U.S. News and World Report. It received an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety “Top Safety Pick” award. 

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe has a lot of standard features such as a touchscreen display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and forward collision-avoidance assist. Going up from the base SE model, the SEL trim adds an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, proximity key with push-button start, and blind-spot collision-avoidance assist. Both the SE and SEL trims are powered by a 185-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. 

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL 2.0T is so named because of the 235-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine under the hood. It adds standard 19-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, ultrasonic rear occupant alert, and leather upholstery throughout.

The Limited configuration gives drivers an exclusive surround-view monitor, a blind-spot monitor, and a head-up display. It also gives you an integrated memory system for the driver’s seat, which is great for couples sharing a vehicle because it remembers both drivers positioning preferences. 

Despite problems in 2007 such as the fuel system, today’s Hyundai Santa Fe is a solid choice in the affordable five-passenger SUV market. It has all the features families are looking for and has put the engine and transmission problems of the past behind.