2003 Hyundai Santa Fe User Reviews

2003 Hyundai Santa Fe Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 15 reviews

  • Performance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"power" 7 reviews
"comfortable car" 6 reviews
"ride" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
"window" 2 reviews
"storage" 2 reviews

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candicemercedes writes:
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS AWD Review
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5

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Good looking, runs smooth, sunroof, gas mileage is good, great in snow, low maintenance, paint lasts

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cargo area

candicemercedes
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I Loved Driving It, Great Vehicle For All Seasons — I really enjoyed having the Santa Fe for the past 10 years. It never steered me wrong. Very dependable, easy to maintain and keep clean and still drives and looks like new today. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a dependable and safe suv for all seasons.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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MBlood writes:
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5L Review
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4

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This has been a reliable vehical. No real major problems. Good Cargo space, power,

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Gas milage is low, Had an issue with the throtle body at around 100,000 miles, Hyundai did not cover this as part of the power-train warranty, very dissapointing.

MBlood
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Overall A Nice Reliable Suv — Nice SUV, holds up well and with regular maintanence should last well over 200,000 miles. Currentl have about 110,000 miles with only one major issue, the failure of the throtle body. If Hyundai continues to build cars/suvs as this 2003 Santa-Fe I will consider a newer modle when it's time to trade/buy.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Garrett writes:
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5L 4WD Review
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comfortable car . quality is not too bad . Engine runs well and is dependable . although it uses jsut a little bit of oil , not a real problem . power is great but jsut about the worst i have experianced in fuel cosumption . Good ac and heating . mosoon cd radio is very good but developing shorts in dispaly . Overall  this vehicle is a terrific value used or new .

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paint quality extreamyl poor for these years . poor fuel econaomy.  better window lifts they all seems to fail too early in the life of car .

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Great Suv For The Money — poor paint quality , poor fuel economy , power window liftcomfortable car . quality is not too bad . Engine runs well and is dependable . although it uses jsut a little bit of oil , not a real problem . power is great but jsut about the worst i have experianced in fuel cosumption . Good ac and heating . mosoon cd radio is very good but developing shorts in dispaly . Overall this vehicle is a terrific value used or new .s fail pre maturely

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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hyundaifundai writes:
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS AWD Review
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5

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Very quiet and very comfortable

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I wish it got 100 mi/gal but for this size it does well.

hyundaifundai
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Great Family Car — I love this vehicle. It is fun and it is very comfortable. I really cannot get over how comfortable it is and how well it handles. The only thing I dislike is the turning radius. I have had Volvo's before and their turning radius surpasses any other car I have ever driven. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone with a family, pets or wants a comfortable ride!!

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David writes:
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5L Review
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fast

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bad blind spot

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Love :) — its fast and has great handling for a suv... but has a little too much power in the rain. it has cheap repair costs and great on gas. best suv i ever. i recommend it to anyone. great space too.

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Nicholas writes:
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5L 4WD Review
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Creature comforts in the interior.  Sporty ride for an SUV.  Off-road capable.

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Automatic climate control insists on running the a/c if temp is above 40 (can be manually turned off though).  Has an interference engine.  (Basically, the engine destroys itself if the timing belt breaks.  Don't ask how I know this)

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Nice Daily Driver. — This car is a great everyday driver. The handling is pretty good for an SUV with plenty of power. The cabin is comfortable yet just a touch too small for a 6'+ person as I am. There is decent storage room and the seats fold easily. Capable of mild off roading and handles well in the snow.

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Christopher writes:
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS AWD Review
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Ride height

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Engine Power

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Henry — I call my car 'Henry' for it works hard for you. Henry has seen all of Long Island, Montreal and Maine. Engine performance is acceptable at best, but it's fun to drive. Driver, plus 2 friends, plus a week's worth of gear turned into an enjoyable road trip in the car. All that could be asked for would have been more power from the engine and a less body gaps. But those seam to have been addressed with the second generation.

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timrichie83 writes:
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 3.5L Review
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5

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Great car for around town and hauling small stuff. Great on gas!

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can be small for three adults across the back seat.

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Great Small Family Or Teenager Suv Good On Gas And Very Safe. — Love the car. It's easy on gas and the wallet! This car starts and runs strong every time. Oil changes are easy and cheap! Tires are decently priced. The brake job was under $400. The sound system in it is awesome!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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alfredwan writes:
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS Review
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4

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Nice power, all wheel drive, big cargo space, comfortable seats

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Lack of functionality in dashboard, no built-in bluetooth, road noise is relatively big

alfredwan
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This Is Good Suv To Own, Makes Me Feel Nice When Driving It, Very Versatile. — The Santa Fe is the go-to when thinking about both business and casual life, it gives me great experience when driving either in urban or rural areas. With the all-wheel drive, it can definitely take the driver to have fun offroad in somewhere rough.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Stewart writes:
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe LX AWD Review
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Look great and 4x4

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build quality and resale

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Great Value Off Roader — Wow wow wow, if its avlue for money you wanted then this bay had it (in 2003) - Hyundai subsequently got greedy and seriously overpriced the new Santa Fe model, so much so that they sold very few in comparison. Leather seats, tiptronic gear box, CD/MP3, huge boot capacity, luxurious cabin, 4x4 - shame about the build quality and the ride really. It felt like you were sitting on the top mast of a very tall ship when cornering.....but up high and towering above all before you who cares. Was pretty empowering to drive and half decent off road. Great fro cruising the mtor ways but thirsty.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2001 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

Huh By Mbogart

Great Accleration and handling. Just replaced purge value and motor for driver side windows. Some minor dings and dents. Interior could use a detailing due to haveing 2 kids. Pretty good gas milea... Read More

Good Good By Kirsty

I love my car. It does what it needs to do and has really good gas mileage for a midsize suv. I love that I can have four people and four people's luggage and still have room to breath on a road trip.... Read More

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2002 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

All Good.. By charmed1felicia

I love this vehicle so far , I bought it used ,it was well maintained from the previous owner...that helps...at 130,000 miles , It brakes and handles smoothly...I got it inspected before I bought it b... Read More

Great For People Who Don't Know How To Check The Oil...lol By Brigette

Since my husband bought this vehicle in 2002, I think he's only had to do the regular maintenance on it. Nothings ever broken, just the normal wear and tear. I don't know a whole lot because my husban... Read More

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2004 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

Family Car By shails

Family Car. I welcomed my baby with my parents i this car. All fits well. On highways this car give good mileage. Can tow a car also. Very powerful. Looks are kind of outdated. Not light in drive. a ... Read More

A Good Car For Family. By Mario_M13

A very inexpensive SUV with a very good gas mileage for this class and equipped with a powerful engine (3,5l). A good family car with low cost of maintenance and fun to drive for long trips. A great ... Read More

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

Reliable, Not Luxury. Good For Commute By jrubiera

If u have a kid that's going to college or an everyday commute car and luxury is not a priority, this is it! Good on gas and reliable. Just maintain it properly like every other car and you are good t... Read More

Great Car! By nnevins

I've owned my 2005 Santa Fe for 5 years and have loved it the entire time. It's been perfect for our family of 4 for vacations and around town travel. We've never had a single problem that I didn't cr... Read More

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2006 Hyundai Santa Fe Reviews

Very Reliable, Fun To Drive And Versatile By beachheads3

The Santa Fe is a good-looking and versatile vehicle due to off-road height, curvaeous design and storage capacity, including a roof rack. The stereo system is excellent. The sun roof opens completely... Read More

See To Believe! By Robert

I bought this car for my wife brand new in 2006. She loved it. She took my 1997 Mercury Cougar in the divorce. It has brand new Michelin tires (less than 1 year old). The windows on the back are tinte... Read More

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