What is a high mileage for a Hyundai?

Asked by EGawl99 Jul 19, 2017 at 02:17 PM about the Hyundai Santa Fe

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I'm looking to buy a used car and I found a Hyundai with 70,000 miles.  Is that
a lot or will it last me for a while?

38 Answers


Hyundai make at-leased 800 000 km before worn. Good luck.

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It depends entirely on the specific vehicle and the treatment it has received. It's pointless to ask about the reliability of an entire brand; few I can think of have had a greater variance in overall quality through the past two decades than Hyundai.

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The first answer is spot on I am a certified Hyundai technician, I've got three motors to do this week one went bad at 76k an other at 52k and the last one was due to not changing they're oil but there is a reason they have a 100k power train warranty, all threw rods. They look great, have loads of features other car manufactures don't have, and if you do all the required maintance you can make any car last, also they are not race cars, Genesis's are, the V6's hold up well but have valve cover, timing cover, and oil pan leaks. Hope this was of worth.

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I have a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe with 175,xxx miles that just got its very first issue which is a bad power steering pump. They have the ability to be great little cars.

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I have a 01hyundia Santa Fe it have 2000miles is that bad miles it gause keep going to hot stay up for a little while and come down what I need to check it run great I love my car

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Do not buy!!!! I have a Hyundai Santa Fe with 143, 000 miles on it. I've repaired things on this SUV that I've never had to repair on any other car ever! Honda or Toyota. Just don't do it.

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My Hyundai Santa Fe was new in 2005. 296,000+ miles. Built in Korea, not the U.S.A. In the last thirteen years have replaced many parts and some of the electronics, but the engine and transmission are original. Currently spending from $1,000 to $2,500 per year on repairs and maintenance. This car runs like a top and has never stranded me. I drive all over the U.S.A., pulling a small trailer or a boat. Has the the 3.5 liter six cylinder engine. 80 mph+ on Texas highways, no problem. This Santa Fe is heavy and solid for its "size" and has quality components. I cannot speak to the quality of those built in the U.S.A. Current models may not be built to the same standard, but this 2005 is amazing. No fluid leaks and every button, switch, etc. works. If you find a used 2005, under 200,000 miles, but built in Korea and well maintained, you could do worse.

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My Hyundai Santa Fe GLS AWD is a 2011. I'm not sure if it's American made. I will look that up. I just replaced the radiator last month and it needs a oil pan. Also, the A/C unit is failing and needs to be replaced just in time for Spring & Summer. This SUV is really horrible. I've already spent $1200 in repairs from March -April 2018. I'm just going to drive it until it completely falls a part.

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My Hyundai Santa Fe is American made. I just checked the VIN.

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Yvette. The last year Hyundai Santa Fe was manufactured in Korea was 2006. Hyundai was breaking into the "better" car market to compete with Honda and Toyota. Sources I researched had the Santa Fe equal to or exceeding Honda and Toyota quality and features in 2005. The price was better, so I took a chance. Glad I did. Manufacture was move to the U.S.A. in 2007, and it appears Hyundai used it's well earned reputation to get sales while allowing quality to fall to "acceptable levels". I do not plan to buy another Hyundai, but hope to drive my "cherry" for several more years. B

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I'm looking to buy a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fa . It as 160k miles . How long will I get out of this truck ?

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We own two 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe's. One SE and one Limited. Both V6 3.3L FWD. Both have crossed 200,000. Highway miles. One at 202,000 the other at 200,000. We are planning on 300K. Fingers crossed. We change the oil with Mobil One synthetic every 3000-5000 miles! Mostly 3000 miles regardless. Expensive but worth it. Hate car pmts. Original engines and transmissions. Done some suspension work on both. One was under warranty. Both around $600. Brakes a few times just from the mileage. Planning on major tune ups i.e. timing chain, plugs, water pump while they are in there. Gas gauges failed in both miles that should have been a recall, but wasn't. A $900 repair. Reliable vehicles we love them and the cost to maintain has been very easy considering how long we have had them. Hate the new Santa Fes now that have gone the sedan/crossover route away from the SUV height and feel. Disappointing.

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I have a Hyundai Tucson GLS 4WD bought at 150K miles 2 years ago for 4K 52K Miles later Engine/Trans is GREAT drive it on the highway great. It needsa fuel pump/ and catalaytic converter. Also had to repace battery.... Reliable. 95-99 percent made in Korea/ Rest in the US. I did extensive research and see others on the road. Way better mileage than santa fe. And my timing was already changed... Previous owner had the car since 30-40K i forgot

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Oh Yeah fully synthtic 5w20 or 30 Oil Changes depending on the season ecery 5K miles and Marvels Mystery Oil. AC is cold but takes away alot of torque

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I bought my 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe about 2 1/2 years ago with 187,000 miles on it. I put on 650 miles a week just with my work commute. The timing belt was replaced by the previous owner but other than that, I've just done regular oil changes. It has never left me stranded and it's still going strong with over 306,000 miles. Love this vehicle!

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We have 235,000 on our 2002, replaced struts, CV joints, brakes, radiator and plugs. Bought it off parents a few years ago.hVe had some interesting electronic issues with it but they seemed to have simple fixes, one was as simple as cleaning the battery terminals. Just the factory radio has any 'real' problems, the digital display the worst, but we plan to replace it anyway. But threads like this help me resolve my issues. I'm looking at replacing granny fluid and timing belt here real soon. Oil consumption seems really low for its mileage so guessing engine replacement is not necessary. AS with previous commenter, I haven't seen anither model of anything with its ground clearance. I plan to keep it till it does when I keep replacing things as they need. Parts are still available and this one seems to run like a champ.

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I have a 2002 Santa Fe love it yes my mileage gauge is not working now my air conditioner it is not working now cruise control nope! It is a great car but I need a newer one! Anybody what’s a good year now this is 2018!

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I have a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe SE with the 3.3 L engine and it has 225000 miles on it and still going strong. I love it and it's the best vehicle I've ever owned as far as maintenance is concerned.

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I have a 2008 with 147,000 miles. I have never had an issue. It has been a great vehicle!

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Looking at a 2007 Santa Fe @ 100K miles. What are the costs I should expect per year, assuming I maintain and it runs to 200K-300K?

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Have a 2005 hyundai tucson with 190,000 miles. Only had to replace some oxygen sensors and the stock radio. We have started having a problem with the fuel pump, but must if this started at 180,000. If it has 70,000 miles, it will live for a very long time of you take care of it. Not to mention a radio and some oxygen sensors are a LOT cheaper than a transmission.

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I bought my 2008 Tousan new from a dealer. Its 2019 now with 308,000kms and no major repairs. Everyone in my family and a few friends own them now. Best value for the money.

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I've got .a 2003 4wd LX 3.5l. It's got 171,000 miles on it. I take it into the forests, on abandoned forestry roads where nobody will find you and you have no cell service, all the time. Keep it maintained and it will be awesome.

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Bought my 05 3.5 Santa fe basically new from a friend in 2007 with 16K on the odo. haven't touched it other than oil changes, accessory belts and front brake pads. It now has 68K. The a/c gave up the ghost and I had ign coil/wiring leaking code P0302 (electrically) and a code P0456 small evap leak. so I thought I would give the ole girl some love. since you damn near have to disassemble the car to do the plugs, wires and timing belt (due at 60K) , I replaced a lot of stuff that is hard to get to.....Plugs, wires, coils, injectors, fuel regulator, all belt rollers/idlers, water pump, heater hoses, radiator hoses, some soft vacuum lines, Radiator was bad, condenser was bad, expansion valve was bad. Replaced the A/C compressor (noisy), starter and alternator (another real treat.) DON'T try to clean the condenser...just replace it. DO NOT use delimenine (orange oil based A/C cleaners) They do not evaporate. .changed all fluids...can't emphasize enough, change the trans and p/s fluids on a regular basis. The timing belt replacement was a real treat..don't go by the simplistic garbage u tube videos show.I did all the work my self, the cost in parts mostly from Rock Auto...Plan ahead and check all parts before installing, the alternator was damaged and so was the radiator and condenser. So far the parts cost is about $1500..oh yes the battery was gone and I changed the fuel pump. Still working on the code P0456. I believe it is the Purge valve,solenoid and the "filter " in line with the hose just off the valve and heads down to the purge line. Also replace the crankshaft position sensor...They crack. Thanks, hope this helps

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I bought my 2007 Santa Fe with 80,000 miles on it. I now have over 167,000 on it. I have had to replace the fuel senders, solenoid purge valve a few times , a few coils and the spark plugs and recently the radiator sprung a leak and I replaced it. No major engine or transmission parts other than having timing belt and water pump replaced as part of maintenance. I learned to do a lot of the minor stuff myself. I think it’s a pretty good vehicle and it was inexpensive compared to the top Japanese SUVs in this class. It still looks great, rides great.

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I have a 2015 Santa Fe for which I purchased the 100,000 warranty. At 102,000 the engine siezed despite having made all required oil changes. Hyundai wouldn't even assist. Why would an engine sieze at only 102,000 miles ? Don't sell a vehicle if it does ! So, I paid a certified mechanic another $5000 to rebuild the engine. He gave me another 100,000 mile warranty if I performed every 4000 mile oil changes. Guess what ? After putting on another 110,000 miles IT THREW A ROD !! Now faced with another monstrous repair, is the third time a charm ? Hyundai...never again. Stop deceiving the public with a poor product. I am going back to GM forever.

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Every experience is different I suppose, as no two drivers are the same. Some people are just hard on vehicles and cause them to wear out faster. The gun it at every stop and brake hard at every stop kind of driver just isn’t going to get the same life out of a car as the smooth driver. I’m not talking about driving like an old grandpa either just smooth and in touch with the vehicles dynamics... plus some people are oblivious to basic maintenance and pushing an old engine too hard..

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I have a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe v6 AWD. I bought it just over 5 years ago with 131,000 miles. It now has 223,000. Other than the crank shaft position sensor, it hasn't needed any major repairs. The crank system went out around 175k ish. I really beat this car to hell with long daily commutes. Long winters with too much road salt and not enough car washes (typical rust spots around wheel wells and rear wiper). It is absolutely excellent in the snow. It now has a coolant leak, steering pump leak, and is burning oil but I've been topping these off every day for 2 months and by some miracle this thing is still running. Thought for sure I would have blown a head gasket by now but this thing is a champ. If I had taken better care of it I could probably have gotten another 20k miles. I'd definitely recommend it for northeast winters, and as a general work vehicle. The roof rack and huge trunk have come in handy. Easy to haul lumber, mattresses, giant furniture, whatever.

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I have a 2015 Santa Fe with 116,000 miles without any problems. The vehicle was built in GA. and the quality is exceptional.

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3/2020. I have a 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe all- wheel drive.. I have 104,000 mi on it.I've had a few minor things corrected under warranty but never had any other troubles. My extended warranty goes for $148,000. So I'm covered for whatever is coming next. The only major problem I had was a suspension system. which consumers report said for 2011 was horrendous. It was very expensive to replace the shocks. Again other than that, crossed my fingers, no major instances so far.

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i have a 2006 tucson , 2.0 with 236,000 k and just replaced the valve cover gasket and unfortunately its starting to burn some oil, I'm off today to buy a 2005 with the v6 and needs the rear cross member replaced do to rotting out , luckily the previous owner bought a used replacement and throwing it in as part of the deal. I will have 2 hyundia tucsons and maybe I'm lucky but i paid 500.00 fo each of these and really hope for the best as I do travel 500 k one way once a week for past 2 years. I will replace the piston rings on the 06 just because they dont owe me a cent .

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2008 santa fe, 109k miles and (12.5 yrs old as of writing) I have done ALL maintenance except for brake fluid. Had 3 issues within the first 3 years and nothing since then. I don't know what that other guy said about timing belt; but unless its a diesel, it does not have a belt,it has a chain. It is hard on gas and tires due to the pure weight and 5 speed tranny, but not more than a pickup. I did buy new, could have chosen a worse SUV. I do like it for the price and no regrets. (Spark plugs were not easy to get access to)

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Have a 2008 Santa Fe GLS AWD 2.7 L engine with 114,000 mi. So far major repairs have been few: tie rod ends and wheel bearings. Friends with Toyotas have also had to replace wheel bearing at around 100 K mi. Also, will be replacing fuel level sending unit/sensor. They like other manufacturers used a poor technology for this. AWD is over- rated since it only engages from 0 - 35 mi/hr (2nd gear). However, it is nice for getting around icy side streets. 2.7 L engines have a belt/ 3.3 L engines have a chain. If buying used, buy the 3.3 L engine. Gas mileage is fair. For this series Hyundai did not have a high-enough overdrive for highway use. Overall like the car: great ride and comfort. Have not been impressed with the new turbo models. Don't like the turbo lag and question the longevity of the motors. Last year at the KIA dealer, I noticed they were charging close to what Toyota was asking for their SUVs. KIA/Hyundai still need to spend some more time on the proving grounds before they should be asking this kind of money for their cars.

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2014 Kia Sorento with 182,000 miles and this car has outlasted my previous Ford Escape and Toyota Prius (battery, the power train was still fine only the battery failed) I hear that after 2016, Kia and Hyundai really focused their efforts on improving reliability and it seems that they have passed Honda in predicted reliability for the 2020 year. I would still say Hyundai/Kia products with 4-cylinder engines tend to me more trouble prone than their V6 engines (my Kia has the V6 and it still runs great) any car can be reliable if you take care of it and it was made properly at the factory


I have a 2007 Hyundai Sante Fe and it has 510, 000 km-which is 316899.308 miles! She has been a great SUV!

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my 2003 santa fe 2.4 has 352709.00 mile's on it might want to think it over if its good or not still runs like a top.

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I have a 2016 Hyundai Sonata that has 127,000 miles on it. About 5 months ago my oil light came on while driving to work. When I checked the oil there was no oil on the stick. I still had about 1000 miles before I needed my oil changed again. I put 2 quarts of oil in and a week and a half later when I checked the oil there was no oil on the stick. I have always kept up with regular oil changes using synthetic oil. Also, about a year ago, my paint started peeling (white paint) on the hood and the top of my car along the top of the windshield in 3 different spots. It is peeling off in fairly large pieces. The largest area is about 12" in diameter. Hyundai refused to address the issue. Until these issues, I loved my Hyundai but I will never buy another one.

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I have a 2006 Santa Fe 2.7GL. I bought it from the original owner with 50,000 miles on the clock. It now has over 200,000 miles. Other than standard service items and 'consumables', I have only had to replace the alternator, brake calipers, and battery (it gets down to -30F where I live). Driving over very rough, back-country dirt roads, I managed to put a tiny hole in the gas tank, so that now needs replacing. I'll replace the fuel pump while they are at it. At times, I have it pulling a heavily-loaded cargo trailer, and I have a tendency to over-load it... using it like a truck. It has been very resilient. It runs really well, and has been really reliable. I am hoping to take it past 300,000 miles, despite my abuse. I wish I could keep it for ever.

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