Hyundai Santa Fe - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Hyundai Santa Fe owners have reported a total of 4,624 problems for their cars built in the 19 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Hyundai Santa Fe. The 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe cars have the most problems reported (817 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Hyundai Santa Fe

  Common problems of Hyundai Santa Fe

The following chart shows the 25 most common problems for Hyundai Santa Fe cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's fuel system, other (577 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (576 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Hyundai Santa Fe

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Other Fuel System
577
  Engine And Engine Cooling
576
  Power Train
370
  Air Bag
367
  Electrical System
362
  Vehicle Speed Control
359
  Service Brakes
352
  Suspension
331
  Equipment
265
  Steering
229
   
  Structure
151
  Visibility
150
  Electronic Stability Control
113
  Exterior Lighting
85
  Gasoline Fuel System
71
  Seat Belt
68
  Wheel
52
  Tire
41
  Unknown Or Other
35
  Seats
33
  Latches/locks/linkage
18
  Air Brake
7
  Parking Brake
5
  Traction Control System
4
  Interior Lighting
3

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Hyundai Santa Fe of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Santa Fe model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Hyundai Santa Fe model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Santa Fe Model Years

Santa Fe
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2017 19746,7971    
4.21
  2016 2018,8252    
0.53
  2015 4320,0493    
0.71
  2014 15723,1844    
1.69
  2013 29918,1415    
3.30
  2012 24459,4146    
0.68
  2011 18469,6877    
0.38
  2010 22055,4738    
0.50
  2009 34778,5789    
0.49
  2008 56284,87010    
0.66
  2007 817114,46111    
0.65
  2006 11633,22212    
0.29
  2005 25674,81613    
0.26
  2004 348131,89114    
0.19
  2003 35897,74615    
0.24
  2002 18881,77316    
0.14
  2001 26551,04417    
0.31

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Hyundai Santa Fe is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 Santa Fe
2
  2017 Santa Fe
100
  2016 Santa Fe
8
  2015 Santa Fe
13
  2014 Santa Fe
44
  2013 Santa Fe
108
  2012 Santa Fe
49
  2011 Santa Fe
21
  2010 Santa Fe
80
  2009 Santa Fe
18
  2008 Santa Fe
39
  2007 Santa Fe
42
  2006 Santa Fe
14
  2005 Santa Fe
27
  2004 Santa Fe
37
  2003 Santa Fe
31
  2002 Santa Fe
4
  2001 Santa Fe
39


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