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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Ratings

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Hyundai Santa Fe 2005
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    6/2/2006 3:40:13 PM

    2005 Hyundai Santa Fe - GLS w/3.5L (A5) AWD

    Pros: Quiet performance and build

    Cons: needs more room for the driver

    Advice: This car can save you money with a 100,000 mile warranty

    To be honest, I never thought I would be a Hyundai owner, but after driving it now for 15 months, I admit, it is a well built vehicle. I have been suprised at the power and quiet ride on the highway. So far, no mechanical problems at all. The only thing I would change is the moving the driver's seat back another 3 inches. Get's a little cramped on trips. I'm 6'-1' , but my wife drives it most of the time, so she is happy.

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    1/28/2006 6:11:00 AM

    2005 Hyundai Santa Fe - GLS (A4) FWD

    Pros: Factory sound system is excellent.

    Cons: NA

    Advice: Test the rest and save some serious cash with the Santa Fe

    I drove so many SUV's in this class before I very comfortably came back to the Santa Fe. Quality, Price, Ergonomics, Manuufaturer/Dealer positive attitude, all are a real plus ompared to the competition. I do not need 4WD so the 2WD has worked out very well. Milaege is much better if you do not have a heavy foot. The design features and sound system really are in a class of their own especially at this price point. Sure, I loved the Toyota Highlander but at 8K more? No way. Hyundai has really made a turnaround since the days of pajama style interior seats.

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    9/20/2005 1:40:53 PM

    2005 Hyundai Santa Fe - LX (A5) AWD

    Pros: Value, quality and ease of use.

    Cons: No power seat for the driver.

    Advice: Be aware, mileage isn't the greatest, 21-22 MPG on highway.

    This wasn't my first choice of a new car. However, for the price and features, it's an excellent value. Rides well, sometimes alittle hard, but the driving position is ideal. Everyone gripes about mileage, but on the highway, I'm getting a low of 21 and a high of 24 mpgs. Can't complain! Service has been no problem as well.

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    7/7/2005 10:11:39 PM

    2005 Hyundai Santa Fe - GLS (A4) FWD

    Pros: The sunroof is a nice touch

    Cons: Needs more room for taller people.

    Advice: Good investment if unwilling to spend more.

    I just recently purchased a 2005 Santa Fe GLS with and added sunroof, auto temp control,6 disc cd changer and homelink auto dimming mirror. Overall, I think it is not a bad SUV, however if you are over 6 ft tall it could be a problem. I had it only for 600 miles before I had to have the rotors resurfaced and the cd player conked out on me. It lacks power, however the shiftronic does add some pickup, especially when passing. It is a very quiet ride, and very smooth. I also like the design for the 2005, which is slightly different from the other models, which gives it a sleeker look.

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    6/27/2005 8:11:08 PM

    2005 Hyundai Santa Fe - GLS w/3.5L (A5) AWD

    Pros: Warranty, Stereo, lots of extras— traction control, fog lights, child seat anchors, etc

    Cons: low resale value, exterior styling

    Advice: check it out, you might be surprised

    I rented a Santa Fe on a vacation recently and was quite surprised by its performance and functionality. Shopping recently, I looked hard at Mazda Tribute, Jeep Liberty and Chevy Equinox. When I found out I could get a similar Santa Fe for 2-3K less, I went for it. Plus, the dealership bent over backward to make the deal. I really like the car. It feels solid and well-engineered. Yes, the 3.5L V6 is a little jumpy from low idle. Doesn't handle real well in curves. Mileage is not great— not terrible either. The ashtray doesn't seem fitted properly when you open it. That's OK, I don't smoke. Other than that, I couldn't be happier. Lots of nice features throughout, ergonomics are good. Stereo is very nice. Bumper flares are a bit odd, but overall styling is clean and simple.

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    5/24/2005 3:25:42 PM

    2005 Hyundai Santa Fe - GLS w/3.5L (A5) FWD

    Pros: Warranty, room

    Cons: Broken power seats, a/c

    Advice: Get a used Toyota 4Runner instead

    This Hyundai isn't the best on the market. The comfort is okay, but the leather is rubberish and I dont like it. The interior is cheapely made, but put together so it'll last maybe a few years. It does have some annoying rattles, somewhere around the glove box. The apperance is okay, but the interior gets ugly. The interior is boring, and the only thing that's good is it's chrome interior accents. Reliability has been not so good, with the power seats not working and an automatic climate control unable to set to the right temprature. Also the engine is harsh, and it's noisy and unpowerful, and it slurps gas like my friend's F-150. I just recommend getting something else, like a used Toyota 4runner or something I know that will last forever with it's great quality.

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    5/22/2005 9:36:47 AM

    2005 Hyundai Santa Fe - GLS w/3.5L (A5) FWD

    Pros: Interior chrome accents,

    Cons: crude, unrefined, wheezy, weak, gas hogging engine

    Advice: Spend the extra few bucks for Toyota, Nissan

    Purchased Hyundai Santa Fe GLS with leather, power everything, and 3.5L V-6. I've had problems after problems. Brakes were shot after 2,000 miles and power windows stopped working at 3,500 miles. It's been in the dealer for other major and minor problems throughout the six months as my vehicle(purchased 12-04). Also the V-6 is weak, wheezy and the transmission is unconfident of it's choice. Also I would expect better gas mileage from a weak V-6 but have only averaged 15mpg. Also the engine and transmission combo is noisy, unrefined. Overall, I would spend the extra few bucks for a Toyota or Nissan, as my repair bills are eye-opening.