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Difference between the V6's?

As I ramp-up my search for a 2008-2009 Santa Fe with a V6, I notice that there are 2.7L and 3.3L versions.

Other than the obvious displacement difference, what should I know about these engines? Are both available in all models?

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You won't (AFAIK) ever see a 2.7 in a Limited, at least not in this country. 2.7 has a timing belt, 3.3 has a timing chain. You won't feel that the 2.7 is underpowered until you point it west towards the Divide. Then you'll be happy you've got the 3.3.
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I had an '04 Santa Fe with the 2.7 and AWD. With the curb weight of 3,752 pounds, that engine really labored on hills. Any sort of Interstate driving with steep hills over long periods would leave you in 3rd gear between 55 and 60 mph and no option to shift down or go faster. I can't imagine it being tasked with the much heavier CM body and doing as well, let alone any better. It is thirsty, too but as far as I'm concerned, it's the BEST engine Hyundai ever produced in terms of bulletproof dependability. In 146,000 miles on my old SF, the engine never needed a lick of attention other than regular maintenance.

As canderson said, if you live in hilly terrain or are concerned about maintenance costs (i.e. timing belt), the 3.3 liter is the wiser choice.

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You won't (AFAIK) ever see a 2.7 in a Limited, at least not in this country. 2.7 has a timing belt, 3.3 has a timing chain. You won't feel that the 2.7 is underpowered until you point it west towards the Divide. Then you'll be happy you've got the 3.3.

Ah, thanks canderson. Chain would certainly be preferred but not a huge deal for me. This thing will be driven 95% of the time by my g/f along the front range but I don't need to re-experience my youth dealing with high revs headed into the hills when we do take this car.

Is the 3.3. found in any models other then the Limited (e.g. SE)?
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Ah, thanks canderson. Chain would certainly be preferred but not a huge deal for me. This thing will be driven 95% of the time by my g/f along the front range but I don't need to re-experience my youth dealing with high revs headed into the hills when we do take this car.

Is the 3.3. found in any models other then the Limited (e.g. SE)?
What - a mis-spent youth driving a 1300cc VW Microbus up I-70? In the winter, with that anemic heating system? Been there, froze that!

OK, it won't be THAT bad, but the 2.7 really won't make you happy up there. Plus, what others forget is that we're a tad short on air out here, and without a turbo or supercharger to make up the difference, ALL normally aspirated engines operate at lesser power here than elsewhere. While a 2.7 might be adequate for the 'hills' of Virginia, it doesn't really cut it in the 'hills' of the Rockies, or even those in the foothills. These vehicles aren't light, and if you can find a 3.3, you'll be a lot happier. I wouldn't mind even a few more HP than the 3.3 offers. The chain vs. belt issue is an extra $650 expense at about 75,000. So if nothing else, you could add that to what you're willing to pay for the 3.3L.

Yes, you can find the 3.3 as the standard engine on both the SE and the Limited. It was an option on the GLS.
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There's no replacement for displacement!

OK, that's not always true anymore what with Ford making 3.5L turbo motors that are more powerful than their new 5L V8. But, really, I'd go with the 3.3 if you have the opportunity.
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-- but as far as I'm concerned, it's the BEST engine Hyundai ever produced in terms of bulletproof dependability.
We just had a 2.7 that tried to digest its' own valves (3 of the exhaust on Bank 1) for no appearent reason..... It got HYundai engine in a box.. had 1 yrs ago that dropped the liner down approx 1/4" at cylinder 6, made a mess out of things.
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dropped the liner down approx 1/4" at cylinder 6
Oh man - that would leave just about enough space for a compression ring to hang at the top of the liner. OUCH!
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Have you thought of looking for one with the 3.5L? I believe starting in 2010. You get 276HP, a nice jump from the 3.3L's 242HP.
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His other thread puts him in a $20K budget range. Not going to find a 2010 around here for that.
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