QUOTE (hrsk @ Jan 12 2010, 05:58 PM)
This is coming from a Hyundai dealership, so....I'm sort of confused....
Let me give you a nickel's worth of free advice to keep you from getting the wool pulled over your eyes. Just because it's a Hyundai dealership does not mean everything they say is the gospel. They are a business and just like any other business, they are there to make money and some will go to great lengths to milk you out of as much as possible, especially so in times like these. In fact, I'd strongly suggest doing a quick browse through this forum and you'll find stories from a good number of people who have dealers try to charge them for unnecessary services. Some have even gone so far as to threaten voiding warranties. And let me be clear...a dealership on its own CANNOT void your warranty. Only Hyundai corporate can do that and they need a very strong reason to do so.
So long as you follow what Hyundai says you need to do in terms of regular servicing, you'll be fine. If a dealership tells you that something needs to be done, ask to see the item in question. Find a good, honest dealership, stick with them and build a repertoire with them. I've been incredibly lucky and have a very strong relationship with my dealer. They know better than to try and pull a fast one on me but because I keep them honest, that's where I go.
But back to your original question. Pop the hood and take a look at the ATF dipstick (the red one at the right of the engine). The fluid should be a pinkish red and if it's any darker, I might recommend a flush but if not, I wouldn't lose sleep over it. My '04 Santa Fe is also a 2.7 V6 and I have only had the transmission fluid changed once. Good luck and congrats on your purchase.
QUOTE (jsinton @ Jan 12 2010, 06:19 PM)
Actually, that's not true. It's all clearly laid out in the owners manual. Severe service includes any car which is driven in cold weather on salted roads. I've heard tell of people who blow up the transmission under warranty, and the dealer wouldn't honor the warranty due to owners not following severe service schedule on fluid changes.
Please accept my apologies, I stand corrected. I cracked open my owner's manual and there it is under subsection D, "Driving in areas using salt or other corrosive materials or in very cold weather." Oregon doesn't use salt so the thought never crossed my mind.