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Well folks....it's time to retire the old girl as she's starting to require too much money to make financial sense. The transfer case needs to be replaced ($3,700) and the trailing arm bushing is worn on the right side ($400) so we are going to ditch her. Farewell my friend!
 

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QUOTE (lovemysantafe @ Sep 16 2010, 07:54 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=356732
Well folks....it's time to retire the old girl as she's starting to require too much money to make financial sense. The transfer case needs to be replaced ($3,700) and the trailing arm bushing is worn on the right side ($400) so we are going to ditch her. Farewell my friend!

Wow.. so bring us up to speed as succinctly as possible..

Total Miles
How much "repair" money was spent

Obviously your experience with the car is positive

Taking a risk on a 2010 with the tranny issues?
 

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QUOTE (lovemysantafe @ Sep 16 2010, 07:54 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=356732
Well folks....it's time to retire the old girl as she's starting to require too much money to make financial sense. The transfer case needs to be replaced ($3,700) and the trailing arm bushing is worn on the right side ($400) so we are going to ditch her. Farewell my friend!
Maybe would be worth saving if a transfer case could be found at a junk yard. They can be found on ebay for around $400. Also sounds excessive to charge $400 to replace a bushing on the rear trailing arm.
I know that if my transfer case ever went bad it would be hard to find a used replacement for the 2.7 engine because starting in 2003 the 3.5 became the engine to be paired with AWD. Just have to make sure to keep up with the scheduled gear oil changes.

It must be exciting to get a new set of wheels though.
 

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QUOTE (pemdas1972 @ Sep 17 2010, 11:45 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=356857
I know that if my transfer case ever went bad it would be hard to find a used replacement for the 2.7 engine because starting in 2003 the 3.5 became the engine to be paired with AWD....

Huhh?? I own a 2008 GLS AWD 2.7L, 4spd auto. AFAIK, this configuration was made until 2009.

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I'm not sure the transfer case assemblies are a rarity. Based from the info on hmaservice, it looks like the 2007+ 2.7 and 3.3 use the same transfer case. Like you say, you could source a used or aftermarket remanufactured one for a fraction of what a Hyundai dealer would want. Labor would probably be on the pricey side. I did do a gear oil swap on mine, but I don't recall what it looked like to r/r.

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QUOTE (lovemysantafe @ Sep 16 2010, 06:54 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=356732
Well folks....it's time to retire the old girl as she's starting to require too much money to make financial sense. The transfer case needs to be replaced ($3,700) and the trailing arm bushing is worn on the right side ($400) so we are going to ditch her. Farewell my friend!
Awww ... man! :crying: :blownose:
 

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QUOTE (Pinto_Siftbean @ Sep 17 2010, 03:44 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=356821
Wow.. so bring us up to speed as succinctly as possible..

Total Miles
How much "repair" money was spent

Obviously your experience with the car is positive

Taking a risk on a 2010 with the tranny issues?
Current Mileage: 145,710 (234,497 km)
We were putting roughly $3,000 into maintenance and repairs annually. Nobody realized the figure was this large until we pulled up the credit card bills and crunched the numbers. Mostly small expenses; $100 here, $200 there but as you know, it really adds up quickly. As of late, it's been a series of niggling, annoying failures like the replacement alternator crapping out after only a year but Hyundai refusing to good-will it.

I would rate my experience with the '04 an A- but considering the design team's limited funds in the design phase, it really was an A+. It could have been quieter, more powerful, better looking, or any combination of those things but one must remember the truly great cars of history are very rarely any of those things. Look at the Volkswagen Beetle, the Ford Model T, and the original Toyota Corolla. None of them were any of those things but they succeeded because they delivered personal transportation freedom at a great price and in a way, the SM Santa Fe is very similar. The first gen Santa Fe is truly a fantastic car and I may wind up buying a second one some years down the road. Its relatively old-school simplicity and JellO-thrown-at-the-wall styling just get under your skin....it's a car that tries its best to make you love it and it makes it very hard to hate. Everybody who drove mine in the six years I owned it had nothing but great things to say and it even turned some Hyundai skeptics into believers.

I just got done cleaning her out and there is no trace that I was ever there except for my radio presets which I'm sure the next owner will quickly cover over with his or her own. I must admit it was rather bittersweet but as I've said, at the end of the day a car is just a car and while we tend to get emotionally attached to them, sometimes you have to shelve your sentiments and accept the fact that they are simply machines that wear out and require replacement. My initial goal was to hit 300,000 miles and I had decided only a few weeks ago that if I did that, I would aim for 500,000. Well...we made it almost halfway to the first mark. Maybe next time.

The new Santy comes home tomorrow and the old one will sit out on the street until a deal is made with a prospective owner. He has promised to take good care of her and he works for the dealership so I'm sure I'll see him and the car around.
 

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It's official...the beloved '04 Santa Fe goes to her new owner tomorrow at 3:00 PM. All my personal effects have been removed and while I will miss her, in the end it's just a car and I have tried my best to remove all emotional attachment. I have done everything I can to look after her and now it's somebody else's turn. I'm already in love with my '10 SF so she's really been helping me cope.

I'm off for one final ride. :auto:
 

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Up early (or is it late?) and just read this thread. I doubt my '06 will see that many miles with me and I hope it doesn't get to the point it costs me $3K a year to keep it running. If it does, it will be gone long before that. I just did the 60K timing belt for about $260, but I figured that when I bought it. Now I hope there are no more expenses for a while.
I do see that the 2.7 is underpowered, but to me it seems more from the 4 spd. transmission with too big of gaps in the ratios... why didn't they mate the 5 speed with the 2.7 where it's needed? (Also just spent about $350 on the F-150, but it's the first expense on it for about 8 or 10 years.)
Anyway, good luck with the '10 and hope it makes it to '16 and 145K.
 

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QUOTE (tankeryanker007 @ Oct 4 2010, 04:30 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=360974
Good luck with the '10. My wife said 300,000 when we bought hers. I thought she was nuts. 250,000 now, 50,000 to go.
That is great to know theFe can go for that long. I am just under 100k on my '02 and hoping to get another 100k off of it. What kind of repairs have you done? Anything major?
 

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QUOTE (pemdas1972 @ Oct 5 2010, 03:20 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=361212
That is great to know theFe can go for that long. I am just under 100k on my '02 and hoping to get another 100k off of it. What kind of repairs have you done? Anything major?

cam. belt should be changed at 60,000 miles/96,000 k/m or every five years whichever comes first.............don't push your luck, its not worth the risk (bent valves, major expense)
 

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QUOTE (johnaauld @ Oct 5 2010, 07:00 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=361203
So, how many times have you replaced the timing belt?
I changed the timing belt idlers and water pump the first time at 141,000.


QUOTE (pemdas1972 @ Oct 5 2010, 07:20 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=361212
That is great to know theFe can go for that long. I am just under 100k on my '02 and hoping to get another 100k off of it. What kind of repairs have you done? Anything major? Aside from the regular upkeep, i've replacedd the high pressure power steering hose, vehicle speed sensor, trans input and output sensors, shocks and struts. I have it in my garage now for more shocks. Been a great car, we'll definately get another. We also have a 2001 elantra that has been just as good. It only has 70,000 on it so it is still an infant.
 
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