Despite its flaws, 2003 Santa Fe is a stable SUV worth considering.
The 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe lx is a decent economical SUV that is hampered by a number of engineering flaws that affect it is performance. Mechanically, it is fairly reliable and somewhat fuel efficient for a vehicle of it is kind. One of the most severe engineering problems with this vehicle, however, is the way that the engine is designed, particularly with the fuel pump - which is subject to strain due to it is being designed to push fuel up into the engine block rather than pulling the fuel up from above - and a flaw that can cause the spark plug caps move out of place over time. Other problems arise from the airbag sensors being located in the front cabin seats themselves, making it impossible to address faulty sensors without replacing the seats themselves. However, despite these flaws, the 2003 Santa Fe has above average handling for an SUV, and is far less top heavy than other vehicles of it is type.