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Hard starting. I just bought a 2002 Santa Fe. When I try to start it, it takes about 4 seconds of cranking before it starts. If I shut it off for a short time (10 minutes or less) It will start right up but anything over that and it takes forever again. Another thing that may or may not be related is I am only getting about 16 miles to the gallon, mostly highway miles. Since it is new to me I don't know if this is average, just know that it is way worse then my v6 xterra that is similar size so think it may be poor for this as well. It is the v6 engine. Any help with the starting issue would be greatly appreciated. It is in great condition, one owner, not using oil, etc.. It has 99,000 miles on it.

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  • hwbiv Jul 11, 2010

    how long ago was it tuned up

  • Marnie Jul 13, 2010

    I just bought it so I am not sure. That would be a good start though I suppose. I hate to admit it, but I know very little about cars. I did a lot of research before buying and everything sounded pretty good so I went on that.

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For starters you need to use the remote to open/close the doors or the engine will not recognise the will need to check compresion (min 170) and put car on diagnostic computer.
my advice is GET RID of the worst car EVER to come from korea.even dealers will not buy them......16mpg is good ,worse is about 8mpg.....I USED TO WORK FOR HYUNDAI.(if you paid around £500 then what the hell)

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  • Marnie Jul 13, 2010

    Wow, interesting. I checked all the ratings before buying and talked to a couple people who had them and loved them. It was very affordable but I will have to do some more investigating after your comment. Anyone else there have similar opinion?


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