Hyundai Santa Fe I with mileage: reliable V6 and even more reliable automatic transmissions – they will survive the body (part 2)
The bulk of the Russian Santa Fe is equipped with 2.7-liter V6 engines of the G6BA series. There are also options for Korean assembly with 2.4-liter engines of the G4JS series, nee Mitsubishi 4G64. There are also 2.0 CRDi diesel engines of the Hyundai D series – they are developed by Italians from VM Motori and are similar to engines of the RA420 SOHC series. Since the release was established in conjunction with GM Korea, they can also be found on the Korean Chevrolet and Opel Antara. Very rarely there are cars with V6 3,5, these are old motors of the G6AU series, belonging to the Sigma family, they are almost completely similar to the Japanese Mitsubishi.
The weak point of all motors is not very high-quality sensors (especially lambda probes) and weak engine compartment wiring with sensors. Continue reading
However, those who want a crossover with an automatic transmission will also not be disappointed: this is an old and four-stage, but delightfully reliable Aisin U140. Given in addition that it can work with engines up to 3 liters, and the maximum available engine in RAV4 has only 2.4, the box does not work at its limits. True, off-road rides, coupled with poor service, can easily compensate for this “oversight,” and there were plenty of the first and second in the life of many crossovers. It’s hard to get the box before 250-300 thousand, although control electronics failures may occur earlier, and the wear of the torque converter lock plates depends on the riding style. However, from a mechanical point of view, the resource, provided that the oil is replaced every 60-80 thousand, can exceed 350 thousand kilometers. It’s only unconditionally to believe in this reliability is too late: given the age of the machines, all the boxes have probably survived at least one intervention, and it is absolutely impossible to study the history of service after 15-20 years. Continue reading