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#386 of 669 Re: Hyundai Tiburon clutch problems [costin]
Mar 09, 2005 (3:13 pm)
We are having the same problem. Our 2003 Tiburon's clutch and fly wheel just went out. There was no warning. Just one day, the clutch seem different, so we took it into the 1st dealer. They drove it and said it was the clutch. Told us it would be around $2000.00 to fix it. They told us, it was they way we drove the car. Funny, since we have had many standards and never had clutch problems before. One vehical (a Nissan) had 95000 miles on it when we traded it for the Tiburon, with no clutch problems. This dealership didn't even put the car up on the rack. We left and went to the dealer that we purchased the car from (over an hour away from our new house). They at least put the car up and looked at it. Yes the clutch and fly wheel were bad. Our Tiburon has ONLY 27000 miles on it. It was produced in 11/2002, and we purchased it new Mar 31, 2003. Basically, we got the dealer to call the Factory Rep and they are willing to cover 50% of the cost. Still not good enough for me, considering if you go to Hyundai forums on the net...there are hundreds of these same complaints. I have seen some post, where Hyundai has covered the cost, but mostly they have not. I am at the point, where I have filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission(FTC). They have a website, and you can get their number if you call your Attorney Generals Office. The FTC regulates all international companies. Once there is enough complaints for the same company with the same issues, they will file a formal investigation. I urge you to call or go to their website and file a formal complaint. This way, Hyundai might at least get investigated over this issue, and we as American consumers, will have some chance in the future of getting our vehicals fixed. Trust me, I have tried to call the Corporate office, but nothing has been done. After all, we are only consumers.
#388 of 669 re: clutch problems
Mar 12, 2005 (10:12 pm)
Both of you need to bring in a copy of the TSB showing that you know it exists and demand that they follow the procedure and replace the parts under warranty. A lot of people mentioned getting this fixed under warranty in another Tiburon forum, some with as many as 35k miles. It can be done. It just depends more on the dealer and the regional rep.
#389 of 669 Re: Hyundai Tiburon clutch problems
Mar 13, 2005 (10:58 pm)
My 2003 Tiburon GT clutch went out in Dec 2004. I was driving onto the freeway when without warning the shifter stopped working --- I couldnt shift into gear---my car was stalled on the freeway, traffic time----almost getting rear ended waiting for a tow truck..
I had called the dealership and they told me the clutch isn't covered under warranty--It ran out at 12,000 miles (my car had 25,000 at the time). The dealership wanted to charge $1000 or more depending on what needed to be replaced, I didn't have the $1000 to fix it at the dealership.
I ordered the factory Clutch, pressure plate, and throwout bearing and brought it to a mechanic for repairs. After replacing the clutch the mechanic recommended the Flywheel be replaced also, unfortunetly the cost of the flywheel was like $1200 --which I couldnt afford after paying for a new clutch and labor. In the warranty book it states that the flywheel is covered up to 50,000 miles if factory defect.
I called Consumer Affairs at Hyundai Motor of America and explained my situation and made them aware that I did have my clutch replaced but the flywheel needed to be replaced per my mechanic...
The case manager gave me claim # and told me to take my car to the dealership and the mechanic will diagnose the problem to determine if factory defect or caused by the driver and to have the recalls done at the same time.
I dropped my car off at the dealership, the next day they called me telling me the flywheel was ordered and will be overnighted to them the next day and my car would be ready in a couple days.
The Service Manager called me the following day to let me know that there is a problem and out of his control.... that the field Rep is not going to authorize the repairs and is voiding out my warranty due to my title, something that I didn't notice. My title stated
"not actual miles" it should state "actual miles"---and if I get corrected to bring the car back and they will reinstate the warranty and fix my car. .
The next day I went to the DMV and found out that the DMV Clerk had done made the same error on other titles. I had to make an appointment to bring my car back in for a
VIN VERIFICATION to verify the mileage.----Which I did, the lady at the DMV faxed in the completed VIN VERIFICATION form and called Hyundai Corporation. stating my title has been corrected sent to Sacramento for processing and it would take a couple weeks.
After driving for about a week it started making a loud screeching noise and it was difficult to shift -- when I came to a stop in order to shift into 1st gear I had to turn off the ignition, shift to 1st gear, start the ignition and proceed to drive--this also happened when I had to shift into reverse. But the most frustrating times was on the freeway when it was impossible to shift into gear and coasted to the side of the freeway without getting rear ended.
Finally, after waiting 3 weeks for for Hyundai Corp. to get the DMV paperwork from Sacramento, the case manager called me at 7am to let me know my warranty is reinstated and gave me authorization to take my car in to the dealership for the repairs and recalls.
When I brought my car into the dealership for the 2nd time, it was there for about a week before I called and the service manager told me my car will be ready in couple days, not knowing he hasn't even got to my car yet.
The following day I received a call from the service manager, expecting to hear good news I got the opposite... he told me that the Rep was going to void out my warranty this time ----because my clutch wasn't repaired by a Hyundai Technician, this really upset me due to the fact I made him aware I had a new clutch put in and it wasn't by Hyundai, he didn't have a problem with it then. I had to drive the car for a whole month with the loud screeching and hard shifting, totally unsafe!
My car is still at the dealership, There is a new service manager who is now telling me the wear is from the way the car is driven, he is telling me this before he even takes the car apart. He also told me that clutch is like brake pads, normal wear and tear!!!"
Anyone who has driven a Tiburon knows that the car cannot be driven hard because of the DELAY VALUE in the slave cylinder, u couldnt light the tires up if u had to !!!
M/T - Revised Clutch Components
2003 TIBURON 2.7L
REVISED CLUTCH COMPONENTS FOR MANUAL TRANSAXLES
New clutch components are available to improve clutch operation for 2003 MY Tiburon vehicles with 2.7L engines and manual transaxles produced through April 1, 2003. The new dual mass flywheel, clutch disc, clutch cover and release bearing are described in this bulletin.
^ Model: 2003 TIBURON vehicles with 2.7L engine and manual transaxles
^ Affected vehicle production date range: Produced through April 1, 2003
1. Confirm that the vehicle was produced before April 1, 2003.
2. Verify the condition reported by the customer as clutch-related.
3. Replace the dual mass flywheel, clutch disc, clutch cover and clutch release bearing (with new parts numbers provided in the PARTS INFORMATION section of this bulletin) using the procedure outlined in the applicable Shop Manuals.
4. Refer to TSB 03-40-011 and TSB 02-40-025 for additional service procedures for the pull type clutch system.
Hyundai is the most DISSATISFYING EXPERIENCE I HAVE GONE THROUGH.
I need your help---Hyundai needs to take responsibility and recall their defected clutch parts! Please respond, thank you!!!
#390 of 669 clutch problems
Mar 13, 2005 (11:00 pm)
Sorry for the lengthy forum.. Kat
#391 of 669 Re: clutch problems [carrezma]
Mar 14, 2005 (8:06 am)
As far as the DMV putting the wrong info on your title...I once had a car salesman put his mother in laws address as my address on the paperwork. My monthly bills were going to her house for three months.
Your title fiasco only made things worse. You are not the only one with a V6 Tib defective flywheel. Its time for Hyundai to step up and have a voluntary recall for this. Early clutch failure is inexusable. Its way too easy to just blame the driver and say "you wore out the linings early." I find it interesting that your independent mechanic was able to flag the flywheel as defective.
Mar 14, 2005 (7:55 pm)
I know you meant well by taking it to another mechanic since the dealer would be too expensive. However, you could have avoided all of your problems by simply taking it to the dealer in the first place. Yes, the warranty on the clutch does end at 12k, but since this is a known problem, you probably could have got it fixed under the TSB for free. I'm sorry to say, but your misstep was having it only partially fixed by a non Hyundai mechanic. No dealer will touch something under warranty that has been fixed elsewhere, especially when it's only been halfway fixed. For all they know, the other mechanic could have done a bad job, which led to the failure of the flywheel.
I'll give you an example: Let's say you have your oil changed at Jiffy Lube and use a Hyundai filter. This filter happens to have a poor seal and ends up leaking out the oil enough to blow your engine. Unless you can prove the oil filter was bad to begin with, a Hyundai dealer will direct you to go to Jiffy Lube because as far as they are concerned, Jiffy Lube screwed up the oil change and ruined your engine. It would now be up to their warranty on their service rather then Hyundai's. You are encountering a similar issue. NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES should you have your car fixed by someone else when it is under factory warranty. I know you are angry about this and I don't blame you, but if you think about it, the dealer's stance does make sense. I got my fingers crossed for you and hope that you can get this resolved in your favor, but the other mechanic fixing the clutch is a big strike against you. I can bear witness to the fact Hyundai will replace clutches outside of the 12k mark. My dealer replaced the clutch on a former 2000 Accent at 23k after I complained about a noisy throwout release bearing. They heard the noise and ended up replacing the clutch for free even though I didn't ask them to. So it can be done and with minimal hassles as long as you let them fix it rather then another garage.
#393 of 669 I have read that you can
Mar 15, 2005 (8:16 am)
have your maintenance work done by another shop, if you save your receipts. Hyundai and, in my case, Kia Motors will honor maintenace work done by another shop if you keep the recepit and follow the maintenace schedule. You have to get the maintenace work done when it's needed, though, and not wait.
As far as repair work, I would go to the dealer. I had an exception a couple months ago. I was on the way to the Lake of the Ozarks and my Sportage just lost power and died. Turns out the alternator went out(the Sportage 4x4 had about 88,000 miles on it at that point). It was towed in and fixed by a small-town Missouri mechanic who does a large volume of work. The work was done well and the price was fair, including their own tow truck charge(actually I couldn't find the detailed charge for the tow on my bill). Point is, that sort of repair you can't plan for...if I could I would've taken it to my Kia dealer, which is Youngblood Kia, in Springfield, MO. Get your car fixed where they only work on your brand of car exclusively, if you can.
#394 of 669 Guys, Thanks for the input
Mar 17, 2005 (4:50 am)
I appreciate it, now why can't the Hyundai Service Manager be so helpful like you guys are???
I can kick myself in the butt for not just taking my car in when the clutch went out but it was undrivable, so i called the dealershiip and spoke to the manager, he basically told me I was S.O.L and didnt give me any advise and wish I knew then what I know now and had that TSB,I would have made sure he followed those proceduces! It just really pisses me off that he didnt even have the common courtesy to advise me that the parts were advised--I found on Ebay the original factory parts and thought I was getting a great deal when all I was buying was the same old "deformed" parts that were revised in that TSB....
I am taking them to small claims court and see what happens--my car has been at the dealership for twice and still there since January.
I have filed complaints with just about everyone along with a lot of other upset customers, I dont understand why nothing is being done....
thanks again, guys, it is great having someone to listen and care.
#395 of 669 Re: Guys, Thanks for the input [carrezma]
Mar 18, 2005 (12:05 am)
I have a V6 6M and I just had a harrowing experience regarding my clutch/flywheel.
It went out the first time at 2200 miles - which was ridiculous enough. I noticed some anomalies when driving it about 6 months later but the service folks couldn't find any problems with the clutch. Now, at nearly 15,000 miles a year later, it goes out again.
Like some other posters the service rep said I needed to pay $1800 for a clutch/flywheel due to the way I drive the car, which is ridiculous. I asked to speak with a manager and evidently because I reported the problem at six months and that I came w/in 10 miles short of being 12,000 miles of the first clutch replacement the manager was able to get me the repair on warranty.
While this is good, I had no idea (until now) that so many others have had this issue. It infuriates me more.
I am considering my next car and won't buy a Hyundai again. Hello, Toyota and Honda. I'm coming back.