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#490 of 669 Major Problems with Hyundai Tiburon, 2003 V6 GT Automatic
Jul 25, 2005 (5:21 pm)
I purchased my Tiburon in January of 2004 as a holdover. I began to experience problems at 2400 miles. There was a shimmy and it pulled to the left when braking at 50 mph. The fix was to grind the rotors and put more air in the tires. Then at 6000 miles I lost all power and stalled on a busy street. I was stranded and had to have it towed. The fix was to replace a faulty battery. I then had problems with the front windshield fogging and still have that problem. Then I again had to be towed due to a faulty battery at 7000 miles. I attempted at this time to trade it but they wouldn't deal with me. I had to have the moon roof adjusted due to air noise. The locking mechanism on the drivers door had to be replaced. The latch on the gas cover wouldn't release. The car is now in litigation for the lemon law. Today I had it in so Hyundai's people could check the car out and they told me the alternator needs to be replaced. I've been telling them this for months. The car has 19000 miles on it and continues to be a thorn in my side. Has anyone else had problems like this?
#491 of 669 Door Locks
Jul 27, 2005 (2:49 pm)
The owners manual states that if you unlock the doors using the inside mechanism, it will unlock both doors. I just purchased a 2005 GT with auto for my wife and when cleaning it up last night, I noticed that when I tried to unlock the doors via that method, only the drivers door would unlock. I dropped by the dealership and tried 2 of the cars there, and they both did the same thing.
Is there a trick to this?
BTW, we love the car. This is the 4th Hyundai we have purchased, and we have never had any real problems with any of them ( 2000 Accent/2001 Sonata/2002 Sante Fe). If all goes well, maybe I will pick one up with a manual tranny for myself. Ours stickered for $20,899 and we got it for $17,799. They had one earlier that stickered for $22,154 that we could have got for $18,600 but it was sold by the time we returned.
Jul 29, 2005 (8:10 am)
I have an 03 tiburon, and when I turn the ac on I start coughing to the point I have to shut it off. There is no odor. This has never happened before. I called the service department of the dealership. They said it might be mold growing in the condenser. And would cost me $130 to flush the ac out. Shouldn't this be covered under the warranty? And has any body ever heard of such a thing?
#493 of 669 mould ? let me tell you about mould !!
Jul 30, 2005 (7:14 am)
stacil: I live in Florida, mould capitol of the world. Warranty will not cover this. However IF you have a decent dealer they shoul at least take a whack the problem no charge. $130.00 to "flush it out" is a rip-off !!
One remedy I have used in the past is to turn on the A / C, set it on "outside air" and spray a whole can (small size) of "Lysol" into the air intake below the wind shield. This usually will clear the problem at least for awhile. The mould thrives on high humidy and temp (ala Florida) but generally is only a problem during the hottest summer months. I don't know where you live but the problem will eventually clear up. The auto stores also have some sprays just for this purpose but the Lysol has worked pretty well for me and is a lot cheaper too.
#494 of 669 Re: Quality [kingsalmon]
Jul 30, 2005 (9:16 am)
My first car was a 96 accent: 150,000 miles no problems. Then I bought the tiburon in 03 and thought it was great for about a year until the problems started happening (clutch, power doorlocks and windows, etc...) I thought that because the tiburon was totally redone for 03 that maybe there were some bugs that needed to be worked out. I traded in the 03 for an 05 V6 Special Edition. That was the answer. The 05 is a much better car. All the problems I had with the 03 have been fixed for the 05. I am very happy with the tiburon, it's fun to drive, looks great, didn't cost much and I never have any trouble embarasing people when they try to race me. The tiburon is an excellent car, the days of the crappy hyundai are over.
Jul 30, 2005 (11:53 am)
I was wondering when someone was gonna chime in on how they like their '05 Hyundai Tiburon! Here we are! I test drove two '03 Hyundai Tiburon 5-speed base models and liked them a lot. I have read about some of the quality bugs and your post above explains how Hyundai has made progress. Good deal-I sure liked how the Tibby rounded the corners on my test drives-a great handling little rig that you sit down low in. May very well be the best looking coupe (along with the Scion tC) on the market as I type this, too. Enjoy it, kinghedman, and post more information on how you're digging your '05 Hyundai Tiburon while you're at it, OK?
#496 of 669 is 380 hp too much?
Jul 30, 2005 (12:32 pm)
well i was reading through the forum and i read that if you increase the hp to over 210 that the internals will fail in the tiburon, i was woundering if this is true because apexi builds a twin turbo kit for the tiburon that puts it up to 380hp and it says that there are no internal modifications needed. now this kit is going to be a major investment and i don't want to waste my money so any info would be greatly appreciated
Jul 30, 2005 (1:04 pm)
Or the Tibby's 4-cylinder engine? I have heard of people failing with turbocharging the V6 and damaging the motor internals big-time. Then again, on the 4-cylinder it was working well. Anyone else have the info.on this issue? We could use an update on it.
#498 of 669 Re: Major Problems with Hyundai Tiburon, 2003 V6 GT Automatic [claire]
Jul 31, 2005 (7:21 pm)
I had an 03 tiburon gt and everything was great for about 20 K miles, then I had all the same problems that every one else is talking about: clutch, door locks, rattling, etc... I traded it for the 05 Tiburon V6 Special Edition. This is a much nicer car, built a lot stronger. I wrote a two page letter to the dealer explaining that this is my third hyundai and unless they want to lose a loyal customer, they had better do something for me. After a few meetings with executives at the dealership, I ended up with a brand new 05 tiburon for less than I paid for the 03. Voicing your opinion can be very useful just make sure the right people are hearing you.
To anyone out there who is having problems with their 2003 tiburon, don't give up hope, the 2005 is a solid car - all the 03's problems have been addressed along with some very welcome aesthetic improvements. Maybe they just needed a year or two to work out the kinks.
#499 of 669 Re: Major Problems with Hyundai Tiburon, 2003 V6 GT Automatic [kinghedman]
Aug 09, 2005 (4:33 pm)
I am not only unhappy with the car but with the dealerships I've dealt with. I've been treated like I know nothing and in the end I was right about the problem. Took Hyundai's Inspectors to find it. I have parked the car until the litigation is over for the lemon law and bought a new Subaru B9 Tribeca and am thrilled with this vehicle.