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Hyundai Tiburon, Coupe
#1 of 172 STAY AWAY from this car!
May 21, 2006 (6:52 pm)
BUYER BEWARE!! I have a 2003 Tiburon and have had nothing but problems. I have replaced the clutch & flywheel with after market parts because the dual-mast flywheel that is standard in these cars is defective, I have had to replace the transmission and now I believe the starter has just bit the dust, this is of course after I have had problems with the sunroof, power windows & brakes... AND this is all under 60,000 miles. This is the absolute worst car purchase I have ever made. I will never buy a Hyundai again! The service dealerships (I have been to 3 now) are inept and apparently noone knows how to fix these cars to make them last more than a month without something else breaking. BUYER BEWARE!!
#3 of 172 Re: STAY AWAY from this car! [deangarris]
Jun 12, 2006 (6:22 pm)
Hi Dean, I too have a 2003 Tiburon. Last week I had my second clutch replaced at 27,800 miles. The first clutch was replaced at 8,000 miles. I had dropped my car off at the dealer on a Tuesday evening, it took them till the following Monday afternoon at 4:00 PM to advise that there were no defects and I was responsible for the $1855.00 bill to replace the clutch.
I have contacted the Hyundai, consumer affairs and made a formal complaint. The representative advised she was submitting a request for reimbursement for the bill. I truly doubt that they will do anything. However, your Buyer Beware has really been an eye-opener, and of course, I am planning to get rid of my car asap. The fact that you mention the standard flywheel is defective really caught my interest. My opinion is that Hyundai is an inferior automobile, but our horror stories are not being shared.
Thanks for sharing. Alan Pavloff
#4 of 172 Re: STAY AWAY from this car! [jrbagp]
Jun 13, 2006 (5:51 am)
Thanks for sharing your experience. I have heard their is a class action lawsuit against Hyundai for the clutch on their 03 & 04 Tiburon's. Best of luck.
#5 of 172 STAY AWAY from this car!
Jul 19, 2006 (2:02 pm)
Same exact thing, 2003 Tiburon with 31,000 miles. There was no warning, clutch just suddenly went on the highway and had to be towed. Dealer quoted me $2010 to repair the clutch, which conveniently isn’t covered under warranty and the manager wouldn’t do anything to help. In fact they tried to charge me $100 inspection fee when I told them I was going to take it elsewhere for service. (Auto repair shop for $1000). This is not the first time I have had problems with their service department. DO NOT BUY HYUNDAI. I will never buy one again.
#6 of 172 STAY AWAY from this car
Jul 19, 2006 (2:32 pm)
this problem was just with the 03 model year I have an 04 with 35000 miles on it with no problem at all. My family owns five Hyundais in all with no problems.
#7 of 172 Re: STAY AWAY from this car! [ederekb]
Jul 19, 2006 (8:08 pm)
Well, a bummer is a bummer. I do not want to discount your situation. I would heartily agree that the cost you mention is way too much, and that it's not a good thing. I pray that my cluctch on Toyota holds out okay, I do a lot of stop and go freeway traffic. As for myself, with the Hyundai Tiburon that I had that I liked, it had the synchro shift thing, or whatever it's called. The automatic that sort of emulates the stick shift, only without the clutch. It was fun. Which causes me to go back and circle around to the point, that the car came very well equipped, with leather, nice radio with boom box, a better functioning moon roof than TC's, more headroom, better leg room for my right leg, and just, in general, a nice package without me having to add numerous accessories. I do say though that I like my Scion, after adding a tie rod to the front end, that helps with the handling, and there are numerous other things I would like to get. But a turbo pkge that adds 35 hp for $3,000? I'm not sure that sounds cost effective, and the muffler they say "adds horsepower and torque", for only $595 plus tax, and plus installation(?) Well, just 'how much' hp? Sure, it looks sort of nice, but is it substantial? I didn't see in literature where they were able to commit to a round number. 2hp, or 3hp, or bargain deal of only $100/per horsie? They didn't say, just add it on, because it somewhat lacks zip in base product. I will agree that Hyundai should have covered your clutch properly in warranty. You have every right to be disgruntled and dissatisfied. Maybe the Toy's hold up longer in long run, I hope to find out, favorably. It does look nice, that's one of the things that sold me on it. Best regards.
#8 of 172 Re: STAY AWAY from this car! [ederekb]
Jul 20, 2006 (10:42 am)
Do an internet search (Dogpile or google) on CLASS ACTION HYUNDAI and you will find info on the class action suit.
We have submitted the info the to attorneys in CAL and are waiting to hear from them.
Dumped out Hyundai for a Honda!!
We have been spreading the info to everyone that owns a Hyundai in the neighbourhood. We will never buy another Hyundai not only becuase of the Tiburon clutch, but because they knew ofthe problem and didnt do anything!!
#10 of 172 Anybody having clutch problems with 2007 Tiburons?
Jun 07, 2007 (7:33 pm)
I bought a new Tiburon a month ago, a GT 2.7 liters. It has manual, what I have always driven. So far my husband and I have loved the car.
However today I had a problem with the clutch. I had just exited the interestate and depressed the clutch to disengage the gear to stop for a traffic light. When I did that the clutch pedal did not spring back up! I wasn't able to put it into any gear.
After checking if there was anything holding the clutch pedal down (there was nothing) I put my foot underneath the pedal and pulled. The clutch then came up to its normal position. I was then able to drive the car normally.
I called Roadside assistance and they towed my car to a nearby dealership (South Blvd in Charlotte NC). After waiting 1 hour I was told I was 'ready to go' because they could not reproduce the problem and therefore they could not 'fix it'.
Obviously I am not happy with this, the risk is too high if the clutch gets stuck again while driving at high speeds.
Is there anybody out there with the same problem, with a new or old Tiburon?