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2003 Hyundai Tiburon clutch problems

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

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problem #83

Oct 192004

Tiburon

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Clutch giving out in 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #82

Aug 092005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 24,379 miles
2003 Tiburon - gtv6 - 6 spd. Man.L - purchased May 2003, new. During summer'05 with about 20,000 miles, transmission started acting weird, getting harder to shift into lower gears, from up or down. Would at times actually hang in 2nd, (power to the wheels) even with the clutch fully depressed! (surprising, and dangerous, when attempting to stop in traffic !) had to really bump the stick hard to get it out of gear. Took to Hyundai dealer that sold car, whose head mechanic drove car - said there was no problem and tried to tell me I didn't know how to drive a stick. This was irritating since I have driven manuals my entire life going back to the early 70's. this dealers service manager advised I take car to their sister-dealer, which I did, on 09-05, with 24,379 miles on the car. After driving it, they agreed there was a problem, but needed to disassemble it to find out what. While there, another customer told me she was on her 3rd new clutch in her '03 gtv6 - the last one at her expense. Later at my office, I did a web search to find the tib clutch problem was alarmingly common. The service mgr called later to say the clutch/flywheel was burned up, because of the way I'd driven it, and that I'd have to pay $2,000+ to fix it. I said bullc--P, and after stating my knowledge of the ongoing tib clutch problems, he relented and said they'd do it under warranty - but only once. Next one would be on me if it happened again. Parts replacement list for this work: 41100-39140 disc assy clutch *** 41300-39115 cover assy clutch 41421-39000 bearing clutch release 23260-37311 flywheel assy note *** : this is not the part# recommended by Hyundai's tsb, which is 41100-39145. They put the old part# back in my vehicle. Have had no similar problems yet (now at 32,500 miles), but when (not if) the clutch fails again, I'm want Hyundai to make good to replace again - so anything you can do to help folks like us would be appreciated.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #81

Apr 242006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 48,000 miles
I purchased a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon gtv6 - 6 speed in April of 2003. 20,000 miles later, thought normal wear and tear, my clutch went out. The dealer replaced my clutch and flywheel using a technical service bulletin. Now, at 48,000 miles (28,000 miles later), my clutch has failed again. I am in no way a hard driver, and am a very experienced manual transmission driver. This failure is costing me $2000 to repair, and has put me and my family in a financial strain. Clutches should not go out this quickly, and there are many others who have had the same problems with no manufacturer resolution. I hope that this message reaches far; Hyundai should address this problem immediately. I'm afraid that next time my clutch will fail on the highway and the circumstances may be a lot worse.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #80

Apr 192006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,531 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Two days ago I noticed a weird scraping noise coming from under my hood, and my clutch began to feel different, I could feel the scrape. The next day, at mid day thinking about taking the car to have it checked, the clutch goes to the floor and is just completely gone in an instant. I had the car towed to the shop and I have been told that the clutch and flywheel are completely gone and need new ones. I have been reading that the newer clutches and flywheel are supposed to be better and are supposed to be the ones installed in the cars, hopefully that is what happens with mine. The parts are to be replaced but all the cost is on me.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #79

Apr 062006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,500 miles
I have a 2.7L V6 Tiburon from 03 and currently have my car in the shop for a new clutch at 22.5K miles on it. At first I was shocked and convinced that they would find something else wrong with the car that caused the clutch to wear prematurely. However, their assessment was that I abused the clutch with abnormal driving causing it to overheat. They also commented that there was no unusual wear on the tires but they noticed a cold air intake (hated the silent wine of stock) which points to hard driving. They then proceeded to tell me that the clutch is not covered under warranty after 12K miles and that it would be $2,200 to fix. This is my second manual transmission vehicle in 13 years and I drove my previous one around 100K miles without ever having to replace the clutch. I know how to drive stick and I don't ride the clutch or drive like a maniac so I went online looking for similar problems other people may have had. Sure enough there is an abundance of threads about the 03 clutch problems with many of them wearing out around the same mileage as mine. As I continue to read up on it I find that they did change the clutch they were putting into the 03 Tiburon's very quickly and yet they maintain that there is nothing wrong with the old ones. It is a dangerous situation with these clutches going out so often and early. Hyundai knows there was a problem with the clutches they put in the 03 Tiburon and refuses to accept responsibility for it. After researching this clutch I'm convinced it is a bad part, not bad drivers causing this problem. There is even a class action lawsuit in the making over this issue.

- Crest Hill, IL, USA

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problem #78

Apr 032006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 23,200 miles
I am having severe issues with the manual clutch on my 2003 Hyundai Tiburon. My vehicle has only 23,000 miles and is experiencing severe clutch slippage. I had the clutch examined at 12,000 miles and was told that everything was fine. Now Hyundai is telling me that they believe that the clutch plate is "glazed" and will likely need to be replaced. Hyundai stated that this is due to "normal wear and tear" and is not covered by the warranty. It is my understanding that almost all of the 2003 Hyundai Tiburon's have this same issues and many have had to be repaired several times and still experience clutch failure.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #77

Apr 052006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Bought a used 2003 Hyundai Tiburon with 18,484 miles on it. It has been driven responsibly for 10,000 miles and now gear oil combined with clutch dust is leaking from one of the gear box seals. The service technician at herb chambers Hyundai on southbridge St. In auburn, MA says this will require a clutch and seal replacement with the likelihood of a flywheel replacement as well. For all of this, the estimated cost is $322 parts and $900 labor. I find this unacceptable from a car company known for its warranty and a safety hazard to owners experiencing this same issue. It is unheard of for this to happen so prematurely in a vehicle and may be ignored by other owners.

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

problem #76

Aug 012005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Began having trouble shifting from any gear to any other gear without "double clutching." Took vehicle to dealership where it was determined that the clutch was bad. Following the advice of the dealership I ordered an aftermarket clutch and an aftermarket flywheel. The dealer recommended doing this because of durability issues with the stock setup. Once the dealer began the replacement of the clutch and flywheel itself they then determined that the entire transmission (6 speed) needed to be replaced. According to the dealership, the Hyundai regional rep. Wanted to go against a technical service bulletin and simply fix the problem with the trans itself. The dealer actually had to fight with the rep to follow Hyundai's own tsb. The dealership itself was great and defiantly honest about the clutch problems on the 03 tib V6 6sp, but I still feel that Hyundai needs to own up to the issue and reimburse people for aftermarket clutches because the stock system is not built to handle the kind of stresses that the engine exerts on it. I have only owned manuel trans cars and drive mainly highway miles. I have never had to replace a clutch before 130,000 miles... my Tiburon's required clutch, flywheel and trans replacement at about 40,000 miles... even though the trans itself was covered by warranty, it still cost over $1000 for parts and labor to the clutch itself (far cheaper than the $2000 or so it costs to buy the stock setup). Having a clutch and trans go at 40,000 miles is unacceptable, knowing that this is not unusual for the tibby only makes the issue more unacceptable.

- Rossford, OH, USA

problem #75

Jul 252005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,000 miles
My clutch went out at only 37,000 miles and it was never abused or anything like this it went out with just me driving on the road normally under no harsh conditions and I couldn't control my car and speed up to stop at a safe stop so I barely made it into a nearby neighborhood where it was towed.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #74

Feb 012003

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,000 miles
Dealer has been great. Corp rep=bad. Purchased brand new on Dec 31 02, and driven 3400 miles before clutch related problems were first introduced. I was told it would be replaced under warranty and made an appointment a month later. That was the earliest I could bring it in and be left without a car for 3 days. Car had approximately 11,400 miles on the odometer. I brought the car in with the dealer then warranted the clutch disc, flywheel, pressure plate and throw out bearing, but replaced them with the same parts as before, which was really a temporary fix to the general problem being design failure, being there are numerous part number changes from 02-04. That night I contacted the dealer again, and reported that the issue was still not fixed, and there was still not a smooth engagement and that the clutch was still juddering. The service said drive the car for 2 weeks and make sure it wasn't me not being used to the new clutch put in the car. I drove it for 2 weeks, and called back only to be denied warranty from the corporate representative at the time(she is no longer there)(not by the dealer) I have now had judder and mild random slippage and have dealt with this for the past 70,000 miles. I did under dealers advice take out a valve located in the slave cylinder to allow more hydraulic fluid through at one time in order to allow for better engagement and less wear to the clutch. The valve is not in the clutch slave cylinder in the 04 and new cars.

- Eureka, MO, USA

problem #73

Nov 052004

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Owned my 2003 Hyundai Tiburon for about 36 months. During that time I have had to replace the clutch and flywheel twice. This is ridiculous. I have been driving manual transmissions since 1967 and have never burnt a clutch. And I am not alone. There are hundreds and hundreds of documented cases on the net and perhaps even thousands. Each repair costs $1500-$2000. The first repair in November 2004 cost me $1800. Both failures happened in traffic and both times had to take evasive maneuver to prevent an accident. The last time I ended up in a highway ditch to prevent a 40 ft trailer from running my car over. Somebody better take a look at this car because it definitely has clutch / flywheel problems probably cause by poorly designed hydraulics. The way the hydraulics are designed causes the fluid to be restricted in one direction leading to smoother shifting, but it is this "smoother shifting" (slipping) that apparently is causing the excessive heat and burning up the clutches and flywheels. Is there someone out there in government that cares enough to address this problem" corporate giant Hyundai is not stepping up to correct this problem. At the rate of these failures, however, I'm destined to have another one. I am really "afraid" to drive it. Is anyone going to do anything about this? or are they going to allow corporate giant Hyundai to rip off the citizens of this country" I will be contacting my us senator and will be contacting the heads of the senate committees that oversee the NHTSA. I've noticed that complaints have been filed here for quite some time and nothing has been done, not even an investigation. *** there is only space in this complaint for one failure "date." My first failure occurred in November 2004, and the second failure occurred in December 2005 (repaired in March 2006). Why so long in repairing? I refused to pay for it unless Hyundai did something. I have records of all the repairs if needed.

- Little Egg Harbor, NJ, USA

problem #72

Feb 212006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Normal adult driving of vehicle. Pre-mature failure of clutch at 40K miles. Had to have independent transmission shop replace clutch at my expense.

- Saraland, AL, USA

problem #71

Jan 152003

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25 miles
Had to replace my clutch after 25K miles. I am complaining along with the other Hyundai Tiburon owners.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #70

Mar 272005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 39,000 miles
Clutch started to slip while driving at low rpms at 39000 miles. Then progressively got worse to where it would slip in 6th gear. I had to replace my clutch with a new one that all in all cost me 1700 dollars. I replaced the clutch, throwout bearing, and flywheel. I do have the old parts if you would need them.

- Oconomowoc, WI, USA

problem #69

Mar 062006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Clutch failure at 60000 miles 2500$ to repair. Warranty will not cover.

- Robertsdale, AL, USA

problem #68

Nov 072004

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,000 miles
My 2003 Hyundai Tiburon has about 23,000 miles on it and the clutch is blown. This is my second replacement. I replaced both times with oem parts and Hyundai Corp are not helping what so ever.

- Setauket, NY, USA

problem #67

Aug 102005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 63,000 miles
Clutch slipped on occasion - began to emit odor when driving in slow traffic (rush hour) conditions... slippage gradually got worse to the point the car became unreliable. Went to dealership - tech determined clutch & flywheel needed to be replaced - gave me a 1700 estimate and said warranty wouldn't touch it (result of operator error). I went ahead and ordered an oem clutch from the dealer & an aftermarket flywheel (and rented a car for 2 weeks while I waited for my parts to arrive) and had my own mechanic install my parts. Total cost out of my pocket was 1400. Turns out the clutch the dealer gave me was not the 'new' part (tsb 04-40-005) and now my clutch is rattling and has now began to show signs of failure.

- Port Perry, Ontario, 00, USA

problem #66

Mar 012006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,850 miles
: the contact stated while driving 15 mph shifting from first to second gear the clutch failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for inspection. They replaced the clutch however the problem still exists. The manufacturer was alerted. Updated 3/17/2006 - when the first repair was made the incorrect clutch was installed in the consumer's vehicle because the online tsb was not updated to reflect the new part number.

- Leesville, SC, USA

problem #65

Mar 012006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I am having to replace the clutch and flywheel on my 2003 Hyundai Tiburon for the 2nd time in under 3 years. The dealer will not cover this under warranty. Upon researching the number of complaints about this problem, there has got to be something that can be done.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #64

Feb 152003

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles
1. events leading up: The car was driven 2. clutch failure. @ 70K miles, the clutch fails. 3. need to replace the clutch assembly.

- Dickinson, TX, USA

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