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Average Mileage:
27,410 miles

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon clutch problems

clutch problem

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon Owner Comments (Page 4 of 7)

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problem #63

Oct 012003

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles

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

No events lead up to the failures. All failures have happened in rush hour traffic and has left owner stranded on the interstate. Dealer refused to cover 3 of the repairs which, cost us 2,000 each failure. Nothing has been done to correct the failure. The old parts are available if needed. This vehicle has been a recurring nightmare and is a money pit.

- Vidor, TX, USA

problem #62

Feb 222006

Tiburon

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles
My clutch went out on my 2003 Hyundai Tiburon without warning. My car has 35000 miles on it. Something has broken off and taken out the transmission. I've been reading many identical case scenarios from other Hyundai tib owners. Hyundai will not cover under warranty. They blame it on clutch missuse and/or driving habits.

- Saint Paris, OH, USA

problem #61

Mar 012004

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,000 miles
: the contact stated while shifting from fourth to fifth gear at 55 mph, the clutch made a grinding noise and malfunctioned. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for inspection. Upon inspection, the dealership replaced the transmission and the clutch. Although the problem reoccurred, no additional repairs were made. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Everson, WA, USA

problem #60

Jan 252006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 41,150 miles

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

Clutch on my '03 Tiburon burnt out at 40K miles.

- Manhattan, KS, USA

problem #59

Dec 072005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,000 miles
My clutch is really slipping bad and needs to be replaced. I have heard many people with this complaint. I think the issue with the Hyundai Tiburon clutches needs to be looked at.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

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problem #58

Jan 192006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,853 miles
I'm joining the 1,000 or so people on this site alone who own a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 6 speed. My clutch went out at 47,000 miles and it's going to the dealer next week for what I'm sure will be their attempt to screw me out of $2,000. I have two questions: How many of these have to fail before the gov't does something" all of them? second question: Where does the CEO of Hyundai live so I can stick his junk flywheel and clutch somewhere unpleasant"

- Fredericksburg, PA, USA

problem #57

Oct 192005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles

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

Purchased a 2003 Hyundai tiuron, 2 door hatchback from allen turner automotive on 12/13/02. Cluch failed after approximately 18,000 miles and Hyundai dealership in md, ourisman Hyundai 3516 ft. Meade rd.laurel, md 20724, (301) 725-4400 would not cover repair because the car had an after market air intake. Paid $2,000 for repair. After repair, cluch failed again at approx 45,000 miles (mostly interstate driving) and allen turner automotive refused to cover the repair stating normal wear (after only 28,000 miles) and said it would cost $2,200 to repair. I performed reasearched the internet, e.g. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (nhts), mycarstats.com, etc., and found hundreds of consummer complaints concerning pre-mature failure of cluch assembly in 2003 Tiburon from 5K to 28K miles. All denied. Also located Hyundai technical service bulletin number 04-40-005, that discusses 2003 Tiburons clucth failure with cause code * - deformed. Spoke with allen turner maintenance rep, keith whittington and he took this up his chain of command and they still refused to repair the clutch. I have already paid $2,000 for a clutch that failed at 18K and feel it is criminal, or at least immoral, for me to have to pay another $2,200 to have the cluch replaced again. Seems like an excellent case for a class action suit since hundreds of people are being taken advantage of, but would rather resolve this through arbitration. Any assistance/guidance would be appreciated. Thank you.

- Cantonment, FL, USA

problem #56

Nov 082005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 59,000 miles
3rd clutch failure at 60,000K mi on 2003 Hyundai GT 6 spd finally will install "updated" parts myself dealers have refused assistance any clutch work after 12000K miles. I am a skilled mechanic and know there is a defect in the clutch assembly, Hyundai needs to take responsibility and buy back or repair the problem. Would like any info on a class action suit against Hyundai for this issue. Jessetxguy20@yahoo.com.

- Blanco, TX, USA

problem #55

Nov 092003

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,000 miles
At about 3 months or 7,000 the clutch went out on the car requiring a new clutch. We continued to have problems & replaced the clutch again at the beginning of 2005. Now the clutch goes completely to the floor and the car still moves. I will take it back to the dealer again for diagnostic. But I do believe there is a problem with the clutch or transmission.

- N. Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #54

Jul 012005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,000 miles
I own a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6,6 speed manual 29000 miles original tires. The problem started when I had difficulty putting my car into reverse. This normally happened when the engine was cold. Once the vehicle was placed into gear, a low wining sound would be noticed with my foot on the clutch, this would eventually go away as the car would warm up. After the car warmed up, the gears would shift normally and I could shift into any gear. After about a month the problem progressed to having difficulty putting the car into first gear and reverse. After another month the car would not go into first or reverse with the engine on. Again as soon as the car warms up the gears shift normally and the noise will go away, this only occurs with a cold car. I finally took the car into the Ford dealer (Hyundai service center) and they told me that the clutch would have to be replaced and that this was due to my diving practices. They also claimed that the clutch was not covered under warranty and that it would cost me $1800 to repair. I argued that I have been driving manual transmissions for over 25 years and that I only use this car to go to work and back. They insisted that it was a wear-out item and that I was at fault. Finally after some argument, they contacted the Hyundai regional manager in Georgia and he agreed to pay for the replacement of the fly wheel, but that I would still have to pay for the clutch and labor to replace that. I took the vehicle to an independent mechanic and he confirmed that indeed the clutch had some wear, but he also pulled up a service bulletin (04-40-005) that claimed that the flywheel was deformed and that if the vehicle was produced before April 2003, (which mine was as I purchased it in February of 2003); verify the condition reported by the customer as clutch related; replace the dual mass flywheel, clutch disk, clutch cover and clutch release bearing.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #53

Aug 252005

Tiburon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 39,600 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon. The clutch was bad, and it took out the flywheel/clutch/transmission and the transfer case. The dealer told the contact that she took an electric saw to the transmission case and the clutch did not do it. Furthermore, it was not covered under the warranty because it was a clutch, and the clutch was normal wear and tear. She had two warranties, and they will not cover it under either one. She bought the vehicle on 6-15-05, and it failed on 8-25-05. The vehicle has 39,600 miles on it. When she bought the car it had 36,200 miles on it. The contact found approximately 30 pages of complaints on the web about the clutch. Updated 04/17/06

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #52

Sep 112005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
There was a defect in the vehicle, they used deformed clutch part. The clutch was slipping. Vehicle is at the dealership now. When shifting gears and pushing the gas pedal it takes it a few minutes to kick into gear and it jerks the vehicle. There is a technical service bulletin 0440005. Noticed this problem on September 11, 2005, and should be getting a call from the dealer today. It has done this everyday since noticing noticed the problem.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #51

Sep 022005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Since we purchased this vehicle new we have replaced the battery twice, the clutch, fly wheel, slave cylinder, three times, a coolant leak fixed, the window motor and it is currently at the repair shop. We also have had to replace all four tires and have the vehicle aligned. The air bag light is also on at this time. The thing that makes me angry is that a service technician has seen or vehicle twice and said our vehicle was fine. So, why did the clutch go out 10 days later?

- Vidor, TX, USA

problem #50

Aug 292005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 17,926 miles
Hyundai 2003 Tiburon clutch assembly failed with only 17,000 miles on the vehicle. The dealership and Hyundai has told many people that the defect is driver induced even though their tsb #04-04-005 indicates problem with that clutch and to replace it with an improved model.

- Cicero, NY, USA

problem #49

Jul 202005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,650 miles
10,700 miles clutch is slipping. Tsb #04-40-005 defective clutch installed in Tiburons produced before 4/1/03. New parts for clutch/flywheel in stock at dealership. The threshold of the clutch is right at the edge of what the performance of the engine can handle. There is a clutch delay valve installed to the master cylinder, this slow engage may cause premature wear on the clutch. Customer fraud, Hyundai has not released this info to owners and in most cases refuses to pay for it. I bring my tib in this Monday to the dealership and they said expect to leave the car for a week because Corp office will fight it. My car is 2 1/2 years old with 10,750 miles.

- Del Mar, CA, USA

problem #48

Jan 212005

(reported on)

Tiburon

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2003 Hyundai Tiburon clutch completely burned out.** answer required***. the consumer read articles which indicated that the clutch plate used in these vehicles should be used on 4 cylinders not 6 cylinder vehicle.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #47

Jul 062005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Premature clutch failure on 2003 Hyundai Tiburon. Car has approximately 40,000 miles on it. Car stalled on interstate highway and had to be towed. Clutch is being replaced, but Hyundai will not pay to fix the problem even after they have received numerous complaints about clutch failures in the same automobile model.

- Claremore, OK, USA

problem #46

Jun 012005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 57,500 miles
I initially had trouble getting my V6, 6 speed, 2003 Hyundai Tiburon, to shift into reverse and 1st gear after it sat over night. This problem progressed within 3 days to where I could not shift into any gear without great difficultly. This occurred while driving in heavy traffic but I was able to get it back to the dealership. They have advised me that the clutch and flywheel are bad and must be replaced. I have approximately 57,500 miles on the car. This is mostly highway driving miles. I am being charged approximately $1800 for this repair by the dealership. When I called the Hyundai customer service number they advised me that they were unaware of any problems with the clutches on the Tiburon. The service department told me that this defect was due to my driving. After reading the reports on this site, that is obviously not true.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #45

Apr 052005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,500 miles
My son craig bowman owns a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon that has 21,063 miles on it. He bought it when it had 10,000 miles. The clutch went out on it, and the dealer says it is not covered under the warranty. When this clutch goes out you have a hard time getting the vehicle into and out of gear. Normally, when a clutch plate goes out you lose power due to slippage, but you can always disengage the transmission by depressing the clutch plate and relieving the tension of the pressure plate. This system seems to make it hard to disengage the system. I have been doing research, and have found that a great many of these cars experience the same problem with the same amount of miles. Also, I have found that technical service bulletin tsb# 04-40-005 was issued that describes a clutch revision for 2003 Tiburons with V6 engine and standard transmission built before April 1, 2003. To me this is an indication that there is a definite problem with this vehicle, and Hyundai is doing nothing about it. Please could you help address this issue.

- Sulphur, LA, USA

problem #44

Apr 012005

(reported on)

Tiburon

  • miles
2003 Hyundai Tiburon question regarding problems with clutch going out on vehicle.

- Lexington, KY, USA

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