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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
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 6 of 7)

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problem #23

Jun 052004

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles

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

Tiburon 2003 vt V6 has 18000 miles on it and clutch fails on highway. Will not shift out of first gear. Took it to the dealership where they kept it for three days and needed a authorization to take apart the transmission. Service people found that the disc was completely hot and worn down, which damaged bearings. Not covered under 100000 warranty because disk was worn down. Clutch is faulty and they replace faulty clutches over and over again. They want 1400 dollars for it, with a 50 % off from the corporation. We need all clutches recalled and people's money back now!!!! they don't want to be responsible for consumer fraud!!!! check www.mycarstats.com www.tuscani.be/forum/index.cfm/act/show_messages/thread_id/328..

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #22

May 012004

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles
1) clutch in car was slipping when driving on highway. Also was shuddering when acceleration from low speed in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears. 2) clutch slipping to the extent it was difficult to drive on highway 3) initially Hyundai said nothing was wrong and did nothing. After 3rd visit to dealer they finally looked into it further and found that the clutch, flywheel, pressure plate and throwout bearing were all bad. Dealer replaced all parts following inspection.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #21

May 262004

(reported on)

Tiburon

  • miles
While applying the clutch pedal it failed. The driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle and drove it to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that the clutch was too small and needed to be replaced. Please provide any additional information.

- Mena, AR, USA

problem #20

Mar 222004

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 38,000 miles

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

Dealer states that the clutch and flywheel on our 2003 Hyundai Tiburon has worn out and is need of replacement. The vehicle was sold with a 100,000 mile 10/yr. Powertrain warranty and 5/yr 50,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. Dealer states that the fine print in the warranty specifies that the clutch is a maintenance part not covered by the above warranties past 12,000 miles. Estimated repair is $1,500. Dealer and Hyundai customer service informed us that "rough driving" was the principle cause of this problem. The vehicle has 38,000 miles and all drives have driven manual transmissions in excess of 100,000 miles on previous vehicles. Internet research has disclosed many other owners with exact similar treatment and problem.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #19

Apr 142004

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,065 miles
I own an 03' 5spd Tiburon GT although I love my car, the look, feel, and comfort it affords me as a daily driver. It has been plagued with many defective parts from sunroof track (twice), leaky sunroof onto factory amp (in heavy rain), alternator(exibited noise and smell batt. Light came on),drivers side window motor(thankfully window stuck in closed position). The most disconcerting problem of all however is the clutch assembly.the first clutch failed after only 6052miles and was replaced under warranty but on the service invoice it states "advised customer 1 time replacement on cluch and related componets" so much for the great warranty. Now my tibby has 28000 miles on it and the clutch has "wore out" again, only this time the incident occured in a congested highway during 5:00 traffic. I depressed the clutch only to recieve a chrrssshhh noise, the clutch wouldent allow me to engage any gear I was almost rearended which I'm sure would've caused a pile up. Swerving into the adjacent lane to avoid impact, I pressed the flashers and coasted my way throuch traffic. The dealership insists my "driving habbits" are the cause of the problem. I have driven many manual cars and have had no clutch issues on any of them. This is ridiculous 2 clutches in 28000miles something is really wrong, I know there are many of us out there with this same problem if your reading this now chances are you have the same problem. Dont take it, file complaints, spread the word, we've got to keep huyndai honest if enough of us complain they will have to fix this problem and if you've already paid for a new clutch you could get deserved rembursement. The bottom line your not alone lets help eachother with this.

- Sand Springs, OK, USA

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problem #18

Feb 172004

Tiburon

  • miles
While driving a loud banging noise was heard from underneath the vehicle. Then, vehicle stalled and the driver tried to restartit. Vehicle would not move, it was towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic replaced the clutch.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #17

Feb 022004

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 939 miles

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

Problem with clutch. I brought in my Hyundai 2003 Tiburon 5 speed standard for service because clutch started to have problems after 890 miles ( hot smell ), then again around 8000 miles for shudder problems, also stoped in to dealer several times to talk to them and have them road test ( said could not reproduce problem ) again around 22000 miles for major shudder problems and hard to shift ( had to replace pressure plate / clutch / flywheel / throw out bearing / clutch master cylinder ).

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #16

Dec 202003

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Clutch went out at 5,000 miles and 3 months old. Dealer will not honor warranty. Says driving clutch wrong? cost $2,000.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #15

Jan 272004

(reported on)

Tiburon

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,000 miles
The clutch slipped and failed to go into gear. The entire clutch assembly and fly wheel had burned up.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #14

Dec 162003

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,609 miles
Hyundai Tiburon with 6 speed and six cylinder engine experienced clutch and flywheel failure when going over bridge. Loss of momentum could have caused accident. Vehicle has only 21000 miles on it and I am a safe driver with 37 years experience. No other vehicle that I drove had a clutch failure before 100,000 miles.

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #13

Dec 182003

(reported on)

Tiburon

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,000 miles

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

While driving uphill clutch failed, causing the vehicle to slip out of gear.

- Massapequa Park, NY, USA

problem #12

Oct 162003

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles
After 15,000 miles, my new 2003 Hyundai Tiburon's clutch failed to engage on interstate 76. The service reps at Hyundai insists the clutch failure is due to not driving the hydraulic clutch properly. I have driven a clutch for seven years and never has one needed to be replaced, especially after only 15,000 miles. The service rep at Hyundai even stated that it would probably fail again in another 15,000 miles. Meanwhile, the warranty on the clutch only lasted up until 12,000 miles. Performing a search on this issue, I have found there are a number of 2003 Hyundai Tiburon owners with clutches that have failed in 15,000 miles or less. I would like this item to be recalled so all owners can have their expenses reimbursed.

- Narberth, PA, USA

problem #11

Jun 302003

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,152 miles
The clutch and flyweel are defective. Have had to be replaced twice and the third one is going bad again. 1st failure was on 5/12/2003 at 6152 miles. 2nd failure was on 6/30/2003 at 10291 miles. This problem is happening to many owners of the 2003 Tiburon GT, V6, 6speed versions.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #10

Nov 142003

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,228 miles
03 Tiburon gtv6 6 speed - second clutch system broke at 15228 miles. After making a right hand turn I was unable to put the shift stick into third gear. Same as the first time this happened without any warning. Second, clutch system was replaced at no cost. Dealer kept car for 14 days. First clutch - first time this happened, the trans locked up at 7180 miles. I was driving on the 101 freeway and broked down on the the left shoulder near the center divider. Chp said that I was in an unsafe position and had to push my car via patrol car over to the right hand shoulder. The first clutch was also replaced at no charge by dealer.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 062003

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
There have been several people with clutch problems who own the 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 5 and 6 speed transmissions. Hyundai refuses to acknowledge this problem and replace the clutch's on those vehicles affected. The clutch is wearing prematurely well before the 12 year 12000 mile warranty ends to cover such problems. This is a safety risk for the following reasons. 1. vehicle fails to move on a highway. 2. vehicle breaks down in a remote area where assistance would be hard to get. 3. vehicle fails to operate properly leaving motorist stranded.

- Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

problem #8

Nov 222003

Tiburon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,000 miles
My son was driving my 2003 Hyundai Tiburon and when he came to a traffic light, he pushed in the clutch and heard a loud pop. The clutch quit working. I took it to the dealer and they said the clutch is only warranteed for 12,000 miles. I have 21,000 miles on the car. This was not explained to me when I bought the car. It was supposed to have a 5 year "bumper to bumper" warranty.

- Herrin, IL, USA

problem #7

Nov 192003

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The clutch of our '03 Tiburon V6 (6-spd) burnt out at 10000 miles... neither I nor my wife who drove the car 99% of the time are the "racing type"... yet the dealership (huffines Hyundai of plano, tx) was quick to blame us for it... they were willing to service it even after much chastizing... the new clutch felt great on day one but by day 30, even with extreme "babying" of the clutch given how we were insulted, we could see how the clutch was starting to "act up"... it has been a few months now where I am just waiting for that thing to "burn out" again... we have had many vehicles and most of them with manual transmissions and I have never ever seen such poor parts and workmanship. Hyundai should finally just bite the bullet, recall the vehicles and put in the appropriate parts. The existing clutch is obviously not able to handle the torque (oh, let's not forget they had _over_estimated the engine's output and we didn't find out until months after we purchased it!).

- Addison, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 282003

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Clutch failure in a hyundia, Tiburon with only 15,000 miles of use.

- Ardmore, PA, USA

problem #5

Oct 282003

(reported on)

Tiburon

  • 22,000 miles
Vehicle had a faulty clutch/flywheel assembly. Dealer will not cover expenses for repairs. Owner said that the clutch installed was faulty.

- Wethersfield, CT, USA

problem #4

Jun 282003

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,000 miles
While driving approximately 45 mph, I downshifted to make a turn. The pressure plate and flywheel collided and ripped each other apart, resulting in nearly $2000 in repair. Dealership blamed failure on clutch pad. Car was 8 months old.

- Ft Meade, MD, USA

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