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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,232 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon drivetrain problems

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon Owner Comments

problem #7

May 012014


  • 58,000 miles


I am the original owner of a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon. I have had problems with my automaticd trunk release not work as well as my driver side power window not working. My car is not under warranty because it is 12 years old, however it only has 64,000. I have talked with other Tiburon owners who have and are experiencing the same problem. I see no recalls on my vehicle for this issue. My concern is we have been to several salvage places to look for a motor and the Tiburons which were on property all had the window motors sold already. This made me wonder if there have been other reports of this same issue I am having. My car will not pass inspection because of the power window issue. Are you aware of any issues.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012011

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Shifting gears has led to slipping, grinding, and locking. It's gradually getting worse. Now, even when driving on the freeway shifting can lock up. Sometimes I have to force the shift into gear. Reverse is the worst. Had the master and slave cylinders replaced and still having issues with clutch.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #5

Apr 142012

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
This report is being filed by an accident reconstructionist at the request of the vehicle's insurance carrier. Vehicle was proceeding in the left lane of a 4-lane (2 lanes in each direction, divided by a double-yellow center-line) state highway when operator's airbag deployed for no apparent reason, causing loss of control. The vehicle then drifted leftward across center-line and both oncoming lanes, and came to rest after mounting the curb and colliding with a fire hydrant. Event was witnessed by two, separate, independent and involved motorists. Vehicle's owner was the only occupant and was injured. Owner purchased used vehicle in January, 2012 reported previous trouble with clutch, transmission, and that mileage at the time of incident is on known due to the for replacement of the operator's console, and was therefore estimated. Its speed at the time is also estimated at 40 mph, the posted speed limit.

- Cheshire, CT, USA

problem #4

May 262012


  • 65,000 miles


- the clutch is slipping - the motor for the passenger door window has failed and the driver side is failing. - the driver side interior door handle does not work, and the locking mechanism is failing.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 102011

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The entire clutch system in my 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT failed without any warning while shifting up a hill. My understanding is it was due to a faulty flywheel and clutch system which Hyundai has apparently known about since the model release. Even though there had been a class action lawsuit against them for this exact matter, Hyundai does not seem to think they are responsible for repairing it. This component should absolutely be recalled and Hyundai held responsible for failing their customers and then charging upwards of $3000 to repair a problem that they know exists. Because the clutch system is solely responsible for the propulsion of the vehicle, having faulty ones on the road is an extreme hazard. Mine failed while shifting up a hill on a normally busy road. It was very fortunate there was light traffic that day and I had a parking lot close by to coast into. The way Hyundai is handling this issue is nothing short of theft, and a blatant disregard for public safety.

- Columbia, SC, USA

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problem #2

May 272008


  • 30,625 miles
2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 6-speed manual transmission. The clutch failed after only 30000 miles. I have driven cars with manual transmissions for 20 years. This one was no abused or used for racing. I have never had a clutch go out after so few miles. The problem seem to be caused by a defect in the design of the clutch system. There is a restrictor valve that does not allow the clutch to fully engage until 1 second after the clutch pedal is fully released. This appears to be a wide scale problem. There are posts all over the internet about this defect.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #1

Nov 282005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 31,000 miles
Clutch and flywheel in my 03 Tiburon, V6 burned out after less than 30,000 miles and they won't cover it under warranty. Checked around and it's a manufacturing defect.

- South Jordan, UT, USA

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