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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,730 miles

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2004 Hyundai Tiburon clutch problems

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2004 Hyundai Tiburon Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Dec 232007

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,500 miles

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

I have a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon gtv6 with 6-speed manual transmission. In 23rd December 2007. My car was making an odd smell. I was told by a mechanic it was the clutch going bad. I contacted Hyundai and was told due to normal wear and tear that it was my fault. At this time I had 29,500mi on my car. On the 17th January 2008 with 30,500mi on my car, the clutch is completely bad and has to be replaced. I nearly got T-boned by a truck during normal traffic because my clutch disengaged and I started slowing down. The truck stopped to help and I got my car home afterwards. Hyundai refused to honor there 10-year warranty on the car and I got stuck paying about $900 on a new clutch and flywheel for my car.

- Rome, GA, USA

problem #21

Nov 012006

Tiburon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2004 Tiburon had a problem with the air condition, speakers rattle, cigarette lighter and problems when switching to first and reverse gears. The sun roof didn't close properly. The air bag light illuminated due to a loose connection under the seat. One of the taillights were out.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #20

Oct 072006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,000 miles
My transmission reverse gear failed for the second time April of this year. The clutch, flywheel, pressure plate, etc was replaced in may of this year (06). In October of this year I had my transmission replaced (my third!!) for the reverse gear failure. While the service department had the tranny out they discovered that my clutch was shot, as well as the flywheel. This would be the third clutch and flywheel. Thanks goodness the clutch was still under warranty. I have an 86 BMW with 270K miles and it has the same drivetrain!!!

- Highland, CA, USA

problem #19

Sep 212006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 39,800 miles

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

My 2004 Hyundai GT clutch went at 39,000 miles. I am not an aggressive driver and I have driven manual transmission cars for 10 years never having had a clutch problem before. This is not covered by warranty. It is clear to me that this clutch is a defect. I am a mechanic and this clutch did not fail like they typically do there was no slipping or indication of a wear issue before it failed. Just a rattling sound from what seemed to be the throw out bearing that started about 5 days before the failure. Then in the middle of a 6 hour drive there was a cluck when I shifted followed by a hard shift and then no power transfer at all. This left me in a bind I was stranded for 3 hours 4 hours from home so I had to have it towed to a dealer where they gave me an estimate of 1200 dollars for parts and labor only to find out when they got it apart that the flywheel had also been damaged and the new price would be 2100 dollars. For this kind of damage to occur in this little time I would have had to been really hot rodding it, and that's not me. I am a very competent driver. I have seen other complaints bout this issue and this is a problem that Hyundai should address with at least full reimbursement of parts total because the part is defective.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #18

Sep 052006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,641 miles
Clutch was slipping at 36,000 miles, already had clutch and tranny replacement at 15,000. Lost all drivablility, hp, torque, etc. Hyundai insisted $1,000 to replace clutch plate, and bearing, without looking inside engine. After a week, they said they needed $700 to pull tranny to see if flywheel is bad. Buying clutch master series 1 to fix the faulty part. Don't let them replace your parts with the stock part! their clutch is terrible and a major safety issue.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

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problem #17

Jul 072006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 16,000 miles
I have an 04 Tiburon GT V6 special edition and it is only at 16000 miles and the clutch is all ready going out and I will have to replace it.

- Kaysville, UT, USA

problem #16

Jun 302006

Tiburon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

2004 Hyundai Tiburon clutch and transmission.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #15

Apr 102006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,550 miles
Took my car to dealership for the clutch slipping and grinding on two separate occasions, the grinding was stopped but the slipping was still a problem. I was told by service to "adjust the way I drive." At 19557 miles my clutch went out completely, when I asked the service advisor what caused this he said "it looks like its been slipping for a long time." The dealership informed me that the repairs would not be covered under warranty as the clutch parts are only under warranty for 12000 miles. My car was under 12000 miles both times the clutch was "repaired" before. Now I have a repair bill for over $2000 that I refuse to pay because they didn't fix the problem when they could have, under warranty.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #14

May 042006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 31,500 miles
The clutch on my 2004 Hyundai Tiburon failed at 32,000 miles. It necessitated the replacement of the clutch and flywheel, at an expense of about $2,500 the clutch failed me while I was on the freeway, 1200 miles from my home.

- Highland, CA, USA

problem #13

Apr 152004

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Purchased vehicle Jan 04 with 10 miles on it. At around 12K miles the clutch began to rapidly wear. At 18K mi it was impossible to drive. Driver has never had to replace a clutch before 140K mi before. Dealer (union NJ) claimed Hyundai not responsible, said would repair replace for $1200K (price reduction as a courtesy). Driver decided that not to replace with the same clutch bought a spec stage 3 aftermaket clutch for $480 and had the dealer put the clutch in. At around 32K mi suddenly the clutch went from very tight (catching about 1" - 1.5" of the floor to loose 3"+. clutch slowly started slipping and was replaced at 38K mi by a different dealership (nyack, NY) claimed there was a tsb for the issue and offered to fix for free with factory clutch and new fly wheel. Fly wheel must of been root cause as there has bee no more incidents as of 80K mi.

- Merrimack, NH, USA

problem #12

Apr 282006

Tiburon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,000 miles

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

I was informed a week or so ago that my clutch needed to be repaired due to "wear & tear" on a 30,000 mile Hyundai Tiburon. I was informed that the warranty would not cover it due to "wear & tear". I was informed by the repair consultant though that their facility has been open for 9 months and my car is the 3rd they have seen with low mile Tiburon's having the clutch repaired. I called a local transmission repair facility and they informed me that in December of '05 they had a Hyundai Tiburon with 11,000 miles and had to replace the clutch as well.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #11

Mar 292006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,212 miles
Premature clutch wear! add me to the list! it looks like I may be another one of the many people with clutch problems on their Tiburon. I just bought my used 2004 Tiburon 3 weeks ago. It had 27,000 miles on it at the time of purchase. I recently had a problem starting the car so I brought it into the dealer. They inspected the car and told me that the clutch was worn and was catching high. They estimate it is over 60% worn at this point but can't tell for sure until they tear it down. Now I have driven clutch for many years. My last car was a 98 jetta with 93,000 miles on it and the original clutch with no slippage. Before that I had a 91 Nissan 240sx with well over 130,000 miles and the original clutch. It is unacceptable for the clutch to fail with such low mileage. On top of this, there are hundreds of complaints on various message boards about this issue. Something needs to be done. It is obvious that there is a mechanical problem going on. It simply can not be the drives fault if so many of these cases have been reported. I am really hoping that my clutch lasts for awhile, but I feel as if I got myself into a bad situation buying this car. I really hope this situation is remedied because I do like the car but I simply can't go through the cost of replacing my clutch every year or two and shouldn't have to! I've read that there is a class action lawsuit pending. Hopefully between this lawsuit and the NHTSA, a resolution to this problem is reached. This is an unfair and potentially dangerous situation for the american consumer that needs to be resolved soon!

- Stamford, CT, USA

problem #10

Jan 062006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 16,500 miles
The clutch started slipping with only 16,500 miles on it. I took it to the dealer in January 2006 to have the clutch replaced. They told me I was at fault due to my driving habits. They offered me a discount on the parts. The dealer was going to use exact replacement parts but from what I found out about the clutch I provided on my own after market parts that cost $ $478.56 dollars and the dealer charged $870 for labor.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #9

Apr 272005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 17,000 miles
Drove my 2004 Hyundai Tiburon for 17K miles and 1 day after driving about 1 hr in traffic I noticed my clutch would not engage my first gear properly. I have a 6 spd. Brought the car to Hyundai dealership and they told me that "I" had worn out my clutch and wanted 2 charge me $1800 to repair it. After arguing and calling corporate Hyundai and having to go to the dealership and explain to these guys and I know how 2 drive standard they finally replaced my clutch as a "one time good-will repair" under 1 circumstance, that I would pay 4 the 15K mile service, which at $235 was better then $1800. Came across the problems that other are having after signing up to www.newtiburon.com and figured I would file a complaint also. The thing is that after they repaired it with what seems to be the revised clutch number per the tsb, when the car is cold it grinds going into to 2nd gear. Brought it in to the dealership and they gave me my car back stating on the invoice they gave me that they drove the car for 16 miles and had experienced no grinding and or clutch problems. That's odd because I have been since I got the car repaired. I am on my 2nd clutch after replacing my first at 17K miles and I have a feeling that my clutch is on its way because of the grinding. Im at 42,700 miles now and I don't no how much longer it will hold.

- Copiague, NY, USA

problem #8

Jul 072005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,000 miles
I have owned a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon since Jan of 2005, it was purchased brand new with 2 miles on it. Since about 10K miles, my clutch has been slipping, Hyundai refuses to fix it under their warranty, stating it is a wearable part. I have been driving manual transmission cars for almost 25 years.. and this is the first clutch I have had go out, let alone at such low mileage.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 162006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 26,000 miles
2004 Hyundai Tiburon. 5 speed manual transmission. Clutch beginning to fail/slip at 27,000 miles. 27,000 miles for a clutch is nothing as clutches have been known to last at least 100,000 miles. This is a hazard, as premature clutch wear can result in an accident, perhaps a fatal one.

- Huntingtown, MD, USA

problem #6

Mar 082006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 31,000 miles
I have a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT. I only have 33000 miles on the vehicle, and already having problems with the clutch. I have checked many chat rooms and forums and there are many others with this same vehicle having the same problems. This is a recurring issue with many Tiburon owners with relatively low miles. I do also feel that there is also a safety issue at risk, because there lies the possibility that the clutch were to completely fail and cause the trans. To lock up. So some sort of notification to Hyundai would be greatly appreciated.

- Houma, LA, USA

problem #5

Dec 022005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 16,800 miles
2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 16K with a blown clutch and warped flywheel! Hyundai won't cover their mistake! plus they want to charge me $71.50 just to look at my car even though it has 16K miles and the warranty is until 60K miles.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #4

Feb 262006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,561 miles
My transmission got stuck into second gear towed the vehicle to the dealership they replaced the transmission under warranty but told me I had to replace my clutch it was to worn. The car only has 19000 miles on it.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #3

Jul 012005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles
At about 8,000 miles on the car I noticed that the clutch would not always hold while trying to accelerate to merge with traffic. Also the synchronization gears started to allow the transmission to grind while shifting into other gears at about 10,000. Hyundai warranted the transmission for the syncros, and I am sure they would have warranted the clutch too, but for the history that the clutches have had in our community (Tiburons) I knew I would have to replace the clutch in 20K miles again. So I decided to not have them warranty the clutch so I could put in a clutch that I knew would last longer than I planed on owning the vehicle. Kind of sad not to have faith in your manufactures product's...

- Ham Lake, MN, USA

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