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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,383 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Hyundai Tiburon transmission problems

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2005 Hyundai Tiburon Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 142011

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 53,400 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Tiburon. While driving approximately 65 mph with the cruise control engaged, the tachometer suddenly began to increase and the speedometer decreased. The contact disengaged the cruise control and shifted into in a lower gear but the failure continued. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop where the contact was informed that the failure was caused by the design of the fly wheel. The dealer stated that they were not responsible for the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 53,400. Updated 03/15/11 updated 03/21/11

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #5

Feb 232010

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
2005 Hyundai Tiburon SE V6 std. - clutch replaced under warranty at 42K and again at 53K - 7 mos later clutch failed again. Hyundai states "we've covered 2 times, not covering again". obviously this is an ongoing problem w/this vehicle - I've owned standards all my life, Mazda 189K on original clutch and Datsun 110K on original clutch - have never had to replace a clutch. There are several online complaints regarding 2005 clutch failings not covered. there is currently a class action suit pending against Hyundai for this exact problem occurring in 2003 Tiburon models. This is something Hyundai has been aware of for years and has ignored. They claim not all the parts of the clutch assembly, kit, etc are covered under their 100K/10 yr warranty - this is a bogus warranty. This situation requires some investigation.

- Manchester, CT, USA

problem #4

Jun 062008


  • 22,000 miles
Drove my Hyundai Tiburon normally since August 2007 when I purchased the car. By June 2008 the clutch began to slip, and progressively become worse and would slip in any gear at any RPM. I had to purchase an aftermarket clutchmasters clutch and fidanza flywheel to replace the prematurely failed clutch that only had 20,000 miles on it.

- Long Branch, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 262008


  • 60,000 miles


Clutch is my 2005 Hyundai Tiburon is malfunctioning, dealer says not covered under warranty because wear and tear part, after searching internet forums found that alot of clutch/flywheel problems are occurring in similar vehicles from Hyundai. Cause appears to be manufactures defect that they are not addressing. Only 60K miles on vehicle and have driven a stick shift for last 10 years regular wear and tear clutches will wear out around 75K to 115K under my driving conditions.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #2

May 192007

Tiburon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 16,900 miles
I have an 05 Tiburon that was puchased in October of 05. The clutch will not stop racing when shifting gears. We took it in and they said that the flywheel, baring, and disc, are damaged and are not covered under warranty. The warranty only covers up to 12,000 miles and we have 16,900 miles on the car. My daughter uses it to drive to school (about 4 miles) and to work (about 4 miles). This is ridiculous knowing she doesn't race the car or even knows how to pop a clutch. The paint is coming off the gas cover; the seat belt latch sticks; the door handle scewplate insert comes off and the top of the shifter knob still comes off after having it fixed once before. We had to get the transmission repaired when we first got the vehicle because it would not go into reverse. This is all the problems we have so far. Sincerely, jerry orebaugh

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 162006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,000 miles
Purchased my new vehicle in Jun 2005. Experienced problems <1000 miles. Clutch slippage and transmission not fully engaging into gears 1-3. have successfully avoided (3) collisions with vehicles, all taking place in a busy intersection, the fourth time though had to veer into the next lane and side swiped an S10 Blazer.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

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