really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,800 miles

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon body / paint problems

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 022015


  • 170,000 miles


Takata recall air bag light remains on door handles inside and outside constantly break off even after being replaced by factory parts leaving occupants trapped in car also replaced camshaft contoller cause wiring is melting. Contacted brandon Hyundai dealer service dept they told me handles had been already replaced before and refused to repair also they lied and told me there were no further recalls for my vehicle but when I googled there are actually around 10 recalls for my vehicle and Hyundai refuses to fix or even admit there is a recall..my control arms need replacing also.

- Thonotosassa, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 122014


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon. The contact stated that while attempting to refuel, the pump would click off early as if the fuel tank was full. In addition, the contact mentioned that both door handles fractured. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Nov 012009


  • 47,000 miles
2003, Tiburon, drivers side window won't roll down, passengers side really slow, digital radio can't read number or letters. Have changed head lights numerous time since purchasing the vehicle brand new in 2003. Problems with the sunroof operation (opening-closing) glaze on paint peeling on side view mirrors as well as spoiler. Any solutions for all these problems

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 012008


  • 62,000 miles
While in operation of opening, sunroof caught sunshade and bent mechanism resulting in broken pieces and sunshade hitting driver in head causing bruising. Result of incident caused injury to driver and sunroof mechanism to be stuck open until all broken parts were removed, sunroof does not operate properly now.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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