really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,304 miles

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 222010


  • 51,800 miles


In October 2009 I purchased a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon for my son. The car was placed in the garage until my son turned 16 on March 8, 2010. We only have put less than 100 miles on the car from the date of purchase to find out that the rear brakes were not working also causing the emergency brake not to lock in. The vehicle was purchased at crest Honda in nashville, tn. They also proceeded to sell me an extended warranty which was suppose to cover for brakes, however when I took it to a Hyundai service center they contacted the extended warranty company and they would not cover for the brakes to be repaired as they were after market brakes on the car. It is clearly obvious that this car was not inspected by crest Honda prior to my purchase. I have read similar complaints on the internet about crest Honda and customers having faulty brakes on used cars that they purchase from them. We are fortunate that we noticed the problem with the emergency brake as the mechanic told me that the rear brakes were not catching and only the front brakes were operational on the car.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #2

Jan 302005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 33,112 miles
I was driving my 03 Hyundai Tiburon GT to dinner when I heard the driver-side rear brake start making a loud squeaking noise. I was in the middle of the road and could stop so I tried to get over but by the time I did the wheel locked up and tore the tire apart. I had it towed to dennis Hyundai and they called me and said that the rear brake locked up due to rust forming on the caliper causing it to not release. They said that since it had not been greased properly that it would not be covered under warranty. I rented a trailer and picked it up the car. The person at dennis said that it only needed brake rotors and pads, that the caliper is fine. I went and bought the parts and repaired the car. In the process of repairing the car we checked and there was plenty of grease on the caliper. So, they lied about the cause of the wheel locking up. The problem is still occurring and they refuse to look at it without me paying them. They said since I did the work on it instead of paying them $600-$700 to do it that they won't be able to tell what happened.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 102003

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving in a parking lot brakes failed, causing the vehicle to hit a light pole.

- Deridder, LA, USA

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