definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,410 miles

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon clutch problems

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #123

Jun 152007


  • 184,554 miles


Tsb recommending old clutch replacement which is garbage, clutch is garbage.

- Fag, 00, USA

problem #122

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 #121

Apr 232008

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 57,000 miles
Ok so this is what's going on and has sounded like it has been going on for a while I am 18 and just made a new purchase of a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT 5 speed it is the first car I have really ever really babied and I have only had it for 3 weeks I have not drove the car hard or anything and the clutch is slipping bad the car ran and drove fine when I bought the car now im looking at a 2,000 dollar charge for something that shouldn't even have went wrong in the first place I leave for the army in July 2008 and now I don't want to drive my car because I am afraid to mess anything else up on it so I am just kind of stuck looking at and nice red car that isn't drivable and I called Hyundai and they said its my problem. There should be something done about this.....

- Jacksontown, OH, USA

problem #120

Feb 082008

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 58,854 miles


I am having problems with the clutch. It is having trouble engaging and disengaging. The clutch does this when the engine is cold and even at times when it is not cold. I took it to the dealership and they replaced the master cylinder due to defect but claimed that the clutch also needed to be replaced due to wear. My car had 59,800 miles when it took it in for the problem. After the fix it still has the same problem.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #119

Feb 102008

Tiburon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 53,000 miles
My car is an 03 Hyundai Tiburon. It was manufactured on July 23, 2002. I was reading on newtiburon.com that there was a class action complaint for cars manufactured before April of 2003, in reference to the clutches going bad. Now I bought my car used and the owner before said the clutch was replaced at 45,000 miles. The car now has 54,000 miles on it and the clutch grabs really hard and sometimes is hard to drive. I have to release the clutch very slow in order for the car not to jerk hard. In the newtiburon.com forum they were saying some part was bad and can be replaced by the dealer. I was just wondering if my car has the bad part and should be replaced.

- West Bend, WI, USA

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problem #118

Mar 052008


  • miles
Bad clutch.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #117

Feb 142008

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles


I have a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT (6 speed manual transmission) that has experienced a premature clutch failure. The car has only 45,000 miles on it, and I drive it quite conservatively. The failure is not from "normal wear and tear". there are design defects that directly lead to this (and many other) premature failures. I have been quoted $2100 in repairs (clutch, pressure plate, throw-out bearing, and flywheel + labor) by the dealer. I am looking into alternative solutions--including trading my car in--as I am not confident the defects will be corrected.

- Huntersville, NC, USA

problem #116

Jan 032008

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon. I had to have the clutch replaced 2 times in 2004. Once in Dec and Jan. I am now having to replace the clutch again in Jan of 2008. What can I do??

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #115

Dec 072007

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 93,780 miles
Hazard lights, signal lights, airbag lights, powers windows and clutch.

- Warminster, PA, USA

problem #114

Oct 172007

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 109,800 miles
I have a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon and my clutch and flywheel both failed at what I think is a little to early. It is driven with care and extremely well maintained. I had a new clutch put in by a professional transmission shop and did not replace the flywheel, just the clutch and hydraulics. Within one business week, my new clutch has failed for a second time and the dealership wants $800 just for the flywheel so I can then take back to the shop and have them install it with my new clutch!

- Rowlett, TX, USA

problem #113

Feb 242007


  • miles


I have a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 and had a clutch problem twice and the warranty did not cover it. I researched online and found out that many other drivers had the same problems. Everytime we went to the dealer they said it was our fault, and made us pay over $1500 for repairs.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #112

Oct 262007

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 38,000 miles
My clutch has to be replaced at 39,000 miles. I drive my car well and cannot understand why this has to be replaced. The dealer has quoted me 1700 dollars and are saying that it is not covered under warranty because it is wear and tear. Reading all of the other complaints on this clutch it is apparent this is a defective part and the manufacturer should be replacing it for free! pretty sad that Hyundai boasts about their 10 year warranty but won't replace anything under it!

- Thousand Oaks , CA, USA

problem #111

Sep 092007


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Clutch slipping until the bearing eventually broke, clutch assembly was replaced but now it feels as if the clutch disengages and engages everytime I release the throttle even a bit. This problem does not go away.

- Toronto, 00, USA

problem #110

Aug 292007

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
Clutch failed at 44,000 miles after buying car used. Service department would not fix, stated it was wear and tear. Cost $1500 to fix. Airbag light stays on, past 65,000 so service department wont fix it unless I pay for it. Hatch back latch wont work, $200 to fix that. Headlights burn out every other month. Brought car to service center because of a noise in the front of car. Said they couldnt hear anything. 2000 miles over my warrentee brought car back because it was getting worse, said it was front wheel assembly and would cost $1000 to fix. During cold weather emergency brake sticks took it in and they couldnt find anything wrong, go figure. Seats wont latch sometimes after letting someone out from the back. Is there a end to the problems that I have with this Hyundai.

- Newark, MD, USA

problem #109

Aug 182007

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon. The contact stated that the clutch failed twice. The dealer previously replaced the clutch at the cost of $900. She researched the NHTSA website and discovered 180 complaints for this same failure. The current mileage was 47,500 and failure mileage was 20,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #108

Aug 082007

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Complained several times about malfunctioning clutch on 2003 Hyundai Tiburon which we purchased new, and also paid for an additional warranty, which we were told would pick up the cost of any repairs that were not covered under the mfg. Standard 100K bumper-to-bumper warranty. Each time we complained we were told that it was the way we were driving the vehicle. Clutch has gone out at 57K miles and now they say it is a wear item and not covered under any warranty and will cost $2000 to fix. We were never told of the tsb 04-40-005 indicating deformed/defective clutch parts which should be replaced when customer brings vehicle in complaining of clutch problems. Car is sitting at dealership and we are waiting for a written denial of coverage from mfg. And a written estimate of cost from dealer before we proceed. However, we see that there are hundreds of complaints on this clutch system and a class action lawsuit has been filed against Hyundai in orange county superior court, case #06cc00052. There should be a recall for this item/vehicle before somebody gets killed or kills somebody else because they cannot control their vehicle due to the malfunctioning of this part.

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #107

Jul 312007

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I purchased a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT with 6 speed manual transmission because of the advertised 100,000 mile power-train warranty. In 2005 the clutch and pressure plate failed and I returned it to the dealer for warranty service. I was informed that the clutch assembly was a "wear item", had probably been abused, and was not covered. I have driven hundreds of thousands of manual shift miles in several cars and never had a clutch failure. It was repaired at a cost of over $800 and not reimbursed by Hyundai. In July 2007, the clutch again malfunctioned and the clutch hydraulics and flywheel had to be replaced at a cost of over $1800. The company and dealers continue to claim that the failures are not the fault of the vehicle's design, but are rather the fault of the driver. My research on the NHTSA site shows over 650 nearly identical complaints from owners of 2003-2004 Hyundai Tiburons GT's and nearly none on 2005-2007. I believe that Hyundai knows of the faulty design on earlier models and has remedied the problem on later models but will not acknowledge it or rebate the repair costs to those owners that have had these catastrophic clutch assembly problems on 2003 models. A full investigation should be made into these fraudulent practices of Hyundai usa and restitution should be made to the injured owners of 2003 Hyundai GT's with manual transmissions.

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #106

Apr 202007

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 18,400 miles
Hi. I own a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT 2.7 6 speed. The clutch went out at 18, 000 miles. I took it to the dealer with a copy of the class action lawsuit regarding the Tiburon clutch issue. They told me that it was my driving, and that they never heard of this problem. They said that it would be up to me to pay for this, which will be about $1600-2000 out of my pocket. I refused to pay for this.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #105

Mar 292007

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 53,730 miles
The clutch in my Hyundai Tiburon just simply won't last long, the clutch went out on me completely while driving down the highway. I recently purchased the car and the quality of the clutch is just simply not up to standards. My car has 53000 miles and is a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon.

- Fort Campbell, KY, USA

problem #104

Jan 202007

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,000 miles
- the contact stated that the 2003 Hyundai tibron GT, had sev stalling problems and clutch failure. The contact stated that at 19,000 miles the vehicle stalled while driving 30 mph. The pedal went to the floor and all power on dash board was lost. The contact called the dealership and stated that the stalling resulted due to a failure in the clutch, but the repair was not covered under warranty. The contact had the vehicle towed to a mechanic shop, and the vehicle had a complete clutch assembly repair. The contact stated that in 11/06 the vehicle started having a loud noise from the engine area, and the vehicle was difficult to shift. The contact took the vehicle to the dealership and was told that they couldn't reproduce the failure, and that the difficulty in shifting was because she didn't know how to drive the manual transmission. The contact stated that during the week of 1/15/07 the vehicle wouldn't drive forward or reverse. She took vehicle to a mechanic, and he told her it was the dual mass flywheel that malfunctioned. The contact filed a complaint with the manufacturer with file # 1031455. The contact took the old flywheel to the dealership, and the mechanic told the contact it was from owner's error.

- Rockaway, NJ, USA

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