pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,800 miles

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon engine problems

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon Owner Comments

problem #5

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

problem #4

Sep 022005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Since we purchased this vehicle new we have replaced the battery twice, the clutch, fly wheel, slave cylinder, three times, a coolant leak fixed, the window motor and it is currently at the repair shop. We also have had to replace all four tires and have the vehicle aligned. The air bag light is also on at this time. The thing that makes me angry is that a service technician has seen or vehicle twice and said our vehicle was fine. So, why did the clutch go out 10 days later?

- Vidor, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I bought this car in July 2002. It now only has alittle over 8,000 miles. Since I have had this auto I have had to have the doors realigned because they would not close. The radio would just go out. They replaced the radio but 3 months later it happened again except this time the A/C would not put out cold air properly. Come to find out if I cut the A/C off, the radio would come back on. The last few trips to the dealership I had to leave my car for the day. They checked out everything and could not find anything to cause it to be doing what it does. They did change the battery because the car was dying on me at any given time. I've had 3 different recalls sent to me.

- Sasser, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
The all-new 2003 Hyundai Tiburon boasted to deliver a perfect combination of stylish design, high quality and outstanding performance. In reality, the new vehicle, which I leased was plagued with numerous handicaps. The knob on stick shift keeps falling off-appears to be broken. Re-attached knob and centered face plate only to have knob fall off again still broken. July 18 2002 A/C fumes coming thru vents this is caused by grease on wheel from band clamp loose off cv boot. July 18 2002 steering wheel shakes at high speed- car sways at rear. Steering wheel off center, they adjusted, still shakes. July 18 2002 park and emergency brake defective. Park brake loose and brake light flashes. Emergency brake loose/does not hold, they fixed both, they are broken again Jan 9th. Dec 18 2002 sunroof will not open requires a new motor and module, which was installed. When I picked up the car I tested it and it still would not open. They said make another appointment in the new year. Dec 18 2002 driver side window defective-goes up very slow yes, power window is dragging. We will order a new one. Jan 10/03 still no part. Bob (service manager) will call me when parts are in. Jan 17th, I called, yes parts are in, as per bob the letter is in the mail. As of Feb 25/03 I have yet to receive that letter. May 15 2002 I bought (from Hyundai showroom) blue neon lights for windshield wipers $22.59 had their service dept install them $30. The first time I washed my car they fell off. Yes, they were defective. June 11 Hyundai re-installed my old ones and in doing so dented the car roof. Aug 28 2002 with the pending possibility of lay-off I went into the dealership to see what my options were. The manager directed me to call financial lynx leasing co. Financial lynx directed me to call dealership. The manager told me I could buy out my lease for $6000 at that time. Thank god I didn?T get laid-off. I am not looking to get out of my lease. Sincerely, carrie urbanowicz

- London, AL, USA

problem #1

May 242002


  • miles
Hyundai made an error in the information published about the engine horsepower.

- Merchantville, NJ, USA

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