definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,011 miles

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon transmission problems

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Nov 152010

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles


I have 90,000 miles on my 2003 Hyundai Tiburon. I have already had the clutch replaced 3 times. Once under warranty at 29,000 miles, the second pocket at 43,200 miles and third at 69,500 miles. Now at 90,000 miles it is going out again. The first two I made Hyundai pay for them but this is getting ridiculous two flywheels at $400 dollars each and two kits at $385 each. There has got to be a problem with the original design. The master cylinder and slave cylinder have never needed replacement according to the dealer. They flush and fill every time. I think this is a scam by Hyundai or ots dealers there is obviously a major defect. Are there any recalls on this car? please help thank you.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #32

Nov 092010


  • 84,286 miles
The other day I took my 2003 Hyundai Tiburon in to be serviced. I noticed the vehicle had been unable to accelerate. The next day I contacted the dealership and they told me that my vehicle needed another clutch. This would be my third clutch in three years considering I hardly drive my vehicle hard. I was shocked and couldn't believe how much they told me it would be to replace the part. In addition, when I drove my car home it was much worse than when I dropped it off the previous day. I refused to pay for the repair because Hyundai has been taking advantage of me and my wallet. In the past year I have spent over 5 thousand dollars on my vehicle. My car is kept in immaculate condition and I feel like the parts that Hyundai peddles is of low quality. I still have my vehicle under warranty, but all the malfunctions are not covered by the warranty I have...coincidence? probably not.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #31

Jan 152009


  • miles
I believe there is a serious safety issue with Hyundai Tiburon 2003 clutches. My 2003 Hyundai Tiburon clutch and flywheel broke on 3 separate occasions since I bought it. At around 10,000 miles, at around 30,000 miles and at around 50,000 miles. Each time the Hyundai dealer told me it broke because I'm a poor driver, however this is just not true and it appears to also be a problem with everyone else who bought this model as well. I have joined the class action law suit against Hyundai for their defective clutches which was recently awarded money for which I am filing a claim form. However, I am contacting you now because I think this is a serious safety concern. I was on dangerous highways two of the three times this happened and was put in very precarious situations. The second time the clutch went out it just completely stopped working. The peddle went into the floor and I only barely had the momentum to carry me over a hill and glide to the side of the road, otherwise I would have been going backwards down the hill or stopped in the middle of a fast moving highway. Furthermore, this left me stranded in a very bad area of town for several hours waiting for the tow truck. Another time this happened, I was on an uphill curved interstate ramp which was bringing me to merge from the beltway to another interstate and instead of losing the clutch completely at once, I could just barely go 30mph (and deteriorating) and was trying to make it up the hill and merge as cars were zooming by me. While this clutch issue may not be as detrimental of a safety concern as for example brake failure, it still put me in a very scary situation. It seriously concerns me that Hyundai has not recalled these clutches, despite the fact that based on the recent settlement they are clearly defective and Hyundai knows they are defective.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #30

Nov 232009


  • 55,000 miles


Clutch does not engage properly during normal driving conditions. It often causes shifter to get stuck in gear or will not engage properly.

- Holly Springs, NC, USA

problem #29

Dec 312009


  • miles
For some time, I have had an issue with hard shifting in my 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT. I have searched all over the internet going through forums and even talking to my mechanics to try and find a solution to solve a problem that has gradually gotten worse and has gone from not only hard shifting but to also grinding of gears when simply driving down the road normally. When parking and shifting into reverse after the vehicle sits over night is the worst with also having to "punch force" the shifter into reverse and then into 1st gear. After the vehicle warms up, the symptoms appear to become a little more subtle but still persist. Only after the class action lawsuit filed against Hyundai for clutch related issues in my vehicle has there been reports and solutions for the issue that was known to Hyundai. Unfortunately, I purchased the car used and was unable to find any of this information out before I purchased and I am a very thorough investigator when it comes to buying everything.and to top it off the class action suit only helps those that have paid for repairs and now I am left in the dark with this situation looking to have to dish out who knows how much money to fix a problem that Hyundai should have taken care of to begin with and I will also never get compensated for except for a technical service bulletin that admits what parts are faulty and ones I'll have to replace.

- Dover, NH, USA

problem #28

May 222010


  • 75,479 miles
Have had this car for less than 2 weeks, have not put 200 miles on it. Bought this used vehicle from a local dealership. Have not had any issues with this Tiburon until yesterday when I noticed that the clutch was a bit stiff and when I tried to put the car into reverse, I had a hard time finding it, it would not let me put it into reverse and I took my foot off of the clutch and retried it, managed to get it into reverse this time, never had any problems beforehand, the engine revved up and car hesitantly moved out of the garage. Stopped vehicle, put it into 1st gear and started to drive out of my driveway when I put it into 2nd gear, the car jerked as I let go of the clutch but continued to drive it. Got onto the highway and everything was going fine when the traffic started to slow down, went from 6th gear down to 5th gear and the engine revved up and smelled burning rubber, tried to give it some gas to accelerate and would not move, tachometer would show engine revving but was not accelerating at all. Managed to coast car off to the side of the road and came to a stop. Turned the engine off, waited for a couple of minutes and started engine up again and again smelled the burning rubber; tried to put in first gear, went in but would not move, tried reverse and would not move. Called the dealership from where I purchased this vehicle and they did not have a towing service so ended up calling aaa, tow truck driver informed me by the smell that it was more than likely the clutch had gone in it and had some experience with this as he has towed several of these cars for the same reason. Car is in repair shop will be worked on Monday 5-24-10. So far the dealership said that they will honor the warranty.

- Rumford, ME, USA

problem #27

Nov 012002


  • 36,000 miles


Faulty clutch resulting in unsafe operating conditions.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #26

Mar 092010


  • 82,000 miles
2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT 2.7 L, I replaced the clutch and flywheel at 75,000 miles. Im now at 88,000 miles and the clutch is out again! I release the clutch all the way out and when I attempt to accelerate the RPM's go up and very slowly it accelerates. This is a $1800 repair and twice within 13,000 miles in unacceptable!

- Kettering, OH, USA

problem #25

Sep 072009


  • 62,181 miles
Clutch failure during rush hour traffic almost caused several accidents while attempting to remove the car from the freeway. Had the car towed to my residence were it is currently sitting inoperable. Contacted the dealership and they informed me that they have not heard of any issues with the clutch in this year vehicle and I would have to pay $2300 to have it replaced. Upon further investigation I found hundreds of other people with the same year car with the exact same problem, and to top it off I have also found a technical service bulletin released by Hyundai for defective clutch parts in the same year vehicle.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #24

Feb 012005

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
2003 Hyundai Tiburon V6 6 speed early clutch failure.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #23

Sep 012008


  • 25,000 miles


I have a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT with a 6 speed manual transmission. The clutch has gone out twice in less than 60K miles. I've driven manuals my whole life and never had a clutch go out until this car. After researching this I've found that this car has an unbelievably high number of clutch failures. Hyundai even stopped making the original "factory" part and replaces it with a different part now but they won't admit there was a problem with the first one. Thanks, jon

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #22

Sep 212009


  • 58,000 miles
3 clutch failures within 25,000 miles of car ownership. Dealership won't cover repairs saying it is driver error.

- Norristown, PA, USA

problem #21

Mar 112009


  • 55,000 miles
Clutch failure at 55,000 miles cost of repair $1200.

- Lindenhurst, NY, USA

problem #20

Jan 082009


  • 31,000 miles
Hello, I'm 26yrs old. I own a 2003 Tiburon GT V6 6speed with less than 80,000 miles. I bought it off of the original owner with only 9,000 miles. Within the 70,000 miles I've driven it, it's had three clutches.? I've owned all manual driven cars since I was 16, I learned how to drive with one. We all know I burned that clutch up a little bit yet I still didn't burn that clutch out. The first clutch I had to replace I paid for the parts. Hyundai took care of the labor which was nice but, I still had to pay for a part that I wasn't at fault for ruining. Now I'm on my third clutch, I had to pay for this one in full because I'm the second owner and Hyundai only covers 60,000 miles. As of 01\06\09 this one is no longer working. There has to be a manufactures defect of some kind. Whether it is the hydraulic lines pumping too much or not enough fluid, the reverse dual mass clutch, or it being the first year they made the car, and this was one of the problems Hyundai had to take care of. I need help please. I've read more reviews on "2003" Tiburon's than I can handle to read, and at least 90% said they had clutch problems. I started looking for a solution and the only thing I could find was Consumer Affairs #, E-mail, and a few other #'s. I called the Consumer Affairs #, and now they told me they canżT help go figure. Their reason was it being to far out of warranty although it was at only 31,000 miles. Now at 77,000 it goes again, what a coincidence. This disaster of a car has cost me around $4,000 and has also put a halt on my life. I had a Jeep payment that I had to surrender back to the bank because I could no longer pay for repairs on the Tiburon and my Jeep. IżM writing this in hope that there is some kind of good will, recall, ect. To help reimburse my loses. Thank you in advance

- Marianna, PA, USA

problem #19

Aug 092008


  • 91,292 miles
In Aug of 2008, with 90K miles on the car, we had noticed that the clutch was becoming hard to in-gage in order to switch gears. We had the vehicle inspected and it was indicated that the clutch master cylinder seals were failing. During this repair the slave cylinder was also replaced. Because of the location of these components the clutch assembly was physically inspected during disassembly. The clutch, flywheel and pressure plate appeared burned and at a point of failure, when disassembled a ring on the flywheel was no longer in evidence. If the flywheel does not have this ring there is not anyway for the clutch to work so it was deduced that it decomposed in use and with no evidence of it in disassembly. This is a dual mass flywheel which has been shown to be problematic in other brands of vehicles. The cost of this repair was $2300. The company and dealers continue to claim that the failures are not the fault of the vehicle's design but are the fault driver abuse. Believe me, my wife and I have driven dozens of cars with manual transmissions some of which were high performance sports cars and have never had to replace a clutch in any car, three of which were used for amateur racing (others have been driven over 180K miles and sold without the need for a clutch replacement.) research on the nhsta site and others show over 700 identical complaints from owners of 2003-2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT's and almost zero on 2005-2007. The replacement flywheel assembly (put in the car in Aug.2008) had a totally different flywheel retaining device than the original. These two things would indicate that Hyundai made corrective actions to fix this problem with later model vehicles and will not acknowledge or rebate repair costs to those owners of the 2003 and early 2004 6 speed clutch assemblies. A full investigation should be made in regards to this problem and restitution should be made to the owners and former owners of the affected vehicles.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #18

Jun 302007


  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Driving on the highway with 50,000 miles on the car and the clutch and flywheel both failed. Hyundai refused to cover the repairs under warranty. Even though there is a technical service bulletin out for my vehicle model year saying there are "deformed clutch components", Hyundai quoted me over 2,000 to fix the problem. I took it to an independent service shop where I paid 1,700 instead. Repeated attempts to contact the company have yielded no results.

- Belchertown, MA, USA

problem #17

Jul 152007


  • 30,000 miles
Have been having clutch problems. I took it to the dealer last July 2007, .dealer couldn't find anything wrong, and charged me labor to look. The problems are getting worse...jumping into gear, sticking in reverse, etc. I've read everywhere this is very common in this model. Can I get any help?

- Benton, ME, USA

problem #16

Mar 012008

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2003 Tiburon GT with a 6 speed transmission. I've had to replace the clutch twice in under 30K miles. I've checked with other Tiburon owners and they said it's a defect in the clutch assembly. Hyundai won't admit a problem even though a lot of people are having this issue apparently.

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #15

Sep 102006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Normal driving, 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT, 6 speed transmission. Can not get into gear. Car is undrivable. Dealer found that the flywheel came apart and damaging clutch, causing clutch, flywheel, and throughout bearing to need replacement. Hyundai knows there was a problem with it and will not warranty it. I have called Hyundai and was not very satisfied with the results of our conversation. I was hung up on and accused of being rude for asking to talk with some one who could help me.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #14

Aug 012005

Tiburon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,000 miles
-4 transmission/clutch failures -defective brake line -defective wheel hub -defective wheel bearing and knuckle -many other dangerous defects -all were repaired, most were covered under warranty after much dispute -no old parts available, but all repair orders are.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

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