hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,909 miles

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2006 Hyundai Tiburon drivetrain problems

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2006 Hyundai Tiburon Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 122013


  • 67,000 miles


Gears became hard to shift then impossible to shift replaced wit new clutch and had to replace again at 97000.

- Madisonville , TX, USA

problem #10

Aug 272014


  • 100,000 miles
I bought the car and looked at the vehicle repair records and the clutch had been replaced about 12000 miles ago and I can push the clutch in and it is slipping horrible, I can push the clutch all the way down and it will slip and grind every gear as if I'm trying to shift without the clutch. I even stopped downshifting because it wouldn't go into gear without horribly grinding! I get so worried about it sometimes, that I almost wreck trying to keep my car in gear without breaking the trans, it is like learning how to drive a manual car again and I have driven one for a long time now.

- Sterling, CO, USA

problem #9

Jun 272014


  • 98,500 miles
I'm from Arkansas city Kansas. I was driving in wichita ks on my way back home. I was driving about 55mph. When I engaged my clutched to go into the next gear nothing happened. The transmission seemed to go into gear but the car wouldn't move. I slowed down and stopped on the side of the road. I put it into first gear and tried to drive. The car moved nowhere. I wasn't sure what happened so I towed it back home. I looked online everywhere to find nothing that related to my problem. My car still wont move and I have no idea what is wrong with it.

- Arkansas City, KS, USA

problem #8

Sep 102006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles


Approximately one month after purchasing this car new (and less than 1000 miles on odometer), I started experiencing slipping in the clutch with severe lack of acceleration. The dealer replaced the clutch and flywheel under warranty, and state at that time that the had already performed similar repairs on that make/model. Now in August, 2012, (65,000 miles) the car has had a similar problem requiring replacement of the clutch and flywheel. Extreme lack of acceleration had made the car unsafe on a city street, let alone on a freeway. The mechanic has stated that he has never seen a flywheel scorched this badly. I have been driving standard transmission cars for 30 years, and have never had a transmission problem.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #7

Jun 262006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • 17,000 miles
After a couple months of owning my vehicle, my clutch went out. I took it back to the dealer and they told me that it was the way I was driving and that the clutch would not be covered in the warranty because it was a wear and tear issue and not a manufacturing defect. So I had to pay to get a new clutch and flywheel installed. Now after about 5 years, my clutch went out again. After this time however, I decided to do some research and was appalled at how this problem has affected so many people. Something needs to be done about this.

- Cumming, GA, USA

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problem #6

Nov 072011

Tiburon 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
After I shifted from 1st to 2nd gear, I tried to accelerate but the clutch slipped. When I completely took my foot off the accelerator I felt and heard a mild clunk as it was finally engaged. The rpms were at about 2000 and I was only traveling 5 mph when this first occurred. I continued to shift through the gears with the same symptoms. Once engaged after a while, in each gear, I pressed down on the accelerator pedal approximately halfway to see what it would do. The rpms shot up and no power got to the wheels. The clutch slipped immediately. I could not maintain speed going up some hills without the clutch slipping. I am looking in my rear view mirror to make sure I don't get hit from behind. This happens every day but not consistently. I have to shift at a maximum 2,500 RPM for it to not slip. I don't believe the vehicle could maintain any speed above 50 mph without the clutch slipping. There is a progressive groaning since this first started. I can feel it in the pedals and steering wheel as well. Nothing is dragging and the fluid level is at manufacturer's recommendations. I have been driving manual transmissions for over 26 years, imports and domestic. I never had a clutch fail before 150,000 miles. There are three ways to avoid an accident; hit the brakes to avoid, steer to avoid, and accelerate to avoid. I have lost 33% of my capability to avoid an accident due to pre-mature failure of the clutch. The owner's manual states "ideally, corners should always be taken with gentle acceleration." This is currently impossible because the clutch slips when I try to drive that way, on both left and right hand turns.

- Phoenixville, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 032011

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 67,000 miles


I have a 2006 Hyundai, Tiburon GT with the 2.7 litre V-6 and 5 speed manual transmission. I have had a recent problem with the clutch slipping. I have looked on line and read about the problems with this issue. Before I bought the car (new in 2006) I read about the clutch issues on line and thought that with the class action lawsuit settled, that the issue was resolved from the earlier model years. When you get some rpms on the vehicle (about 4000), and just before you up-shift the clutch starts slipping. The car has also started grabbing and slipping from a standstill. I guess I have been lucky, I have been driving mine since may of 2006 with very little to complain about.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #4

Dec 012010


  • 34,000 miles
Vehicle had premature clutch failure. Repair cost 2700. Thousands of complaints on identical failures. Hyundai refuses to admit there is a problem, despite 2006 lawsuit in California concerning the 2003 models. Updated 05/12/11

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 302010


  • 18,500 miles
I was in fairly heavy traffic traveling 65-70 mph and another car swerved in front after passing me (on the right) and when I went to apply brakes they went to the floor and the car started to accelerate. I again applied brakes and not only did they not work they also didn't disengage the cruise control. I started to panic and applied the clutch and tried to downshift. I had seconds to respond and a gap in traffic behind me so I needed to get over to right shoulder as quick as possible (I was in the left lane) I put the car in neutral and started to apply the hand-brake slowly at first. As I entered the right lane and neared the shoulder (out of traffic) I applied the hand brake as hard as I could and simultaneously turned off the ignition when the car had slowed enough. I should also mention that upon coming to a stop the check engine light was solid and stayed on even after shutting down and restarting the car. It remained on until I got the car to the nearest dealer. I'm ok and it could have been much worse (no damage to me or car) but the dealer who serviced the car told me they confirmed that the computer was sending erroneous codes to multiple 'systems┐ at once. I have their report and the documentation on the software update they applied to the car's computer. They didn't replace the computer just the software! this could have been much worse in another situation. It was scary as hell and I┐M still somewhat shaken. I'd rather be proactive about bringing attention to this than ignoring the incident and the fact remains that I have no idea if the new software patch that the dealer applied to the computer is able to protect my safety.

- Morro Bay, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 292006

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
I have a 2006 Hyundai Tiburon V6 5-speed. The manual transmission broke at 49,000 miles - not just the clutch, but all the major components of the transmission. This is a very common problem with this model - there has already been a class action law suit involving this model, but earlier years (03-04 - same car as the 06). Hyundai will not fix the problem and has not recalled the vehicles.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 092009


  • 22,000 miles
I own a 2006 Hyundai tiberon bought it brand new it has 22,000 miles on it and the clutch and flywheel are shot. I've been driving standard for 13 years and have never had a problem with a clutch. I'm very disappointed in Hyundai for not replacing a bumper to bumper warranty which I have. A car that I've had for 2 years shouldn't have 2300 dollars of work and if it does it should be under warranty. And I am shocked to see the number of Hyundai's with the same problem. Hopefully something is done about this matter.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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