really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,144 miles

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2005 Hyundai Tucson body / paint problems

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2005 Hyundai Tucson Owner Comments

problem #8

May 242012


  • 66,500 miles


As I was driving down the highway, I noticed that one of the windows in my 2005 Hyundai Tucson sounded like it had been rolled down. Almost immediately, my daughter yelled, "our window is coming off!" I had just enough time to look in my rearview mirror to see the right rear quarter panel window being held on by just a small strip of some sort of adhesive. In less than a second, the window flew off, began pinwheeling through the air and narrowly missed the vehicle just behind me. Even the repairman at the Hyundai dealership that replaced the window for me was speechless when I told him what happened. I contacted Hyundai, and all they would tell me is that my car is out of warranty. While it would have been nice for them to offer to pay for the repair, I was much more concerned with their lack of concern for anything other than the fact that the vehicle was out of warranty. They did not ask for any details or offer any concern for the possible damage and/or loss of life that could easily have occurred had that window hit the car behind me.

- Hurst, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 102010

Tucson 4WD 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The rear window hinges rust out. One hinge rusted out and now the other. If both had gone the window would have fallen out, if on the highway could have been quite serious.

- Tewksbury, MA, USA

problem #6

Jul 252011

Tucson 4WD 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
My 2005 hundai tuscon seems to be of very poor quality. I rarely use the backhatch window, maybe 5 times in the past 10months. The passenger side hinge broke and is totally corroded (sp?) by just opening it an inch by mistake and closing it, it snapped right off. Hyundai dealer says "well it is 6yrs old". I also have had an issue since I purchased the vehicle where the power locks go on and off on their own and there is something randomly draining the battery if it is not driven every 24-48hrs. It appears both of these issues have been apparent for many 2005 tuscon owners, and Hyundai is failing to acknowledge these factory issues which should have been recalled in my opinion.

- Farmington, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 162011


  • 53,000 miles


I own a 2005 bought brand new Hyundai tucsan. Today we went to put something in the hatch using the window and it fell into my hands. The latches are so corroded that they just fell off. This should not be happening to a 6 yr old vehicle.

- Norwalk, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 132010


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Tucson. While driving approximately 40 mph the vehicle was involved in a crash. After the crash occurred the dashboard fell down on her knees. A police report was filed and she was injured. The vehicle was destroyed and towed an independent repair shop where they were unable to inform her as to why the dashboard fell down. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 30,000.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

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problem #3

May 132006

Tucson 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,650 miles
During a recent long rain event in the northeast I entered my car to find a 1/2 of sitting water on the passenger side front floor area. The water was trickling from the top portion of the floor mat where it meets the dash. Upon removing the glove box and pulling out the cabin filter, I noticed the water coming down through the ac system. Dealer looked at the door jams and the hood, and found nothing. No resolution at this time. Similar complaint filed on service bulletins. Car was parked on a 10 degree angle nose end down. Water leak through and near electrical components and near passenger side airbag. Loss of airbag integrity with unknown damage if any. Mold and mildew damage is a potential heath issue as well.

- Watertown, MA, USA

problem #2

Oct 012005

Tucson 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
The second issue was in regards to water pouring through into the inside of the vehicle from behind the glove box on the passenger side. The first Hyundai dealer claimed, as they did with the airbag, that there was nothing wrong after they checked it out. Despite having water visible on the passenger mat. After the problem persisted, which only occurred after a long or heavy period of rainfall, I took the vehicle to a second Hyundai dealer. They checked the issue and said that they replaced some stripping on the body. The first rain yielded a pouring of water onto the floor and a return to the dealer. The second dealer checked this leak again and this time said they replaced the weather stripping. After the first rainfall after receiving the car back I got into the car to find a puddle of water on the floor and lifted the mat on the passenger side to find a soaked carpet. The soaking led under the divider between the passenger and driver floor area and behind the radio. Currently I have returned the vehicle for repairs for a 4th time, meeting the lemon requirement if the problem is not corrected. The dealer has had the vehicle 3 days. On day 2 I was to pickup the vehicle to find that the dashboard was damaged during their repairs and they had to keep the vehicle an extra day to replace the dashboard. I am currently awaiting to get my vehicle back to see if the leak has been fixed or not. But this is a major problem as water leaking through areas with electrical components, especially near a improperly working passenger airbag, may cause all sorts of issues.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 012005


  • miles
When driving through a puddle consumer's Hyundai Tucson battery and brake light illuminated causing consumer to lose power steering. The problem occured 4 times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer knew why the problem was occuring but had no way of fixing it.

- Middletown, DE, USA

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