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Hyundai Tiburon



  • That's interesting because I was informed that the tranny was made in Japan. I believe it was made from a branch from Toyota. If anything I would have thought that the tranny would be the most reliable part in the car.

    I wonder why they didn't do the whole car in-house?
    Regardless, I hope the dealership takes care of you. If not, then go to a different dealership and give them a piece of your mind.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 6,920
    you have an automatic transmission! I know, it sounds simplistic, but automatic transmissions can be just plain horrid for reliability. Go with a stick shift and enjoy a different kind of Hyundai Tiburon.

    That being a Hyundai Tiburon that you are a more valid part of while driving. You will control the pace of your drive, much more in tune with what you want at all times.

    Have them give you a manual transmission Tiburon, OK? You will own and drive the reliable, fun shark-mobile that you always wanted in the first place. :blush:

    The Hyundai Tiburon is arguably the best looking sport coupe for sale in the marketplace right now.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • tibtoddtibtodd Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 Tib V6 5speed. I was wondering if anyone knows where to get the Digital Temp and A/C control unit. I have the standard dials and want the digital unit. Where and how much?

  • jschoafjschoaf Posts: 3
    I have researched this to death and its seems they are near identical in everything that matters (Hp,Safety, Features) so I am struggling heavily deciding...

    Both are sharp looking, the Tib looks better on the outside but the new Civic interior/dash is top notch.

    The Civic gets about 10mpg more.
    The Tib has a kick [non-permissible content removed] warranty.

    They are both comforatble, the Tib steering wheel hits my inner right leg where as the Civ's Exmergency brake pokes me in my knee.

    I've driven them both, even though the civic seems to have a nudge more get up and go, the Tin handles the road better...

    The prices are near identical, after reading these forums it seems like both vehicles have little compaints except "noises" that never can get fixed right...

    I would love to get opinions from owners for both camps as I am looking to purchase in the next 2 days (new job, need something very reliable)...

    I appreciate your time
  • toni45toni45 Posts: 2
    My son has a 2003 Tiburon. He has had problems getting Hyundai to cover certain things because they blamed his driving habits. He emptied out his childhood bank account to buy that car he took good care of it. I feel obligated to warn you, go with the Honda. My son would gladly trade his car for my 1998 accord.
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    What certain things are you speaking about here?

    Is this a corporate decision to challenge repairing, or do you think it is the local dealership? Did you try another dealer.

    I would imagine he pays a lot for insurance. Celicas, Stangs,Civics, Corollas, etc all have high insurance. I am over 50 and still would pay a pretty fair chunk of change for insurance.

    Unless a young person has a pretty good income, I would say a Tiburon, or any small sporty car, is going to be a luxury, as in too expensive for the common man.
  • toni45toni45 Posts: 2
    My son's clutch was finally fixed free of charge. I told Hyundai that I knew there had been a class action lawsuit filed regarding the clutch on the V-6, he has the V-4 model. He has other things like paint peeling off the cover to his gas cap etc, this was all before 20,000 miles. If a young person thinks a hyundai is a "good buy", I hope they have a mom that's as nasty as I am, they'll need her to get anything covered by the dealer. I have to admit we did go to a new dealership and they were much better. I'm still waiting for hyundai to contact me so I can let them know.
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    You found a good dealership now, so your fortunes may change. The clutch problems seem to be a common problem. Normally, a dealer may indeed think that someone just road the clutch too much and burned it out. In this case, if enough people have a complaint, then it is another matter. Hope the other smaller issues get fixed. The Tiburon does not seem to be as trouble free their sedans, but it is by far not the worse for problems. Perhaps all will work out in the long run. The car is a beauty. Hope he enjoys the ride, and keep the people here posted as to the good and bad ahead. Thanks for letting people know. - Loren
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    I have a couple of questions for owners of Tibi's. What gas mileage are you getting in real world driving in your V6 or i4 engined cars? And for those with the i4, does the car have enough power? Was considering the automatic this time. Seems easier to get warranty service done if there is a problem compared to trying to convince them I did not burn a clutch. And there are a lot of stop signs and traffic signals around town here, so I may enjoy the rest of not shifting so much.
  • badtibbadtib Posts: 1
    I bought my Tib in 02, it is an 03 GT. I have, in the last 9 months, replaced the rear bearings, clutch plate and flywheel, alternator, interior fan switch (3 times), passenger power window motor, and 7 head light bulbs.
    The dealerships are noting but a nuisance.
    Give a good reason I should love Hyundai?
  • I am the owner of a 2004 Tiburon and have had the same problem as your son. They apparantly don't cover the cost of changing a clutch and blamed my clutch problems on my driving as well. I could see if I had never driven a clutch before and grinded the gears non-stop, but logistically, I don't. My car has only 19700 miles on it and there is no way that I have wear and tear on my clutch. I was wondering if your son had clutch problems too, and if yes, is he aware of the suit against Hyundai because of it?
  • Don't blame Hyundai for your dealerships short comings. Hyundai USA Corporate is a seperate entity of a Hyundai dealership. That would be like saying I won't buy heinze ketchup anymore, because I got a bad bottle of it from store "a", and the store wouldn't do anything for me about it.

    There are many folks with tiburons, who have had issues with the dealers not wanting to cover the warrenty because they are, 1 hurting for money or 2. lazy......find you another dealer to have work on your sons car. Both Honda and Hyundai are good cars.....go with what you feel is better suited for you and your lifestyle.
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    Here are some recall things items. I think 2005 is kinda worrisome. Looks like overall, from all the data I have seen, the 2003 year had more problems than '04 and '05 years.

    Consumer's Guide provided this knowledge:
    NHTSA Recall History
    2002-03: Fuel tank assembly valve may not close properly; in a rollover, fuel spillage may occur.

    2002-03: Valve on fuel tank assembly may not close properly; if vehicle rolls over and valve is not closed, fuel spillage may occur.

    2005: Threaded portions of steering gearbox inner ball joint assemblies may contain internal cracks; breakage would lead to loss of steering control of one wheel, whose tie rod assembly would no longer be attached.
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    ... Well perhaps the loss of steering in 2005 models was a recall problem too --- :surprise: --- I guess all is well by 2006 model year? I really think the car is cool looking and has some good selling points to it. Maybe wait and see if more JD Power info. floats on it, as well as other sources. Maybe more data from Consumer Guide in a few months.
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    So, Tiburon is a great deal considering the content of the car vs. the competition, yet sales are not too stellar. I see some around. Is it a lack of advertising?

    There is a class action suit in regards to the clutch on the 2003 model GT. While it appears to be a defect, and thus may indeed end up being covered, it is not a normally covered item. Check most any brand of car for clutch pads and they are not included, due to it being something you could burn out in a short time. It appears, if the suit is correct, they had a manufacturing problem though. And if that is the case, there should have been a recall and a fix with no hassle. To that regard, I am a little disappointed with Hyundai. When you look on the Net for other suits though you realize people have problems with every car company it seems. I don't know these days if any car is perfect or any company is 100% easy to deal with.

    The warranty is posted on the website, which is a good thing. So people can see what items may in fact NOT be included. Like a battery may be say 3 yrs.

    If you ever find a good dealership, that is a blessing. A good salesman, dealership and car, priceless :)
    I owned a Toyota bought from a gem of a salesman, good dealership, and the car ran with little fixing - priceless :shades:
  • deangarrisdeangarris Posts: 5
    BUYER BEWARE!! I have a 2003 Tiburon and have had nothing but problems. I have replaced the clutch & flywheel with after market parts because the dual-mast flywheel that is standard in these cars is defective, I have had to replace the transmission and now I believe the starter has just bit the dust, this is of course after I have had problems with the sunroof, power windows & brakes... AND this is all under 60,000 miles. This is the absolute worst car purchase I have ever made. I will never buy a Hyundai again! The service dealerships (I have been to 3 now) are inept and apparently noone knows how to fix these cars to make them last more than a month without something else breaking. BUYER BEWARE!!
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    The 2003 model did have a problem cooked into the car in respect to the clutch. Not familiar with the windows and brakes problems. I would never buy a sunroof.

    Is there another dealership which could do the work?

    Did they pay anything on the clutch problem? Are you in on the class action lawsuit on this issue?

    In reading all the posts of various forums on cars, you learn that every model seems to have some lemons. I know it doesn't help your pain too much to know you are not alone, but it sure does happen to all the makes. Hope that Hyundai area rep. can help you in some way. Have you tried to talk things over with them?
  • automoto1automoto1 Posts: 2
    What is the top speed of the '03 Tiburon 2.0L 4-cyl.? If it is limited, what is it unlimited?

    I'd greatly appreciate the info because I want to know the potential of my car. I am not supposed to race it so I was certain someone here could give me the answer since someone here has bound to have found out.
    How much more advantage does the 6-spd SE V6 have on the 4-cly 5 spd.?
  • cfbd1273cfbd1273 Posts: 18
    its around 133 134 mph. car is very scary at that speed be carefull!!!!
  • deangarrisdeangarris Posts: 5
    Thanks for the reply. I tried the Hyundai area reps, they basically said I was at the mercy of the dealerships.
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    You may want to try doing a search on the Internet for the known problem, then print out say five separate pages of this, then have a face to face with the Hyundai rep. Can not believe a company wanting to escape the bad reputation of its past would challenge this issue. Now legally, IF there is no design flaw, they are off the hook to repair manual transmission pads / normal wearable parts. On the Internet, there is plenty data showing a defective part was used. All too common are cases where the companies drag their feet, trying not to have the expense of a mass recall.

    You may also try a letter to corporate headquarters. Explain how they now have the opportunity to save a customer by replacing a faulty part, rather than driving one away. Word of mouth is a more powerful tool than ever in the age of Internet. (Do not point that out to corporations, by-the-way) They have lawyers which can spin this to mean you are engaged in corporate bashing on the Net. Just tell them, you wanted to start a good relationship with them, as does the whole family and friends. The more people they dis, the multiplying effect becomes somewhat of a cancer, like the Big Three in America have to deal with now, after years of screwing customers.
  • bryan200kbryan200k Posts: 64
    Word of mouth IS very powerful. Just today, the guy that sits next to me has been bashing Hyundai to others on the phone and in the hall. His son had bought a used one-year old Tiburon about two months ago, and has already had to put over $2,400 into repairs. First the transmission went out within a few days of buying the car. Then other problems started showing up. His story has been one of NO coorporation from Hyundai Reps, and incompetent Hyundai dealerships and mechanics. He said it took two weeks to get in some parts for the tranny repair. I am seriously considering buying my first Hyundai, but these stories really concern me. Especially afer all the frustration and headaches I've been thru in the past with Chrysler and Chevy with a few previous cars I've owned and currently own. I just want a car and dealership that is reliable and competent.
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    My Chrysler dealership has been OK service wise, so far. I must say it took weeks to get a new fan, BUT it was not a totally broken one, so I was on the slow list - no doubt. It was just a bit noisy. So far Chrysler PT and back in early 90's the Stealth/Mitsu.Dodge car are my only two dealings with Chrysler. Not bad. Really liked my Toyota dealership experience. You typically do not see them too often as seldom do you have a problem. But when I did they had the part soon and fixed it on time.

    I too am always looking for the next thing to buy and what is the best overall deal. Yeap, you get the dealership in with the deal. Especially when the car has problems, like the GM cars did back when..... hopefully better now. I am even considering a Lucerne, or Cadillac used car. Looked at Monte Carlos and none seem to have side air bags. It was like old package all the way. Best deal seems to be Hyundai. Like the Tib, the Sonata and the new Azera. Now the company I have not a clue about. Short term, the cars look reliable. I do know the Tib. in 2003 had some problem areas - avoid that year. But problems with parts distribution, and dealer attitude, I am not familiar with.

    I do know that in GM the Cadillac and Buick line has the best reputation. The CTS would be the most fun to own; no doubt. Long term, like the Hyundai is the BIG question. Are these cars you want to keep more than three years?
    Some GM have been good for three years, then self destruct. I think the Buick with the old V6 and the Northstar in the Caddy line are suppose to be good, as is the CTS 2.8 and 3.6 engine cars. In a couple years, a Cadillac Deville costs about the same used as a new Sonata V6 GLS. A used CTS a little more. But you get the idea. The normal Caddy owner is not going to kill one in a year or two, and is more likely to have service work done. You have a pretty prestigious car for the same price as a new V6 basic sedan. But the warranty???

    Then I think of the good luck with Japan makes. Their pricing seems to run at to above the prices of the Hyundai cars with a V6 and top trim, for a basic Accord, Camry or even a Civic. Top line Civic is $20K and good ones are around $17,800. Nice cars, but you wonder about the greedy price tag. The Coupe looks cool. Actually, though not as cool as the Tiburon, it is right in there on the scale of top looks in new cars. Now do you pay $20K to $21,500 for an Accord or Camry in a four cylinder and go for reputation and resale, or do you go for the power and content of the Hyundai Sonata or even the Azera? Civic or Tiburon V6 for the same price? Good question. Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Nissan and such have had a good hold on the market, so resale is established and long term you know how they run. Do you chance buying something safe, powerful, more luxurious, with a long warranty, for less money? Or do you go back to what you know? Oh, you say what chance. Well how is the car really in several years. The engines are both brand new in the Sonata and Azera. The Tib. is a more of a known. How are the dealerships? Will the resale be better in the future?

    The Tiburon is good in that there are fewer around. Most cars like the Civic are just so numerous, they are like seeing yet another refrigerator someone bought for the kitchen. The Accord has become an appliance. The Camry has a little more style. I must say the CTS was a shocker when I first saw it, and I still think it is so unique. I guess an Azera is too. Until they sell a few hundred in your city or county.

    Oh BTW, the transmissions on the Hyundai appear to be the most expensive parts to replace. The suspension and such seem normal priced. Be sure you have the warranty in hand when getting a Tib. One thing good about GM and Ford is generally the parts cost less. A tranny, much less. The bad part is that they need to be replaced :P But seriously, my aunt bought a used Vic and it has served her well over time. And when the tranny finally gave up the ghost, it costs about half that of say a German or some Japan makes. Just have to be really careful which domestic car you get. Some are junk, or so blah, you wish they would die.
  • almost all acura cl or tl(2001-2003) had serious tranny problems. i wanted to buy a4 or 325i but chose CL just because it was supposed to be reliable. i'm glad that i have an extended warranty. if not, repair would've costed me 5-6k.

    so few bad tibbies shouldn't stop you from shopping hyundai.
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    Tibi is one of the top cars for reliability in its class.
    click me Lots to read and be sure to at least scroll half the way down to charts and then cars in each group which are top three.
  • we will edumicate the folks here. Yes there has been recalls on the Tiburon, and yes there is / was a clutch issue with the 03 (02) build tiburon. There is no denying it. You have to remember one thing, when a company issues a recal they weigh 2 factors, safety and cost of lawsuits. The clutch isn't a safety issue, and furthermore, I am at 50,000 miles on the original clutch; it still grabs strong.

    Now, make up your own mind about what car you are going to buy. Hyundai has had a bad rep from the past, yes. But, they are attempting to improve it, regardless of the bad mouth it still gets. I get bashed for owning a tiburon, but it is from folks who are driving a 95 neon too. Chevy has had many recals on their cars, along with ford and chrysler, I don't see anyone talking bad about them. It is all in the manufacturing process, you have about 75 different companies (that are the lowest bidder) making your car. Like it or not, unless you spend 100K or better, expect it.

    When you buy a used car and have problems like the one guys kid is experincing, this should tell ya a couple of things. The previous owner was an azz and should have never been behind the wheel of any car, and beat the hell out of it.

    The tibby sales are low for many reasons, and the major one is there is very little advertising. The cars aftermarket community is all hardparts, created by many people contributing to the car, not hyundai.

    Like I have stated before, do your research, and buy what tickles you fancy...who cares what others think.

  • vjp174vjp174 Posts: 1
    I cannot figure out how to post a message on this board so I'll try asking this. I have a 04 Tiburon and am having a problem with it. Many times when I turn the key, the vehicle does not start. It dosen't even turn over. It makes not noise, nothing. Usually after turning the key several times, or releasing and pushing the cluth back in, or taking it out of 1st, it will start. Every time I go to the dealer, it of course does not happen there and they say nothing is wrong. Has anyone else had this issue ???
  • mia13mia13 Posts: 6
    I've been researching the 2006 Tiburon for about 2 months. What I've learned is that about 9 out of 10 owners LOVED the car. I've researched many different sites, and the ratio is always the same. I then came to this conclusion: Since I want a sporty, 6-cylinder car, that is not too common, AFFORDABLE, and RELIABLE with a good warranty...the best choice is the Tiburon. I then went and test drove one...Absolutely LOVED it!!! Loved the power, handling, purr of the engine, and whole look of the car.

    I do love the car, but I guess I'm feeling insecure and second guessing myself. I run into people who actually cringe when I mention "Hyundia". I realize they have had a bad rep because of past failures, but from what I've read and from what I've heard (from mechanics) they have definitely improved.

    I am fully aware of the clutch and flywheel problem that was prominent in the 03, and also aware the Hyundai is not fully accepting responsibility for the problem (hence the pending lawsuit)which makes me apprehensive. I'm praying that this WAS a problem and that they have since corrected it.

    I am very excited about picking up my car on Thursday, but at the same time, feel like I'm taking a risk. Any reassurance, advice, comment, or warning will be truly appreciated...I can still back out. Thank you!!!
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    Have them check the Clutch Master Slave Cylinder. Does it feel like the clutch is engaging early on, as in you really have to have it in all the way or the clutch engages and you are in gear? That could be a sign that it is going bad. Should engage like in the last third out. There is an interrupter so that the car will not start unless the clutch is all the way in. When the slave goes bad, you can not disengage properly.

    Could be the starter has a flat spot. Don't know about these fancy new cars.

    Anyway look for the clutch requiring more and more to the floor before it is disengaged.

    Let us know what happens in the end to this story.
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