Hyundai Tiburon Review from Puerto Rico

2003 Hyundai Tiburon GS-R

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired66 miles
Most recent distance6700 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Mirage

Summary:

A piece of junk

Faults:

Out of alignment since 66 miles.

Car still out of alignment at 6700 miles. Service can't fix it.

Clutch failed at 600 miles.

Clutch failed again at 6700 miles.

Car being serviced for the last 6 weeks.

General Comments:

This car has not worked properly since I bought it.

I have put more miles on my complimentary rental car than I have put on my newly purchased car because it lives in the shop.

My car looks beautiful, but it's maximum speed for the last six weeks has been 0 miles per hour.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd May, 2003

24th Jun 2003, 17:33

Sounds like you should have gotten an automatic guy because I have had mine (V6 6-speed) since they first came out and it runs just fine. Sounds like you've been dogging it out by street racing. Your own fault. A word from the wise: Get an automatic next time.

23rd May 2004, 01:25

I have had my 2003 Tiburon for less than 2yrs and have had the car serviced twice for the driver side window, wouldn't go down. Its now being serviced because there's a problem w/the clutch. The dealer said the clutch is probably worn & if that's the case, is not covered under the warranty. I've had 2 other vehicles (manual), and have never had a problem with the clutch going bad. Not to mention that there's only 27,000 miles on the car. I'm not an aggressive driver, nor do I do ANY racing. It just baffles me why the clutch would go bad so soon and not be covered under the warranty. I don't plan on purchasing another Hyundai, ESPECIALLY because of how much they depreciate!!

15th Jul 2004, 20:17

We have also had problems with this car.

When I test drove the car window went down, next day, it didn't. The dealer had to fix the window before we could pick the car up after purchasing it.

We had it fixed twice since then (there was a recall on the window motor) worked for a few months and now, not working again.

Have had problems with the sunroof since 2 months after we purchased the car. We've taken it back at least four times.

Have had the clutch replaced 2 times. Owned a used 1999 Tiburon and never had clutch problems. You'd have to do some major dogging to destroy 2 clutches and we're not like that.

All the above within one year of purchasing the vehicle.

I think it's a lemon.

I came to this website to see if anyone else was having the same problems I'm having.

15th Oct 2004, 09:32

I have had my Tiburon since '03. I've had to replace the clutch at 5000 miles and now at 17000 miles, but now the dealership will not cover it because they say it is a wear and tear part, and only covered to 12k. I don't race, and I have driven a manual for 10 years. My last clutch for my pick-up lasted 200000 miles. I don't think it's a lemon, I think Hyundai is ripping people off by putting cheap parts in their vehicles, and not covering them on warranty when they fail.

Average review marks: 2.8 / 10, based on 1 review