2003 Hyundai Tiburon Reviews - Page 12 of 17

2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carHyundai Accent

Summary:

I hate this car and wish I had never got it

Faults:

At less than 300 miles I took it in for my first oil change, Car was returned with oil spots all over floor mat.

In less than 2 months, the tire blew. Not covered under warranty.

Air conditioning failed at 7900 miles. was not covered under warranty. Dealership wanted to charge $900.00. Was repaired by garage for $500.00.

No less than 5 recall repairs in the first 2 years, no rental car compensation.

The clutch went out at 15677 miles. This was less than a month after repair work to my shift bezel. The consumer advocacy was to refer it to an independent mediator. After 2 requests, it was not referred. Repairs not covered under warranty, and I had to send a certified letter to the corporate headquarters in Korea just to get a response to my 5+ page complaint letter.

General Comments:

Hyundai's customer service is very poor.

When I returned the customer comment card telling them I was unsatisfied with my visit to the dealership, the card was given to the tech, who called me at home and asked why I had given a poor rating. Telling me that it affected him. Hyundai did not seem at all shocked when I brought this to their attention.

I am in fear everyday that something else will go wrong with my car, and I will have to pay another $1000.00.

I will NEVER buy another Hyundai.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th February, 2005

24th Jun 2005, 06:03

My 2003 Hyundai Tiburon's clutch and flywheel went out at 57,500 miles. My car had all scheduled maintenance and was very well cared for and driven sensibly. Most of the 57,500 miles were on the highway. There was no reason for a clutch to go out other than poor design or parts. Hyundai claimed total ignorance of any design or parts problems despite me calling attention to the many Internet complaints concerning this problem. I even hand delivered copies of (50) complaints to the dealership. Everyone involved including the dealership and Hyundai service representative had the same line. The problem is due to your driving habits. Hyundai's problem cost me $1800. Since I believed I was lied to about this problem and no longer have any confidence in either Hyundai or the dealership, I immediately traded the car in on a Saturn after getting it repaired. I did not want to become another victim of multiple clutch failures and will never buy or recommend another Hyundai product.

2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance20300 miles
Previous carSaturn SL

Summary:

Because of this car I will never buy another Hyundai again

Faults:

The car has never drove straight since day one of purchase of vehicle.

General Comments:

My car has been aligned 3 times in the last 18 months and continues to pull to the right.

Hyundai is now blowing me off saying that I am out of my 12 month 12,000 mile warranty.

They have blamed my car pulling to the right on many things. Pot holes, my driving, to a radial pull, to the tire model that came with the car, to just the alignment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th December, 2004

10th Feb 2005, 09:42

Nine times out of ten when a vehicle pulls it is due to the tires, not the alignment. Your alignment would have to be off pretty dramatic to notice a pull plus you would get very bad tire wear.

15th Jun 2005, 09:32

www.newtiburon.com is a good site to check for issues and solutions.

My car is currently in the shop for an alignment, after buying new tires. My new tires are wearing on the inside. The tech doing the work (not the dealership) said he is unable to put the tire to spec, because it needs a camber bolt to allow for full adjustment. The dealership never mentioned this to me when I had them align it. I am not sure if time or anything else caused this, or if it is something inherent to the new Tiburons. Hopefully the correct adjustment will take care of this issue. As for the pulling to the right, I wonder if this adjustment might take care of that, because I too have had a pull to the right since owning the car (2.5 years).

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 57 reviews