2003 Hyundai Tiburon Reviews - Page 5 of 17

2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 2.7 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.7 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Summary:

Best car I ever owned, really!

Faults:

My first and only problem has been the clutch! I purchased a Valeo matching clutch and flywheel for around $1400.00 installed. Now my mechanic says to be safe, let's install the master clutch and new hose for approx. $150.00 (it started to slip again while in second gear and third at 3000 to 4000 RPM). I agreed after a second opinion (fluid may be gumming up in the old one).

General Comments:

The Tiburon I own is a dream car for me. No major problems, good looks and great on the gas also (I use high octane).

I'm on my second set of tires.

I changed the oil at 3000 and 5000 for synthetic (I switched).

The ride is very hard, so I'm thinking about changing the shocks and struts. I'm also thinking about the air filter system (still learning about the options).

Great car, good luck to everyone who has the same!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2009

26th Jul 2013, 06:30

I just had my Tiburon put in the shop for a new clutch and they only charged me 350. I'm not sure if you bought like a 1000 dollar clutch, but that doesn't seem right.

2003 Hyundai Tiburon SE from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres

Summary:

Terrible- Everything has gone wrong with this car

Faults:

All the items below were replaced because they were broken or not working properly. I have done every regular service for this car since I bought it new and have never been in an accident.

Week 1- Air conditioning system replaced.

Week 3- Inside panel of the hatchback tore and was replaced.

30,000 kms- Power steering pump was replaced.

35,000 kms- The motor to power the driver's side window was replaced.

35,000 kms- Front headlight wiring fixed.

50,000 kms- Signal lights stopped working. Replaced Body Control Module.

55,000 kms- Lock actuator replaced.

75,000 kms- Keyless remote stopped working.

Current unfixed problems- The wiring to the windshield wipers does not properly control the speed anymore. The chassis and strut mounts rattle and need to be replaced. The motor for the passenger side window needs to be replaced. Keyless entry no longer works.

General Comments:

This car drives well, but that is all it does well. I would never recommend this car to anyone. It has cost me thousands of dollars in repairs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th October, 2008

2003 Hyundai Tiburon GSR 2.7L from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.7L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance44000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Inexpensive, sporty and fun. Minor problems

Faults:

Key fob didn't work.

Passenger door doesn't lock.

LCD on the head unit is dim/missing pixels.

General Comments:

The car is good for what it is: A sporty-looking economy car with balls.

I would not go so far as to call it a sports car, but it is fun to drive.

At 44k miles I'm surprised things are already going wrong with it, but the dealer I bought it from will fix everything, so it's really not that big of a deal to me.

The sound system is very nice for a stock system, and I really like that they offered a six speed. Once I have owned the car for a while, I will come back and make a report on how reliable it has been.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th June, 2008

2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Manual
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Vanagon

Summary:

Fun car, with a few problems

Faults:

Driver's side window motor.

Passenger side armrest coating peeled off.

Defroster switch.

Clutch.

General Comments:

I was very disappointed when my clutch went, and the dealer said it would be $1650 for repairs. However, after looking up all the info on class action suits for the 2003 Tiburon clutch problem, and faxing the material to the service rep at the dealership, he contacted Hyundai and they are covering the cost of the repairs. The service rep said it was a warped flywheel. Make sure you complain loud if this happens to you!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th February, 2008

2003 Hyundai Tiburon Tuscani 2.7L V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.7L V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired45255 kilometres
Most recent distance47958 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Santa Fe

Summary:

I love Tib's

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car.

General Comments:

This is my third Tiburon. I had a '97 and traded it in for a 2001 because the '97 didn't have air conditioning. The 2001 was the best car I have ever owned. The only problem I had with it, the clutch went during a road trip. The odometer was at 122,351 Km. Other than regular maintenance, that was the only problem I ever had with that car. I traded it in on a 2001 Santa Fe because I needed an SUV because I sort of aqcuired several dogs. I replaced a lower ball joint at about 160,000 Km. I have now traded the Santa Fe for a 2003 Tiburon Tuscani with 45,000 Km's on it. I have put 2000 Km's on it since I got it and it is just as good as my 2001 was, only faster. I would recommend Tib's to anyone looking for a fun, reliable car. I'm sorry to hear some of you have had so many problems. Maybe it's the way you drive!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2008

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