My friend had this car, I wanted one for a long time. She loved this car. The only thing I know that went wrong was that she had to replace the battery about 3 times; the dealership said it had to do with the system she had in her car, however I think this is so they didn't have to replace the battery under the warranty.
Also the check engine light came on once after getting stuck in the snow, she was on her way to get it looked at when a truck hit her, totaling the car =(
From being in this car many times, she was a very confident driver, it picked up speed very well I suppose. However my 4 cylinder can probably pick it up just as quick.
It's a very sporty car, which I liked, and I loved the leather interior, made it more comfortable to be in.
I loved this car and so did she, it's a shame it was wrecked.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd July, 2009
2005 Hyundai Tiburon GT from North America
A fraud made by Hyundai
I got a problem with clutch, took the car to the dealer and they request authorization from me to inspect the car at $95.00 per hours and will take 5 hours of work to tell me that the clutch has gone bad and was my fault because poor driving habits, they now want $2000.00 to repair a car that has only 19,000 miles and supposed to carry a 5 years 60,000 miles bumper to bumper warranty. if I don't have the repairs I'm still stuck with $475.00 bill for checking the car, calling Hyundai customer service is no help, they are the most rude people I ever talk to, the dealer was no help, they only care about you at time of purchase, I went to many websites and found that many people had same problems with the clutch as I did, there is even a class action suit in CA in regards to the 2003 Tiburon, My advise to anybody is to check other cars and warranties because HYUNDAI DOES NOT HAVE AMERICAS BEST Warranty as they claim to have.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th November, 2006
7th Nov 2006, 07:19
Have you met with the DPSM with Hyundai Motor America that denied the warranty claim? try asking for a "goodwill" repair or else get the dealer to trade you out and into a new one with nothing out of pocket.
8th Jun 2007, 05:08
To last commenter: It's when you have car problems that you first notice whether you are dealing with a good or bad dealer. So long you just hand your cars in for routine maintenance and the dealer simply takes your money, he's happy. He sold you a car for a profit and you are now generating even more profit for him paying $130/hour for routine tune-up.
Then see your dealer transform from the nice guy-next-door into a werewolf when you start cutting into his profit margin, hassling him with warranty claims and tying up his staff handling all your claims. I've been there and seen the transformation. Even if I had real claims and they were clearly within warranty conditions.
So your experiences are probably irrelevant. You don't know a dealer before you start cutting into his profit margin. A dollar spent on you is a dollar less in the profit margin, some dealers think so.
17th Nov 2008, 11:25
I had the clutch go out on my 4cyl 05 Tiburon too, at 15000 miles. The "bumper to bumper" only covers "non wear items" which are only covered to I believe it was 12500 miles. Tiburons are known for having horrid clutches. I still LOVED this car, and wish I kept it. My advice, buy one... and put a stage 2 clutch in immediately.
13th Jan 2009, 17:33
I own a 2005 Tiburon with 70,000 miles and have never had a problem with the clutch. I suspect you rode the clutch or simply don't know how to drive a manual transmission equipped car. A car manufacturer should not be held liable for a driver's inexperience.
21st May 2009, 16:58
I bought my 2005 6-cyl Tiburon new and have had no issues with the dealer honoring my warranty or getting repairs done in a timely manner.
I just took it in for what I thought was a hose leak and ended up with a new water pump (free) and a new timing belt (charged for the part only, not labor).
I LOVE my car, and intend to keep it even if it becomes a second car.
The price of low profile tires was a surprise to me, but that's what makes it SO much fun to drive.
22nd May 2009, 11:30
It looks to me like '03 & '04 Tiburons with the 6 speed transmission had the most problems with premature clutch failure.
They could offer a 100 year - million mile warranty and it still wouldn't be worth the paper it's written on if they refuse to honor it.
Shame on every manufacturer that looks for excuses not to honor legitimate warranty claims.
Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 5 reviews