2006 Hyundai Tiburon from North America


Looks nice, but does not run well


The airbag light won't turn off; the dealership said we needed to replace the seat belt, so we did and we disconnected the battery like they said to reset the computer. The light still won't go off after spending $200.00 for the seat belt.

The car continually gives itself gas, and they say they can't find the problem, after having the car in the shop and paying another two hundred just to be told they don't have a clue. I will be at a stop light, and the car will give itself gas and jump forward.

Then I will be driving down the road, and all of a sudden every light on the dash will come on and the car will die. They don't know why it is doing that either, so here I am with a car that isn't that old and hasn't been paid off for too long, and lots of problems that no one has a clue on how to fix. I am sure that someone else must have had some of these problems.

I had to have the bottom half of the engine replaced after three years.

General Comments:

The car handles well.

It met my requirements when I was looking for a car six years ago, but all of the problems I have had with it and am still having, aren't worth it.

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

Review Date: 1st July, 2010

2006 Hyundai Tiburon GS 4 cylinder from North America


I wouldn't take this car if someone gave it to me


Transmission replaced a little after having the car for a year. It took almost three weeks for it to be replaced.

Computer chip replaced a little after a year. It took an additional week.

A hose was replaced, that was really expensive. I could have replaced it at a cheaper price, but they said it had to be Hyundai.

The backseat is way too small, no one can sit in the back.

I've had my car for almost four years, and something has happened to it every year.

Now, I have no heat, it only blows out cold air, until it start to overheat. The service center isn't being very friendly or caring about this problem. I have had too many problems out of this car it's not even funny. I wish I never bought it, I was warned not to buy a Hyundai, but I didn't listen.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th February, 2009

2006 Hyundai Tiburon GS 6 cylinder from North America


Has some kind of flaw


At 22,000 miles the clutch went out, had a clutch master aluminum flywheel clutch put in and it last 1000 miles, both clutches shattered; Hyundai wanted $2400 to repair. I now have a steel flywheel and it appears to be working fine. Hyundai claims the clutch is not part of the drive train (huh). I am 67 years old so I don't hot rod it.

General Comments:

Why is the car not under warranty?

The clutch is part of the drive train.

When I bought car, I asked about the timing belt, transmission and clutch, and the sales manager said all under warranty.

Lots of problems with clutches on Tiburons.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th January, 2009

14th Jan 2009, 00:04

Hyundais are crap. I owned a Tiburon a while ago and was very unsatisfied. On all levels. Go American made.

14th Jan 2009, 12:10

I own a 2005 Tiburon with 70,000 miles on it and the clutch has never been a problem. I suspect the reviewer may not know how to properly drive a manual transmission equipped car.

A driver who constantly rides the clutch cannot blame the manufacturer for poor driving habits.

2006 Hyundai Tiburon SE 2.7L NA from North America


Sexy sports car that is a good value for money, but if you love raw horsepower, get something else


Nothing has broke, nor has the car broken down in the nearly two years I've had this car, despite all my hard driving. I race the thing fairly often, and I do autocross and hill-climbs, and never had any issues.

I did replace the stock battery though, because it was poor, and it decided it had enough of my abuse after 1.5 years, so I got a nice red-top Optima to replace it.

On 01-September-2006, right at 6,016 miles on the clock, the check engine light came on. This was during normal driving, and there was no stress applied to the car of recent. The next day I pull a code from the ECU reading P0153, O2 Sensor Slow to Respond. Obviously not going to blow the car up or anything, but it could have a slight effect on the performance/exhaust systems. I personally had not noticed any changes in the way the car behaves or performs. A few days after this, I reset the ECU and haven't seen it since. Now at 21,353 miles, and I still have not seen a CEL.

However it should be mentioned during the 15,000 mile routine maintenance check-up (which I got it in late, around 18,000 miles) the dealership claimed to have found a leak in the transmission. They put some dye in the fluid and asked me to come back in a week so they could try and track it down. A week later, I brought it back and they told me the entire transmission should be replaced, under warranty at least.

Pretty excessive I thought, but it was free... so, whatever. During the process it is found my clutch and flywheel is well-worn, and they strongly recommend replacing it.

I looked at the parts, and not being experienced with working on and seeing these parts, I decided to hold-off a day and seek advice from friends and online forums. The only advantage here was there would be very little cost in labor, since the transmission was already being replaced under the warranty, but I still had to buy the parts because they are not covered under warranty (considered a wear & tear item I guess). To top it off, they wanted about $1,200 or so for the clutch, flywheel, and pressure plate! (Remember that's just the parts, no labor)

After some discussing it and trying to weigh the values of each possible decision, I decided to replace only the clutch and pressure plate, skipping the flywheel. I asked them to attempt to smooth out the hot spots on the flywheel surface, but it's not likely it did anything useful. This cost me $350 after it was all said and done...

Luckily, the car drives and feels the same afterward, and there is no chatter or unusual noises/feel from the clutch during acceleration, so that's good. And ~3,000 miles later, still feels the same. Granted, the thing never gave me any problems or died on the road or anything like that, but it's still annoying it happened.

General Comments:

Below I have listed a bunch of comments and thoughts on the car, in no particular order.

- The car is quite heavy, and it feels somewhat nose heavy. Especially under hard braking.

- Brakes are weak, the car needs larger brakes for its weight. The ABS is too aggressive, not taking the tires to their grip limit. It's impossible to lock up the brakes (which is good and bad). Though during autocross runs I take out the ABS fuse to kill it, this requires very precise pedal modulation to prevent locking up the wheels in hard braking, but if you do it right, you can stop in shorter distances (though this does degrade hard braking & cornering).

- Suspension seems a bit soft for a performance oriented suspension, especially when coming to a complete stop during heavy braking. The car seems to rock backwards and forwards like an SUV. Lowering springs and stiffer shocks help remedy this a lot.

- Suspension doesn’t do well over potholes and big bumps… giving you a somewhat jarring effect. It's not painful, but it doesn’t sound or feel quite as pleasant as driving over small squirrels.

- Should be noted after suspension and tires upgrade, the car handles a LOT better, and can take corners at much higher speeds.

- The door handles feel cheap. When you push/pull the door from inside the car via the handle, it makes that wonderful plastic on plastic rubbing/cracking sound. It's not terrible, but I feel they could have done better. But they still work and haven't broken; just annoying.

- The handbrake is weak, so weak in fact I do not trust it if I parked on a somewhat steep hill. I tried to get the dealership to adjust it, but they said the cable was already at its adjusting point limit.

- Power assist steering is too slow to keep up! Steering becomes extremely heavy for aggressive driving at the lower speeds (<30 MPH). Suspect this is problem with the power assist or steering rack, as when you try to do quick adjustments, you are fighting the power steering because it's too slow. Had major problems with this in the slaloms at autocross. It's very difficult to tell, but I think the ABS might be kicking in a bit during this cornering, because when the ABS fuse out, it didn't seem as heavy during those quick maneuvers.

- The clutch pedal has a strange delay during power shifting; it comes up about 200 milliseconds after you lift your foot off of it (that's 2/10 of a second BTW). Apparently this is caused by the slave cylinder's valve spring, which also creates clutch ‘slippage’ during quick power shifts. After the transmission and clutch were replaced, I decided to take that spring out. Soooo much better with it out, no more delay...

- The rear wiper is really needed... seems they only took it off on the 2006 models for looks. That's great, but it's needed! If I don't want it on, I can take it off!

- The radio antenna is annoying, I usually brush it with my arm accidentally when walking around the rear side of the car.

- The remote keyless entry system is slow to respond, especially to open the passenger side door. And there is no remote hatch open option either.

- Sunroof operation buttons are annoying, seems there is a ‘sweet spot’ to get it to work. Light pressure works fine, however if you press it firmly, it goes beyond the switch's range of response and doesn’t work.

- Rear glass makes annoying cracking/rattling sound when the temp is below freezing; worse the colder it is.

I'd list everything I like about it, but honestly there are too many. Obviously I like the car if I still have it after almost two years, and I take as many pictures of it as I do...

However, I will likely be selling soon so I can get the new Hyundai Genesis Coupe... RWD, 300+ HP, and all for under $30K baby! Woo!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2008