9th Jun 2006, 23:18

I have a 2003 Tiburon GT V6 5 speed and it has 48,000 on it. I am the second owner. I strongly recommend anyone who has had any Tiburon clutch problems to go to www.newtiburon.com and search for the links for a filed class action lawsuit against Hyundai. There is a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) Hyundai has that states to replace the clutch with a new part number, because the old one was "warped" from the factory.

Still going strong on my factory clutch, and I race it...


19th Dec 2006, 11:31

I own a 2003 Tiburon GT and am feeling the brunt of the faulty clutch myself -- and at ONLY 64,000 Miles! I am going to look into the issue in the above commnet (about the lawsuit). Why should I have to pay over a grand for the sneakiness of this company. I think it's time to use our mouths and get some payment back from Hyundai, who can afford to help us out.


Terrible Tiburon.

3rd Jan 2007, 16:22

Have a 2003 GT, and have had the clutch fail at 11,985 miles and then later at 38,000 upon a repair from Hyundai. Put about 1000 bucks in parts into the car only to have it fail in another 500 miles. I'm tired of this car always leaving me stranded and I would wholeheartedly recommend that nobody purchase a hyundai until they get their act together. They don't take care of their customers time and time again. The clutch is only the beginning of Hyundai's issues.

10th Jan 2007, 09:23

I too just bought a used 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT for my son. Bought it at 35,000 miles and the clutch is gone! He drove it for 2 days and not much at that. Would like to follow up on the other comments and see about Hyundai paying for the new clutch. It seemed like a good car - and I had not heard about the clutch problems before we purchased this car. Any postings of helpful information is greatly appreciated.

10th Jan 2007, 11:16

Um, well, if the clutch went after two days of ownership this clearly is something that you would have been aware of when you had the car INSPECTED prior to purchase.

You did get the car inspected, right?

As for warranty, I think people need to be careful when buying used because some cars (VW was this way) voided or reduced the warranty if the car was sold to another person. I consider this sleazy, but it is legal.

17th Mar 2007, 01:01

Well I'm on my third clutch in my 03 v6 tib gt at just 56000.

I believe you could have the car inspected and there be no sign of the clutch going out all three of mine happened just like that... first one driving down the hwy on the 400th of a 600 mile trip and suddenly no power to the wheels, 9 months and 10,000 miles later in heavy traffic on freeway and same, third short trip to the bank on in a 45 zone suddenly started to slip and didn't make it the four miles home. About me: I've been turning wrenches since I was 10,I have replaced hundreds of clutch in vehicles I've serviced, I have driven manuals all my life and have had to replace only one of mine (at 105,000). Hyundai has a problem and they are not willing to come to the table, probably because they can't find a permanent fix. Mechanical is mechanical, there is always a chance of failure, the difference is how the company treats the problem. The company I work for does not allow us to treat our customers this way and that's why we've been in business since 1919. lets see if Hyundai lasts that long.

20th Apr 2007, 10:07

I own a 2006 Tiburon GT. Currently it is in the shop with the notorious slipping and burnt clutch smell. This is not my first standard vehicle therefor I know that my driving habits where not the cause of the clutches demise. After much debate with the Hyundai rep, I have convinced them to replace the clutch and pressure plate. I have just received a call informing me that my flywheel is also damaged with several glazed over hot spots upon it. Hyundai Agreed to replace the clutch and pressure plate, but I am left on my own to cover the cost of the flywheel. A cost of about a grand to have it fixed. The kicker is the car only has 9,700 miles on it. No, that is not a typo. The car has less than 10,000 miles on it and the clutch is already out.

23rd Apr 2007, 03:39

You just have to understand that the Tiburon (or the Coupe V6 as it's called here) is not a real sports car even if it looks like it. It's just a pile of sub standard junk parts thrown together. If you are dumb enough to take this car track racing or just by pushing it too hard it will fall into pieces in front of you.

Just after some few days track driving its weaknesses will appear and it will be apparent how poorly this car is made. Clutch, brakes or suspension are not made for hard use and will go. Tie rod alignment will never be on the spot since the suspension is so weak. Before the brakes go they will overheat since the brakes on this car is not proper sports car brakes. Then the engine will overheat since they did not bother to fit this car with a proper cooling system, cv-joints will go because they are not really made to handle the torque of the engine, the injection will start misbehaving just to name some issues. All these are well know and well documented weaknesses of this type of car.

!!!You are warned!!!

And don't think that the Hyundai warranty will cover anything since they'll say you are using the car for things that it's not supposed to to. Like fast accelerations and braking that most other sports cars are actually constructed to cope with.

This car is strictly a driveway queen not meant for serious business. If you actually want a sports car this car is not for you. It's all looks and no go.

I was dumb enough to buy one of these a year ago and it has been a very expensive lesson for me. I think I can say that any car on the road is better constructed than this one.

27th Apr 2007, 14:55

My Wife and I purchased a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT. The car already had 14,000 miles on it when we bought it. When the car reached a little over 23,000 miles the clutch went out.

We had our Tiburon repaired, and now at 55,000 miles the same problem has happened again. It's frustrating because once again the Dealership AND the Hyundai Company refuses to help or be accommodating in any way. Even with all the extra and/or extended warranties we purchased and that were added on to our monthly payments, none of the warranties covered the clutch issues.

A Law Firm by the name of Green Welling filed a nationwide class action in Orange County, California on behalf of all persons who purchased or leased a 2003 GT Coupe Hyundai Tiburon with a 2.7 liter engine. The complaint states that Hyundai Motor America ("Hyundai") marketed its 2003 Tiburon by promoting themes of "guaranteed reliability" and "high quality and outstanding performance," all backed by "America's Best Warranty." Plaintiff alleges that in reality, Hyundai sold the 2003 Tiburon with defective clutch components which result in various of those components failing prematurely. When customers attempt to take advantage of "America's Best Warranty" to have the defective clutch components replaced, Hyundai refuses coverage and blames the failure on the driving habits of its customers.

And now many owners of the 2004 Tiburon GT model are having the same issues. The Firm who handled the suit asks for anyone having the same issues with their clutch or clutch components, to contact them.

You can find info about the case online by looking it up on the web by typing in "Class Action Suit against Hyundai"