2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 from North America - Comments

7th Jan 2006, 21:39

I bought a 2003 hyundai tiburon and it had 30,000 miles on it by the time I got to 36,000 I blew the clutch and flywheel. it cost 2200 dollars to get fixed. I haven't had any other problems out of it though.

5th Apr 2006, 03:12

To the above poster regarding your pumping the clutch, it sounds like you might have air bubbles in your clutch line. The clutch fluid is brake fluid, and if you're ever hard on the brakes and "cook" your rotors and pads, then you'll know what faded brakes and boiled over fluid is all about. When this happens in the braking system, you'll have to pump the brake pedals a few times before they "bite". This sounds similar so maybe it's this - try "bleeding" the clutch like the brakes.

20th May 2006, 08:43

Three clutches within 30k? I hate to break it to you, but you obviously have some seriously bad habits riding or slipping the clutch or something. You said you drive it casually, but if you actually installed a racing flywheel and clutch then I highly doubt you putt around town like grandma! My advice would be to suck up your pride and have someone experienced drive with you so they can correct your bad stick shift habits. There is no way your clutch should wear out that fast even if you were just learning to drive stick in this car.

18th Apr 2007, 22:36

I have had a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 for 5 months now and have had nothing, but problems with it. At first no longer than 1 week the instrument panel light went out, I had it repaired for $150.00. Then The left headlight and left taillight went out at the same time, the repair man told me it was just the lights that burnt out, but as he was working on it he noticed that all of the wiring to both lights was fried $1,850.00 to repair that. My stock radio also went downhill and finally quit on me. I then decided to just put an after-market stereo in it rather then put stock back in it.

If any one out there has any tips or advice on how to prevent anything else to go wrong with my car e-mail them to me at wdfo_86@yahoo.com I will really appreciate it, thank you.

20th Jun 2007, 12:10

I just bought a used Hyundai Tiburon with 50k miles. The clutch went out on me with 54k; I don't know if it was the person before me or what, I just know that in most cars, the clutch does not wear out, even at 50k. This car is a cheap piece of crap.

18th Jul 2007, 19:54

Hi, I'm about to turn 16, and I really like everything I have heard and seen about this car, but I'm not sure if it would be an OK first car. what do you think?

1st Aug 2007, 07:07

To 19:54. I've never owned a Tiburon, but I've been in the motor trade for two decades and have sold several of these. It's not really bad, and given you can pick one up for the right price, this car may be ideal for you. Have this car seriously tested, or buy from a respected dealer even if more costly. Don't go for the decide immediately deals, even if the price is low.

This car is mechanically pretty sound, but not bulletproof, but clutches are a known weak spot on manuals. Also check for paint defects that are common. Look out for cheap resprays to cover up bad paint. Brakes are often gone so check them as well as parts in front suspensions. Engines are pretty bulletproof and transmissions should last as well. Go for the manuals as they are sportier, get better mpg and are more solid even if clutches are a weak spot.

12th Aug 2007, 19:07

So I work at a dealership, and I just bought a 2003 Tiburon GT with 66K miles for 10,400, and I could tell it had issues with the power steering, clutch, and sometimes the car fails to climb in RPM's and feels like it stalled, but is still on. It also stalls when the clutch is in, and when I do accelerate, it's stuttering during acceleration. The owner told me he was going to pay for everything to be fixed, and if he does, should I keep it or sell it, or return it?

23rd Aug 2007, 19:02

I have owned my 2003 Tiburon GT since Jan of 2006. Recently, I had some issues with various electrical parts. I took it to the dealer to have them look it over, and was told that the wire going to the front fuse box (the one under the steering column) melted to the fuse box, and melted the fuse box. They had to replace the entire fuse box and it cost me $950. Has anyone heard of anything like this in this car? The manager at the dealer told me that he has never seen anything like this. There is nothing that I can find online either. This seems to me like it would be a manufacturing defect. Seriously, how often do electrical parts melt each other in cars? Is this not as uncommon as I think it is? If anyone knows anything, I'd really appreciate some help with this. They fixed the part, but they don't know why it happened. And they say that they have no way of finding out.

24th Aug 2007, 17:01

August 24, 2007.

We have a 2003 Hyundai and it has been a nightmare. We are putting in our 3rd clutch. We just found out that our five speed car has a six speed clutch in it. Our air bag light stays on, every time we had it into the dealership they would tell us not to put anything under the seat. Our back up lights have went out, again no longer covered under warranty. I will never own this make or model of car again.

31st Aug 2007, 23:29

Hi, I've had my 2003 Tiburon Gt for 4 years. I have only had few problems. however, the problems that I have had are extremely annoying. I have had to replace my battery twice. Obviously the electrical system design was not very thought out. Also, I have had problems with the driver side window. Sometimes it rolls up, sometimes it doesn't. The car was very nice to drive when it was new, but now is a pain. I wouldn't suggest buying this car to anyone.

16th Sep 2007, 21:41

My brother has a 2004 Tiburon GT v6. I maintain all of my cars myself. It is a nightmare to work on. The clutch has failed twice since he has had it. When he bought the car it had 35k, now it has 62k. My bro knows how to drive a manual. The driver side window motor/actuator have both failed. And gues what? There is an interference timing belt to deal with. Just to compare: I have a 1) 1998 BMW 328i 240k on is second clutch, a 2000 BMW 540i 135k (original clutch) and a 1985 BMW 535i (450k). All of these BMW's run great and are SIMPLE to work on when compared with the Tiburon. ALSO the amount of help I can get from other BMW enthusiast from across the country is amazing. Parts are also MUCH cheaper if bought right. And did I mention ALL of them are amazing to drive? Even the old 85 model? Forget cheap asian FWD garbage. If you want a good used sports car, and you don't mind doing some work youself, AND you know how to take care of a car, consider a BMW.