1st Generation (1997—2000) Tiburon Problems

This generations ranks 5th out of 52 Hyundai generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the windows (40%), body (20%), and the exhaust (20%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 1 complaints at an average of 107,000 miles in the 1997 Hyundai Tiburon.
  2. Exhaust Has Started to Smoke 1 complaints at an average of 84,000 miles in the 1998 Hyundai Tiburon.
  3. Windows Get Stuck 1 complaints at an average of 65,000 miles in the 1999 Hyundai Tiburon.

What Tiburon Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Hyundai model years.

Watch out for the 1999 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2000 1 1 24 0.14
1999 2 3 32 0.38
1998 1 1 32 0.24
1997 1 4 50 0.27

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