2003 Hyundai Tiburon

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  • Performance8.5
  • Interior8.5
  • Quality8.3
  • Recommendation8.6
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  • Styling9.0
  • Performance7.0
  • Interior10
  • Quality8.0
  • Recommendation8.0
Flashy but not too fast by Texas Tib on 07/31/2009. Trim: 2003 Hyundai Tiburon Base, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Great style, lots of "options" for other cars are standard (pwr window/lock, spoiler, etc). Pretty quiet unless you break the 5k rpm mark. Great gas mileage. Pretty comfortable (I made a 1200 mile, 1 day road trip from Dallas Tx to Daytona Fl with no real discomfort.). Great handling, good feel on the wheel. Manual transmission turns a mediocre car into a fun little car. FOG LIGHTS! They're great, major assistance to the primary headlights, just as bright and actually light the road up better. A blast to drive, especially on the highway. Can easily pass other cars at highway speeds. Stock 16" tires great for daily driving, Ithey are touring/sedan tires though, not really sport oriented.
Cons: The clutch is a little weak, grinds sometimes in aggressive driving (especially 1st-2nd). Terrible paint (spoiler looks terrible, gills are fading, fuel door looks as bad as the spoiler now). There is no spoilerless trim, even though the car looks great without it. Rear wiper sticks out ridiculously, and the huge antenna makes the car look like an RC car. I'm having electrical problems with the hatch unlock switch. Headlights are a pain to change out. Sun visor so small its practically useless. I4 engine is not particularly weak, but doesnt put out enough power to match the car's looks. Aftermarket & performance parts are very expensive compared to japanese cars, few sources.
Overall review: Beautiful car, but not enough HP to back up the looks. A great car for someone who wants a nice looking car with great gas mileage that is not dime a dozen, but a sport enthusiast should beware that though there is aftermarket support, it's limited and expensive. The car in its base/I4 form feels pretty like a focus or lancer, just in two doors with far sexier sheet metal. Overall, a great car, especially for the price, but too heavy and expensive to be a real tuner car. It is fun to drive stock, with exceptional handling and a relatively quiet engine that puts out an average amount of HP for the 2.0 displacement. Always feels like it's moving slower than it is, a great desire to speed will accompany you as you drive it.
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  • Styling10
  • Performance10
  • Interior9.0
  • Quality10
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HYUNDAI + TIBURON = REAL POWER by An MSN Autos Consumer on 01/04/2004. Trim: 2003 Hyundai Tiburon Base, Owned 1 year.
Cons: NONE
Overall review: REAL FAST
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  • Styling4.0
  • Performance5.0
  • Interior3.0
  • Quality2.0
  • Recommendation2.0
Say no to the Tib. by murrdunn from philly, on 07/15/2012. Trim: 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6, Owned 1 year.
Pros: I loved the feel of having a sporty car that would turn heads when cruising around and the sound system was amazing !
Cons: Read review below.
Overall review: I had my tiburon for 8 months. I bought it used thinking that at the most there would be some minor problems. I was wrong. In those 8 months I replaced the clutch, slave cylinder, and master cylinder. I also replaced all 4 tires and had to repair a major leak in the power steering lines. My drivers side window's motor died on me and the battery had to get replaced as well. All of these problems were sudden with little to no warning signs and some were very costly. I got to the point where i refused to drive it unless I really had to. I ended up blowing rods in my engine and selling it for almost nothing to get it off my hands.
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  • Styling9.0
  • Performance8.0
  • Interior5.0
  • Quality9.0
  • Recommendation8.0
the shark by Paul on 07/01/2006. Trim: 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6, Owned 3 years.
Pros: sporty look, leather interior
Cons: lack of room, for a GT, not much extra
Overall review: decent car, but if i had to do it over again, would've bought something a little bigger!
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  • Styling4.0
  • Performance9.0
  • Interior8.0
  • Quality6.0
  • Recommendation6.0
Great drive but poor paint and service from Hyundai. by Jerald Flint,MI on 11/15/2005. Trim: 2003 Hyundai Tiburon Base, Owned 2 years.
Pros: Great gas mileage out of a sporty looking car.
Cons: Bad paint and service problems from Hyundai in dealing with the situation.
Overall review: Had to take them in front of the Better Business Bureau twice and they still haven't fixed the paint on the hood properly. Also due to the aerodynamics the windshield takes a heafty beating. Invest in the hood air foil early.
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