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not good for the long run
Pros: quick throttle response
Cons: repair bills over $2,000 for flywheel.This car is fun to drive but didn't hold up well. After only 60,000 miles it has appreciable wear and many small noises and problems. The interior and the clutch/flywheel were both defective.
Pros: 6 speed transmission
Cons: bad in the snow
Advice: Get the V6 version. This car is too heavy for the lower 4-banger.I bought my 2003 Tibby GT brand new and drove it off the lot. I have never had a problem with the car. I just hit a little over 35000 miles and have had regular maintenance on my car. I did have a minor steering column problem, but it just a noise issue that was covered under the warranty. I did put new tires on the car, which gave it a less responsive but more comfortable ride. I recommend this car to anyone. For the price/looks/gas/piece of mind you receive from this automobile, it is a sure thing. I'm driving this one into the ground and smiling every time I make a payment.
Pros: Overall body style
Cons: Clutch Problem
Advice: The clutch problem seems to be fixed in the 2004-2006 models.I bought this car with lots of promise of being the first owner and knowing what the history of the car was. When the clutch went out after 20,000 miles, Hyundai blamed me. I have owned 5 other cars and none of the clutches went out on me. I know how to drive stick. I later found that it is a very consistant problem with the '03. I also found out that Hyundai knowingly sold me this car with a clutch problem that they realized and fixed on the newer models. Be cautious!
Pros: interior design
Cons: paint seems to chip, mostly around the door handles
Advice: Make sure it's manualI have the 5 spd v6 I was looking for something along the lines of an eclipse, celica, etc. I saw the Tib and thought what the hell is that.. A little suspicious when i learned it was a hyundai I test drove it anyway. After going around the block i was in love. The car handles great and mine had an aftermarket exhaust that made it even sound great. Acceleration is awesome, my previous car was a 97 nissan 200sx... so you can imagine the difference. The sound system is awesome for a stk car. i have owned my tiburon for a little under a month now and have had no problems yet. The interior is very nice and the lighting inside is attractive.
Pros: Infinity Sound System
Cons: No trunk pop button on the keyless entry remote.
Advice: Try to shop around, don't impulse buy.Overall, this car is not a bad choice. There are a few things that are dissappointing: shredded tire at 13,000 miles, transmission fluid leaking at 26,000 miles. But hey what car doesn't have problems.
Pros: it looks awesome, handles great and has a killer stock stereo
Cons: not very good quality
Advice: get one that has been taken care of, mine wasn't and it has a few issues.Well I was looking for a sport compact that was newer and looked good. I had in mind a Celica, Tiburon or RSX. I never drove the Celica, I did drive the RSX, I hated how it felt not very stable and had no low end power. The Tiburon looks the best out of them all, I love the twin exhaust and the little shark gills in front of the doors. The car ran all right, but for the price it was worth it. A lot of people think of performance as how fast it is, the Tiburon is fast, more power than I need, but it also handles awesome and has great wet weather traction, (I used to drive a '96 240sx so if I can say a Tiburon handles good, then it does). Gas milage is good, I get about 23 in the city and about 25 on the highway (mines a 6 speed). The stereo is stock and very nice and it looks good inside and out, not cheap looking at all, the only thing I hate about it is that like most Hyundais, it's just not built like a Toyota or Honda. I have to repair little things on it quite often. Nothing serious, but other than that, it's an awesome car.
Pros: Styling, I believe it was modeled after the Maranello
Cons: Slightly sore rear after long drives.
Advice: research what your getting (options) vs. the other auto makersLooked at the Toyota Celica GTS and the Acura RSX. Have owned several Acura models and an older Toyota GTS which are both good vehicles. Am a little bias when it comes to Acura/Honda, but when I first saw the Tiburon I wondered who made it. When I discovered it was Hyundai I was surprised. Test drove the car and was very pleased with the performance, styling etc. I have owned my Tiburon for just over a year now. No problems of any kind. I have the auto w/shiftronic and love it. 17' wheels w/michelin pilot radials. I'm 6'2' and can enter/exit with no problems. Dollar for dollar it's the best sporty car for your buck.