1998 Hyundai Coupe FX 2.0


Pure individualism


I've inherited one or two minor problems that seem to have little to do with the competence of the Hyundai guys.

The only thing has been the paint job. There are minor scratches, which upon close inspection, appear - otherwise one wouldn't notice.

General Comments:

Having been disappointed with my previous Renault Megane and Golf - believe you me - I was more than used to being beaten from the lights, treated with annoyance at the local garage, and not even attracting an occasional glance from an adrenaline-hungry teenager.

Then one day I saw a Hyundai coupe parked, gracefully posing by the pavement while waiting for its master. And then I saw the truth. Even now I cannot believe the looks this baby gets from the plebs at the bus-stop. I am hesitant - neigh - not worthy, of the power under these pedals - willing to waste far more costly pretenders to the value-for-money coupe.

The Porsche developed suspension deals with ease with the harsh cobbles of central Europe that play havoc with most suspension systems, while 2.0 litres gets the instant respect other car owners either crave, or spend most of the time filling up at the petrol station, to earn.

If anything goes wrong with it, I won't be all that bothered because it only cost 3500 pounds. Having said that, after scouring the WWW for 2 weeks, I could only find good things said about the reliability of the Hyundai Coupe.

The boot is larger than you'd expect - more than enough space for most purposes. The rear seats come down to whether you are a 'the glass is half full or half empty' kind of person. I for one am not planning on driving any arthritic old-age pensioners around in the back with my girlfriend in the front, the leg room is an irrelevance. Any more leg room in the back, and it would defeat the whole point of the Hyundai Coupe - style and dynamism for the kind of person who wants to stand out from the rest!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2005

2nd Mar 2007, 18:09

What leg room you on about? Safety features are awful.

This car is not amazing at all, too much credit given to this cheap car and its cheap quality and poor performance.

Any person who knows better about cars will give it a thumbs down.

People be more realistic, lots of people who want to buy this car are not getting the correct information.

Appearance ain't everything, I'm a mechanic and I would say find another car to buy. Save your money, even the Hyundai coupe SFX is another terrible model of the car. This car is like a biscuit, it crumbles. Waste of money.

4th Aug 2008, 22:15

I actually own one of these cars, the FX model.

Looks... i'll agree with, im a girl and get plenty of attention in this car.

Reliability comes down to the previous owner and how they treated it in the first place.

Regular services etc.

Crumble? as much as any other "new-plastic made-non Holden HQ" would.

This is a young girls answer to luxury.

The answer to the Toyota Celica.

But a lot cheaper.

The car is great and treats me well,.

5th Feb 2010, 07:08

I also own an FX Coupe, I have done so for 10 years now, I have driven it like I have stolen it, and all I can say is it handles like it should!!!

I test drove a lot of cars when I purchased this one. It came down to it felt like a sports car and drove like a quick go-cart. If you are looking for something that isn't speed limited to 180km, and at 200km handles like it does at 100km, then this is quite a nice car to drive. In fifth it just tips the red line at 225kms; not bad for a bottle of milk so some motorists say.

I will admit in the time I have owned my coupe it has been extremely reliable, and only replaced one gearbox, two CV joints, and a manifold (now mandrel bent extractors as they are actually cheaper than genuine manifold) along with regularly servicing and an XR8 muffler.

It's a very nice car!!! It won't win you Bathurst, but it will be fun to try ;)