1997 Hyundai Coupe Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1997 Hyundai Coupe FX 2.0 16v from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance104000 kilometres

Summary:

Only the outside is a sports car

Faults:

- 2 serious backfires with gas installation.

- New dynamo.

- Broken frontseat frame.

- New brake blocks (front and back).

- Every year new tyres.

- Small cracks in brake plates (not repaired).

- New cigarette lighter.

- 4 times, correction of alarm installation.

- 3 times, airbag light on dashboard was on and had to be reset.

- New connection plate.

General Comments:

- Great looking car, but the material is not really made for a sports car (durability).

- Somewhat noisy engine.

- Great seats.

- Not so fast as it looks.

- Very reliable, never had problems with starting or the engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th July, 2000

1997 Hyundai Coupe SE 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Cheap car, expensive looks

Faults:

Only needed a light bulb apart from the regular service it requires every 10,000 miles.

General Comments:

A very good car. Great looks, a real head turner, could be quicker and maybe smoother but overall I'm very pleased with the car and would buy another when the time comes. Very good value for money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2000

1997 Hyundai Coupe SE 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Great looking car, people still turn their heads. But it squeaks and rattles most of the time now (after 35,000 miles). Interior light bulbs keep overheating and burning out, mirror defrost doesn't work, headlight bulbs (I'm on my third set and I don't drive that much at night).

General Comments:

Overall, great car, great looks, very poor build quality. Shame, but I won't get another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st March, 1999

23rd Feb 2001, 17:52

I bought one last November, the steering tugs the car into the hedgerows on country lanes... but is smooth as silk on flat motorways. It tramlines lorry tyre grooves.

Headlamp bulbs keep blowing, clock flashes on and off at will.

Factory CD backlight has a mind of it's own. Even so, it's a great car for long drives.

7th Jun 2007, 15:46

Hi, I normally post on the 98 model, regarding headlight bulbs, Hyundai did a replacement on headlights not a re-call, on request. Issue was that the earthing of the Factory fit lights was wrong hence bulbs kept blowing.

1997 Hyundai Coupe SE 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10

Faults:

Absolutely nothing in 7,000 miles from new so far!

General Comments:

Excellent MPV. Cabin is very versatile, comfortable, light and airy. Performance for the size of the vehicle is excellent. However, it took a few thousand before the running process allowed it to rev freely. On the German Autobahn I have had it up to an indicated 118 easily. Faster than the road tests indicate. Fuel consumption is moderate. An excellent, good value buy. Don't buy a Ford, these hold their value much better!!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 1997

1997 Hyundai Coupe SE 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Nothing bar a theft of the CD Player.

General Comments:

I love the looks of the Car. It definitely is a great looking car, one of the best I've seen and the standard specification is excellent. Build quality is a great improvement over previous Hyundai cars but is still not perfect. Having said that I rate it far higher than a lot of other coupes in terms of looks and value. Could do with a bit more power though to match the appearance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 1997

27th Aug 2007, 02:31

That's what aftermarket parts are for...

1997 Hyundai Coupe 1.8 MPFI petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.8 MPFI petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10

Faults:

Nothing, but then again it's only 3 months old.

General Comments:

I love it!! People get their necks out of joint trying to look at it. The attention it gets is amazing, you might think that you were driving a Ferrari.

Great handling (suspension tuned by Porsche), I just wish I would have gotten the 2 liter engine. I am now a loyal Hyundai fan. This car is nothing like the old Hyundai's, and review in mags is great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 1997

12th Jan 2007, 07:00

Ferrari? Get a life. This beast is all pose and no performance. 165Bhp off a 3 litre V6? Rubbish!

And as for calling it 'Tiburon' shark.!!! Dogfish more likely.

Its saving graces are excellent build quality and equipment levels. A sports car it certainly ain't!

Strictly for the girls and the under 25's for posing in. Don't try any 'sporty manouvers' ie quick off the lights against anything more potent than Grandfathers Yaris. Bog standard Polo's have better acceleration than this lump of oriental parts bin engineering.

Its 75% Hyundai Accent under its plastic panels.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 11 reviews