2001 Hyundai Coupe SE 2.0 from UK and Ireland
The coupe was fault free when I purchased it, and remains that way.
I love the look of the car. Many RD1 (the 1st model) owners scorn the new shape head lights and alterations; for me, that was the reason I was attracted.
The head lights on this model are worth mentioning; they may look good, but that's the only compliment they will get. Low beam is so weak it's not funny; plenty of light on the side of the road, fields, road side furniture etc, but very little in the direction of travel. If you're thinking of buying one and are not the most confident night time driver, then forget this model, it's that bad!!!
It's a reasonably comfortable car to drive, I'm 6'1 and have no issues with either head or leg room, the steering wheel is adjustable should you feel the need to shift it, although I have left alone. The leather seats are quite firm, annoying at first, not noticed now.
The interior is quite stylish, although a little cheap and nasty (Audi before) with a definite clunk to all the switches. They all work though, so no real complaints, and at least you won't have a reprogram/reset every time a light on the dash flashes at you.
The engines powerful enough for the road, and to be honest, if you want something faster, buy a different car, as you would need to upgrade the brake and suspension systems before thinking about much more power.
Brakes? Adequate (that's about all I have to say).
Suspension (see brakes).
If you mechanically minded, home servicing is simple, all old tech. OK, so it has fuel injection and electronic ignition, but that's a positive, and from what I've read on forums, it's pretty fault free.
If you're looking for a coupe, try finding one with the usual, low mileage, service history etc, but if it doesn't have this, just barter the owner down, get it home, change the oil, plugs and cam belt, and you'll have years of fun.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 26th March, 2011