1997 Hyundai Tiburon Reviews

1997 Hyundai Tiburon FX 2.0L from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired137000 kilometres
Most recent distance158000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Chevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Very nice sporty car

Faults:

I replaced a windshield for 255$.

My engine light is on.

My exhaust pipe and flex pipe was replaced.

The shox are getting very soft.

The cruise control works one day and does not work the other.

I had a small accident and had to replace the two lower control arms and the link kits for around

600$.

General Comments:

I just love my Tiburon fx. This car is pretty fast, I went up to 200km/h.

Handles like a dream and corner really good.

Looks and sounds good in and out.

Good seats!

Most important of all I like it because of the attention I get from the hot chicks. Chicks always want to come for a ride in a Tiburon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2006

1997 Hyundai Tiburon FX 2.0 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres
Previous carFord LTD

Summary:

Overall has been a good car, but had a few problems

Faults:

The transmission was replaced at 140,000km.

Axle broke at 145,000 and piece flew into my transmission... another transmission!

Console lid has broken off 3 times. Horrible design.

Power locks stopped working at year 6.

Had many brake problems early on with the car. Lots of squeaking.

General Comments:

The car handles like a dream. Very tight steering and a great turning radius. I can fit anywhere.

Despite the squeeking brakes, they are excellent and have saved me many time.

The interior is quite cramped and not made for anyone over 5'10". I am 5'9" and my head hit the roof while sitting in the back.

Excellent stock stereo speakers.

Black interior is unbelievably hot. Probably a 15-20 degree difference between my and my wifes car on a hot day.

Very sporty and I still feel pretty cool while driving it. It catches a lot of looks, even today at 7 years old.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th January, 2005

1997 Hyundai Tiburon FX 1.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8L Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired143000 miles
Most recent distance158000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Achieva

Summary:

Junk

Faults:

I have replaced the transmission twice in 18 months. Now I have to replace it again. Alloy rims look like they are 20 years old.

General Comments:

Seats do not go back to original position after moving them to get thing out of the back seat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st October, 2004

1997 Hyundai Tiburon FX 1.8 liter turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 liter turbo Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carGeo Prizm

Summary:

Run. Terrible cars, severe problems, not worth it!

Faults:

Where to start with this car? For one, we bought this back in October 2000, when the air conditioner wasn't needed. It was until that summer that it proved to be a terrible conditioner. The car never really did become cold at any point in that car.

The heating system as well was just at shabby. It took well over 10 minutes for the heat to start working right, even if it wasn't that cold. Forget about winter! The car had to be warmed up a good 30 minutes or it would be frozen inside.

The passenger side's window also is touchy. You roll the window up too far, the actual glass runs off track and goes beyond the frame, causing the door to not properly shut. The locks in the car also had an electrical problem, and would work one day, and not the next.

The cockpit of the car is also not made for people any taller than perhaps 5'4". Anyone who's bigger will find it difficult to get comfortable in the car.

Now onto the major problems.

The transmission had been jerking in and out of place about 4 months into the purchase. Turns out it was a pulse generator. Not that expensive of a part to repair, however, once it was fixed, it broke another 3 times. Faulty part? Yes. But, having the dealer fix a part that was under the guarantee proved to be a hassle. It came to a point where they beat around the bush, and cost $400 out of my own pocket, for them to eventually fix what was wrong. (That being the generator that we suspected before hand)

Having the pulse generator go out was a very scary experience. Having the car on the freeway at 60 to suddenly thrust in and out of positions, topping the RPM's over 6000 isn't something you ever want to experience.

Along with the pulse generator, the car supposedly needs the Hyundai transmission fluid only, or "it'll ruin the transmission" so said the dealer. The fluid costs approx. $45 per container. This gets very pricey.

The airbag light came on at approx. 50,000 miles and has yet to go off. It in buyers guide, it says this is a serious problem, and needs to be fixed asap. We went to the dealer and they told us it was an electrical problem, and not to worry.

The engine light has come on and off all throughout this period of owning the car. First time it came on was at 55,000 miles, then at 67,000 and again at 84,000. It still is on, and they said the faulty generator is causing this again. This makes it the 4th time we've had to repair this.

General Comments:

Buyer beware. Better get the checkbook out, it's going to cost you. Everything they can't fix is "normal" and what they can fix, will be pricey.

Cargo space is very limited, and forget trying to get anyone, but children in the back seat.

Overall, this is a terrible car. My son owns a 2000 Tiburon, not having learned from my experience, and at 34,000 miles the whole transmission went out. These cars are nothing, but a money guzzler.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th April, 2003

18th May 2003, 19:11

I bought a used 97 in 2000 and in the last 3 years, along with going for almost 50k miles, nothing has gone wrong. I heard a little whirring in the engine at about 110k, turned out the belt was getting, replaced that, nothing major. My advice, find a good garage, stop going to the dealer that rips you off. I never go to the dealer unless it's a problem I can't figure out through my garage or by myself. Find a mechanic, not a salesman to fix your car. Just my opinion of course.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 13 reviews