2001 Hyundai Tiburon SE 2.0L DOHC EFI from North America


Great car


-Bad Thermostat.

General Comments:

I leased this car brand new in spring 2001.

The 2001 Tiburon is a very reliable car. It has always started even in the coldest Canadian winter mornings without hesitation.

It is surprisingly fast and handles very well in summer conditions. The OEM Michelin tires handle very well on dry pavement, but are definitely not recommended in the winter.

The interior is very attractive. The leather seats create a sense of luxury that one cannot usually get out a sub-$30,000CDN car. It has held up exceptionally well through my four years of ownership. All that was needed was routine cleaning and leather treatment to keep the interior looking new.

The paint has held up well. The dealer thought the car was repainted when returned at the end of the lease. I ordered this car in black. Regular washing and waxing kept maximum shine with minimum swirls.

This car is a lot of fun to drive, has great gas mileage, and still turns heads!

My only gripe with the car is its very high insurance costs. In Canada, the Tiburon is rated as a high theft vehicle, and was not equipped with an anti-theft ingnition immobilizer. This contributed to my decision to return the Tiburon at the end of its lease.

Generally speaking, this is a reliable car, but not a refined car. It has never failed, but does have a lot of shakes and rattles. This is likely because of its stiff chassis. The suspension is well tuned for cornering, but can give you a sore back on very long trips.

Engine noise is prominent at highway speeds. The engine spins at 3000RPM at 100km/h in fifth gear. This is due to the wheel size and low gear ratios. While this improves acceleration, it raises the noise level.

I believe the pros outweigh the cons of this car, so I would recommend it as a good used car purchase. It is attractive, reliable and a lot of fun to drive. But make sure you can afford to insure it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2005

2001 Hyundai Tiburon 2.0 4 cylinder from North America




The battery died after only a week of use.

Other than that, it has run very well.

General Comments:

This vehicle is amazing.

Despite it's lack of head room (and battery power), it has been reliable beyond compare.

After the battery went out, I was frustrated. I immediately called the Hyundai Service Center and I laid into them. They were kind enough to drive a pick up down pick up my car and tow it to the nearest dealership. Once there they discovered that the battery had died because someone had left the dome light on in the car. (wonder who that could have been?). Unfortunately after that incident the battery never held a charge so it had to be replaced and Hyundai reimbursed me for it. Awesome.

To tell you how reliable this vehicle is let me tell you my situation. I live in Roswell, New Mexico and I have to travel to National Guard drill in Santa Fe every month. I have to drive the vehicle there once a month. It has never given me any crud. Also just recently I took my vehicle to Albuquerque and went through some of the worst weather in the world. They even closed the road it was so bad. That car handled beautifully. So that's my piece on the Tiburon. Sleek and head turning and reliable to the bone (or metal).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2005

15th Jun 2005, 21:21

I wish I had gotten yours. Mine is fun to drive and a real head-turner, but it's not reliable. 66,000 miles, 5 wheel bearings, rust (lots for a 4 year old car), 2 brake calipers, 3 brake rotors, both emergency brake cables, 8 headlight bulbs and an O2 sensor have all had to be replaced.

I won't buy another.

20th Jun 2005, 14:20

Wow sounds like the last poster got a lemon. My 01 has been good to me minus the battery getting weak after 4 years, but in my experience that is about normal for a battery.

24th Dec 2006, 19:58

Superb value in this car. I am now going on 127000 miles. It has never, not once, been back to the dealer (or any garage, for that matter), for repairs. I even got 110,000 miles out of the brakes, though I don't recommend that.

I have been very lax with maintenance on it, too. It has never let me down. Hyundai has won a repeat customer.