This car has serious performance potential, yet it can operate as a dependable daily driver
Especially given the mileage of the vehicle for the year and the fact that it is equipped (got it from a local dealer like this) with aftermarket parts such as a supercharger, cold-air intake, short-throw shifter, and performance exhaust, this car has been fantastic performance-wise and as a daily driver. Problems are very minor and I expected such issues from the start due to the mileage.
- driver's side headlight bulb burned out twice so far (easy fix)
- small paint chips on the front end from extensive driving
- shift knob is stripped (ordered a new one from Korea)
- A/C didn't blow cold air when I got it. I had it charged for a very low price, but I assume my seals are bad because the freon escaped within two weeks.
- NOTHING ELSE AT ALL!
Despite the minor problems I listed, this car is simply fantastic! I previously had a 2003 Tiburon GT with similar mileage, but it was automatic so I traded for the six-speed I'm driving currently. This car is bundled with stock and aftermarket goodness! The shift and clutch action is very precise, acceleration is even greater with some aftermarket work, reliability is up there, and, surprisingly, for a supercharged V6, I'm averaging almost 30 MPG per tank! All my power options including the windows and sunroof work properly as they should, the 360-watt Infinity sound system is superb, and the black leather interior is a nice touch for such a sporty and sleek car. However, the back seats are completely useless unless transporting small children. The Tiburon fits me like a glove and I never have a problem driving it. The steering feel is firm and on-target. Handling even at higher speeds is above average, and the all-wheel disc brakes with ABS really help get the job done in terms of brake feel and stopping distance. I currently use this car to travel to college classes and a job that is 18 miles one way and it's been highly reliable with no surprises. The Tiburon should be given a serious look by car buyers out there for it is a fantastic value.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th June, 2006