2005 Hyundai Tiburon SE 2.7 V6 from South Africa


This car makes a statement


None mechanically, but I did make a few changes like changing the CD player to an aftermarket one with a USB fitted, new aftermarket alarm system and a de-cat, with 57mm performance exhaust and some new xenon lights. The V6 is an awesome and pretty looking car. Loads of power, pushing out 130kw stock, and about 9kw more on the performance exhaust. I think that's enough power, and besides, how often can we really use that power when there's speed limits to worry about.

After previously owning the 20L FX version, which was very reliable apart from minor suspension repairs like stabiliser links and brake discs, the Tiburon is a good car all round. You service them regularly and you've got no problems.

Apart from the front wheel drive unit, which would have been better if it was all wheel or rear wheel drive, it's got loads of power and good looks. Everyone looks at this sports car and thinks it's a Ferrari (Hyundai knew they wanted to make a statement). After reviewing the V6 and finally getting to own one, I've learnt this is a fun car to drive; it always puts a smile on your face when you start it up, and the engine purrs with a sweet and animalistic tone. This car is built for mid range punching (3rd and 4th gears at 5K RPM), with much driver enjoyment. It's quick (8.4 seconds 0 to 100), but it's not a top end car; this one likes the bends and curvy roads. If you drive it hard through the gears, you have fun, but you also use much fuel, but on the open road when you throw it in 6th gear and cruise, your consumption is better. I've got the 6 speed box (SE version), and gear changes are nice and efficient.

And it's got all the bells, like air con, power steering, electric windows, and cruise control. Always make sure you use the right engine and gear box / transmission fluids on these cars, and they will run like forever.

Fun to drive, beautiful exhaust tone, and good to look at.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2015

19th Dec 2017, 12:38

Yes, a brilliant car. I have the SE version 6 speed. Serviced and maintained regularly.

The car has enough power for a 2.7, freeflow exhaust system, decat. Oil, use only 5w/40 to protect your engine; I use Shell Ultra in the engine, and 75w/90 Castrol in the gearbox. Always use the right oils to protect your mechanical components.

It's really an affordable car to maintain. Only things changed were:

New clutch and flywheel after 160000km (always change the flywheel with the new clutch, otherwise you will damage the clutch plate and eventually cause slipping), R8k.

Brakes changed all round (new discs and disc pads), R2k, excellent braking.

Changed both crankshaft and camshaft sensors (always use original manufacturer's sensors, otherwise the car won't start with aftermarket sensors, and will also cause power loss and engine misfire, and electrical sensors are non refundable). So stick with the manufacturer's parts and you won't go wrong.

Otherwise she is a beautiful car to own and drive. I love this car to the moon and back. Just like any motor vehicle, if you look after it, it will look after you.

2005 Hyundai Tiburon SE 2.7L V6 from North America


The little Tibby that could


The A/C blower control switch becomes so hot during operation, that it melts the connector off the back of the switch, ultimately rendering the A/C inoperable. An apparent solution to this is to only use the blower at its highest setting to keep resistance off the switch, or replace the assembly with an aftermarket solution.

Throttle position switch went out at 80,000. $25 part at Auto Zone.

General Comments:

It isn't quick, and is less than spectacular on gas, averaging 20-21 MPG mixed driving.

It has been good to me with no issues that weren't caused by my own doing (Spectre intake parts damaging the MAF sensors and creating a very unusual ride).

In terms of build quality, economy and performance, there are better options and I wish I'd understood that when I bought this car. Yet I've developed a love-hate relationship with it. It's not the best in any category, but neither am I.

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

Review Date: 1st August, 2013