2008 Hyundai Tiburon Reviews - Page 2 of 2

2008 Hyundai Tiburon gs-sport 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired80 kilometres
Most recent distance6840 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Tiburon

Summary:

Good rapport money quality

Faults:

Outdoor temperature sensor defective-replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

Uptil now. very satisfied. I did prefer my 1999 model due to lower fuel consumption, smaller and loved the outdoor styling of the car but got tires of repair bills

I am quite happy with this one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2008

2008 Hyundai Tiburon GS Sport 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance5990 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Tiburon

Summary:

The price is super good for this type of sports car

Faults:

Outdoor temperature censor defective - replaced under warranty.

When temperature dropped below 0 celsius, the car would take about 30 second to start - something with one valve needed adjustment.

That's all.

General Comments:

I still prefer my 1999 model, as it felt more comfortable and was smaller too. But I don't mind not having any more repair bills, peace of mind for 5 years.

The car handles very well and is comfortable, even though the armrest could be a bit lower as I am tall.

Fuel consumption is a bit high for a 4 cyl.

I am a very happy driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2008

2008 Hyundai Tiburon GS 2.0 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Previous carPorsche 944

Summary:

Excellent for the money

Faults:

Nothing whatsoever.

General Comments:

When I first saw a Tiburon, I thought it was an exotic sports car, and was completely surprised to see the Hyundai emblem. It is a beautiful car, inside and out, and looks much more expensive than it really is.

Some car magazine reviewers have ripped the Tiburon because they claim it has a "dated" style, but even though I disagree with this statement, the design is what I like the most. I have driven a variety of 80's and 90's sports cars, and you just don't see a sleek looking 2-door hatchback anymore. Everything is either a sedan, or uses ridiculous looking "modern" designs.

There are two engines for the Tiburon, with different option packages. One is the 138hp 4 cyl, which I have, and the 6cyl which is 172hp. Again, car magazine reviewers have ripped the power of the Tiburons, and frequently recommend competing cars such as the Mitsubishi Eclipse (I test drove one and hated it).

I strongly recommend getting the 4cyl GS because the V6 doesn't offer enough extra power to justify the drop in fuel economy. And if headroom seems to be an issue, getting a sun-roofless model will make a big difference.

But after actually owning a Tiburon, I can say with full confidence that this is not a "slow" car as some people might say. Sure, it's not a turbo or supercharged, but for a normally aspirated 4cyl, it gets up and goes when you need it to. Better than I expected.

Yes, there are some cars out there with more overall power than the Tiburon, but realistically where are you going to use it? With photo radar, cops getting increasingly intolerant of speeders, and rising gas prices, there is just no need to have a daily driver that turns a 14 second quarter.

Despite what some reviewers might say (are you starting to see a pattern here?), the handling is quite good. There is a sharp turn near my house that I test cars on, and the Tiburon took it better than my Porsche 944, a car with near 50/50 weight distribution.

Simply put, the Tiburon is one of the best looking, if not THE best looking affordable sports car on the market, it has more than enough power, great handling, and Hyundai's 100,000k mile warranty that is transferable to 60,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2008

2008 Hyundai Tiburon FX (GK) 2.0 from Malaysia

Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 kilometres

Faults:

Nothing wrong!

General Comments:

Got this test car back home for few days.

Surprisingly it performed good for a Korean car.

Permormance: Score 7

The 2L engine pumps out 141 horses and 19kg torque.

Able to make a run to 100 with in 9.5s.

Easily go to 170-200kmh without hesitation.

However the 4 speed transmission kind of a drawback for the 2008 model.

Nevertheless the sports mode seems to make it up to it.

The Korean tyres are totally useless.

Need to be a good driver to drive it in either wet or dry surface.

Tried a turning at 140km during bad rain.

Able to make it thru (driving in sports mode while semi drifted, however the rear geometry responded well hence make the car back on track).

Would suggest other driver to change to better tyres.

Reliability: Score 8

Nothing wrong and can relay on the entire system: ABS, EBD, EBA & EPS/TCS.

Comfort: Score 7

On nicely pave road, the car handles well.

However it will bounce here and there on uneven surface.

Its typical for sports tuned suspension.

Overall:

Not bad for a MYR130K coupe.

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

Review Date: 14th October, 2008

2008 Hyundai Tiburon GK 2.0 from Malaysia

Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired200 kilometres
Most recent distance1800 kilometres
Previous carProton Waja

Summary:

Just OK due to terrible service support in Malaysia

Faults:

Ordered myself a brand new 2008 Hyundai Tiburon, even though my recently purchased i10 (first registered for consumer) had a major problem.

During the collection day, I noticed the car's left indicator (signal) was not functioning. All left: front, interior & rear. The light was static (not blinking).

Eventually, it took Hyundai's so called expert about 130 minutes to rectify the problem.

They had taken everything out from the car: battery etc and put them on the floor. Oh god, surely ripping my heart.

Finally they found out the wire was not connected.

Very funny as the car was taken to PDI/Puspakom check prior registration in Malaysia @JPJ.

Hence I rejected the car.

They gave me a new car.

This car is just OK.

Guess what???

The exterior is more terrible then my first Tiburon.

The joints at the bumper are not proper.

Can see a gap about 0.5cm below front main light (above the bumper).

Some joint appear to be off-set about 2-3mm from the body.

OK, do I deserve this?

After paying for RM133,000 for a piece of crap?

Sadly the technical support here is worse.

General Comments:

Purchased the car due to its unique handling.

Eventually sticks on the road like glue (changed the tyres of course).

The power is just OK: pops 141BHP and gets you to 100 in 9.5s.

Only thing is the build quality is poor.

And the support service is even worse.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd September, 2008

19th Oct 2008, 22:08

I also have one, though mine is a 2003. Nothing wrong so far except changing the shock absorbers. You mentioned you had a previous Tiburon? Which model was that?

1st Jun 2009, 16:12

Best looking car for the money in its category. Add an air intake and it solves everything.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 7 reviews