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2008 Hyundai Tiburon

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2008 Hyundai Tiburon Review

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Hyundai created a winner with the last year's redesign of its Tiburon sports coupe, which certainly qualifies it for the fun-to-drive description. As part of Hyundai's efforts to update and upgrade most of its current vehicles, the 2008 Tiburon excels in providing the driver with an exhilarating, exuberant ride and the upper-end SE model, in particular, delivers an exceptional package. Three other trim options include the base GS, a refined-performance GT and the more fully-equipped GT Limited.

You'll Like This Car If...

You'll like this car if you want to kick over the traces, knife through six manual gears, crank up the acceleration and enjoy a dose of sporty performance. If you like plenty of dials, gauges and leather-accented seats, you'll like the SE model.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like this car if you need more rear seating, since legroom back there is minimal; but, if that's the case, you should probably be shopping for something else anyway.

What's New for 2008

The Tiburon receives a 220-watt Kenwood sound system and XM Satellite Radio with a three-month free subscription.

Driving the Tiburon

Driving Impressions The 2008 Hyundai Tiburon SE's powertrain of a responsive V6 teamed with a six-speed manual transmission delivers crisp performance, and the chassis matches that with precise handling. Enthusiastic driving shows...

commendable balance and the capability of the new suspension, even though the increased stiffness does result in some harshness over bumps and potholes. With handling and braking stability optimized by the multi-link suspension, tighter spring calibration and anti-roll bars, this sports coupe should satisfy the enthusiasts.

2.7-liter V6
The SE's 2.7-liter V6 engine and six-speed manual transmission are a great combination for those who enjoy spirited driving. The short shifter, positioned far enough forward to avoid hitting your elbow on the center armrest, delivers reasonably smooth action and takes little effort to change gears with ease and accuracy. The deep-throated engine growl stays consistent through all six gears.

Warranty
Hyundai's warranty coverage, including a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, five-year/60,000-mile new-vehicle warranty and five-year/unlimited roadside assistance program, is among the most generous in the U.S.

2008 Hyundai Tiburon Details
Interior

A vertical display panel holds a blue backlit, gunmetal-trimmed instrument cluster that includes gauges for torque and instantaneous fuel consumption, as well as a voltmeter. The tachometer, speedometer and trip meters are located in front of the driver and the short, tab-like cruise-control switch on the steering wheel is handy to use. Visibility is substantial despite the rear spoiler that divides the view through the large hatchback window. Gunmetal trim on the doors coordinates with the dash design, presenting an integrated and thoughtful environment.

Exterior

Most of last year's changes occurred at the front end, with projector headlights, a more muscular-looking hood and the front fenders and grille area having a slightly more aerodynamic and sleek appearance. The rear, with its hatchback, received new taillights, a rear diffuser and dual chrome exhausts. The rest of the exterior is styled to roadster tastes without the ragtop. Wedge-shaped, the silhouette is classic sports coupe.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Tiburon SE, the sportiest version, has a lot of standard equipment that often costs extra on the competition, such as air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry with alarm, 17-inch alloy wheels and four airbags. Convenient features that are standard on the entire line include a Kenwood AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with six speakers, a timed rear-window defroster, heated and powered outside mirrors, tire-pressure monitoring system, fog lights and anti-lock brakes (ABS). The mechanical components are what set the SE apart: Six-speed manual transmission, electronic stability control, a track-tuned sport suspension and cross-drilled brake rotors. Standard on the GS, GT and GT Limited is a five-speed manual transmission.

Optional Equipment

The Tiburon's optional tilt-and-slide sunroof allows in fresh air and sunshine. Aside from floor mats and a cargo net for the trunk, few other options are available on the SE, but little else is necessary. However, the GT and GT Limited are available with a four-speed automatic transmission and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity.

Under the Hood

The SE, GT and GT Limited are fitted with a 2.7-liter, V6 DOHC 24-valve engine with 172 horsepower. The Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) spreads the power broadly, although the SE's EPA fuel economy of 16/24 city/highway doesn't match some of Hyundai's more economical models. The GS has a 2.0-liter, 138-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, with a choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.

2.0-liter in-line 4
138 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
136 lb.-ft. torque @4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 (manual), 20/27 (automatic)

2.7-liter V6
172 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
181 lb.-ft. torque @3800 rpm
EPA city/highway: 17/24 (5-speed manual), 16/24 (6-speed manual), 17/24 (automatic)

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2008 Hyundai Tiburon Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 334 Ratings for the 2003 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

I have enjoyed this car with its smooth lines

By on Saturday, August 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "good looks, great sporty feel for the price range"

Cons: "sits low - but it's a sports car!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I wish I could keep this car longer in spite of its age, but my age is the problem - it's low to the ground, becoming harder for me to get in and out of. I just can't find another car in my price range that has the curvy styling I like, but I'll have to make some compromise. I also really like its handling - I feel safe taking curves a little on the edge. And when it's fresh-washed and shiny, people still think it looks new."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Most "complete" car have ever owned!

By on Wednesday, June 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "GREAT PRICE (18,380.00) and so much fun to drive"

Cons: "not enough acceleration. Uncomfortable seats."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Planning to drive about 20 years and put about 250,000 miles on it. VERY reliable!! At about 120,000 miles does NOT use a drop of oil between (2500), oil changes! Will be taking it on a 2,000 miles vacation trip in about a month. There are 2 things I would wish for in this car. A little more power for acceleration (turbo), and a more comfortable front seat. But still planning to keep it until "the wheels fall off"."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Love it :)

By on Saturday, May 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "affordable, good gas mileage, good in snow"

Cons: "not too roomy inside, back seat is small"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

In the Snow

"I've had this car for 6 years now, and I have absolutely loved it. It gets good gas mileage, runs well, and it is very good in the snow (especially with snow tires). It's a good looking car, and it is very affordable."

2 people out of 8 found this review helpful

In the Snow

I love my Tiburon!

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought used 4 years ago 62k miles; now has 125k. Don't drive it in snow; saving it from the PA winters hoping body will stay as new looking as it is! The Tiburon IS an awesome vehicle - low maintenance/service, great on gas (however, my foot tends to be heavy in this car as it's got great get up and go) - just a great vehicle overall."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Awesome fun car for younger crowd

By on Saturday, March 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Style, Price, Fun, Efficient, Moonroof, Roomy"

Cons: "Shift alot; Rear brakes overutilized"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've owned mine 9 years now. It's been a crazy dependable auto. The tires are a bit pricey, but overall, the cost of maintenance has been minimal. The MPG has been pretty consistent. About 25mpg with mixed 70/30 hwy/city. In my opinion, they should have increased the gear ratio for 6th gear and it would have saved ALOT of gas on highway. I ran nothing but royal purple synthetic motor oil and she still purrs to this day... Always starts and runs smooth as silk. The 6-speed manual takes a bit of getting used to at first, the clutch doesn't really engage till last 15% of pedal. The ratio of the gears is VERY much built for quick accelerating and is why the SE version smokes all other versions. 0-100 in this car once you know how to drive it, comes pretty quick. The handling is aggressive on dry pavement, but can be a bit dicey on wet. It surprisingly doesn't do too bad in snow. It's a bit nose heavy, that's probably why. Love the room when you put the rear seats down. I hauled my complete patio furniture set. 4 swivel chairs and table..."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love my Tibby

By on Sunday, March 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my Tiburon. Out of all the cars I have owned this car has to be my favorite ride of all. outstanding power. Great looks, and comfortable. This car has been good to me and I am not going to sell it. I would rather fix any issue it may have then throw it to the curb. A GEM of a car. I have owned Cadillac , Honda, Ford, Chevy, and Toyota and never in my life thought I would love this car more than any other Make or Model."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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