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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 327 Ratings for the 2003 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Great value and Reliable

By on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "very reliable"

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

"I have had this car for 5 years. bought it with 45k in miles. now it has 125000. the car has been so reliable i couldnt aske for a better vehicle. minus the normal wear and tear only thing that had to be replaced was the suspension at about 120k in miles. no other problems. a must buy if you can"

Awesome little sporty car

By on Friday, January 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Really fun to drive. Great mileage"

Cons: "No real cons...."

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

"Owned this car 10 years; bought it used at 16K, now has 52K on it. Super 6 speed , great pick up, comfortable bucket leather seats.... Plus I have an extra perk-a remote start that bypasses the clutch! Great for Chicago winters! I love my car!!!"

Excellent vehicle even in the winter

By on Friday, December 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

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 it in 2009 with 16,000 miles on it. Best buy I have made. Speedy, looks sporty, and very stable on the road. Have snow tires for the winter and performance tires rest of year. Nice trunk space and plenty of power with this V6."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

This car can take a beating.

By on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Awesome looks, very durable and fun to drive."

Cons: "Only 110 WHP automatic 138BHP 120 WHP Manual"

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

"Car is slow but very responsive. You buy this car for the looks not for speed. This car can take a beating and still run in excellent condition. No matter how many times you get hit the car will bounce back; kind of like those old nokia flip phones."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Reliable, gas saver, fun to drive, trustworthy

By on Sunday, September 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Gas saver. Reliable, fun to drive. Low mileage."

Cons: "Small dent on hood. Driver window, power steering"

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

"Worth the purchase. That's all I can say. Trustworthy, reliable, great on gas, fun to drive, and still has a lot of life in miles for this car with only 63000 all original miles."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Great car for the money

By on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 127,752

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great value for the money, dependable, sporty"

Cons: "very little rear seat leg room"

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

"The car is a great value for the money. It is very reliable. The front seats are comfortable, not much room in the back seats, trunk is generally big enough and if not you can always flip down the rear seat. It is pretty sporty and the looks are very nice. The power is adequate but the car is still relatively economical even with the V6. The suspension is relatively stiff. You definitely feel the road but not necessarily in a harsh way. It handles well. In general this has been a great car for me and now my daughter for the last 3 years. No real problems, just regular maintenance."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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