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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.
Favorite Features

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 315 Ratings for the 2003 - 2008 models.

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

Exciting sports car, great value

By on Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,800

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fast, fun, sporty, looks amazing, comfortable."

Cons: "Super awesome in the snow( sarcasm), gas mileage"

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

"I bought this car in 2014 with 12,850 miles on it and I'm planning on keeping this car for a long time! Plenty of power and speed to get pulled over. Torque at 3k rpm puts you back in your seat! Comfortable and sporty seating, great features, feels like a higher end car than it really is."

Wish I had had this car in my 20's (or maybe not).

By on Sunday, March 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Sporty Fun: Quick; Agile; Reliable; Comfortable."

Cons: "Middling dash, middling mileage; a bit noisy."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"A very fun car to drive. Good looking, and at 70K more than satisfactorily reliable. As a city driver I get 18 mpg driving non-aggressively, about which I will not brag. It is a second car which is why I have no highway mileage and why my wife and I are considering whether we really need it (I am recently retired). The seats are sporty and quite comfortable, it has all necessary bells and whistles, but is not stuffed with extras. Our other car is an '06 Grand Prix GT, the interior of which I would be loathe to part with, and wish every auto-interior designer would borrow from. The Pontiac, while much bigger and heavier, is supercharged and loaded with extras so it's the keeper. Also it's just about to kiss 60K."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Poor Quality and a pain to fit inside

By on Friday, March 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I don't get all the high review scores for this car. It looks sporty and has a good little engine, but the positives end there. On our Tiburon the paint is peeling, the headlight covers have frosted over, and little things have broken and stopped working. Hyundai customer service was also poor. They refused to fix under warranty the light illuminating the transmission shifter assembly after it went out. They blamed it on my dad. Yeah, like an 82-year-old man who is not a mechanic is going to dismantle the transmission shifter assembly when the car is under warranty. It is also a pain to fit inside this vehicle if you are >5' 10". Basically, this vehicle is poorly made. Hyundai won't get my money the rest of my working life regardless what they want to say about themselves."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Getting to know my tibby slowly

By on Sunday, February 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,952

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "cheap, fast, sporty, reliable, fun to drive"

Cons: "hungry for tires, cheapy interior , too beautiful"

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

"well i bought this car a few weeks or more ago for 8.5K it is lowered, stock engine, tuned exhaust and fresh paint with low miles. it has had 2 owners which didn't really take the best care of it in the interior (didn't even have a stereo)and a few broken hinges etc.. but all that aside. Drive-wise i was surprised! this car has some serious power. i have the GT so it is a V6. i have noticed that it seems to wear tires out a bit fast but i can't complain performance-wise i am thoroughly impressed. the interior is very sporty with the gauges i do wish the previous owner had left a stereo then i could've reviewed the stock speakers. the back seat of my car is leather and the front is cloth (unsure whether this is normal or prev.owner swapped it) but it is just basic, not allot of space for people in the backseat but the trunk is fairly large. i noticed some parts could've been designed better like the moonroof/sunroof flap.. mine is just badly stuck but atleast the electronics work. great for single people/coupe lovers/couples/sport enthusiasts. overall a great looking, fast driving, sturdy car."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best car I have owned

By on Friday, February 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 129,000

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

Pros: "Reliable, fast, and sexy"

Cons: "Are there any?"

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

"I bought my 2003 Tibby GT in '05 with approximately 30,000 mi on her. Right now she has 129,000. The ONLY thing I have replaced mechanically on this car is the PCM module and the drivers side power window. So easily the most reliable car I have owned. It has the wide body kit and looks awesome..even after all these years people still tell me what a sweet ride it is. Most comfortable seats (leather) I have had in a car. I was debating buying a new car since it is getting older, but after reading reviews of a lot of new cars, makes me think maybe I should stick with my awesome ride. The only bad thing I can say is a given...not great on gas but that is to be expected being a GT. Did I mention how much I LOVE this car??? LOL"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I love this car!

By on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 257,487

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Amazing car extremely reliable and awesome price"

Cons: "Cheap interior for rough people."

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

"I have had this car since 80,000. My friends would say that hyundai's dont last and aren't reliable. This car is the most reliable car i have ever seen. Easily the best car Hyundai's made. I had one minor issue with the engine but besides that regular maintenance will get you really far. the 2.0 automatic engine is extremely reliable and actually has a nice feeling to it and can actually compete with a v6. I will definitely buy another hyundai. After 2003 hyundai made some of the best cars, im not sure about suvs."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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