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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 322 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 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."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

My 2nd Tiburon. 2004 & 2007. Both were excellentma

By on Monday, July 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Exceptional price for fun, sporty, dependal car"

Cons: "Leather poor quality, thin. Did not wear well."

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

"Tiburon 2004 absolutely no maintenance except regular oil changes. Hail damage was reason for trade to a 2007 Tiburon. Now at 52,000 miles I have had brake work. Nothing serious. Leather seats have not held up well. That's only complaint with these vehicles. Not roomy headroom if you are very tall. I am 5'5" female so not a problem here. Small rear seats but remember you're driving a sports car! Would purchase another one if they were still in production."

I love this car!

By on Friday, July 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,500

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
10/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"I love this car, unfortunately my third and last Tiburon (1998; 2003 and 2008). The replacement is a beautiful car as well but up here in snow country I need front wheel drive. When I go to replace this one I'm not certain what I will end up with. Yes, it is small but I haven't had a problem with two car seats in the back both rear and forward facing. Lots of "stuff" fits in the car, can split the back seat so one side is down to fit even more stuff. Sad they will no longer make these cars!"

Fun sporty car

By on Thursday, July 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Fun to Drive"

Cons: "cd/casset premium sound system, cold AC"

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

"car shows some wear to the paint on spoiler, would not take much to remove it and have it re-painted, drivers side door handles needs repair, other than that its a very sound, fun car to drive, we just need to fine a small truck for he weather in Maine, Car was purchased in Va had only been diven in ME for 1 1/2yrs no rust"

great an reliable car.

By on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "stylish, fun to drive, body kits look amazing"

Cons: "as mileage, hooking up a sound system was a pain,"

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

"I wasnt looking into import cars because ive always had muscle. This one caught my eye. The transmission (6spd) was a bit clunky but I got used to it. The hp wasnt thst great but with a bit of money an a body kit (sc-5) it is a beautiful an very fast car. I run 11.3 in a quarter which is plenty fast for me. I get people asking me all the time, what kind of car is that? Always getting honks an thumbs up while on the beach. My true opinion of the car....its reliable, can take a beating an for 5 years was my daily driver. Nothing major replaced. Regular maintenance, kept everything smooth. Only problem was a the tps (throttle position sensor) needed to be replaced 3 times in 7 years. Thats really my only complant. I love this car!"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

IT"S ALL ABOUT STYLE!

By on Sunday, June 08, 2014

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
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "A CLASSIC STYLING MASTERPIECE"

Cons: "Hyundai undeserved quaity reputation -"

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

"Hyundai designers unabashedly stole this style from a bit earlier Pininfarina Ferrari. In my opinion the resultant Tiburon coupe is one of the most beautiful styled cars of all time. Mine is black with tinted windows,dark gray 19" wheels and most decorative chrome removed. The low, square stance and shark influenced front end just scream ULTIMATE STEALTH. We're both tall and over 75. Not he typical very young Tib owner. Yes the car sits so low it's hard to get into but once in, I would compare the fit to a worn relaxed tight glove. No excess headroom but comfortable fitting seats and ample legroom. Yes the back seat is useless. But we're retired and don't invite passengers but this space will accommodate the occational grandchild. We keep the back seats almost permanently folded down. The interior back cavern makes a perfect bass speaker surround. Our engine is the inline 4, and luckily have the less problem prone automatic transmission. No It's not neck snapping power, but pretty peppy and torquey. IT is a delight to drive and not be seen in transmission"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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