Used 2008 Hyundai Tiburon Hatchback
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Notable 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)
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)
The 2008 Hyundai Tiburon GS with its four-cylinder engine and manual transmission has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $17,500, while the V6-powered GT starts just over $20,000. A fully loaded SE tops out around $24,000. However, keep in mind that Fair Purchase Prices, showing what consumers are actually paying, can differ substantially, so click on Fair Purchase Prices to compare. Compared with the new Saturn Astra, Scion tC and Volvo C30, the Tiburon comes out looking like the deal of the century. On the resale side, the Tiburon story is completely respectable, with five-year projected values lower than the Scion tC, but better than the Saturn Astra and Volvo C30.
Hyundai Tiburon Consumer Reviews
April 25, 2016
The best car I've had!
This little car has done me right! It is sleek, affordable, reliable and has hauled just about everything you could imagine. My husband...
Looks like a lemon
April 05, 2016
Can't kill it!
Bought new in 2006, got a great deal as it was on the lot for almost a year. (no one wanted lemon yellow). Car still drives like new...
February 17, 2016
Great, Great Car
I had the Tiburon GT V6 6 speed for 8 years. Never cost me a dime other than the usual (tires and oil changes). And its not like it was...
October 22, 2015
Beautiful, fun and amazingly reliable
Best car I've ever owned (22 years of driving). Not only is it a fun car to drive (as long as you're small enough to be comfortable in...
August 27, 2015
SPORT CAR HANDLING, GRABS ROAD ON CURVES, LOVE IT.
TOOK CARE OF MY CAR FROM THE GETGO, OIL CHANGES, FILTERS, ALL ON TIME. V 6 LOOKS AND SOUNDS GREAT. PEOPLE STILL STOP AND ADMIRE MY...
June 03, 2015
Most "complete" car have ever owned!
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...
May 21, 2015
I love my Tiburon!
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...
March 22, 2015
Love my Tibby
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...
March 02, 2015
I LOVE this car!
This is one of the best made cars I've ever owned and I've had alot of cars over the years. The warranty and roadside assistance can't...
December 19, 2014
Excellent vehicle even in the winter
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...