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Hyundai Tiburon, Coupe, Hatchback
#251 of 669 The thing about the Tiburon to me is that I don't think it needs
Oct 06, 2003 (10:05 pm)
tuning much at all. I like how it comes stock from Hyundai's factory. The 2.7-litre V6 is the same basic engine in the Sante Fe and Sonata, but has a unique "non-twist" crankshaft casing to improve reliability and overall refinement. What's more it also has a stylish new body that is longer, wider and heavier than the model it replaces. However, Hyundai claims to have improved the car's torsional rigidity by 20 per cent and its bending stiffness by a massive 60 per cent, which means better safety and handling. Smart, eh? Less horses produced coupled by more torsional rigidity and a little heavier body means a compromise of top-end speed through the higher gears. The GT V6's engine needs refining, you may have read...or does it? When you gather together how and why this car is engineered the way it is you understand it's limitations. To me, they're not limitations at all...I mean, we've got enough moronic road-racers in this nation as it is. Take some more downers people, I mean really! I'd like to make it home for the SuperSonic's game on TV. GT V6 owners have been getting anywhere from 16.6 to 20, 25 mpg....I've even heard of people getting 30mpg in their 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6's. I don't think that last bit of gas mileage input was very scientific-I tend to not believe it. However, I am very impressed with this vehicle from many different angles. I'm interested in those new colors for 2004, that I am. Rally Red remains my fave, but there's a new color called Tidal Wave Blue that HAS caught my eye, yes it has!
#253 of 669 JUST PICKED UP AN 03 GT
Oct 13, 2003 (3:25 pm)
I was looking for a third car as my old van finally died. I have a 2002 Infiniti QX4 and I had purchased my son a 2000 Tiburon new. (My son had chosen the Tib over a Honda Civic). It's over three years since I bought that Tiburon. Zero problems, as tight as new and great gas mileage to boot. Not to mention another two years of bumper to bumper, roadside assist and six years of powertrain warranty left! My wife liked the Elantra GT so we went down to the dealer to check it out. But ever since the new Tiburon had come out last year I secretly yearned for it. I bought a 2003 base Tiburon in Alpine white with the Infinity radio($599!!!), automatic and moonroof. After the $1500 rebate $17,300 out the door. That includes NY sales tax, registration fees, everything. I thought that was pretty good. I was supposed to pick it up last tuesday. Last monday night however I was reading some of the posts on Edmunds and really felt like I had made a mistake not getting the GT. After getting all of my numbers straight I went to the dealer tuesday afternoon to pick up the car as planned. It was outside ready to be delivered. I told the saleman I really think I'd rather have a GT. They had 1 2003 in Alpine white with auto and moonroof. I offered them $700 additional for the GT and they accepted. $18,000 total out the door. The 4 cylinder drove like my sons. Not bad. The V6 is something else entirely. Incredibly smooth with power delivery similar to an Infiniti G35. The leather seats are beautiful and the radio with the sub woofer is awesome.(although at that price it should have a cd changer). This car represents a truly incredible value.
#254 of 669 SRZ948 - Congrats!
Oct 13, 2003 (4:27 pm)
Good luck with your new Tiburon!
You might not find it that surprising that stock G35's and 350Z's are not that much faster than the GT's on the strip. You would certainly think 85-100 extra horses would make a big difference, but from what I've heard, the difference is in tenths rather than seconds. Granted, the Tiburons referred to have cold air intakes and some have aftermarket exhausts, but that usually only amounts to 20-30 extra HP.
I think the GT's power is somewhat underrated. There are times I'd swear I had a turbo the way she hauls!
Oct 13, 2003 (9:27 pm)
Must be the low end torque!
Oct 14, 2003 (8:15 pm)
The 04 Tiburon stats are up on Hyundai's website. They made quite a few small changes. Most of them make me happy I bought an 03. The 04 four cylinder is now rated at 138 hp and the V6 172. The V6 auto gains 17" wheels as standard and all V6s now come with the high spoiler and cargo net. All Tibs come standard with metal trim on dash. Leather and the infiniti sound system are no longer standard on the V6 (WTF!!). So, now, if you want an 04 GT V6 equipped like an 03, you can expect to pay about $450 more (at least in the case of V6 auto, sunroof, leather).
Personally, I'm glad I have the 16" wheels and low spoiler. The high spoiler cuts down on rear visibility and the 17" wheels make the ride too rough. The metal trim sounds like a good addition that should help brighten the interior some.
Oct 15, 2003 (9:48 am)
I'm with you on preferring the low spoiler. I disagree about the 17" wheels, however. I replaced my 16" OEMs with 17's and the handling is much improved with the lower profile tires. True, the ride is a bit harder, but I enjoy it (as long as I can spot the bad potholes in time!).
I'm disappointed to see they've softened up the suspension. I'm sure that will sell more cars, but will also subtract from the handling and increase body roll. Glad I bought the '03 GT!
#258 of 669 2004 Price Increase on Tiburon
Oct 15, 2003 (4:09 pm)
Considering the base price of a late 2003 GT was $18,599 with leather and Infinity sound system, and the 2004 is $18,599 without those items, I'm real glad I decided to go with the '03. Not to mention the $1500 rebate and the 9 additional horsepower. By the way, my '03 "leftover" was an early one with a base price of $17,999
#259 of 669 srz948 - Congratulations...
Oct 15, 2003 (6:22 pm)
and thanks for your notes. We look forward to hearing more about your 03 Tiburon.... Happy motoring!
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Oct 15, 2003 (6:54 pm)
9 additional horsepower?? You are aware that the 03 Tiburon is rated at 170 right? The 04 gained 2 hp. When you bought you car, didn't the dealer require you to sign the disclosure stating you were shown the misstated hp form?