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#136 of 152 I think the convertible Tib may be a year or two away,
Dec 07, 2002 (11:34 pm)
at least until late 2003. I saw an update from Import Racer magazine tonight on his 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GTV6 project car. He now has 18 inch wheels, Tien SuperStreet coilovers, a wicked looking side body kit and he just had an Alpine Development supercharger kit installed to the tune of $2900. The kit enables the Tib to produce 50 more hp and 38 more foot/pounds of torque. He said that it's acceleration is awesome now and when you figure the Tibby already posesses great handling and steering you know that this Tiburon is a fun ride. I still am keeping the Tiburon on my short list for my next car. He says he is getting the silver Tiburon ready for the SEMA show at Las Vegas coming up shortly in Las Vegas. Humm...wasn't that show already held in November sometime? Anyway you can read about in the Jan.'03 issue of Import Racer magazine. It's a great read if you want to follow this guy along the trail of modifying his 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GTV6.
#137 of 152 Question on visibility
Jan 13, 2003 (12:31 pm)
My teenage son has pretty much convinced us to buy a 2003 Tiburon. But after I test drove it I am very concerned about visibility over the driver's left shoulder to see cars in the left rear quarter blind spot. There seems to be NO visibility to me! The headrest and pillar block it completely. Test drove the Eclipse and it has the same problem. I may be a boring old parent, but how do people drive these things - how do you safely merge left onto freeways, etc??
#138 of 152 skubes-if you're not comfortable using the side view
Jan 13, 2003 (9:43 pm)
mirrors on your current rig, or most all of the rigs you've owned, the 2003 Hyundai Tiburon is one to start on! I've test drove two base model 2003 Tiburons and I noted the very same thing you're talking about right away. While you're stopped, move your side mirrors around to get the best angle. The way the side swoops down on this beautiful sports car does not enable easy blind spot viewing, true. The mirrors do stick out enough, though, for you to see along each side of the Tibby. I would suggest practicing a bit first though. Anybody have any suggestions on safely seeing around the blind spots on the new Hyundai Tiburon model?
Feb 10, 2003 (5:35 pm)
Apocalypse13, I have had the same problem with the hatch seal leaking, but it only occurs when there is extremely heavy rain. I don't know if it is just the seal or just poor dissipation of the pooled water.
As for those people having trouble merging.. the Tiburon has side view mirrors that are mounted much differently than most cars. The mirrors sprout from behind where the A-pillar connects and are very large. Hyundai designed them this way because of the poor rearward visibility. I have found the Tiburon's mirrors to work fine and don't have much more of a blind spot than in my winter car ('91 Nissan Sentra with excellent visibility). Too many people have their side-view mirrors set wrong, which leads to a larger blind spot. When I set my mirrors, I don't see any of the car in them. Maybe a touch of the rear, but I try to get the mirror positioned so that I am able to see an object when I glance over my shoulder if I can't see it in the mirror. Again, too many people like to see behind their car with their side view mirrors.. This is why you have a rear-view mirror (appropriately named) on the windshield on your car. The Tiburon's merging potential is not much worse than any other "sporty" car with a highly-raked belt line.
Hope this helps!
Own-- 2003 Super Silver Tiburon GT-V6, 5-speed, 17" wheels, 6K miles(stored for winter)
#142 of 152 Edmunds' road test of the 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6
Jul 25, 2003 (6:58 pm)
"Factoring in the cars satisfying performance, high level of fit and finish and a strong warranty, wed bet that Hyundais new shark will have no problem taking a healthy bite out of the sport coupe market."
Read the complete story here. And let us know what you think!
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#143 of 152 RE: Edmunds Road Test
Jul 29, 2003 (10:26 am)
May I suggest you recheck your horsepower figures for base and GT Tib:
Wrong / Correct
Jul 29, 2003 (10:37 am)
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