So after months of fruitless search with Mitsubishis and Hondas, upon my suggestion of a Hyundai, my girlfriend finally got the car she wanted. Well she actually bought it a month ago but forgot to post about the car. So she paid around $9,500 for a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon with 60,500 miles on the odometer with a 2.0 liter inline-4 cylinder engine. Tiburon is Spanish for Shark and the overall look of the car does sorta kinda looks like one although the Korean manufacturer made no secret of the fact that they based the external look of this car on the “supafly” Ferrari 456GT.
The most important part about this car is that it’s NOT silver as silver cars are harder to see and therefore are more likely to get into an accident (not backed up by data) just cuz the color just blends in with almost anything and our eyes often miss it. If it weren’t for all those “street-racers” and the numerous traffic incidents they’ve got themselves into, silver would be the deadliest color one could possibly pick for a car. But that’s not true so we have cars like neon green and bright red etc listed on the “most dangerous” category.
Back to the Tiburon. 4 years back, this car was priced at a little over $16,000 so it depreciated by around 40% which is pretty darn good. There were a few scratches and a small dent but the dealership was more than eager to get it’s hands on Kaci’s money so they fixed it all up before handing her the keys. So this one’s got a working air-conditioner (unlike the Dodge Caravan or the Dodge Neon) and a CD-player which is lacked on both of the other cars.
My take on the ’03 Tiburon is that it’s rather nice. A 2-door coupe with a manageable 2.0 liter and 130hp directed to it’s front wheels and dual chrome tipped exhausts complete with 16″ wheels is a nice deal. The automatic tranny is a deal breaker though. I would’ve much preferred having a stick shift (manual) transmission but for Kaci, an automatic gearbox is the perfect choice. Not too keen on the major bumpage on the hood on either side leading to the headlights. I would much rather have the engine area on the hood have the bump.
Drove it. Not bad. The automatic box had a manumatic setting which lets gear heads like myself do shifting but it’s kinda lame. Rear visibility isn’t the greatest and the blindspots are humongous. The good thing about the ’03 Tibby is that it looks nice in person and the engine lets you go where you point it without much of a fuss. The interior is nice looking but the dash plastic is hard. Maybe not as cheap as the Chevy Aveo or Cobalt plastic but nonetheless, it’s hard plastic which ain’t exactly cool looking. When you sit down on the seats, you feel like you’re sinking into a pit due to the lower seat location and the high-rise window locations. The racing bucket styled seats were comfortable and speakers were very loud and crisp.
Don’t have other complaints other than what I’ve listed. Hyundai did release a slightly revised ’08 Tiburon with the minor changes in the front nose but they’re basically the same car. All in all, this is the best Tiburon from Hyundai and my girlfriend is very happy.