I bought this car for $1100 from a college kid. Had about 110k miles and had been in an accident. There was some exterior damage, but not too bad. I loved it immediately. Its a blast to drive, and I've never had to worry about it stranding me or so much as not starting. I am going to have to get rid of it soon, which will make me sad, but because of this car I'll probably end up selling this one for a new tiburon.
Bought used in 2000, I owned this ten years before it started to fall apart (at 98k miles). It is an okay car, but very little pep. The handling is really good, feels a bit sporty, but unfortunately it lacks power. The HP is not 130 as Edmund's lists - it is closer to 113 and maybe less than that (when I owned it, I received a notice of a class action lawsuit against Hyundai for misreporting the HP of the FX).
It needed only one or two major repairs until 98k when a lot went wrong all at once (to the tune of $2750).
Handles decently in snow. Not many rust issues.
The gas mileage is awful for a car with such little pep and power, I was getting 25 mpg (half city, half highway).
Definitely the styling. I love that it is different than anything else out there and at certain angles it looks really awesome. I was really disappointed when they changed the styling into a conglomeration of other manufacturer's styles in later years, looks awkward to me.
I like the feel/look of the interior, feels like being in a cockpit.
Sunroofs are nice to have.
Rear defroster works great and is fast.
I think this car needs more pep, more power, better cup holders, a little more room inside, automatic trunk/door openers and a better quality interior, better fuel economy, and more amenities.
I wish they would reintroduce this styling again, it really stands out from the crowd.
I purchased the car new, when they were just introduced. My third Hyundai, and it is the best car I ever driven. Ive driven a lot of other brands, and none provided the same bang for the buck my Shark does. Very reliable and sporty, not to mention thrifty. I got over 40 mpg on a trip to Upstate NY from SE Virginia one time with the CC set on 65 mph.
Styling, smoothest shifter I ever had (I only drive sticks). Reliability, only 2 things failed in 157,000 miles. The crankshaft position sensor (@ 57k) and the alternator (@ 140k). Think Ford is good, try again, My F150 is always Found On Road Dead, yet my Shark always plays parts getter for F150
I was always a Hyundai man owning 5 new ones and many used. I bought this tib at auction with 150,000 miles on it. It now has 166,000 miles on it and I have never had 1 problem with it everyone comments on its looks. The mileage is great and I wouldn't hesitate to take it anywhere I would never buy anything but a Hyundai
My car is pushing 200000 miles,I thought it needed a new transmission, but changed the transmission FILTER and it is fine, just no overdrive? That filter was $25.00 a new transmission...too much. Now, if I didn't have a little body damage...I might go ahead and put a rebuilt transmission in, that's how much I like the car.
I really like the body style, and the comfort once I get seated. Also, the trunk is big enough to carry what I need, especially with the seats down.
Don't get an automatic transmission. They should be outlawed! But,I must say, this has saved me many cigarette burns and coffee spills. I just think a manual would do the car more justice.