Great Looks, Disappointing Performance
By pepsizen on
1997 Hyundai Tiburon FX 2dr Hatchback
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.