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Hyundai Tiburon Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 134 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Hyundai Tiburon

  • The Tiburon has moved upmarket and now beckons buyers with sleek sheet metal, V6 power and an available six-speed manual gearbox. Put it on your test-drive list if you're shopping for a sporty coupe under 20 grand.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Elegant styling, available V6, available six-speed manual, generous standard equipment list, reasonable price, great warranty.

  • Cons

    Weighs a lot for a sport coupe, lacks the athletic powertrain and handling characteristics of other sport coupes.

  • What's New for 2003

    Completely redesigned for 2003, the Tiburon has progressed from a sporty economy hatchback to a legitimate sport coupe. And it's the sleekest Hyundai we've ever laid eyes on -- more than a few journalists have compared it to the Ferrari 456GT. The previous generation's 134-horsepower inline four will still power the base coupe, but Hyundai predicts that the volume leader will be the 170-hp Tiburon GT V6. Of course, this Tiburon will cost more than its predecessor, but you can still get into a GT V6 for less than 20 grand. Available features include a six-speed manual transmission, 17-inch wheels and a seven-speaker Infinity sound system. Note that the engines were originally rated for 140 hp and 181 hp, respectively; Hyundai downgraded the output for both in September 2002 (along with all of the other models in its lineup). To compensate, the company is offering owners (of 2000 models and newer) three options: 10 years of roadside assistance, 6-year/72,000-mile basic warranty coverage or 12-year/120,000-mile powertrain coverage.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Excellent purchase!

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Tiburon 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

I purchased my Tiburon new and with the exception of one factory recall for a seat belt issue, I have had no problems. I have a five-speed 6 cyl, and get great fuel mileage, both in city and long distance driving. I have the required maintenance done and with 45,155 miles on this baby I have only one complaint. The low profile tires require replacing every two years or so. This is not Hyundai's fault, its the tire manufacture that need to be more responsible in making a better "low" profile tire. The AC, clutch, transmission, etc., has never given me any problems, and I've traveled back and forth to Canada several times with no problems or complaints. Great vehicle!




Great car to drive

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Tiburon 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

I bought my Tiburon eleven months ago and have already put 19000 miles on it. It's a lot of fun to drive, and I haven't have any mechanical problems. There was a recall on the rear brake tubing but the newly produced ones haven't been affected. The car is perfect for someone on the shorter side, like myself, but if you're over 5'10" it's probably not a good idea. My 6' boyfriend has trouble seeing under the headliner, and there is not a lot of head room, or leg space on the passenger side. Overall, if you want a small car with lots of style and great reliability, the tiburon is a great choice.




Love my tib

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Tiburon 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

I often wondered why only high-priced vehicles had the little extras that made you take notice --- that made you say "Ooooh! Nice!! What is this?" Why wouldn't an automaker offer some of the same "luxuries" to the average consumer? I had reached the point where a vehicle was purely utilitarian. Then - -- I found the Hyundai Tiburon! And now I love driving again! I am sooooo impressed with the quality, styling and details in this car. Hyundai gives you a great bang for your buck! It looks good - it feels good! It's fun to drive! And at a price I can afford! (The admiring looks and comments are pretty nice too!)




Stew's review

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Tiburon 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

As you would expect from the way it looks, the car exciting to drive even at the entry level 2.0 engine. For a single man in the later half of his 20's at the time of purchase, it fit me like a glove. The smooth and quickly coustomized interior became better to sit in than my own living room. I still find myself looking at it out the window of where ever I park it at and comment on how good it looks.




Tib 03

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Tiburon 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

It handles really well on mountain roads and is built to deal with ice and snow on the roads without missing a beat. The cruise control is really smooth, there is no jerk when you apply it. The trunk is really spacious and I love the fact that the seats fold down. I recently moved and carried most of my stuff in my car and a surprising amount would fit in the back seat.




Shark attack:love @1st bite!

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Tiburon 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Bought 03 Rally Red Shark 7-19-03 w/4- cyl. A/T and body- color spoiler due to performance of the engine in a Carbon Blue 03 Elantra GT hatchback I got in March 03. Put 4500 mi. on fam-owned 02 Santa Fe,20k mi. on 99 Sonata,2500 mi. on GT. Have replaced a h.Light bulb in these combined 27k mi. while owning Hyundai products...I was a lost soul, a car guy with a Elantra GT I adore but this 9-3 clone no Sophia Loren.Then ,I saw her...There is substance beneath the beauty of this head-turning,crowd- pleasing,conversation-starting triumph.Bravo,HYUNDAI...



Full 2003 Hyundai Tiburon Review

What's New for 2003

Completely redesigned for 2003, the Tiburon has progressed from a sporty economy hatchback to a legitimate sport coupe. And it's the sleekest Hyundai we've ever laid eyes on -- more than a few journalists have compared it to the Ferrari 456GT. The previous generation's 134-horsepower inline four will still power the base coupe, but Hyundai predicts that the volume leader will be the 170-hp Tiburon GT V6. Of course, this Tiburon will cost more than its predecessor, but you can still get into a GT V6 for less than 20 grand. Available features include a six-speed manual transmission, 17-inch wheels and a seven-speaker Infinity sound system. Note that the engines were originally rated for 140 hp and 181 hp, respectively; Hyundai downgraded the output for both in September 2002 (along with all of the other models in its lineup). To compensate, the company is offering owners (of 2000 models and newer) three options: 10 years of roadside assistance, 6-year/72,000-mile basic warranty coverage or 12-year/120,000-mile powertrain coverage.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
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  • 27
  • highway
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