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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.

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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Best sports car for the

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 2dr Coupe (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

I bought this sports car because: 1) cheapest, good looking sports car 2) allowed for lots of leg room for growing young boys 3) hatchback has been awesome with room! ,6) had the most FREE options - a lot of them 7) had the best and longest warranty 8) has only needed regular maintenance upkeep so far (tuneup - once every 7 years - i'm bad) oil changes about every 3-4 miles - 100k miles now



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Great sport looking car for

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 2dr Coupe (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

I bought 2003 2.7 V6 Automatic transmission Tiburon in 2005 for $14,000.00. There was only 13000 miles on it. Leather, sunroof, 171 hp, Michelin Tires, "dual" exaust, "premium" sound. And it was sporty RED :) The main reason i bought it because i wanted my car to attract attention and not pay too much money :) There was no single person who didn't ask me "What car is that?" One lady even asked me: "Is it Ferrari?" it was so funny. I have 88K on it and it still doesn't have major problems. Please dont' expect Toyota or Honda quality though. I had about a dozen of small issues half of which was taken care of by the warranty.



4 of 20 people found this review helpful

Junk!

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 2dr Coupe (2.7L 6cyl 6M)

My Tiburon was a 2003 GT (2.7L V6) with the 6 speed manual transmission. The dual mass flywheel is a major design flaw that Hyundai refuses to acknowledge. I drove my car for four years and 40K miles and replaced the clutch and flywheel twice. Hyundai would not warranty because they consider this repair to be related to abuse. I've driven cars with manual transmissions my whole life without ever having a problem! I'm currently a part of the class action lawsuit against Hyundai for this issue. The plastic levers that let the seats fold forward were also constantly breaking. The lock actuators, outside and inside door handles, and window motors had to be replaced as well.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Worst car i've ever owned

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 2dr Coupe (2.7L 6cyl 6M)

I bought this car brand new with all the options, high spoiler etc. I took extremely good care of the car and really babied it. I loved the look of this car, but had a lot of trouble with the electric windows. I tried to lemon law the car on two occasions. Even the clutch had to be replaced at 12,000 miles. I'm currently in a class action law suit over the issue. You couldn't pay me enough to own another Hyundai.




Best car every

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Vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 2dr Coupe (2.7L 6cyl 4A)

I brought my car new in 2002. It has 20K miles on it. It has never given me problems. I drove it from coast to coast when I change duty stations. I still drive it to work. It will be my son's car in the spring. He will have fun driving it too. I would not trade it for anything. That is my Tibby.




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!



Talk About The 2003 Tiburon

2003 Hyundai Tiburon Discussions See all Started By

revka
revka
02-08-2002
Links, you'll find direct links to other Hyundai Tiburon discussions, articles, and features. Also, keep your eyes open for new items to be posted in that area. Happy motoring!...


tharl
tharl
09-29-2002
Looking to buy a 2003 Eclipse or Tiburon. Hyundai offers a better warranty, but the Eclipse seems a little more solid of a car. Price difference is maybe $2,000. Any advice or comments?...


deangarris
deangarris
05-22-2006
BUYER BEWARE!! I have a 2003 Tiburon and have had nothing but problems. I have replaced the clutch & flywheel with after market parts because the dual-mast flywheel that is standard in these cars ...



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