2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT V6 2dr Coupe (2.7L 6cyl 5M)
I am the second owner of my Tib, and it has been a pretty decent car in all respects. The V6 is still sharp after all of these years and I've been able to keep the car in good shape with relative little expense. With good attention to vehicle care, the factory leather and interior still look outstanding.
Reliability is worth considering if you look at a used Tib - sensor quality is low and many are prone to failure. The clutch is also known for premature failure in Tibs - my car is on #3 in 110k.
Modification of the clutch slave delay valve can improve clutch performance.
In spite of all of that, I find the car relatively easy to work on and fun to own! Great value overall!
The standard projector headlights and foglights deliver great night time visibility and a higher-end look.
The optional leather steering wheel/shifter/seats, sunroof, and 7-speaker sound system also add the the appeal of the car and they make a cheap vehicle like this a genuinely nice place to be.
The pocket-sized V6. While power is pretty low (172hp/181ft-lb) the *way* it delivers the torque makes it much, much more fun to drive than a Scion TC/Toyota Celica/etc with their 4 cylinder engines. While it's not any faster on a track, the soundtrack to the V6 is much nicer than a 4cyl and highway acceleration is much better than rivals.
Insurance premiums for women on this are very low.
The factory paint didn't stand the test of time, as it chipped and discolored on the plastic trim bits especially. I attribute this both to the previous owner's poor care and low paint quality. I had the entire car repainted following a fenderbender and still looks like new two years later.
As mentioned, the clutch setup in this car is problematic. Consider an aftermarket single-mass flywheel as a dual mass replacement is in excess of $1,000 from a dealer.
Small, relatively inexpensive things like sensors ($30-100ea) will fail. This is not a big deal if you're able to work on the car yourself, but it will cost you a lot more if you don't like getting dirty. It's been an annoyance.
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