2004 Hyundai Tiburon

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Hyundai Tiburon. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Handling
  • Steering ease
  • Manual-shift clutch operation
  • Supportive seats

The Bad

  • Ride comfort in the GT
  • Road and tire noise in the GT
  • Six-speed-gearbox operation
  • Recessed-gauge readability
  • Passenger space

Notable Features of the 2004 Hyundai Tiburon

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available six-speed manual
  • Available 17-inch tires
  • All-disc brakes
  • Three transmission choices

2004 Hyundai Tiburon Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Hyundai entered the sport-coupe market in 1997 with the first-generation Tiburon, which joined the South Korean company’s line of value-priced sedans. A “harder-edge” design emerged for the 2000 model year.

After sitting out the 2002 model year, a new Tiburon returned as an early 2003 model. Changes to this year’s Tiburon are modest. The four-cylinder engine gains continuously variable valve timing, and the V-6 adds 2 horsepower. The interior trim has been revised and the option packages simplified. The current front-wheel-drive Tiburon is built on a unique platform with a front subframe.


Exterior
Styled in South Korea, the Tiburon coupe blends straight and curved lines in what Hyundai calls an effort to “emphasize vitality and strength.” The body features a high belt line and a “chopped” greenhouse with a steeply raked windshield and back window. Large, low-profile, high-performance tires help to impart an aggressive stance. The Tiburon is equipped with all-disc brakes, a fully independent suspension, and front and rear stabilizer bars.

At 99.6 inches, the Tiburon’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than in previous models. The car’s overall length has increased by 2.1 inches to an even 173 inches. Fog lamps are standard, and a power moonroof is optional.

When equipped with the V-6 engine and six-speed-manual gearbox, the GT V6 coupe gets a handling package that includes 17-inch tires and a tighter suspensi...
Vehicle Overview
Hyundai entered the sport-coupe market in 1997 with the first-generation Tiburon, which joined the South Korean company’s line of value-priced sedans. A “harder-edge” design emerged for the 2000 model year.

After sitting out the 2002 model year, a new Tiburon returned as an early 2003 model. Changes to this year’s Tiburon are modest. The four-cylinder engine gains continuously variable valve timing, and the V-6 adds 2 horsepower. The interior trim has been revised and the option packages simplified. The current front-wheel-drive Tiburon is built on a unique platform with a front subframe.


Exterior
Styled in South Korea, the Tiburon coupe blends straight and curved lines in what Hyundai calls an effort to “emphasize vitality and strength.” The body features a high belt line and a “chopped” greenhouse with a steeply raked windshield and back window. Large, low-profile, high-performance tires help to impart an aggressive stance. The Tiburon is equipped with all-disc brakes, a fully independent suspension, and front and rear stabilizer bars.

At 99.6 inches, the Tiburon’s wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than in previous models. The car’s overall length has increased by 2.1 inches to an even 173 inches. Fog lamps are standard, and a power moonroof is optional.

When equipped with the V-6 engine and six-speed-manual gearbox, the GT V6 coupe gets a handling package that includes 17-inch tires and a tighter suspension. Alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires on the base model. A body-colored rear spoiler is installed on the GT.


Interior
The South Korean automaker says headroom, legroom and shoulder room are larger in the 2004 model than in prior Tiburons, and cargo volume totals 14.7 cubic feet. Leather seating surfaces are available in the GT V6 coupe. A six-speaker stereo with a CD player is standard in the base Tiburon. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power windows and locks, and a tilt steering column. The GT gets aluminum pedals.

Under the Hood
Hyundai borrowed the GT V6’s 2.7-liter dual-overhead-cam V-6 engine from the Sonata sedan and Santa Fe sport utility vehicle. Rated at 172 hp, it works with one of three available transmissions: a four-speed Shiftronic automatic, a five-speed manual or a six-speed manual. The base Tiburon carries a 138-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that mates with either the four-speed or five-speed gearbox.

Safety
Side-impact airbags are standard, and antilock brakes are optional.

Driving Impressions
The Tiburon’s shapely lines don’t translate to the appealing driving experience that drivers expect. The GT’s ride is bouncy on rough pavement, but rebound is well controlled. Even though the car stays properly on course, it doesn’t impart a full sense of security.

Handling is good; the GT coupe steers easily and maneuvers with some nimbleness in corners. The Tiburon is stable on the highway and takes curves reasonably well, but it falls short of some rivals. Road and tire sounds are prominent, but the engine is, if anything, too quiet for easy manual gear shifting. The six-speed gearbox is notchy and somewhat stiff, but the clutch engages smoothly for easy takeoffs. The seats are supportive, legroom and elbowroom are good, but headroom is meager.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Problems but fun

by Xmasxemnas on July 30, 2018

This car was, and still is, fun to drive, but it has its problems. But this is my experience, there are better ones than the one I currently have. Read full review

(5.0)

Fun comfortable car!

by Mikew41 from Denver on December 2, 2017

Smooth ride. Engine purrs! I boughtused from the same dealer that sold it to me. I paid too much unfortunately. I paid $5000 when car is only worth $2000 but it only had 53k miles on it which I ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tiburon received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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