For $6,999, Could This 2007 Hyundai Tiburon GT Be A Keeper?

Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

Do you remember the Hyundai Tiburon? I sure as hell don’t. Still, today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe GT looks like a pretty sweet car. Let’s see if its price makes it all the more memorable.

Rear-mounted air-cooled, flat six with a turbo doesn’t describe a hell of a lot of cars. It does however describe a lot of GREAT cars and that small coterie includes yesterday’s 1964 Chevy Corvair Spyder. I don’t know what’s the more progressive feature of that car; its use of a turbocharger to bring more ponies to a smaller party, or the spelling of Spyder with a Y. The latter seems extremely edgy for General Motors of the ‘60s. Both of those factors most likely swayed the vote on yesterday’s car, and that resulted in a solid 74-percent Nice Price win despite its present status as a static art installation.


I’m going to reiterate the question I posed in the lede above—do you remember the Hyundai Tiburon? I mean like, at all? 

I’ll bet you don’t, and this dealer-offered 2007 Hyundai Tiburon GT is only ten-years old. The Tiburon (which is Spanish for shark and the name of a town and peninsula north of Sausalito in California) started out as as a Coke-bottle shaped little three-door hatch in succession of the company’s slabbier Excel-based Scoupe. At its mid-cycle refresh the Tiburon received one of the weirder nose updates with headlights pulled into exaggerated nacelles implying Alex’s treatment in A Clockwork Orange. Yikes!

The second generation cars were vastly better looking if somewhat derivative in their styling. These cars lack the iconic dropped side glass of the present Genesis Coupe, their replacement, as well as that car’s RWD and nasty attitude.


Instead, this car comes with a 172-bhp 2.7-litre V6 that at the time was shared with the Sonata. Here it’s helped out by a five-speed manual. The drivetrain does its business through the front wheels, although that’s a fact that may elude you when popping the hood. Under there you’ll find an additional plastic engine cover implying longitudinal placement. Clever girl!


The seller says the car comes with a clean CarFax, and based on the pictures, the car is equally tidy. Hydrogen Blue Metallic paint overlays a black interior with leather seating and touchy bits, while bright alloy wheels underpin the whole schlemiel.

There’s some wear showing on the steering wheel and the seats, but it’s otherwise clean, complete and reasonably inviting inside. An Infinity stereo sits right above climate controls with Volvo-esque pictograms on the LCD for some fancy pants thrills. Another thing to note in here—there’s only 56 miles left in the tank, so best to bring a jerry can if you’re planning on driving it home. Just kidding, I’m sure there’s a gas station nearby.


Total mileage is 117K and the headlights are just starting to show them. Polishing those bad boys up can really improve their performance and the car’s overall looks. Hampering those looks a bit is a fairly noticeable crease in the back bumper. That may require a new panel to repair, and it’s a frustrating flaw on an otherwise seemingly mar-free body.


That body is instantly familiar but immediately forgettable. It’s a mad mish-mash of Acura Integra, Toyota Celica, and yes, even last-gen Mercury Cougar in the nose. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily, but the Tiburon’s lack of any form of iconic or memorable nature calls into question its desirability, and that further casts doubt on its value.


That’s what we’ve come to now. The asking price is $6,999 and if you check out Tiburon ads like I do, you’ll find that few cars presently offered are in as nice of shape. Further, few Tiburons for sale aren’t tainted by salvage titles. What’s up with these Hyundai coupes and having shit go down?

Whatever, this one comes with a clean title and that $6,999 price and now it’s up to you to vote on whether that’s a deal or not. What do you think, is this Tiburon worth that kind of scratch? Or, is this a shark for which you won’t take the bait?


You decide!


Tampa Bay, FL Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to FauxShizzle for the hookup!

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Rob Emslie

Rob Emslie is a contributing writer for Jalopnik. He has too many cars, and not enough time to work on them all.