Used Car Guide: Hyundai Coupe

“It is good-looking, well made and has precise steering and a decent institution”: an Autocar road testers to describe the Hyundai Coupe SIII 2.0 in the year 2007. A five-star car then?

Oh, No. He criticized the engine willing to rev but what’s really the price: £17,236 had got his goat.

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Fortunately, the used car market, the answer to this small problem, how ‘we’ (on the right) shows. 2007 reg coupe 2.0 SIII in question is 2200 and to accept let’s face it, the seller is likely to be £2000 and put £. This is a bargain, even if the Hyundai To Buy the assessment service there is an auction price of £1100.

It is a bargain, since a SIII is still a good looking car with a stack of kit, including leather, air conditioning, sunroof and alloy wheels. Also, because it has been regularly serviced, and provided that there are no problems with the body control module (refer to the ‘Buyer beware”), there should be no more problems.

The coupe was in 2002, with a four-cylinder 136bhp 2.0-litre engine or a top of the range model 167bhp 2.7 V6 A 103bhp 1.6 came out a few months later. All three petrol engines powered the front wheels on 1.6-and 2.0 versions through a five-speed manual transmission and the 2.7 a six – speed. A four-speed automatic transmission is an option on 2.0-and 2.7 versions.

The insurance friendly 1.6 requires a depressing 11.0 sec to cover 0-62mph and the best-selling 2.0 a sportier 9.0 sec. The V6 took 8.1 sec what took the Shine-it was a change in the vehicle tax in the year of 2007. In the night rose to £300. Today, it stands at £520 – about what they cost of the cheapest coupes. The model of the apparent similarity with the Ferrari 456 GT caused a sensation at the Start. It was something to do with his long nose, curved edges, the quad pipes, boot spoiler and air intakes behind the front wheel arches. How careless talk had only written the car for a fall, but not in front of reviewers, in the affirmative, of the cabin, leg room and the stunning view is enough to the rear, and its generous 400-litre boot.

A mild facelift in 2005, a new headlight, and the nose was, but it was not until 2007 that the model received a much-needed shot in the arm with the arrival of the SIII generation. The new nose got narrower headlights and in the cabin the brushed aluminum won inserts, blue backlit instruments and new seats.

The entire model is life, sometimes it was the special editions, including Yellow, Atlantic ocean, and TSIII, with sports suspension. Speaking of which, the used decent because of their cheap price, a coupe form the basis of a good price – performance-tuning-project. The 2.0-litre engine is particularly strong enough to have a smooth map to 190bhp or more serious charging charging, or without the use of mechanical mods. On the top of this fully adjustable sports suspension, lowering kits and brake upgrades are available. So equipped, you have a bit of a sleeper on the driveway could also be a 456GT, a run for their money, until you come to the first corner

How to get a in the garage:

An expert’s view – ROSS HEATH, FOUNDER AND CEO, TIBURON AUTOMOTIVE: “I was part of the team that helped design and engineer the coupe. The task was for a car that good-looking, well-equipped and affordable, and the model of all this was. The 2.0-Liter is the best and the most mobile. The 1.6 is underpowered but insure easier to use. The 2.7 V6 was hard by the road tax increases of 2007 and is responsive to the least. All are well equipped. They are reliable, if well maintained. Unfortunately, it is so cheap that they attract people who can’t afford it, you have been waiting for. You will find a good, cheap, spend a couple of thousand pounds higher valuation of the suspension, the brakes, and the power, and you have a top value sports car that still turns heads.”

Buyer beware…

ENGINE – Full service history is critical. Most reliability problems are caused by neglect. Services every 10k km or 12 months are; cambelt changes every five years or 50k km. The 2.0 engine misfire may suffer caused by the spark plugs to break, and thus, water in the HT (high tension) leads. The plugs should be changed ever 20k miles or two years. The V6 can go platinum spark plugs for five years or 50k km.

TRANSFER – All the boxes are very sturdy. With caution, the coupling can 80k to do miles, but replacement is expensive and involves the removal of the front subframe.

ELECTRICAL system – The body control module (BCM) in the instrument panel is sensitive to the ingress of water (on the offside lower corner of the windshield), and voltage peaks of the starting aid, or the installation of aftermarket extras such as HID lamps. It is extremely expensive to replace.

SUSPENSION AND BRAKES – If the brake fluid is not changed every two years, water pollution can rot the brake lines from the inside. Rear anti-roll bar ‘D’ bushes and front anti-roll bar drop links. Check the front suspension, not a replacement, was damaged during the clutch.

BODY – in General, rust-free, but susceptible areas are the rear wheel arches, most of the nuts and bolts, and exhaust system.

INTERIOR – leather suffers from driver’s side bolster wear. Metallic finish on the dashboard is easily scratched and marked.

Also worth knowing:

The body control module on-Board computer, window, window regulator and Immobiliser. A common mistake all the indicators still on, without blinking. A replacement costs about £1200 plus fitting, but a car electrician can repair it for about £200.

How much to spend:

£300-£999 – especially 2002-2005 2.0 SE-spec cars with over 100k miles.

£1000-£1750 – Low mileage 2005-2006 cars in 1.6, 2.0-and 2.7-and SE -, Yellow-and Atlantic-braid. Some high-mile 2007-reg SIIIs.

£1800-£2495 – Many more 2007-reg SIII cars with around 80k miles.

£2500-£2995 – More tidy, low mileage 2007-2009-reg SIIIs with all engine sizes.

£3000-£3995 – Find the best SIIIs here.

We found:

HYUNDAI COUPE 2.0 SIII, 2007/07, 77K MILES, £2200 – bizarre, the dealer is billing this as a “private sale”. It is the pretty SIII facelift version. Full Hyundai service history and only two owners. The black leather looks a little wrinkled on the jaw but otherwise the interior is clean. If it stacks, it looks a bargain for £2000.

John Evans

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