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Hyundai Tiburon Car Review

I like Hyundai’s a lot, and this is mostly due to the company’s innovation and attention to detail. Korea’s auto giant has made a name for itself, as a viable player for prospective car buyers. The reasons are simple, as they manufacture reliable, decent performing vehicles for a reasonable price. Hyundai does not want its name associated with BMW, Lexus, or Mercedes. It does not want to mentioned in the same sentence as Daihatsu, or Yugo either. Hyundai wants to be mentioned as a competitor and a option to Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, and Toyota. They have done well with this, and are selling record amounts of vehicles internationally. Their lineup is impressive, and as a salesman in the automotive business, I have found they have a lot to offer. Their vehicles are well made, and I have a Santa Fe in my family that is an absolute joy to drive. Its a shame that the Tiburon does not live up to the rest of the Hyundai line.

Tiburon in Spanish means shark. This vehicle certainly has a mean look with its aggressive styling, but it really should be called, ” Tres Pereza de toed.” The Tiburon gets a lot of “looks,” and this car is aimed to the 16-25 year old market. The sloped hood looks nice, and the back of the car has just the right amount of curve to give it a aerodynamic appearance. However, appearances aren’t everything, and the Tiburon does not drive or handle like a sports car at all. I have driven previous years GT versions with the 2.7 V6, but I was stuck with the 2.0 liter DOHC 4 cylinder GS model.(There’s not much of a difference)Total horsepower is 140, which does provide for great gas mileage.(24 mpg city/30 mpg highway) However, a sports car is supposed to provide some “serious performance.”

The engine is not responsive, and barely pushes enough juice to be described as adequate. I would compare the acceleration experience of the Tiburon to a mid to late 90’s Saturn SL sedan, which I consider to be absolutely unacceptable. You can push the “pedal to the metal,” but there’s just nothing there. Its almost like acceleration is a mundane experience that is supposed to be unpleasant, and the Tiburon delivers on that with flying colors. I even tried some “aggressive shifting,” and still nothing worth writing home about. In addition to the lackluster performance, the engine makes a distinctive whining noise that is not appropriate for a sports car. Even going from 3rd to 5th gear is a slow experience, and I’m guessing that zero to 60 second time is around 9 seconds.

The overall driving experience is poor, and there is a lot of cabin noise. Hyundai usually performs well when it comes to insulating cars from the road, but they have failed miserably here. If you like to drive on the highway, then the Tiburon will make you absolutely dread it. At 45 mph and above the noise is almost unbearable, and the stereo doesn’t help much either. There’s also a strange wind noise at high speeds with the windows up. Visibility is only average out front with the low profile size of the vehicle, and there are massive blind spots in the rear.(Both sides) The rear window is hard to see out of, although it does have an outstanding defroster/rear wiper.

Handling is minor league, as the steering movements feel choppy and forced. The turning radius is terrible, and it almost reminds me of doing a u-turn in a much larger sized vehicle. Braking is a nerve racking experience. These brakes feel mushy, and lack the feeling of stability during application. However, they do seem to work fairly decently when it comes to stopping, so this is a “mind over matter issue.” However, a lot of drivers, including myself, like a total sense of security with this issue.

The seats and overall comfort are way below average, even when compared to other sports cars. The drivers seat has a bit too much support, and I had some minor lower back aches from driving this car. I’m sure chiropractors love this vehicle, and it must be unbearable for long distance driving.(The most I drove it was an hour at a time) The materials used on the seats feel cheap, and it is a pain to move the seats forward or back. Room is also a issue, as I felt trapped in the drivers compartment. There is very little wiggle room, and my knees were almost on the dashboard while driving.(I’m 6’2) The back seats are absolutely useless, and won’t even fit a small child comfortably. The trunk is decent sized for this type of vehicle however-just don’t put the kids in there if they complain in the back!

Hyundai’s craftsmanship and interior quality have improved drastically, but the Tiburon must have been left off of the list. Its cheap throughout, and I find the little buttons to move the windows/power mirrors aggravating. The whole interior has a “cheap plastic feel”, and the features are weak. The air conditioning seems to struggle during hot days, and the radio system needs drastic improvement. If you are going to drive a sports car, you need a system to go along with it. The CD Radio in the Tiburon reminds me of the old preinstalled car radio from the 1980’s. The gauges do not fit in this as well. I think Hyundai needs to give them a more aggressive “racing style” look as well-its just too bland. Illumination is decent, and all of the controls are easy to read.

Due to these shortcomings with the Tiburon, I cannot recommend it. The only thing I can say in a positive light is that it has a great warranty. All Hyundai’s come with a 5 year/60,000 mile bumper to bumper and 10 year/100,000 mile power train warranties. They also are guaranteed to pass federal emissions standards for 8 years/80,000 miles, and you get 5 years of roadside assistance. I hope Hyundai replaces or improves this vehicle, so that it conforms to their standards of excellence. The rest of their lineup is above average, but the Tiburon gets a failing grade.

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Benefits of Personal Injury and Medical Payment Car Insurance Protection

On your car insurance policy, you have the option of carrying personal injury protection (PIP) and/or medical payments (MED) coverages. These coverages cover medical expenses for you and other certain covered individuals arising from a car accident. These coverages are optional in some states and required in other states. This guide will explain why you should carry these coverages to fully protect yourself in a car accident, even if you have health insurance. Keep in mind that these coverages vary greatly from state to state and, while I will keep it as non-specific as I can, you should consult a licensed insurance professional in your state for more details.

The first reason to carry PIP/MED is because it often provide benefits that you car health insurance does not. If you miss time from work (whether or not you are paid with accrued leave), incur funeral expenses, have to hire someone to perform household functions you can’t in your injured state, or if your doctor thinks you may benefit from a non-traditional treatment regimen-your PIP/MED coverage may provide coverage for these items. You health insurance, most likely, will not.

In addition to these expenses, PIP/MED generally provides a broader blanket of coverage your medical expenses. As already stated, it will cover non-traditional treatment such as massage therapy, acupuncture, and acupressure. Furthermore, it usually doesn’t require you to treat with a physician that is in a certain provider network, nor are there limitations as to which types of specialists you need pre-authorization for.

Depending upon which state your call home, there may be no deductible or co-payments for your PIP/MED coverage. If your health insurance does, PIP/MED will be useful in filling in those gaps of coverage. If you have a co-payment for prescriptions or no prescriptions at all, PIP/MED will cover the difference. If you health insurance does not cover certain medical devices and you need a tens unit, your PIP/MED coverage cover it. These gaps in coverage can add up to significant sums of money, and it helps having PIP/MED coverage to bridge the gap.

In some states, you can collect benefits under PIP/MED coverage and your health insurance. Yes, you can have your doctor bill your health insurance, who will pay the doctor’s bill. You can also have your doctor send you a copy of the bill and instruct your PIP/MED carrier to pay you directly, since the balance was already paid in full by your health insurance. This perfectly legal because you are paying premiums for two different policies and some states require both insurance companies to pay you despite having overlapping coverage.

Finally, if you have a friend or coworker riding in your car with you, your health insurance will not pay for their medical bills. Your PIP/MED coverage may. It certainly is not your responsibility to make sure they have coverage, but it they are among the many that do not have health insurance it is a good feeling knowing that they will be protected in your vehicle. Even if they are entitled to an injury settlement from your insurance policy or someone else’s, that settlement may be months or years away. Meanwhile, the medical bills continue to accumulate.

In conclusion, PIP/MED isn’t just another way for your car insurance company to milk more dollars from you. It can provide helpful benefits in the event of a car accident. Again, this content is very general and the available coverages are very specific on a state-by-state basis. I hope that I have piqued your interest enough that you will have a discussion with your insurance company to obtain more information about this coverage.