I’ve owned this car for 6months now and have generally been happy. It’s had two previous owners and been serviced regularly. It’s now done 48000miles. Positives: It handles well and accelerates well from 1st to 3rd. The cruise control is handy. Don’t listen to reports about buttons in difficult places- it’s not difficult to reach the dashboard behind the steering wheel! The leather seats are comfortable and can be adjusted to fit most statures- I’m 6ft 3 and have adequate headroom (although a sore neck is common on long journeys). The boot space is average. Mechanically I’ve had no noteworthy problems. It starts perfectly and makes a satisfying grumble when accelerating. Fuel economy is average for its class. Rear legroom is very limited- why not just make it a 2 seater?! Negatives Lots of rattles/creaks. The driver window rattles during acceleration and in high winds. When it’s hotter the leather creaks. The gear stick is a problem. When travelling above 60mph it vibrates and only stops if you keep a hand resting on it. Watch for leaks around the window seals and rust around the boot. The biggest problem I’ve had has been the paint. I’ve owned many cars and have never known paint to peel. Initially this was a problem around the spoiler but it has spread to other areas. I would recommend this car for those desiring a value for money but reasonably fun and practical car. Its cheap to buy and cheap to maintain. Go for the earlier 2.0L SE as they changed the profile.
When I first had this car I loved it. t has fantastic handling and a very comfortable driving position, although the gear change is rather rough and you certainly need to learn the knack of getting it into reverse.
Then after four years of having this car the manifold split. This wasn't covered in the warranty and the dealer wanted £2000 to replace this. The paintwork is peeling on the door handles and I have seen another Coupe with this problem.
In my opinion the interior is very nice. It's not the normal lumpy black plastic look of many cars. The console is quite futuristic in style and components are well placed.
I can't say I would get another Hyundai though, as I feel the general quality is not very good and having a major part fail within four years and expecting one's customer to pick up the bill does nothing for customer service.
I've owned my 2000 F2 Evolution since 2002 and am still impressed with it.
Sleek contours on the outside, leather and crome in the cabin make this one of the most enjoyable cars i have owned.
Running costs are minimal and the ride is great for a tuned sports coupe.
I particularly like the Air Con and Cruise Control features - Very useful when travelling long distances over the summer months.
This car gives a fun drive, and after two years of ownership, I'm still enjoying her a lot.
I have the Gen1 which hasn't got the spider-like eyes of the Gen2, and in my personal opinion it's not the best ever facelift of a car (apologies to Gen2 owners).
I may be looking to buy the new model next year, but I will continue to enjoy driving this model until then.
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