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Hyundai Genesis Coupe : Used

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Justin Pritchard
Model: Hyundai Genesis Coupe : Used

Vehicle Type: Sport Coupe

The Verdict:
The used Hyundai Genesis Coupe, so far, appears to be a safe buy in a used sports coupe that’s suffering from only minimal issues that are easily identified and remedied. Shop for as new a model as possible, with factory warranty remaining, for maximum confidence.

Price: An early Coupe with the 2.0T engine and some miles can be had for as little as $12,000. Pricing for a unit carrying moderate mileage will land around $15,000 to $17,000. A newer model with the 3.8L engine should run in the mid-$20,000 range.

What Owners Like About A Used Hyundai Genesis Coupe: Handling, style, and overall performance are rated highly by Hyundai Genesis Coupe owners with this generation of vehicle, while affordable access to a lengthy features list and plenty of horsepower helped seal the deal. Despite its two-door configuration, this sports car is also surprisingly roomy in terms of front seat space, even for full-sized adults.

What Owners Dislike:
Common gripes include limited rear visibility, poor gas mileage with the V6 engine, and the wish for some richer interior materials. Models with the 2.0T engine are said to have a dull, boring exhaust note, and some drivers wish for a tighter, more precise-feeling shifter.

2010 Hyundai Genesis Turbo engine
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History/Description: The Hyundai Genesis Coupe launched for the 2010 model year and recalled great Japanese rear-drive sports cars from the ‘90s -- even though it’s Korean. Sleek styling, affordable driveability, and real performance-car moves all helped put Hyundai on the performance car map.

All models were rear-wheel drive and had a 6-speed transmission in the driver’s choice of automatic or manual. Engine options were a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder with 210 horsepower, or the snort-y 3.8L, 306-horsepower V6 that powered models wearing the 3.8GT designation.

Feature content included push-button start, navigation, available Brembo brakes, a Limited Slip Differential (LSD), and an Infinity audio system.

2010 Hyundai Genesis Turbo inside
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Common Issues With A Used Hyundai Genesis Coupe: A scan of owner forums and discussion boards indicates that shoppers after a used Hyundai Genesis Coupe have a few minor checks to make before signing over their hard-earned cash.

First, check for proper operation of the air conditioner, all windows, all power seats, and all remote keyfobs. Have a good walk-around of the body, and make sure to inspect for misaligned panels, particularly where the hood and fenders meet.

At speed, listen for any rattles and squeaks from the sunroof, interior panels or seats, and check for the presence of all interior panels and trim bits. Many owners reported that tightening up a few of the bolts -- particularly the ones that hold the seats to the floor -- will stop rattle-related issues.

Note that the push-button start system should fire the engine up the instant it’s pressed. Any delay or sporadic operation could indicate a problem with the button or ignition switch attached to it.

Bear in mind that clunking or grinding noises from the suspension or steering typically indicate a problem. Be sure there are no check-engine lights, no grinding sensations during gear shifting, and that there’s no smoke coming from the tailpipe during hot or cold idle -- or during hard acceleration.

2010 Hyundai Genesis Turbo 3/4 view
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Many Hyundai Genesis Coupes in the used market will have performance upgrades installed, and simple intake and exhaust upgrades are generally safe. Extreme caution should be exercised if the former owner has set the engine up to run more boost from the turbocharger, modified the engine electronics, installed nitrous or upgraded engine internals. Improper execution of any of the above could turn the engine inside out with little notice.

Justin Pritchard
Justin Pritchard
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