I had one in Korea for one year with 285,000 m on it, and tried to kill it before leaving. Couldn't. Having such a good experience with Korean cars, I bought a daewoo matiz (1998?) and drove that 100,000 miles without any incident until the rear axle packed it in. When returning stateside, went looking for a cheap ride, and found my second accent, and grabbed it at 2000$ after it had been cleaned up by a dealer. I have put 130,000 km on it in 3 years and haven't had to do anything except one front bearing. Parts are among the cheapest in the industry and I dont think I would buy anything not Korean for transportation unless I win the lottery. Better than any ford or chev I have owned.
gas mileage is phenomenal--I get 50 mpg when I drive like the old lady I am. When I am feeling frisky I still get 35. Have taken it on two cross county rides and had no problems at all. I change the oil religiously, at 4000 miles. All mechanical systems seem to be very strong, transmission drive-train, motor, clutch, etc.
door handles broke on both my Hyundai so make sre that people dont slam the doors.
Front bumper is a little low, so be careful when parking so not to scratch it on the curbs.
Watch the glove box, dont over fill because stuff will fall out the back.
Hatchback inside truck cover is weak and breaks easy. Dont over load your back window area.
In the 70,000 miles since I got the car,(it's at 156,000 at the moment) I've had to fix nothing but an 02 sensor and the timing belt/water pump. It's completely gutless, and not much bigger than a Geo Metro, but I've ranged from 35-42 MPG overall, the turn radius is crazy small, and it fits in any parking space. Plus, tires are dirt cheap. I got Bridgestone tires from Costco for $38 each.
Amazing gas mileage and the stock speakers were great once I replaced the deck. And even though it's tiny it looks dang good.
Point a to point b... Thats it. Ive owned this car since it first hit the market and as far as maintenance, ive had no problems with it. The interior could be a little softer and the size iz torture. I really don't think tall people are supposed to drive it. No back seat space and barely any trunk space... But it does have good mileage
Don't Think So
Size issue,no opportunities for modifications,wheel base too small,not enuff speed
I bought this car close to two years
ago, and I have yet to find a feature
that stands out as anything special.
If I were to drive only dowhill, or
only in an area where the air
conditioning was completely
unneccesarry, I would enjoy the ride
much more. Unfortunately, it
sluggishly makes its way around, and
it cannot take hills with the AC on.
If you want to have fun on your way to
work each morning, this car may not be
Cheap, decent gas mileage, small.
Paint chips off easily, little power,
no buzzer to indicate that headlights
were left on.