In base hatchback form, this is America's least expensive car. While we might steer our friends toward a slightly used Japanese car, the Accent's great warranty and solid build quality could make it a satisfying choice for the determined new-car buyer.
by irclark on Jan 10, 2014 Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai Accent L 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
Lots of interior space and head room.
Good on gas.
Actually did well in a freeway accident with a dump-truck.
Very small and poor breaks (never balanced properly between front a rear causing rear breaks to lock up way before the fronts) Really scary in slippery conditions.
poor handling (both body roll, and the suspension wore out quickly).
Transmission (manual) would clunk or grind into gears between 1st and 2nd gear.
Water leak into trunk which was found under warranty but they failed to fix it twice. Then the warranty expired and they said that I would have to pay for it. They did end up fixing it for free, but not without a fight.
by pnpain on Jun 9, 2013 Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai Accent L 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
Good little car for most people though mine was poorly made. Had to have brakes put on constantly and I am NOT hard on brakes. One year I had 4 sets put on because the calipers kept breaking and the break would stick to the wheel and burn it up, then the rotor would be unusable. Safety Hazard!!
No air conditioning, no power anything. If I could go back in time I would have purchased the Kia.
by aair13 on Jan 31, 2013 Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai Accent GL 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 4A)
As a Honda guy i wasnt very fond of getting a Hyundai. Bought in 2011 with 163000 and boy am i glad i did. Gets me 39mpg all highway. I drive it about 50 miles daily. I have the 4 door with the 1.6L auto. Mine does have a small noise in muffler but mechanic told me this was common on that year. Plus i dont mind cause it sounds cool, lol! Great car! Parts are easy to find and cheap. I recommend it!
by mikehs2 on Oct 25, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai Accent L 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
Best car I've ever owned. 133,000 miles, 40 mpg, yes 40! on the highway. I checked it 3 times! No oil burn. Only service issue was the rear brake cylinders which Hyundai happily replaced. Have to service the car every 7,500 miles and due the proper maintenance. Make sure you change the timing belt at 90,000, and if you have an auto transmission, it has to be serviced every 30,000. Don't be shy to buy one used, if it's the 5 speed manual. I'm sure ours will go at least 250,000.
by squirts on Apr 5, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai Accent GS 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
All, I bought my '02 Accent new. Since then, I've racked up 115,000 on the odo with 80% highway driving of 75 miles/day Monday-Friday. To date, I really can't complain. Beyond normal wear items, I've replaced both back wheel cylinders ($15 ea) and the (dreaded) flex pipe and pipe extension ($45) due to rust-through. The car still gets great gas mileage and doesn't burn oil. I'll need to work on the front end (I think some bushings are worn as there is a "clunk" over pot holes), but, knock wood, it's holding up well.
by sanzabartrust on Feb 28, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai Accent GS 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 4A)
Let me say it seems like i've been a car a year Im 22 and this is my 5th car (the others were $1000 buckets. I'm in college so reliability was key in my decision. Saw this car at a wholesale dealer for $1800 and jumped at it after I test drove it with only 115,000 miles. I've just got scheduled maintenance on the car and it has been very good to me. The only major (haha) repair has been a corroded flex pipe which make my little car sound like a monster truck (luckily it's a $30 part and got it installed/welded for $60) The inside is clean and standard which I was going for. Upgraded all the speakers they burst when I put a new radio in. All and all good car for me as a college student.
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