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 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 cmc on Mar 8, 2009 Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai Accent GS 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
I bought my Accent new in 09/01 and now have 120,000 miles on it. Still get 38 mi/gal and it is one of the best purchases I've made. Only problems I've had were minor - broken door handle, power window cables broke, and an ignition sensor (covered under warranty). My only current issue is a break/leak in the original exhaust (8 winters in Wisconsin will do that), otherwise I've been very pleased with its quality. Because of our new baby, I've looked into a replacement car. Putting a toddler into a car seat in the back is becoming tedious. I wouldn't recommend the Accent for families of four, but as a 1 or 2 person commuter car there is nothing better.
by Lisa on Dec 9, 2008 Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai Accent GS 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
Purchased this car brand new in summer 2002, it was my first new car. I was young, didn't shop around a lot and basically got it because it was in my price range. I've been pleasantly surprised with it. Very reliable. Has been in the shop only for minor issues (the power windows, the rear wiper and a problem with the idle), all of which were covered by warranty. Great gas mileage on highway (av. 36)...only okay "mixed" (av. 26). I love my little car, though I'm thinking of trading it for something slightly larger that would be a little more comfortable on road trips. (I will miss the MPG if that happens!) Has been a reliable car that got me through college and is still going into adulthood.
by wildbrushfire on Jun 19, 2008 Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai Accent GS 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this car in 2004, it had 13K miles on it. Thank God I had at least half the manufacturers warranty on it. I had to have both power window tracks placed - I had to have the TP sensor replaced. I have regular maintenance on this car, I use it to get back and forth to work. I've put the average 10-11K miles on it every year. It has 54K miles on it now and it's in the garage getting the transmission rebuilt. I know this is a cheap but if you're having to replace your tranny after 50K miles you might has well just spend the money up front for a better made vehicle.
by Stephanie on Mar 15, 2008 Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai Accent GS 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
Bought car BRAND NEW in Oct 2001. At 99k miles had to have transmission re- built ($2500) Not covered under warranty due to loss of transmission maintenance papers (apartment flooded). Only other problems were, window actuator broke and window would get stuck down & at about 2 years old the spark plug wires melted and caused the car to slip and had to have towed to dealer to have fixed. Multiple trips to dealer due to check engine light on for no reason and had an A Pillar recall(had fixed). Car could be better, since transmission started going and still even after being re- built it shifts hard between 2nd & 3rd. Had to have dash panel background replaced, was disintegrating.107,500 miles now
by EricD on Aug 27, 2007 Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai Accent GS 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
I've owned it for 5 years now and for a 10,600 price tag out the door I can't complain. The only problem has been a recurring censor problem that causes the engine to putt and not shift, followed by check engine light that stays on for about 2 days. When the problem occurs I restart the engine and the car is fine. A little over 72,000 miles on the car and it's been happening sporatically since about 50,000. Only changed the battery, tires, timing belt, water pump, brakes obviously and fluids. Up until now preventive maintenance is all. Air conditioning and heat work well and the gas mileage is good on the automatic although I did expect better, much better on gas on highway.
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