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 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 Jim in Wisconsin on Jun 1, 2009 Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai Accent L 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
Have had my Accent L for over 6 years now & am about to turn over 39K for mileage. Aside of general maintenance @ specified intervals, I have stuck no additional money into this car. The only problems I've ever had mechanically were a leaky valve cover gasket, & going down hills on colder mornings will occasionally set a P0200 code for a misfire, which quickly corrects itself. Interior wise, I've gone through 3 shifter boots, & the fresh air / recirculating air level cable has binded on me twice. It's started in -27 degrees without a hitch & has idled in near 100 degree heat with the gauge never leaving the centerpoint. I have hit 48-50 MPG on long highway trips.
by J on Dec 5, 2008 Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai Accent L 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
Purchased new and drove 90000 miles. Most of the issues occurred in ownership year 3 or 4. Exterior: perfect with the exception of peeling hubcaps and rusty wiper arms, interior the lights in the heater area would go on and off. 2 Warranty issues. Codes Check engine required sensors and through-out bearing replaced the whole transmission under warranty. Great car low cost to maintain, insure, fuel.
by Chris on Aug 17, 2008 Vehicle: 2002 Hyundai Accent L 2dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 5M)
This was like a go-cart because of it's size and power. A 1.4L is a weak engine, but I assure you it has pickup and I would whip this car around. I drove it hard, but not crazy. No major problems with anything though I have broke both door handles by pulling on them the wrong way. Regular oil changes and sensible (not conservative) driving have me at 92000 miles. I can tell the car is on it's way out though. There is a hole somewhere in the exhaust and I just have this feeling that a bunch of things are about to be worn out. Great buy, great car for 8k. Would definitely buy a Hyundai again, it's just simply worth the money (no headaches at 92000)
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