Hyundai Accent Reviews from South Africa

1998 Hyundai Accent XS (carb) 1.3

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired286000 kilometres
Most recent distance321000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai H-100

Summary:

Fantastic, reliable and affordable!!!

Faults:

Critical running parts had to be replaced i.e. wheel bearings, clutch, cambelt, shocks, brake pads and reverse gear linkage.

General Comments:

For a high mileage 1.3 carburetted engine, the performance on this little beast is completely amazing.

Engine has never been opened, but still sounds as quiet as a boss's fart.

It's been driven to Zimbabwe about 8 times (total of about 16,000kms, flawlessly) and at 321,000k's on the clock, is still going strong.

Cheap maintenance and spares. Replacement parts total cost amounted to R5000/ (+/-US$625) including labour. Downright cheap compared to a 1998 Toyota Corolla cambelt change at the same amount!

Low fuel consumption, although it gets slightly inconsistent due to deposits in the carb.

Hyundai has definitely become my vehicle manufacturer of choice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2013

1996 Hyundai Accent XS 1.3

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.7 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance235000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Not built to last... you have to replace parts

Faults:

Locks failed.

Replaced gasket.

Immobilizer failed.

Replaced engine.

Oil leaks.

Cracked dashboard.

General Comments:

Poor build quality. Definitely a cheapie and has let me down a few times. Flimsy thin doors.

Nice acceleration though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th May, 2011

6th May 2011, 17:42

In Australia, every one of these has a cracked dashboard, even if they've had dashmats on them the whole time.

1997 Hyundai Accent XS 1.3 petrol carb

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol carb Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired38000 kilometres
Most recent distance88500 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

Cheap 'n cheerful

Faults:

Gearbox replaced under warranty, wasn't us, they had installed and run it as a demo with low oil in it.

Positive crankcase pressure valve faulty and no-one can get it out!! I've cracked the cam cover trying.

General Comments:

Well, it's metallic green and we call it the sluglet....

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2000

1997 Hyundai Accent XS 1.3 petrol carb

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.3 petrol carb
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

Gearbox replaced, inner door handles replaced, front tie rod split pin and nut. Intermittent squeal on clutch and strange "hooting" noise from carb - NO ONE can help and it doesn't seem to affect the performance so ???

The gearbox was replaced under warranty, no complaints from them at all! Inner door handles started to disintergrate, must be a known problem as they were also replaced w/o complaints or cost. They get 10/10 for service on these - unfortunately 0/10 for not checking the steering before sale and at 2nd service, luckily the tie rod came off the front wheel and steering was lost at a very low speed at a stop street so no harm was done - just think what would have happened on the motorway!

General Comments:

Generally O.K. for a secondhand demo model (30 000 km when bought). I think the gearbox was abused by the test drivers as it steadily became harder to get it into reverse then later 3rd gear. Not a tarburner but gets you there without fuss and is very economical - about 7.5l/100km. Original free 3 yr/100 000km warranty extended by free! 2yr/80 000 km warranty by Hyundai Select (Hyundai's own 2nd hand dealerships), we've still got 3+yrs/120 000 km of warranty to go! Will go for 2nd hand/demo Elantra 2l or 1.8l next.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 1999

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 4 reviews