This car will not die! I drive it all the time, both to work and on long trips, and it never lets me down. Other than the clutch, I haven't had to replace anything, and at 150,000 almost everything is original. The engine runs like new!
It's not the most comfortable car, but it gets the job done. Unlike some low end cars, this thing feels well built. It's lacking in every option, but what is has is well made and solid. The performance and handling are surprising, it can actually be fun to drive sometimes.
I get about 38 mpg out of it when I take it easy, but it doesn't do as well on freeways, because it's geared too low. I don't have a tach, but it seems to be revving pretty high at 70. It needs a sixth gear or taller fifth.
The Hyundai Accent is a great little car, cheap to maintain, fun to drive, great on gas, and mine has never left me stranded or even shown signs of something to worry about. It's a great buy!