1995 Hyundai Accent 1.5 SOCH from North America
Great value, cheap to maintain, and fun to drive
Paint around the side mirrors faded to white.
Rear brakes (145,000km)
Front right strut (165,000) - it had been slotted improperly by the dealer during a wheel alignment.
Miscellaneous bolts needed tightening (strut towers, emergency brake handle, etc)
Exhaust header heat-shield came off.
The car is a little noisy due to a few rattles and such.
Acceleration is terrific and the handling improved when I put on
175/70R13 tires - the added tire width really does make a difference (especially during winter)
Fuel economy is excellent - car is getting 51mpg with synthetic oil and better air filter on the highway.
5 Speed transmission was difficult to shift during winter (temperatures were down below -20C) but this improved significantly when I changed the trans-axle fluid to a slightly thinner synthetic gear oil.
The seats can get a little uncomfortable on long trips, but thanks to the 45L gas tank you have to stop for gas every so often so you can get out and stretch.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th June, 2003