1995 Hyundai Accent GL 1.5 from North America


I will always swear by this car


At 5,000 miles the clutch malfunctioned which prevented shifting, but this was easily repaired by blowing compressed air into the hydraulic clutch line.

At 60,000 miles the driver side window weatherstripping needed to be replaced.

At 110,000 miles the drivers side window mechanism snapped and needed to be replaced however, this service was performed free of charge due to the previous problems with the weatherstripping.

At 135,000 miles both front control arms needed to be replaced due to excessive corrosion. The price was $650.00, the first time I spent money on a repair for the entire time I owned the car.

General Comments:

I must admit that this has been the most reliable car I have ever owned. I have never broken down a single time with this car. All options still work perfectly in the car; from the air conditioning to the cassette player. This car has been subject to harsh city driving, highway travel, and snowy northeast weather, so it has seen it all. It is beginning to show wear by the recently slowing acceleration, but what do you expect from a small car with 150,000 miles on it? If you are expecting sophisticated engineering, purchase a Honda, but if you are looking for an ultra reliable, low cost automobile, the Accent is definitely for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2002

12th May 2003, 08:45

I am updating that the car is now at 185,000 miles and still no problems.

5th Jun 2006, 17:58

WOW! I'm impressed. I'm looking at a used 1995 Accent as a second car. The guy has all the maintenance records and just replaced the tie rods. Other than that he says it's in good mechanical condition (he's the mechanic!) It has 205km on it now, so I'm thinking it should be good for a bit. So should I pass? or should I grab it?

19th Jun 2006, 10:29

To the above: If it runs well (test drive it first) suspension is good and isn't too rusted, yes it's well worth it. The Accent isn't very refined, but it would be an excellent second car.

1995 Hyundai Accent 2-door with hatchback from North America


It was the top of the low end


The driver's side window fell off the track after two years. The passenger's side window requires two hands to roll up or down.

The weather-stripping doesn't work; if the windows are at all open when it rains or you squirt your windshield, the water will drip onto the seat/you.

The paint on the side mirrors completely faded to white.

The car is on its third heater, and even the dealer took a full week to get the heater in both times.

The dealer did not register the extended warranty, and I had to argue and provide proof that I purchased it. Meanwhile, I had to pay; they did not respect the warranty until after I had proven purchase.

Rear struts cracked at 40,000. At 76,000 I am replacing all struts.

Car stereo died after three years.

Body dents easily from people backing into it.

While I love to drive the car in sunny weather, in winter snow storms and in heavy rain I feel as if the car is going to fly off the road.

The windshield fogs easily, and the vent cable has had to be re-attached twice to control the defrost.

New alternator at 70,000 miles.

General Comments:

Although the list of aches and pains has been longer than I'd hoped, I have had the car for seven years. The most frustrating part has been that repair shops and even the dealers have been slow in getting Hyundai parts, and that the same things have gone wrong more than once.

Mileage is great, about 36 MPG.

Compared to the other cars in its beginner's market, this car is, as they say, "fun to drive," and also sporty looking whereas its competitors are sluggish and just plain not cute at all.

For what I could afford, my little purple pony has carried me around in some awful Midwest weather, and I'm still in one piece. It was the right car for me at the time, and it's getting to be a close call, but I am still driving it since the repairs are less than a new car would be; this year I have put 1600 into its fixings, not including basic maintenance.

I will not buy another Hyundai ever again, but I have taken good care of this one and would call it a friend, good medicine, or positive karma.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th August, 2002

27th Aug 2003, 15:42

My windows, window handles, stereo, heater, and defrost all acted the same way in my 1995 4 door Accent... ha I thought I was just unfortunate and bought a junker from a private guy!!

My speed gauge did not fluctuate in my car... not sure if you experienced the same thing??

Thanks Lorraine.

16th Dec 2005, 23:15

We recently bought a 1995 Hyundai Accent from a private party. At $600 we thought that we had found a good running cheap car that we could run around town in. As of this date we have decided that we got a gem for a low price! One long distance road trip and several hundred miles around town later and we still have yet to fall out of love with this car! Our only problem with it is no heater, we can't roll down the windows, and there is no radio at all. Your description of your car could also match ours, EXACT. Right down to the colour.

We would consider another car from this maker, easily!