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.
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.