1996 Hyundai Accent 1.5 from France


Nice car, low usage cost


Interior light problem which was fixed under warranty even when in fact the warranty had expired.

No other problems.

General Comments:

Good car that costs nearly nothing per km (especially if compared with my Citroen). Also the consumption is OK since it uses around 6.5 liters/100km

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2000

1996 Hyundai Accent GS 1.8 from North America


Would be a good car if it were reliable and had an engine


Ignoring normal maintenance such as tires, struts and brakes:

The car had a tendancy to always lose its alignment (I needed to perform 8 alignments on the car).

The wheel bearings in the front of the car went bad after 60,000 miles.

The alternator died around 60,000 miles.

The transmission stalled out on several occasions.

The oxygen sensors went bad after 60,000 miles (there are two of them in the 1996 Accent, apparently).

The rotors warped after 19,000 miles (95% of which was highway driving).

All of these problems occurred despite performing the manufacturer's maintenance schedule.

General Comments:

The car cost $12,000 new, and taught me the hard lesson "You get what you pay for." The car's performance is acceptable (but not great) around town, but is actually bad enough to be dangerous on the highway (e.g. merging with traffic was a matter of luck). I sometimes wondered if the "92 HP" motor was "92 Hamster Power" instead of "Horsepower".

On the bright side, the seats are comfortable and the A/C works quite well. The car also handles well and is fairly efficient on gas (which it should be as it has a very small engine).

It would work OK as a commuter car within a big city, but it is really not meant to be a highway cruiser. Overall, I feel a good used car would be a better use of your money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th September, 2000

10th Feb 2002, 15:40

I think Accent is not good for US driving... at all. The problem with the engine is mainly caused by automatic transmission. The 1.8 GT Accent is very very fast.. even on the highway and perfectly holds on the road. But it must have a manual 5 speed. Automatic transmission is piece of trash on almost all cars I have seen... OK OK.. but I am a European and we have different style of driving.

Next time you should buy Skoda... but these are not probably exported to the USA..

25th Feb 2004, 07:29

I own a 1996 Accent and the first 8 months that I had the car it was a good little car, then I started having trouble with the alternator and forget trying to pull out into traffic, it was too dangerous to even try it. In the past 5 months I have spent more money than what it is worth. I still do not have enough power to merge into traffic and I can't get enough for a trade-in to do anything with it. I have made sure to keep the oil changed and have taken better care of it than it has of me.

10th Mar 2008, 19:01

I had a 99 Accent and it was the best car ever. It never had a hard time starting in the winter, even in -48'C, and the repairs done on it were all mandatory parts, brakes, etc.

I never had a problem getting into traffic on the highway; the car was a very peppy, very reliable car.

I have bought another one and am very satisfied.

1996 Hyundai Accent LSi 1.3 unleaded from UK and Ireland


An excellent family car


One of the fuses blew and the engine stopped working. It appeared as if the timing belt had failed. I called in the RAC and the mechanic discovered that a live wire under the dashboard was touching the steering column - which caused a short circuit to occur.

There was scoring on the steering column. The wire was encased in insulation wire and rehung. The fuse was replaced and car started first time.

Since this event, the car has been OK.

When I first got the car from the dealer, "check engine" light frequently used to come on whilst driving. However since the "repair", this problem has since disappeared.

General Comments:

Generally, the interior has much to be desired, but the performance is excellent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2000