1996 Hyundai Accent base 1.6L from North America
My 1996 Accent lasted 10 years and 235 000km. R.I.P
Recently (since beginning of 2006) I had to change: my gas lines, my alternator and battery, my breaks callipers and hoses.
Else, I had everything gone bad changed in 2002 when I was back from a 6 months that putted more than 40 000 km on it. But to no cost, since I had bought the extended warranty: 6 years, unlimited km.
One thing has been bothering me for the last 3 years: the driver door is rusting badly, mostly up the handle, in the frame around the glass. Moreover, the mechanism for the glass in that door broke (in 2005) and the mirror cover cannot stay in place (since a hit and run in 2003).
Those are aesthetic problems and I tried to find a replacement door, but it seems this door is commonly in bad shape. This was explain to me as being due to drivers who close the door without holding/pushing the handle, but the top of the door instead; which cause flight bending and water linking-in over time.
Last week, it stopped on the Champlain Bridge, in Montreal, QC, Canada. Electrical problems at 235 000 km, I'm now sadly shopping for a new car, after 10 years of loyal service from my 2 door Accent...
This car was my first car, bought in August 1996, before starting University. I owed it for 10 years, putted 235 000km on it and loved its versatility, trunk space and low gas consumption. Mind you, I'm not a sport's car driver... ;)
But while I owned my Accent, I was delighted. I even leaved in it for 6 months, traveling in the southern states. I built a 5in x 3in platform bed in it, and store my luggage underneath... I called it my Little Hyundai-Falia, in reference to the famous VW Westfalia.
I manage to moved a lots of friends with it; even fitted a 2 places futon (base and mattress!) and all my clothes and books in it once...
I had the base model, with tape deck radio. The only options I regretted afterward was not taking the AC and the button to unlock the trunk from the inside; being in University, I often give rides to friends and I had to get out and unlock the trunk for each passenger to get their bags out.
So I am now shopping for a new car; I will not end up buying Hyundai again since I'm looking for a more "grown up" car now, 4 doors, still hatchback, with AC, key less entry and little more luxury interior... And I feel like the exterior look of the Hyundai models are not appealing to me this year. (except the Tucson, but not similar mileage!) I am thinking about the Nissan Versa 2007, Honda Fit 2007, Mazda 3 2007 or Pontiac Vibe 2007…
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th September, 2006