1996 Hyundai Accent 4 door sedan from North America
Good first car that I am sorry to see it go
Timing Belt replaced at 75,000 miles.
Ignition Switch replaced at 100,000 miles.
Automatic Transmission blew at 130,000 miles.
This great little car got me to and from college every single day for three years with no (major) problems, until my transmission went last December. I did beat the hell out of it though. It would still be running today if I took care of it.
I found the front seats to be quite comfortable, but I am a small person. The back seats, on the other hand, are very cramped.
Great on gas, but not great on highway. I could NEVER get this car over 65MPH without the steering wheel shaking violently. I could never drive it in "econ" mode because it had such horrible pickup in "Normal" mode as it is. Horrible power on steep hills, too.
I did love this car though. 4 years of reliable service despite the fact I didn't maintain it isn't bad in my book.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 29th March, 2004
A few minor problems that I forgot to add in my original review:
Passenger side door handle cracked and became unusable.
Drivers side window became very hard to roll up - I actually gained muscle in my left arm solely from rolling my window up! I brought it in to my mechanic, who told me to contact a glass company, so I brought it to a glass company, who told me to contact my mechanic. Gave up after that.
Both back doors became hard to open, due to lack of use. Keep them oiled.
THE MOST ANNOYING THING: If I had a friend, or a gas attendant put oil in my car who wasn't aware of how to properly replace the oil cap, I would lose it. I've had to buy at least 15 oil caps in the history of this car. When you close it, it may seem tight, but you have to keep turning until you feel a little "pop" Crappiest design I've ever seen. It finally got to a point where I went to the junk yard and bought every single oil cap they had for my accent.
I also forgot to mention my accidents:
#1 - I hit a deer going 50MPH. Major front end damage. The whole thing just crumpled like an accordion. No air bags went off, which was curious. Wasn't totaled though, so I got everything fixed.
#2 - I rear-ended an SUV sitting at a stop sign (not because of any mechanical malfunction - this one was my own sheer stupidity). I hit him going maybe 10MPH. Again, the front end completely crumpled, again, no air bags. This made me QUITE nervous.