1996 Hyundai Accent from North America


A poor excuse for a car


Have had the transmission replaced.

The two front exterior door handles broke off.

General Comments:

The car won't stay together.

I have replaced 4 door handles and two of them have been exterior which makes it difficult to gain access into the car.

I had to have the transmission completely replaced after 65,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th June, 2003

15th Dec 2005, 20:51

I have a 96 Hyundai Accent and can't even find exterior door handles for it. This is very upsetting because my interior door handles are also broke and it is winter time so leaving windows down for easy access is out of the question. If you could tell me where I might find the exterior handles I would appreciate it.

1st Jul 2006, 19:07

I also owned a 96 accent, the transmission failed, auto, thankfully that was the only problem, still had first and second so I could still drive.

1996 Hyundai Accent MVI 1.5 16v from UK and Ireland


A superb car for the money


Nothing machanically has gone wrong with the car as yet. So far the electric window wire on the drivers side has worn away which now needs fixing. Also the clutch squeaks as you press it which can be a little embarrissing. Apart from that the car has been sound. All other faults have been my own fault, IE, Induction kit fitted has disrupted the computer a little making it a little jumpy below 3000 revs. I'm getting this fixed at Rally Tec. Also the metal bracket behind my CD player cut one the wires of the CD player shorting out the ignition fuse.

General Comments:

So far I have been very pleased with this car. I changed the wheels from the original 175/65/R14 to some new alloys which are 195/45/R16. These new wheels hold the road a lot better. Before with the old wheels I would aqua plain over the smallest puddle, plus they hated going round bends in the wet, even when going slowly. The new wheels stick to the road. It's a great engine with capabilities far above my friends cars of similar engine size. The car can easily handle upward slopes in 5th gear going 20mph with no struggle. My computer needs re-tuning after fitting a pipercross rally induction kit, replacing the old filter system. For some reason the car does not mix the right air to fuel when it's hot and running below 3000 revs. It's only a problem if you put your foot down, and then it only jumps a little. The car is very economical. The car proved that it didn't need an Ecotec valve to save it petrol. (Ecotec - valve that mixes more air with the petrol increasing performance and saving petrol due to less wastage) The looks of the car are lovely. I bought the yellow one which I believe is the best colour. All in all I am so pleased with this car that in a few years time when I change it, I'll make sure that it's another Hyundai (Hyundai coupe 2.0l maybe )

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2003

9th Feb 2007, 06:51

I bought my 1998 Hyundai Accent MVI a few weeks ago. The last person to own it let dogs travel in the car with her! So as you can imagine the interior needed a little TLC!

Well, I've cleaned up the carpet and seats and replaced the handbrake lever which had been chewed to pieces, and its now looking good inside.

The exterior is in good condition for a car of this age (nearly 10 years old). I have to say, these Hyundai's do not rust easily. There are a couple of knocks and dents to be looked at, but nothing major.

The thing that impressed me most about the car though (apart from it's looks) is the way it drives. My car has covered over 82,000 miles and the engine is still as sweet as anything and pulls nicely, though I have to say the handling isn't great, but hey you can't expect everything from a 9 year old sporty hatch now can you! A few squeaks here and there whilst driving around, but all in all a fantastic looking and reliable car.


9th Feb 2007, 11:40

What a bizarre comment. Handling has nothing to do with age. A 1967 Porsche is going to handle better than a 1967 Ford LTD.

Hyundais are made for soft rides, and for drivers who do not take corners fast.

25th Jan 2008, 17:31

Well I gotta agree with most of whats been said, I got mine last week for a project to custom and its fantastic... its roomy, smooth, sporty and quite quick :) I'm loving it, got most of my plans for it sorted and already started on the interior. its like a blank canvas so much potential, I have no idea why I dint buy 1 sooner.

As for the comment about handling!!! mines fine still has standard wheels at the min, but they hug the road fine. and I put it in corners pretty quick and I have no problems, sticks to the road like glue.

Mines only done 55G's and the engine is sweet, but what you expect... it is a Korean car after all lol.

Peace out and much love to all the MVi owners.