1996 Hyundai Accent Reviews - Page 7 of 11

1996 Hyundai Accent LSi Coupe 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Corsa

Summary:

Nippy and comfortable runabout

Faults:

Exhaust back box broke 18 hours after I bought the car.

The left headlight fills up with water, when on dipped beam the light comes on and goes off randomly, also builds up with condensation.

The driver's seat moves about, depending on how you sit on it.

General Comments:

I only bought this car a month ago, I'm only 17 and yet to pass my driving test, but I have always enjoyed driving it.

It's quick enough off the mark for me and good looking, it also gives good economy as well as cheap insurance.

If anyone who has just passed their driving test and wants something that's better than a Vauxhall Nova then consider one of these.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2003

1996 Hyundai Accent from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance74300 miles
Previous carSuzuki Swift

Faults:

The dash began to split just before warranty ran out. I went to the dealer, and was told to come back in a few days when their "Hyundai man" would be in. I returned a few days later, and was told that now my warranty had run out, and I would have to pay over $650 to replace the complete dash unit.

Soon thereafter the hatchback rubber insulation strip fell down... again I was told that I would have to pay, and that the complete ceiling would have to be replaced to fix the problem. I opted going to a nice Toyota dealer, who charged me $25 to glue the strip back. After a few months, the strip fell down again, and I just removed it...period.

At about 40,000 miles, the clutch went bad, and I was stranded in a parking lot. I called AAA, and they towed me to the dealer. I had to rent a car in the meantime. Five days later, I picked up my car... drove approx. 1 1/2 miles, and was stuck at a traffic light. I thought I had been hit from behind... instead it was the clutch again. AAA to the rescue.

My dashboard now has two gigantic splits... the middle part is starting to warp.

Two weeks ago, my car started feeling "funny" and sounding louder than usual. I took it to a shop, and found that the wheel bearings had to be replaced on the right side.

Did I mention that I've had to replace the brakes twice?

Today my "check engine" light went on. I drove to the dealer and was told that I needed a new sensor.. to the tune of around $230. I was told I would not pass the emissions test needed by our state (I had just passed the test last week).

The paint is starting to chip on the plastic parts.

The rubber around the shift stick is beginning to deteriorate.

General Comments:

I will NEVER buy another car from Hyundai...WHY? Because of the sneaky way they avoided fixing the little split in the dash... which definitely is a manufacturers problem no matter when it occurs. But since I made them aware of the problem BEFORE my warranty ran out, and they told me to come back later, they should have honored their commitment. Hallmark Dealer in Nashville, TN said that Hyundai had told them NOT TO HONOR IT.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd November, 2002

27th Aug 2003, 16:00

MY 4 door 1995 Accent did too split in the dash along with oh so many so other things:

Rear windows did not open.

Rear door handle did not open from inside.

Outside window frame fell off.

Heater did not work.

One out of four speakers worked.

Defrost worked poorly.

Dash cover cracked.

Rear seat belt lock, bottom portion of connector fell behind seats.

With all these problems I did not even bother taking it in for repairs or tune ups. I did not even bother with an oil change.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 36 reviews