1997 Hyundai Accent i Coupe 1.3 from UK and Ireland


That rare thing: a worthwhile bargain buy


Manual window winder cable snapped.

Clutch hydraulics broke.

Has gone through a lot of tyres although they're budget tyres and two of them perished on the tyre wall.

General Comments:

Just bought the car from my girlfriend, who'd bought it for £600 in 2005 to learn to drive in. It came with a dint in the bonnet from the previous owner (hence the price) but only had 36,000 on the clock at the time.

It's got a few more dints on it now and the light bodywork does seem to damage easily.

Having difficulty sourcing a replacement door (easier to do that than try to replace the winder mechanism).


It's absolutely superb. It always starts first time, runs quite smoothly, handles well, the lights are excellent, the seats are fairly comfortable (though you feel like you're sitting on them rather than in them), the fuel economy is quite good (although the post-2000 models are better) and it's pretty nippy. Easy to park, too (hackney cab-like turning circle of 9 metres) despite the lack of power steering.

Slight gripes would be the high clutch pedal position and the 'hit or miss' gear selector for reverse.

Like another reviewer, I'm able to get my mountain bike in it with room to spare (the boot's huge).

Suppose what I like most is that to an extent it takes me back to the days when I owned older cars with no 'power' components. Everything is manual: windows, steering, mirrors etc. and you feel that you can trust the car because there's not much that can go wrong.

Insured it TPF&T with zero no claims discount for £130.

If you pick up a ten year old Accent for £300 - £400 with reasonable mileage it could be the best money you'll spend this side of that box of monogrammed handkerchiefs you've been promising yourself for Christmas.

Or is that just me?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2007

7th Aug 2010, 16:48

I picked up an Accent for a staggering £100. Alright, with 117000 on the clock it probably deserved the price, but that aside, this car does not, and will not give up. I've put a further 13000 on the clock with 2 services and 1 MOT. For all three, nothing wrong, the car is staggering for reliability.

It handles well as said, and feels like it has power steering due to its small light body. The body work is weak, taking no more than a draught to buckle it!

Economy wise, poor to be honest. If you do urban cycles, this car just glugs fuel for fun. On the motorway however, I've shifted 40mpg out of it, which is reasonable I suppose.

Overall, a great car in my opinion.

1997 Hyundai Accent 1.5 from North America


The best car I have ever had


The passenger door does not lock. After a year I started to have not serious issues with the transmission (it does not change the gear as fast as normal specially when I start running the car in the morning).

General Comments:

The car runs almost as good as when I bought it with just general maintenance. I use conventional oil for the engine with anything else, and still is good. The car is still cheap on gas (11 - 12 kilometers per L in the city, and 14 - 15 per L in highway). I got the same performance that my previous Toyota Corolla, but cheaper.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2007

1997 Hyundai Accent GL 1.5 SOHC from North America


This car is VERY reliable if routine maintenance is performed, still getting approx. 38-39 MPG hwy


Interior door handles are of poor quality (driver's side handle broke)

Hard plastic dash is prone to major cracking after several seasons of hot/cold.

The lowest of the three engine belts is susceptible to premature wear due to inadequate coverage by the splash guard.

Just replaced the coil pack at 105,000 miles. Rough idle and acceleration, first replaced plugs and wires. Finally diagnosed after noting a multiple cylinder misfire code.

Original struts appeared to wear prematurely. Replaced struts around 89,000 miles.

General Comments:

Adequate power and acceleration. Still getting close to 38-39 MPG on the highway when doing the speed limit and not using the A/C. This car is VERY reliable if routine maintenance is performed.

I've been able to obtain most all parts from local parts stores at very reasonable prices. The engine compartment is very easy to work in and there is plenty of space to complete routine maintenance.

I would have like to see a bit more quality in the interior. (Dash, door handles, etc.)

Overall, I am very pleased with the reliability and performance of the 1997 Hyundai Accent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2006

20th Jun 2006, 23:20

Are the coilpacks a known problem on the early Accents? See, I'm looking at a 95 Accent and it experiences the rough idle and acceleration, however once the engine has had a chance to warm up those problems aren't as severe. Think this is also a coilpack problem?