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.
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
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.