1997 Hyundai Accent Reviews - Page 4 of 10

1997 Hyundai Accent GL 1.5 SOHC from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carNissan Frontier

Summary:

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

Faults:

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?

1997 Hyundai Accent Alaska 1.3 12v from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.3 12v Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired62195 miles
Most recent distance66550 miles

Summary:

Very good and reliable

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Well I've got 17 inch wheels on mine and it's been lowered 35mm, and it is very good on corners; you can just throw it into a bend at high speeds, and it'll just take it.

I've got a Greenflow air filter and 3 inch chrome Japanese can, which makes a lot of a difference.

To be honest it sounds exactly like a Subaru Impreza Turbo. And other thing I've found out that it is very comfortable. It's as sweet as a nut :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2006

1997 Hyundai Accent GL 1.5 from Indonesia

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired56000 kilometres
Most recent distance92000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Starlet

Summary:

My first and last Hyundai

Faults:

Power steering pump was broken when I just bought it for a week. Changed all the power steering seals and pump.

Wiper motor was not running smoothly and changed the bearings.

Driver door-handle and power window were broken and changed with the new ones.

Problems with front disc-brake. I checked it to the nearest dealer. They said they need to change the disc not only the brake pad since the disc surface was not smooth anymore. I think the metal material of the disc was very poor. The mechanic said that it was common problem with Hyundai cars.

The quality of dashboard material was very poor. The plastic joint was easily broken into several parts.

The car - although uses 1.5L engine consumed more fuel than my other 1.6 L car.

General Comments:

I bought this car since it was quite cheap compared to other similar cars at that time. But I made a wrong decision since this car gave a lot of problems instead of enjoyment.

The quality both especially metal material was very poor. I heard that Hyundai improved the quality of their cars significantly in the US market. Hopefully they will improve it also for Asian market.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th January, 2006

5th Apr 2007, 16:24

Dear Sir.

You bought the car cheap and probaly didn't get a mechanic to check it out before you bought it. Its not the car's fault it is you.

Kind regards.

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1997 Hyundai Accent GL from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired2000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Very good value and reliability I can count on

Faults:

The front axle developed a problem in 2000. I don't remember the exact name of the part that needed replaced, but it was very inexpensive to do so.

Just recently I had to replace the spark plugs and wires due to some misfiring. Given they were the originals, I was not surprised at having to do so.

The only other problems I have had with this car have been the standard ones: a couple new sets of tires, air conditioning needed recharged, and the struts and timing belt needing replaced.

General Comments:

This car has been very good to me. Its reliability has been a godsend.

The gas mileage is great. I average about 34 mpg on the highway and 31 around town.

Its handling is certainly not that of a sports-car, but it does very well for average driving. And its small size and turning radius makes parking a breeze in some areas where others can't even try.

The only exterior issues with the car is that the paint has started to peel on the non-metallic pieces such as the bumpers and the spoiler.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2003

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 39 reviews