1997 Hyundai Accent Alaska 1.3 12v from UK and Ireland


Very good and reliable



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


My first and last Hyundai


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.


1997 Hyundai Accent GL from North America


Very good value and reliability I can count on


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

1997 Hyundai Accent GT 1.5 Gasoline from Costa Rica


The car was in a really bad shape, the last owner crashed the car.

General Comments:

Since I fixed the car it has not give me any kind of problem, actually, it works pretty good.

I'll like to suggest Hyundai to work a little bit more on the engine, because when you try to speed with the air condition on the car won't give you enough power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2003

1997 Hyundai Accent GL 1.5 from North America


It will have to do until I can buy a different car


Not long after I bought the car, the starter went on it. I had to have it towed and have a new starter put in. Exactly 1 yr and 2 weeks later, the starter went again. Another tow, another starter. I called Hyundai and because my mechanic put it in they wouldn't even talk to me. They said he put the starter in wrong.

8 months later, the starter went. the mechanic came out to check it out, and not only is the starter trashed, so is the ring gear. He estimated the ring gear at $100-200. He called today and it's $800, plus the mechanics bill. At least this time the starter is under warranty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th January, 2003