1997 Hyundai Accent Reviews - Page 6 of 10

1997 Hyundai Accent from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired500 miles
Most recent distance59000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Cabrio


Energizer car... keeps going and going


I purchased this car new from a dealership.

Within 30 days of purchase, two thin cords broke connecting the rear hatch door to the interior. The dealership repaired them for free. Within 12 months, the cords broke again. I did not bother to get them fixed again as they serve a limited function.

Once, in 2002, the car failed to start. I had the starter replaced by a private mechanic.

General Comments:

VERITABLY PROBLEM FREE! Considering all the abuse this car has taken, it is remarkably dependable. Only once in five years has it failed to start. I am a careless owner who puts oil in the engine when it starts to smoke. Lack of maintenance doesn't seem to hurt it any. I have driven it to work 5 days a week for 5 years. I take 6 hour road trips once a month and I drive cross country once a year. I have no qualms about taking this car cross country again this year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2002

1997 Hyundai Accent GL 1.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired31000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles


Takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'


The locks on the car are a piece of crap. A month after I bought the car, it would not open from the inside. To get out, I had to roll the window down and open it from the outside. The dealership fixed the problem for free since it was under warranty at the time.

"Check Engine" light went on at 62,000 miles and has stayed on. The dealership keeps telling me they can't find anything wrong with it.

Suspension is lousy. I had to have my shock absorbers replaced at 53,000 miles and now they need replaced again. The car feels like it is going to fall apart when it hits a speed bump or if it gets over 30 miles per hour and don't dare take it on the interstate.

The master cyliner recently went bad and I can't drive the car because the brakes aren't working properly, but we have to wait on the Hyundai dealer to order the parts for it and they say it may take up to a week and a half.

The exhaust pipe busted at about 71,000 miles causing the car to burn gas very quickly.

At 45,000 miles the car constantly jerked. The dealership said that the fuel injectors probably were clogged. That didn't solve the problem so I took it back to them and they said that it was probably the RPM.

Parts are very difficult to get for a Hyundai. Pretty much the only place you can get parts for it is the Hyundai dealership and they charge an arm and a leg.

General Comments:

I have to confess that I really didn't take good care of this car. I went over 12,000 miles without an oil change once.

It is a very reliable car. It never once broke down on me.

The reason I would never buy a Hyundai again is not because they are bad cars, it is because it is so difficult to get parts for them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th January, 2002

1997 Hyundai Accent GT 1.5 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired2000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier


Piece of junk!


The paint is very thin, dents and dings come easily.

Timing chain tensioner broke bending my valves, and putting a hole in the head cover. The car was still under warranty, but it took three months to get the car back from the dealer.

The paint around the mirrors is peeling.

Metal sunroof deflector is rusted.

The plastic parts break easily and often.

Buying this car was the biggest mistake of my life.

General Comments:

Gas milage is good.

The car looks sporty and handles fairly well.

Its almost paid for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st October, 2001

4th Nov 2002, 08:31

Did he check the head gasket of his car engine? Change engine oil every 6000km? Or simply, did he maintain his car regularly? If the answer is yes. I have nothing to say. But if no, he has no right to complain his Accent sucks!

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