1997 Hyundai Accent GT 1.5 DOHC from North America


An all around performance bargain





General Comments:

Very sporty little car. Not too swift in snow but otherwise it runs like a champ.

Sunroof is a really nice touch.

Does a decent job at stop light racing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2000

1997 Hyundai Accent GT 1.5 DOHC 16v from North America


Far and above exceeded my expectations


I had to replace a clutch cylinder (under warranty).

Spark plug cables failed at 12,000 miles.

Tire jack bent (replaced under warranty).

The fuel gauge is a bit off despite bringing it to the dealer twice.

The backup switch on the transaxle failed.

Main problem is very bad paint durability (coming off the spoiler and mirrors, peeling at some other places), and very thin (easy to dent) sheet metal.

The main problem was the dealer (Jay Marks Hyundai of Houston). First of all, the dealer did not want to present any documentation showing that the dealership had done the factory-specified inspection upon the vehicle's delivery; as a result I had to bring the car back the next day due to non working fog lights and a couple of other glitches.

The car was specified to have H-rated tires, but came with T-rated tires; I tried to ask the dealer to change them, the dealer refused and dealt with me in a particularly rude manner. I contacted the Hyundai of America, and they refunded me a purchase of H-rated tires.

I also resented having to pay for a sunroof and $300 for the 40W radio that, while officially being optional, came with every other Accent GT.

General Comments:

Very nice car and much more reliable than my previous Mazda 323 (contrary to the convention).

It is reasonably fast and has a good pull at low rpms.

What sold me though, was its flat cornering and braking, as well as precise steering; there was no other vehicle at that price range in 1997 that could match the Accent GT (however, this would be different for other Accents since their suspension/steering is different).

The "cheap-looking plastic" is, I feel, a good feature as it's much more durable than alternatives. The seats are very comfortable and I like the fabric design.

I love the hatchback, a feature that is hard to come by in the US. The sunroof however is virtually useless as it is too far back.

The radio is OK if you don't demand it to play your music loud, but it's still not worth its cost.

The gearshift throws are extremely long and slow down acceleration quite a bit.

A/C is noisy but quite good.

The car is almost rattle-free even after 80,000 miles (except for a little bit from the hatch area). The highway ride is noisy and choppy due to the car's light weight and short wheelbase, but tolerable around town.

The car has a surprisingly low fuel economy for its size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2000

29th Oct 2006, 09:36

Hey man I just got a 1997 Hyundai Accent GT I love the car best car I drove so far lol peace.

1997 Hyundai Accent XS 1.3 petrol carb from South Africa


Cheap 'n cheerful


Gearbox replaced under warranty, wasn't us, they had installed and run it as a demo with low oil in it.

Positive crankcase pressure valve faulty and no-one can get it out!! I've cracked the cam cover trying.

General Comments:

Well, it's metallic green and we call it the sluglet....

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2000

1997 Hyundai Accent 1.3i from UK and Ireland


Great value, good dealers, fair performance


Petrol gauge failed after a few months, repaired under warranty.

Windscreeen washer pump failed August 2000, still under warranty.

General Comments:

Has a reasonably powerful engine for a 1300.

Tyre wear on front seems heavy but nothing seriously wrong with the car.

Have just ordered a new GLSi from the same dealer, who says that I'll notice a great improvement with the gear change.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2000

1997 Hyundai Accent GLSi 1500 from Germany


Already had 128,000km joy from this car


Only a small problem with the rear-window heater, but was fixed right away and for free (warranty).

General Comments:

After over 120,000 km without problems I can say that it is reliable.

It is no sportscar, but 160km/hour is no problem for this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2000