1998 Hyundai Accent Reviews - Page 4 of 7

1998 Hyundai Accent 1.5L Auto 1.5 petrol from Singapore

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance60000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Basic transport, for undemanding drivers only

Faults:

Handbrake rusted and stuck soon after car was purchased.

Shock absorbers went at 2-3 yrs.

Exterior door handles kept breaking off - 3 sides in all.

Waterpump went at 3 yrs (40000+km)

Brakes worn off after 3 yrs

Transmission impossible to get kickdown even if floor accelerator. Have to use overdrive off button. Very leisurely driving required.

Aircon lost effectiveness after 2-3 yrs.

Transmission selector got confused - car thought it was in D and refused to start.

Dashboard lights intermittent and finally went off at 4 yrs.

General Comments:

Car was cheap to buy, but not to run. Poor quality fittings and mechanicals don't last. Awful clown like upholstery design.

Reasonably roomy, seats flat, but not too bad for long drives. Economy very average only, poor acceleration even though car is light.

Scrapped before it reached 5 yrs old.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd February, 2004

1998 Hyundai Accent GT 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired4500 miles
Most recent distance6000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Shogun

Summary:

If you wanna stay alive avoid this plastic car

Faults:

Fuel pump malfunctioned.

It consumes too much fuel.

I think plastic is tougher than the body of the accent.

Had to change front suspension after going over 1 speed bump at 30mph.

General Comments:

This car is nothing and worthless, if you wan a sport car don't buy a Korean car. Imagine if you have an accident with this car, with the body made by very cheap metal I don't own this vechile anymore and looking for another and much much better sport car possibly a Toyota Glanza or VW Golf.

Its Speed is great and its comfortable enough, but handling is poor and in rain you have be all eyes on the road.

Engine is made in Korea so don't expect much, it consumes too much fuel I mean I had to buy another car for everyday use and use the accent only in weekends.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th February, 2004

1998 Hyundai Accent LS 1.5 carburetor from Sudan

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 carburetor Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired12 kilometres
Most recent distance122360 kilometres
Previous carToyota Cressida

Summary:

A good car... if you take care of it though!!!

Faults:

Since day one the car does not start immediately when ignition is turned on, requires up to 3 times.

After six months of owning the car, the battery went dead. Required an expensive replacement.

Ahh! The mayhem that never ended, the TIRES. At about 10K all four tires started to wear badly, usually when driving above 80km a rattling noise can be heard and the car begins to shake.

16K, cassette player died.

At about 30K the car wouldn't start up. The starter made a terrible noise, it required a replacement. Ignition coil replaced too.

From 80K on the car was a pain in the ass, the engine began to tune itself into high RPMs and then low again, push the car hard and it would make a buzzzing noise, mechanics suggested it was air that was sucked into the engine on entry. The car's recovery speed dropped, when doing 100km/h then braking to 60km/h it takes some time to reach a 100km/h again.

From 120K upwards my dad has to put up with a lot of problems with this car, front trans-axle needed repairing, problem with electrical system caused the cooling fan to stop about 7 times, ignition coil needed 2 more replacements, and up until now the most annoying problem is the clutch plate that needed constant replacements - it causes a nasty vibration when starting from stop.

General Comments:

This car is very light, handles pretty well around town.

Mileage is great in the first days of ownership.

Performance is satisfactory, off the line this car needs needs more CC to keep up with other compacts of its own class, but from 80 upwards it's smooth.

Very roomy interior and actually much better compared to a VW Passat!!! I was quite surprised to see how a small car like this could have more interior space than a VW sedan!!!

The audio system is quite nice, the factory head unit pumps good bass.

Overall this is a good car, but can run you into expensive problems if you don't care of it. Could perform much better if it got 300cc more and an electronic fuel injection system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th January, 2004

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 32 reviews