1999 Hyundai Accent GL 1.5 SOHC 95hp from North America
The car of a thousand noises
Nothing has mechanically malfunctioned with the car as of 20k miles, 9/12/01. It has all original parts (brakes, tires, etc). I'm sure this will change as time progresses..
Besides mechanics, the frame build and plastics are terrible. The thing has so many noises when you drive it, you may be legally insane after a long road trip.
The doors rattle, the dash board has noises from 4 distinct locations with cracking, rattling, and creaking noises.
The speaker grills even rattle. The transmission makes this whistle that's really high pitched. There is also a squeal from the left side of the engine compartment (alternator?).
Even the steering wheel creaks when I hang a left or right to turn onto another street.
I can see these noises occurring in an old vehicle, as I've experienced it in my old Toyota with 250k+ miles. But at such a young age and with so few miles, this is definitely a bad sign for its foreseeable future.
The interior is real cheap and it won't take a beating, apply that UV protectant often.
It seems like everything about this car is made with the least amount of materials possible, if the metals and plastics were any thinner the car would implode.
I hope the core mechanics will keep on going as the frame shakes on top of it.
Does anyone know if the 1999 Accent's engine is home grown in Korea or is it made by Mitsubishi? Hyundai has used Mitsu components in their cars before..
OK, enough bad mouthing Hyundai. As for the positives, the gas mileage is exceptional. The last I checked the car is getting 38MPG in the city. This MPG unusually higher than other Accents I've seen. Are the oil changes every 2,000 miles paying off?
The engine is rather peppy in first gear and it can get past the trendy SUVs with ease. The gears can get hard to shift if you engage them at the slightly wrong angle. The clutch engages the transmission smoothly.
I am trying to baby this car as much as possible so it can last at least 100k miles before I break down and buy a real car (Honda, Toyota, Nissan here I come!).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th September, 2001
13th Sep 2001, 13:33
Is there REALLY any need to change the oil every 2,000 miles?! Seems rather unnecessary to me. With the advancements in modern engine oils, the lubricating properties last much, much longer. The typical oil change interval for cars in the UK are every 10,000-12,000 miles or 12 months whichever comes first. I doubt very much that being anal about oil changes will improve the economy. Just my 2 cents.
14th Sep 2001, 15:31
Good luck, a friend of mine has a Excel which was the predecessor to the Accent, and it's a nightmare on wheels. Transmission problems galore, not to mention that it drinks oil like a drunk (LOL). It only has 72,000 miles.
20th Apr 2009, 20:19
I recently bought a 99 Accent GL with 97k on it. The very same night I got the car, my check engine light also came on. We took it back to the dealer we got it from and he said it was a small gas leak. Well we tried to get that fixed and the car wasn't running bad, but the light kept coming back, and I'm a college student so obviously.. we let it go.
Well 6 months later, the car started acting like it hated gas. It "coughed" and wouldn't really go anywhere. We figured it was the fuel pump going bad so we replaced that ($200) and it got even worse. So we took it to a family friend that owns a garage and he told us that the check engine light read as misfire, and I did need a new fuel pump and I had a bunch of water in my gas. Well, he sucked a ton of water out of my gas tank and said run it through and the water will eventually come out and it'll be fine. I've been running this car for 2 weeks now and it still coughs like it did before.
I've had so much trouble with this car it's ridiculous. The only good thing I have to say about it is that I can easily snag 40 mpg with it, not highway.