2000 Hyundai Accent GL 1.5 from North America
Great little car that I have owned since new. Never drove it in winter, always garaged next to my antique car collection... just drove it for long trips in summer. Did have problems with the original head / flashing check engine light. I'm mechanical so I found low compression in cylinder 1; 75 instead of 150. The motor was skipping at 83,000 miles; replaced head gaskets, timing belt and water pump while I had it apart. Replaced the A/C compressor also.
It locked up from low usage 1 year prior. Ran great again after that; parts cost 800.00. The car was in great shape so I thought it was worth it.
At 130,000, the engine light came on again... this time emissions. Replaced the catalytic converter and both O2 sensors; I cheaped out and used aftermarket; that was a mistake... The cat was junk and so were the O2 sensors... went to OEM; haven't had any problems so far.
No engine light with 153 000 miles on it; it runs like new... but I took excellent care of this car; I never beat on it, always took great care in keeping it waxed and super clean inside. Changed the oil every 3-4 thousand miles and changed the automatic trans fluid every 2-3 years. Replaced C/V joints and both front wheel bearings and a few other things. It will make it to 200,000 miles easily... I just wish it had 15-20 more HP...
Great looks and is comfortable for a small car. I still love driving it on weekends and I get good comments on it.
I did replace the ugly plastic wheel covers and 13 inch rims with 15 inch ASA BMW wheels... it really dressed it up nice. I did this at 50,000 miles.
I am keeping this car; I do not like the new Accents.. the back is too pointy and the windshield is at too much of a slant... so is the back window. They can have the car payments. They have cheapened the new ones, and the Accent before my new 2000 body style sucked.
Great car, but keep up on the maintenance and you will get a lot of years and miles out of it...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th November, 2017
16th Nov 2017, 11:38
It’s not a bad idea to turn your air conditioner on at least once a month even in winter. Just for a short while.
17th Nov 2017, 11:07
Agreed. The compressor must be run at least 10 minutes or so per month even in winter, to lubricate the seals and compressor.
17th Nov 2017, 14:26
My dad taught me that. I bought a few used cars however and suffered bad compressors, likely over neglecting to do that.