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.

General Comments:

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.

2000 Hyundai Accent L 1.5 from North America


Great car for your money


Previous owner pulled relay from the fan rendering it useless (30 dollar fix).

Temp gage had to be replaced with cluster (140 dollars).

Needs an alignment and new tires as of right now.

Transmission grinds from first to second occasionally.

General Comments:

Great car overall; mileage is superb, reliability is great (would not buy an auto though).

Performance is decent for a car with its engine size.

Oil consumption has started at around 130000, but not bad at a quart every 3000 miles.

Would buy another in a heart beat, but would make sure to get options next time though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2009

2000 Hyundai Accent GLS 1.5 SOHC MPFI from Uruguay


Comfortable, well-equipped economy car, which rivals more expensive options


I have just bought the car. Only the battery has needed changing.

General Comments:

As I got the car only two weeks ago, I'd like this review to help other users choose a used car, and generate useful comments by eventual readers.

I traded a very old Fiat (16 years old) for this very good condition 2000 model Accent, with 100.000 km (62.000 miles) on it. The car looks very well cared for, it has been painted once, not recently and apparently by a good professional.

General comments:

Engine is a bit noisy at the 1500-2000 RPM range, so in most city situations you'll hear the engine. Not too intrusive, but it's noticeable.

Suspension is comfortable. No noise from the suspension nor from the body. Pretty tight car.

Seats are comfortable, as are seat belts.

Ventilation is fine, though it could use a bit more power. Of course, in an 8 year old car, some degrading is likely, so I cannot be sure if this small annoyance was present all its life.

Air conditioning is working fine. A friend with the same car since new finds it's cooling as it should. I'd wish for a colder system, but it's OK. The system is particularly suitable for long highway stretches, where you just can't drive with open windows. In not too warm days, city driving can result better with windows lowered and/or sunroof opened.

Steering is comparable with the best I've ever driven, a Mitsubishi Lancer.

Gearbox control is excellent. Clutch is light and all shift movements are easy. Gear ratios seem a bit too far apart, so merging into highway traffic requires a bit too much acceleration in lower ratios.

General workmanship is very good, and taking into account the car's age, I'd say it denotes excellent quality of materials. Classic wearing points, such as steering wheel, pedals, gearshift knob, stalks, and assorted controls, are well preserved. All legends are clearly legible and have not faded. Upholstery is flawless, as is headliner. This car is equipped with a sunroof, and the headliner portion that can be unfastened is in perfect condition, and all the mechanisms fit perfectly.

In Uruguay all cars, new or used, are very expensive, so it's important to be able to examine a used car and get a decent deal. I paid 9300 USD dollars for this Accent, which was a reasonable deal, taking into account that it has lots of options, including driver and passenger airbags, ABS, alloys, driving fog lights, A/C, power steering, sunroof, power windows in all 4 doors, power rear-view mirrors, painted rear-view mirrors, 6CD in-trunk changer, power antenna, and other assorted bells and whistles.

So, obviously I can't say anything about the car's long-term reliability, but I'll post regularly my impressions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2009

19th Jan 2009, 10:39

I am the original poster. My first 1100 kilometers, in about 4 weeks of ownership, have been absolutely uneventful. I'll take the car to the shop in about a week for an oil change, general inspection, and substitution of timing belt.

7th Feb 2013, 10:41

I am the original poster. After 4 years and 30.000 km, I'm back to say what went wrong and what went fine.

Wrong: A/C compressor gripped at 125.000 km. Couple of belts broken, and the supporting plate bolted to the engine block was lost and the lugs were broken. I was lucky not to break the engine block. Everything was fixed, and the A/C cools great. I had thought that the system was a little weak, and I was right.

Central locking still works, but it's hard to unlock all the doors at once.

Left steering rack had to be replaced.

Whole clutch assembly, from the pedal to the engine (all the hydraulic actuators) at 105,000.

Save for that and regular maintenance, the car has been great, and not left me once in the road.

If you want basic transportation, this is a good choice.