2000 Hyundai Accent from North America


Why did Hyundai even start making it?


Since owning the Accent, the transmission has completely stopped working. First, it started out that when accelerating, it would not shift, and my RP/Ms would skyrocket into the red zone. To fix it, I had to let off the gas, then pump the gas a bit and then it would shift.

The motor also sounds like it is a standard, but in fact it is automatic.

Mine is a hatchback, and the divider for the top of it just fell off one day, not because of wear and tear, it just disconnected and it will not go back together.

Also, the cassette deck that it came with started malfunctioning a couple weeks after I bought the car. Half of the preset buttons have stopped working (and this isn't because I pound on them, the connection in the deck just let go one day).

Finally, with the lack of power, you pretty much need a head start to pass anyone on the road. It's the slowest accelerating car I've ever driven.

General Comments:

My sister owns the accent, not me, but I still drive it once in a while and I can't believe the problems she had with it. My dad's a mechanic, so really it doesn't cost anything to fix it, but she insisted on buying the piece of junk...

This is a bad car to buy. You'll eventually spend more fixing it than you did to buy it.

Keep in mind that a car that is only 5 years old should not be so inexpensive if nothing is wrong with it. You may think you're getting a deal, but really you're getting a great deal of trouble.

I still have my Buick, which is 8 years older than the Accent and I've had less problems with that thing, which, you would think wouldn't be the case.

If you're going to buy a Hyundai, do NOT buy anything cheaper than a Sonata. You'll be sorry.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd May, 2005

26th May 2005, 08:46

I agree 100%. I spend more to fix the piece of crap than it is actually worth.

24th Aug 2005, 14:27

The Accent is really just the horrid Excel rebadged.

18th Jul 2006, 00:14

I bought a 2001 Accent GL (4 door, 5 speed) used in 2004 with 48k on it. Other than replacing the brake pads and flex pipe, I had nothing else to do to it. It has 65k now and it drives excellent still. Also, I've seen Accents with well over 200k on them for sale, so I don't know how you got all the problems? I would stay away from a 1.5 with automatic though.

2000 Hyundai Accent GL 1.1 Ltr. from North America


Excellent buy overall, worth the investment, very good warranty package


We have had an oil leak that is depositing oil on the top of the transmission. The service dept. technician says he can't figure out where it's coming from. We have taken it in twice for this, told the same each time, and each time they've injected a dye into the oil lines to see if they can detect it's point of origin. Also, we have had a problem since shortly after purchasing the car with it idling rough when stopped and have a foot on the brake. The problem is worsening, have taken it in several times only to be told this is common with these cars. I can't believe that it is OK for a car to idle like that for no fixable reason.

General Comments:

I like the way the car handles.

It's been very good on gas.

Low in maintenance costs...etc.

Relatively comfortable ride, but could have a bit larger interior to create more leg room.

I am considering buying another as well, so long as I can find out what the cause of the problems that we are experiencing so I know what to watch for in another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2005