2001 Hyundai Accent GL 1.6L DOHC from North America


Good car, but beware: 100k mile Warranty covers little


Throttle position sensor at 30k.

Plug wires at 60k (maintenance) ($135 installed at dealer, $35 for aftermarket set). Very easy change--why the big cost at the dealer?

Map sensor at 60k--dealer said this was out of warranty and wanted $200. I gave a big 'no.' There was oil in the intake that killed the MAP (pinched PCV hose). I Replaced PCV hose ($1) and did MAP sensor myself ($60--dealer part).

HVAC blend doors (hot/cold and vent blender) hang up at 60k. Wiggle to loosen--not covered under warranty (surprise). I live with it--no big deal.

Timing belt: $400 installed at dealer. Aftermarket belt is $30. You need a special tool to get the timing cover off, though.

My special method: drill the head of the special bolt out until it falls off. Use an easy-out to get the threads out of the hole. Matched threads & length to a bolt at a local hardware store, and replace with a hex bolt & washer.

Kudos to the do-it-yourselfer-deterrent folks at Hyundai.

General Comments:

A good car overall, excellent fuel economy (28/38 mpg). Lots of pep for an economy car.

An obligatory trade-off:

It rides like a small car (rough & noisy).

It handles like a small car (very agile).

I fit in the driver's seat nicely (6'1").

The warranty is not all it is cracked up to be--most things are not covered very long. I was surprised to see how few parts are actually considered 'powertrain.' Most (90%) of the car is out of warranty at 60000. Ignore the TV commercials about "America's best warranty."

Aftermarket parts are uncommon, therefore most non-maintenance parts must be purchased from dealer at great expense.

For a foreign car with 4 valves per cylinder, it is very easy to work on. Underhood layout is very logical.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th March, 2004

2001 Hyundai Accent GL 1.6 from North America


Reliable motoring at an affordable price


Wheel bearings failed at 75000km.

Rear brakes needed replacing at 75000km (drums cylinder pads and pipes)

The windshield wipers are very poor quality and leave streaks on the glass at speeds above 80km/h.

General Comments:

Needed a low mileage car to drive into the ground at a fast speed and I got it with this. I am a bit disappointed that the wheel bearings didn't last longer, but since they were fixed its been fantastic.

Its quick, roomy comfortable economical to run and always starts first time, even in the depths of a Canadian winter. It travels 250km a day and has not complained once.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th March, 2004

12th Feb 2007, 20:33

I am the originator of this review.

We are now at 151,000km with this car and its still going strong. Since the last review:

Braking system replaced IN ITS ENTIRETY FOUR TIMES.

Power steering replaced.

Other than that its pretty reliable. It still starts first time every time, even when its parked outside in the winter. Mileage is good averaging 500km on a tankful, more on the highway, less round town.

Its starting to sound a bit loud and clunky now, at idling, but its still responsive and acceleration is still good.

One small area of rust appearing on the driver's door sill, but that's all.

Cracked windshield due to cold temperatures.

My only gripe with this car its its awful cheap shoddy brakes. I will keep this car until it dies, but I really resent having to replace the braking system every nine months.

2001 Hyundai Accent GSi 1.3 from UK and Ireland


The main problem that I have got is with a vibration I feel through my seat mainly. I have taken the car back twice to the garage, prior to the second occasion I took one of the garage's technicians out with me. On both occasions I was told it's only wheels that need balancing, but alas I still have this vibration. This vibration is spoiling my driving and I wondered if any one else as had any similar problem?

Wiper blades are very noisy.

I have a problem with noisy brakes - it appears the noise comes from the rear brakes. The garage have had the car back to clean the brakes, but still they are very noisy. I feel for the miles this car has done this should not be happening.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st January, 2004

17th Apr 2004, 15:07

My brakes were the same and I've just got them changed the problem vanished.

17th Jul 2004, 20:33

I am having the same problem. I have had the front brakes changed (rotors and brake pads) in the front. Now the brakes squeal all the time and it sounds like the back brakes.

My mechanic is a family friend and says that he cannot find anything wrong even though I have had them checked 3 times.

15th Apr 2009, 20:49

I also have noisy brakes - I have taken the car back MANY times asking them to check the brakes, machine the rotors clean everything out etc... The brakes always sound like they are grinding, especially when the car has been sitting for a while. I only have 59000k on the car. They tell me nothing is wrong, but it is sure unsettling!