I looked all around for a decent affordable car. I think I found it. The Hyundai Accent. I know Hyundai had lots of problems in the past and I throughly inspected the car and read numerous car reviews. I chose Hyundai because the car had all the features I wanted in a car and for such an affordable price!
I paid a little over $8400 for the car and it included A/C, power steering, power brakes, 4 doors, a digital clock, 60/40 rear folding seat, plush carpet, dual mirrors, passenger side mirror and the best warranty in the business. My dealer even threw in lifetime oil changes. Can you imagine all that for such a low price!
The warranty was the real clincher. 100,000 powertrain, 60000 bumper to bumper, 100000 rust and free roadside assistance. If you have an accident, warranty repair breakdown, flat tires, lock your keys in the car etc, they will come and help you. Free of charge! If you're away with your car and it breaks down, they will reimburse you for your hotel bills, food etc to the tune of $100 a day for 3 days while a dealer services your warranty breakdown.
This car is a wonderful deal. I haven't driven it much so I don't know its reliability too well, but I'm confident it will do well. No company would warrant so much for so long if it wasn't confident of its product.
Personally, I think the Accent sedan is much better looking than the ECHO and probably is just as reliable. It's a lot cheaper too.
I think Hyundai has learned from its failures and is earnestly trying to win back its buyers by offering great deals. A lot of car companies start out with problems and they resolve them. Hyundai is a huge conglomerate, in real estate, shipbuilding, shipping and on and on. They've got the resourses to turn this around and make Hyundai into another Honda. But it's hard to convince buyers and critics. Time will tell. So far I'm thrilled with my new car.
The car I described is the 2001 Hyundai Accent GL- 4 door. I bought the car at Millenium Hyundai in Hempstead NY. They advertise heavily in Newsday.