The best car for getting from A to B
Starter needed to be replaced, but nothing unusual about this.
Chipped paint should be attended to, as the car will rust faster than others.
This car does not accelerate fast, so if you're attempting to relive your youth, do it in another car.
This is the best car we have ever owned, beating out our Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and a few Fords.
I gambled on buying this car, used, with a lot of mileage. I have never regretted it. For a great price (<$1000), I bought a car that was well maintained, extremely reliable, and a pleasure to drive. With complete service records dating back 9 years, I can see that this car only required routine maintenance. I still have the original clutch and it works great.
The only major repair I've done is replacing a 10 year old starter, which is impressive for it's age.
The mileage I get out of this 10 year old car is amazing as well. On a 45L tank, I drove highway (Toronto to Chatham) and I got 800 km, which is unheard of.
Parts for this car are also generally cheaper than most, although I do recommend using the Hyundai oil filter for the Accent, not a K&N or off the shelf.
The car does tend to rust more (underside), because it uses a lower grade paint than most. This will only affect you if you drive in Montreal winters, as there is an excessive amount of road salt.
The 4 door has better seats and a better rear view than the 2 door coupe, and I recommend getting the 4 door.
The handling and response time of this car is also worth mentioning, and has saved my life on more than one occasion on the highway. The Accent is more narrow than most cars, and it allows you to manoeuvre through traffic very easily.
Don't use this car to accelerate like a maniac, it is not built for this purpose. If you're one or two people that need to get to work each morning, than this is a great car, competitively priced. A great first car, student car, and car for those that want to be smart with their money.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th July, 2010