2001 Hyundai Accent GSi 1.6L DOHC from North America
Worst car ever, I am sorry I bought it
First thing that went was a lifter rod, at 800km.
No block heater.
Fuel injection recall (known by company but unknown by me and unprepared!) My fuel injection froze up when car pooling from work, and me and 3 co-workers uncontrollably went through a major highway intersection when the engine revved up and wouldn't stop! Lucky we weren't killed!
Car heater quit.
Wiper fluid motor quit.
Right control arm worn out.
Dealer tried to talk me into new brakes all around, including rotors, at 80,000 when there was nothing wrong with my brakes!
Dealer changed lights without my authority and charged for it, twice!
Emergency brake seized up.
Managed to do doughnuts with a front wheel drive and ended up in the ditch, twice, after barely tapping the brakes, and only travelling 30km/h. the roads were bad, but have never experienced that bad of performance on any other vehicle.
Transmission and clutch are gone.
Exhaust rotted off at front of engine.
Insufficient heat in interior in the winter, engine has to be at high revs to get any kind of heat at all, no wonder they advertise heated seats.
Very poor, uncomfortable seats, also way too low, can't see good.
Insurance is extremely high because "It has one of the highest unsafe ratings on the road"
Funny the insurance is so high considering it is the least stolen vehicle on the market, I wonder why?
Snows a few inches and you ain't a going nowhere!
The car has been parked since 2006. Ain't worth the money to fix it.
Worst vehicle I have ever owned, period! Will never buy another Hyundai as long as I live, and discourage everyone I see from making the same mistake I did!
Way too loud when driving, doesn't want to cruise at the speed limit of 90km/h, either it cruises at 80 or 120.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd August, 2009
These engines don't have lifter rods. All Accent engines have overhead cams. I've owned 2 Accents, and if you change timing belts when due, you will never have a major problem. My latest car has over 122000 miles, is still in good shape, and does 38 mpg.
"Fuel injection recall (known by company but unknown by me and unprepared!) My fuel injection froze up when car pooling from work, and me and 3 co-workers uncontrollably went through a major highway intersection when the engine revved up and wouldn't stop! Lucky we weren't killed!"
The Hyundai comes with not one but TWO marvelous devices to stop such hazardous occurrences. One is called an "ignition key" and turning it off stops any further engine revving... INSTANTLY. The other device is called a "transmission selector" and moving it to "neutral" will stop any forward motion immediately. (if the car is a manual, depress the clutch).
I once had the accelerator linkage lock in the full throttle position while driving home from work. The car was a stick shift and I simply continued driving by allowing the car to get up to speed, then clutching it and turning off the ignition. At intersections I simply re-started the engine when the light turned green and allowed the car to accelerate to the speed limit and then turn the ignition on and off as required to maintain speed. I made it home with no trouble at all.
On another occasion I drove a car over 100 miles with no brakes OR emergency brake. I simply drove in the wee hours of the morning and stopped by shifting to lower gears and turning the engine off. Again I encountered nary a problem and saved a big towing bill.