Seemed like a good deal, but the cheapest model of a cheap brand is a gamble
My girlfriend got a lease on an Accent in 2001. At 20000kms the transmission (manual) was replace because 1st gear was not engaging... so you would just be stuck out of gear. Around the same time we started hearing engine knocking sounds when shifting from 1 to 2 to 3. Dealer was not able to recreate it, but we could "all the time". Engine light came on after 2 years... then went away then back. Now it has been on for the full 4rth year.
Dealer makes it go away, but it comes back the next day. In Canada the warranty is only 3 years/60000kms, so on a 4 year lease you are not covered the last year, then it suddenly starts misbehaving. The engine needs to be warmed up for 5 minutes otherwise it will stall if you barely hit the gas to drive off.
We are returning the car this week because its the end of the lease.
We would still get rid of it no matter what. The dealer might want us to pay for some repairs, but we won't fork a dime. It is an absolute piece of junk.
We have used 70000kms of the 80000kms allowed and we have all our records of maintenance and oil. Like in another review I posted in this forum, I does not matter that you are out of warranty, the judge will decide if it is normal for a product to be so deficient after such a limited time and use.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th May, 2005