2002 Hyundai Accent GL Sedan 1.5 DOHC 4 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand


Practical reliability


Clutch master cylinder went 2015.

Door handle/lock mechanism repaired twice.

General Comments:

This little car has been my favorite to own and drive so far. Despite the small 1.5L 4 cylinder engine, the car is light and zippy with decent acceleration in the higher gears. I have not found the car to be troublesome in anyway, and except for the clutch master cylinder, the only new parts purchased have been according to the maintenance schedule. While this is definitely not an exciting vehicle drive, it is a highly drivable people mover with high fuel economy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2015

2002 Hyundai Accent CDX 1.5 petrol from UK and Ireland


A good all-rounder that is sadly starting to show its age, and become less and less practical to own


Blown fuse.

Dead battery.

Holes in the OEM exhaust.

Brake pipes.


These are things that have happened naturally whilst I have owned the car; other things have gone wrong, but usually as a result of me tinkering. Nothing has gone wrong with car before I owned it as far as I can recall.

Also, obviously things like batteries eventually die, and other things will expire and need replacing due to wear and tear, but most things that are actually designed and built by Hyundai are extremely reliable.

I am yet to see a single Hyundai broken down at the side of the road, and there are plenty of Hyundais out there now.

General Comments:

I love this car. It's my first car, and although I could afford something faster, flashier or more economical, I choose to stick with this car as it's served me and my family well (was once the primary family car, then my mum's, then mine when I bought it off them after passing my test).

It's what I call a fast-slow car - it is most certainly in the slow car category, but is actually quite nippy once the revs are up, and if it's just you or one other passenger in the car. With passengers in the back or heavy luggage, this car struggles! It also struggles with the A/C on.

I'm sure if you are used to driving more modern cars, then this car would seem terrible, but really they are quite remarkable cars, and driven sensibly, can still return pretty good mileage, and driven hard, can get adrenaline pumping and bring a smile to your face, even though it is far from being a sports car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2015

2002 Hyundai Accent GS 1.6 from North America


Ended up knowing the name and repair price of each component of the car


What follows isn't a joke, otherwise I wouldn't have taken any time to write this.

Transmission had a problem shifting on the highway 2 weeks after I bought the car.

Motor had to be changed at 118 000 km.

Took 1 pint of oil each 3000 km.

Battery had to be changed twice within 30 000 km.

Alternator, front bearings, timing belt and exhaust had to be changed.

Prestone pump and windshield washer pump had to be changed.

Front caliper on the driver's side fell on the highway, back brakes weren't working. Replaced the front brakes twice without knowing about the back ones.

Hand brake and overdrive buttons weren't working, as well as the lights on my dashboard.

Plus, rust was spreading like wildfire.

Maybe it is a fuel efficient car, but with my engine problem it was consuming about 15 liters/100 km (no joke).

General Comments:

The car was fun to drive and comfortable.

I bought this car without having it checked by a professional, and the blame is on me, I guess, but I'm sure it would've gone bad, even with the help of someone who knew more than me.

I've paid 4000$ for it, and I spent a good 5000$ for repair.

Check the car for a good 3 hours before thinking about buying this lemon. I would maybe buy a Hyundai if it was from 2010 and up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th March, 2012