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

2002 Hyundai Accent L 1.5 SOHC I-4 from North America


If I didn't need something bigger, I would drive it till the wheels fall off!


Radio shorted out in the dash and blew out all of the fuses for the dash lights at 25 miles. Dealer replaced all of the fuses, but could not replicate the problem. Two weeks later and another 40 or so miles; it happened again. I took it to Best Buy, and they showed me that the ground wire had been improperly placed, and would continue blowing fuses. Replaced with an after market head unit, and it hasn't happened again.

3,500 - Window cranks on both windows broke off; dealer replaced under the bumper to bumper warranty.

4,000 - Hydraulic lifts for the hatch leaked and would no longer hold it open. Replaced under the bumper to bumper warranty.

7,000 - Coil pack failed, causing the engine to misfire; dealer replaced all of the coil packs on a TSB.

8,000 - Windshield wiper bolt sheared off on passenger side; replaced under warranty.

14,000 - Synchros in the transmission failed, causing it to pop out of reverse while trying to back up. Hyundai America informed me that I had voided my warranty and it would be out of pocket. This was the last time I brought my vehicle to the dealer. My friends and I have done all maintenance since.

25,000 - Noted that it was burning a quart of oil between changes.

30,000 - Sway bar linkages failed.

50,000 - Noted the car is burning 2 quarts every 1,000 miles.

55,000 - Intake manifold gasket/O-rings replaced, and fixed an oil leak.

60,000 - All brakes replaced (first brake job on the car).

70,000 - Synchros failed again, had an independent mechanic look at it. The fly wheel fitted to the car is too light for the transmission and gets too hot, causing it to melt (plastic!?). Replaced the entire unit with aftermarket parts (stage 2 clutch, heavier flywheel, etc.)

80,000 - The car was hit by a truck on the front end, causing over $5000 worth of damage by putting a small dent in the hood, breaking the bumper cover, both headlights, and cracking the motor mount/radiator. Fixed all the issues in my garage for $850, and am still driving it with the marked title.

General Comments:

Honestly, I didn't know what I was going to think of this little beast when I got it... It was ugly as all hell compared to some of the cars that I had considered, and TINY. But I was quite surprised to find that over the years, I have become very fond of my little car (I even named her).

It's had it's fair share of little bugs, but nothing that I haven't taken care of, I have just found over the years that you need to put up with the little crap, because that's what the dealer charges the most for!

All of the work (minus the gaskets and synchros) has been completely scheduled.

It most certainly will not earn cool points, it won't go much faster than 80mph (and even that is pushing it), and I would never have more than 2 people in it at a time, but I typically get about 36mpg on the highway, and you absolutely cannot argue with that in today's economy! The 5-speed (up until the rebuild) is kinda clunky, and is not nearly as precise as it could be, but if you are good enough at driving a standard, it shouldn't give you any problems.

In my opinion, you couldn't find a cheaper, more reliable car for $8,000 new, unless it was still 1972. I cannot wait to buy the new 5-door model that just came out later this year! I will be handing this car off to my little nephew!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2011