2002 Hyundai Accent Reviews - Page 10 of 16

2002 Hyundai Accent MVI 1.5 16v DOHC from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5 16v DOHC Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance31000 miles
Previous carFiat Bravo

Summary:

Good value for money

Faults:

Since I have had this car I have not had any problems, however I am not happy with the performance of the brakes. The car has no remote central locking and no alarm which let it down a great deal.

General Comments:

The car seems reasonably fast, but it feels like it is going to fall apart when traveling at high speed and doesn't handle very well around sharp bends, The car looks pretty good and is quite comfy, but I am not happy with the overall performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th April, 2005

2002 Hyundai Accent GS 1.6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Good, cheap transportation

Faults:

Nothing, so far (Knock on wood!)

General Comments:

Almost 35,000 miles on my '02 Accent GS and I couldn't be happier! (Knock on wood) I drive 70 miles per day, 350 miles per week, interstate travel and while the car DOES show its "economy" (i.e. nothing too luxurious), I am very pleased with its performance and fuel economy. I have been experimenting with interstate speed and have found that if I keep the car under 60 mph I get 37 MPH!!! A difinite PLUS on a shool teacher's salary! Even at highway speed (65 MPH) I get an average of 33 MPH. The car is basic transportation... It's been dependable and a pleasure to drive. I hope she holds together because I'm gonna' have this critter a LLLOOONNNGGG time. =)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2005

2002 Hyundai Accent GS 1.5L from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5L Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired25 kilometres
Most recent distance58000 kilometres
Previous carAcura Legend

Summary:

A very economical, and functional car

Faults:

Faulty Air Conditioning.

General Comments:

Not a street racer, but has reasonable power for an engine so small.

Fit and finish is at a satisfactory level.

I am very happy with my car. It has been very reliable. I used to live in Edmonton, Alberta where it can get very cold. In all that time I never had any difficulty starting the engine.

I have driven through the Rocky Mountains between Vancouver and Edmonton many times. The car does quite well on all but the steepest sections. I even moved one large mother, three cats, one dog and a turtle with luggage, through the mountains, no problem! I never dropped below 80 km per hour even on the steepest sections!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2005

2002 Hyundai Accent GS 1.6 DOHC from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance98800 miles
Previous carFord Contour

Summary:

Satisfactory out of the lot, but will cost you in the end

Faults:

Seats uncomfortable for long-distance driving.

Manifold cracked at 98,750 miles.

Throttle position sensor replaced at 97,920 miles.

Cheap car from the start - high labor and part cost.

General Comments:

The car was alright from the start.

If you can do the work yourself, do so.

Any of the warranties that are promised by Hyundai are not true unless you do every single bit of maintenance with them - even oil changes. They wouldn't cover a misfire problem because a month prior I started doing all of the maintenance.

My fiancee noticed two days ago (11/8/04) that her exhaust is getting loud. I looked under her hood and just behind the oxygen sensor under the heat shield is a crack in the manifold. I can't believe that would happen after that many miles. I have an 88 ranger with 412,000+ miles on the body and the engine was rebuilt once and I just replaced the driver's side 2 months ago. The manifold (s) should last the life of the engine at least.

Transmission filters, spark plug wires, and even wheel studs from the rotor have to be purchased through Hyundai because they don't have any aftermarket parts that fit or stock them. I had to return parts several times because they never fit.

The car is cheap from the start, but then they charge over $70 an hour for labor (more than any other place I have ever heard of) and have a high percentage markup on parts. It costed $48 for a transmission filter and I can go and buy one for my mom's 98 Taurus at Auto zone for $16. The touch-up paint is almost $15 and you can get it at Wal Mart for $3.

Taking a 10 hour trip to Michigan from Wisconsin is very uncomfortable - especially with no cruise control.

There has to be a recall for that manifold.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 2004

30th Nov 2005, 08:53

Not entirely sure what all auto parts stores there are in your area. But, Advance Auto Parts carries two different brands of transmission filter for the 02 Accent. Might want to try there.

11th Feb 2006, 21:49

My girlfriend has a 2002 accent, no major problems so far with it, but it does take her up to 3 times to start the car, usually when it is cold. Sometimes it will start up on the 1st turn, but then die shortly after. I called a dealership mechanic about it and he said these exact words- "the accents usually take awhile to start up..." not very comforting. but oh well, once its started it runs its little heart out. typical cute little girlie car, I wouldn't be caught dead in it.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 55 reviews