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

2002 Hyundai Accent from North America


A cheap piece of tin


I have probably spent about $1000 in maintenance per year on this car, on little things.

Then at about 60,000 miles, the air conditioning went out ($1,000 to replace).

At 98,000 miles, the car failed a smog test. Turns out that the carburetor is out, and it will cost $930 to fix it and pass the smog test.

I went online to Kelly's Blue Book and saw that the car in fair condition is worth $500. The repair shop offered me $250, saying that to get everything in really good working order, their cost to fix it would be $2000.

Also, the body is terrible - I always joke that if I poked my car with a toothpick, it would leave a serious dent.

General Comments:

I like the size - you can park this car almost anywhere.

It's an OK, basic, 1st car with absolutely no frills.

However, I don't believe I will ever buy a Hyundai again. I spent $10,000 on the car 8 years ago, and as of today it is worth $250 trade in. When things do go wrong, they are expensive to fix. I had a 5-year warranty with the dealership that never covered anything that went wrong with it, and as soon as the warranty was over, the air conditioning went out.

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

Review Date: 29th September, 2010

10th Aug 2013, 14:22

Carburator? I'd find a new garage!

12th Aug 2013, 00:14

A lot of my friends have had this car over the years; all have now moved onto something better (not a Hyundai).

This car does not have a carburetor; definitely has fuel injection.

These are not great cars, the positive points are that they are cheap to buy new, very cheap to buy used as they depreciate very quickly, and the engine/transmission are not too bad for the first 50-100k in most models.

Weak points are, infamously bad Hyundai dealer service and warranty, RUST, all steering and suspension components engineered extra cheaply and wear quickly, costly to replace, and replacements wear out quick too.

Also after 50k to 100k, guaranteed to have check engine light problems, transmission leaks, and good luck ever trying to get one to pass an emissions test, as the engines seem to have serious problems with that.

Usually when it comes time to repair it, the cost of repair outweighs the car.

Classic example of a disposable car...