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.
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...