2003 Hyundai Accent GSi 1.6L from North America
Nice looking fun to drive car that is fairly reliable with good warranty
Check engine light came on around 10,000kms, told by the dealer it was the spark plugs. I also would need to replace the cam chain because it was making noise, but when I returned to have the work done I was told that the cam chain was fine and the noise the motor was making is normal for a 4 cylinder car.
At 16,000kms the car required spark plugs again. Also told once again any noises heard from the engine are completely normal!?
Spark plugs again at 24,000kms and there was a mystery coolant leak even though no coolant ever was found on the ground. Only the level showed it was low.
36,000kms clutch safety switch started to act up. The car wouldn't start unless you press the clutch 6 or more times. Dealer could not find a problem and it seemed to have fixed itself.
40,000kms I discovered when the dealer did the 36,000kms service the transmission level check bolt was not correctly installed causing fluid to leak.
At 48,000kms the car had a major service done for about $500. I thought this was very expense for such a basic car, but after seeing the service invoice I felt the money they charge was unfair. The only things they did was replace 2 filters, a license plate bulb, and the spark plugs, again!
From the first time I had the car serviced till recently the noises are coming from every part of the car, engine, transmission, interior trim, and the tires have developed a vibration that won't go away even though I have my summer and winter wheels balanced every time they are installed.
The quality of the car is poor having lots of parts replaced under warranty or because of dealer abuse during service. The list includes steering wheel, shift knob, left and right door panels, and other small interior pieces. And the metal the car is constructed from is very soft. My car looks like a ripple chip if look down the body lines front to back. A new dent is added every time I leave the car in a parking lot.
Quality of the car is poor. Required service for warranty seems to be over priced and poorly done by dealer.
However the car has been fairly reliable and fun to drive around town. The warranty is a nice safety net and no hassle to use.
I would recommend the car, but not the dealer making it a good used car if it is well taken care of.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 7th April, 2006