2009 Hyundai Accent from North America
A nice little car, spoiled by a company that won't correct problems
Toe in out from the factory, nothing bent. Cost me two tires and alignment mount and balance at 19k miles. I feel Hyundai or the dealer should have at least covered the labor.
Passenger airbag keeps deactivating with a passenger present. Dealer will not do anything till it throws a code up. Called Hyundai customer service, which is nothing but a call center, useless waste of time. In the meantime, I drive with family or a friend as passenger, wondering if they will have an airbag in this little car. Think I will try some government agency. Very serious.
Drivers visor would spring up, so it was either straight down or all up. Minor.
Shift boot developed a wear hole; dealer just got new one. Minor.
Fuel mileage not as good as expected. Was thinking it would be like a Corolla; about 5mpg less, seemed to improve slightly since alignment. Disappointing.
This car is fun to drive, handles well, good in snow, and has sufficient for what it is. Ride is what you would expect from a sporty driving car.
Interior made too cheaply. I know it is an economy car, but most anyone would probably pay a few hundred bucks more for better quality materials.
Great heat and AC.
Kind of a buzz box on the highway.
Getting into reverse is tricky at times.
If it not for the airbag issue, I would say it's a good car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 7th November, 2010
I have had the same problem with the passenger airbag, but after some time, somehow it stopped doing it.
Also getting into reverse gear is tricky as you mention, but for around 13,000 dollars, I think it's a good car overall, and I was expecting better gas mileage too; I'm only getting 25mpg's max.
I will never be able to understand what money does to business people in order to drive them to neglect their customers. Try calling the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Check your owners manual, I think by law they are supposed to provide that information.
For the reverse thing. Put it in first and just barely move the car, and then push the clutch back in, and it should go right into reverse. I've had this "problem" on many cars, as the reverse doesn't always sync up as smooth as the forward gears do.
Good tip, regarding getting it into reverse. I've found that it works. It's a fight at times otherwise.
Overall, after 21 months and 14,000 miles, I'm pleased with the car. No problems. Oil changes at or under 3k miles have been all that I've done to the car.
I had this problem with my parents' 1999 5 speed Civic. Looks like it's not just Hyundai. Thanks for the tip.