15th Feb 2012, 15:17
Just an update from my original review: almost five years on, and still have my Accent. Now 83k on the clock. Have changed the driver's side window regulator again, radiator (manifold heat shield came adrift and punctured a hole in it) and had a new steering rack. Bit more rust now. Windscreen washer pump's just gone (replacement: £6.50).
But... still starts first time every time, even at -16 last winter. Still on the original battery and centre section of the exhaust. Left everything else bar 4WDs stranded in the snow. Brilliantly rugged and actually a hoot to drive. Roll on the next five years!
28th Jan 2013, 18:42
Picked mine up for £300 with about 60k on the clock.
As a first car, it cost me £3100 to insure (still cheaper than my friend's 1.4 Ford Fiesta, and I was only 17).
The electric window on the passenger side and the exhaust box are the only things that have gone wrong. Changed the battery once and two tires. Absolutely love the car.
I definitely agree with you on the reverse gear, it's a total pain, but once you have jiggled the gear lever around a bit, it's fine.
Love the noise it makes when you hit 4000 RPM, but below that it's very quiet and very smooth to drive.
The gear lever, you do have to move pretty far to get it into the gear compared to newer cars, but the pedals are well spaced out, unlike the Peugeot 206's pedals.
Not the stiffest of suspension, so the chassis does move a bit when cornering hard.
Boot space is tremendous, better than near enough all the hatchbacks I've seen. Love the pop up aerial as well.
Hope this helps.
30th Jun 2014, 00:13
Two and a half years on.
Dented bonnet now replaced with a £30 second hand item in excellent condition and the correct colour.
Got a second hand set of MVi alloys with almost new tyres for £150 - much better grip in the wet.
Passenger side window regulator went a week ago (Ha! That's five replacements on both sides... definitely weak spot; the new part was £20 from Poland).
Still starts first time, every time. And still on the original battery...
2nd May 2015, 22:08
Update May 2015:
Still have the Accent, now eighteen years old. Failed to start a few months ago for the very first time. Had just bought a new battery to replace the by then seventeen year old original Hyundai item, which finally gave up the ghost outside Halfords.
Suspension is very much feeling its age, to be honest. And it needs track rod ends and new bushes all round. Have decided to take it off the road for a few months to do a rebuild. So have bought...
...a Hyundai Getz Sport. £460 for this one, almost a full service history, two owners, 70K on the clock. Another Korean bargain?
26th Mar 2016, 16:51
The answer to the question is: Yes, another Korean bargain. Utterly reliable, sailed through the MoT. Have had two tyres replaced as well as the cam belt. And that's it.
In terms of the driving experience, the engine is punchy (1.6 16v), gear change excellent and steering well weighted. It's let down by excessive body roll; feels a bit like driving jelly, to be honest.
Has all the toys (unlike the Accent): tilt / slide sunroof, air con, electric mirrors, heated mirrors, front fogs, electric windows etc. Everything works!
31st Mar 2016, 20:15
If that battery was really 17 years old, you need to inform the record books mate.
17th Sep 2016, 15:09
Was at least twelve years old as that's how long we'd had the car. Checked the label on it and it corresponded with the type supplied in Korea that came from a Hyundai subsidiary in that country.
Guinness said they're only interested in boring stuff like the world's oldest tortoise or tallest tree.
20th Sep 2016, 23:14
Fair point. The car battery may still make it into their records. I cannot think of anything more boring than an aged Accent. Perhaps they have a category?
20th Sep 2016, 23:24
It is highly possible that this battery was very old. Perhaps its unexpected longevity was due to it being nurtured. Was it obsessed over by a battery enthusiast? Do you still have this original battery in storage? I wish I had it.
I would be taking it to its original manufacturer.