25th Jul 2001, 06:13

Well, I don't know why you completely demolish this car. I have one since 3 years nows, and I did a lot of road trips with it. I did Montreal-LA round trip with no problem. I just come back from a trip to Nova Scotia and everyone in the car was impressed how this car is doing well. It just cost me 150$CA to do 3600km. I never had any mechanical problems. I know a lot of people that have this car and love it.

6th Dec 2002, 10:56

I have a 1999 Accent. My car has an engine light problem, my door handle has broken out, my heat stopped working, and I had MAJOR gas tank problems with it. It only has 40,000 miles on it! Otherwise it is sharp looking. I replaced the wheels and tires with aftermarket products, and if I may say it is good in the snow, no skidding. I'd say 50/50. It is worth it because of the incredible gas mileage. But it IS a hassle.

15th Jan 2004, 10:22

An idea to save the paint work, don't sit on your car wearing jeans with studs on.

28th Dec 2005, 15:46

I have owned my 1999 Hyundai Accent GL since I took it off the lot back in 1998. I have had hardly any problems with it whatsoever. The paint is kinda crappy and the metal is pretty thin, but with about 100,000 miles on it, it is still a great car. The only problems I have had with it are the manifold cracked and it has needed breaks and tires. I put new struts on it because I lowered it, but I still have the originals, they are still good. With performance modifications it still gets about 34mpg. I say if you have the chance buy one do, but make sure it's a 5-speed.

4th Jan 2006, 09:25

I have a 1999 Accent and I have had no problem with it. I have even leaned on it with a pair of riveted jeans and the paint didn't scratch. I am thinking you had to slam you trunk with all you wieght in order to dent it. I have slammed it with my wieght which is 300 lbs and it didn't dent. The brushing of the keys when you unlock will scratch the paint. I have all original parts, and haven't had a problems at 52,000 miles. The car does pull to the right when I floor the gas though, but that is expected. I would recommend this car for people who need good gas mileage.

11th Sep 2006, 10:08

All you talked about was the paint and the metal of the car. So you buy a car based on how the paint and metal are? I'd take a car that is reliable and dents easily over one that doesn't dent that easily, but has a lot of problems.

12th Sep 2006, 15:10

I agree, My mom owns a 98 Accent and we've had it for a few years now and saw it go from 13,000 to the 137000 it is at now. We have had only one problem, at 120,000 miles the water pump went out, but it was cheap to get fixed. The door handles are broke, but it is no big deal, you just role down the window and open from the outside. Yeah these cars dent easy, but not any easier than my friends 2001 Nissan, or his Mom's 2006 Chevy Tahoe, or even my Dad's 97 GMC Sierra. It's just the way new vehicles are. I just bought a 99 Accent and I enjoy it. It has just over 90,000 miles on it and no major problems.

12th Aug 2007, 20:08

I bought my 99 Accent new for only $6495.00. It has been very reliable - never a mechanical problem until now at 101,000 I am finding that the alignment needs frequent adjustments and thus the tires are not lasting as long as they should. Also, it feels like the brakes are slipping. I took it in and was told that the brake pads are excellent, but that the rotors are worn, and that with this model, the rotors are a little different - they would have to be replaced entirely. I was quoted $360.00 by the dealership. I was told I should wait until the brake pads also need to be replaced, but it seems to me that something is not right - I feel metal on metal and hear a slight squeal at times. Once I drove through a deep puddle and briefly afterwards, the brakes did not work at all. I am not sure what to do about this, but I will say that I get excellent gas mileage (39mpg in mixed driving, 44hwy) and have never experienced a problem with the car until now.

9th Jan 2008, 11:22

I owned a 99 Accent until just recently, and replaced it with the 2003 model. The reason I replaced it was the car had a leak that I just could not find. It smelled of an old sweat sock because there was so much water in the trunk and soaked into the seats that I had to remove the back seats. I have had the 2003 model since October and SUP-RISE!...guess who has a wet ass again! I have only owned this car for 3 months, low ks, looks good, with 2 inches of water in the trunk this morning. Does anyone know where the water is coming from? I tried to find the source of the leak 4 times with the mechanics help on the old car and the problem was never solved. I don't want this car to rust from the inside out like the other one. Any help would be appreciated.

19th Jul 2008, 14:46

I had a water problem also. You can find it by completely covering the inside of the trunk with cardboard, and taking it to the car wash. Spray the water all the way around the seal, then open it up. If it's coming in the trunk, the wet spot will tell you where it's getting in. If it's dry in there, just run it through the automatic wash. And if you don't see it coming in while you're inside, pull out and look around all the seals and door jams.

10th Dec 2010, 08:52

I have a 1999 Accent, and have had to replace the brakes and suspension over the last 3 months. The engine/transmission are strong and working perfect. The gas mileage is great and this little beast just keeps running. Did I mention that it has 375,000 miles on it? I love this car.

15th Feb 2011, 17:40

My daughter has a 1998 Accent, this is one of the toughest cars I know of, she has a very heavy foot, it has never failed to go.

She also had a 1998 4 door Accent which she showed no mercy on, she come to me one day saying that the car was shutting off when she made a right hand turn, which puzzled me. The only way I found out why it was doing that was I looked under the car to see tranny fluid dripping out, bolts were loose on the tranny pan. I tightened up the pan and 6 quarts later it runs perfect. The oil pan on this same car was rusty and leaked oil, which she never seemed to check... (when I checked it, was beyond empty)... so I know these cars will virtually run with no fluids.

So anyone who is having problems with these indestructible cars, I just can't figure it out.