12th Jan 2004, 13:26
I agree with the other two reviews... First of all the first gear governs out due to RPM's at about 26mph. I've raced a civic before, but the only reason I won was because the dude didn't know how to drive stick very well, at all! The hydraulic clutch sucks when it's even remotely cold outside. I wish they would still make spring-loaded!!! Otherwise, awesome little car!
15th Jan 2004, 10:54
Interesting to hear about the hydraulic clutch and the cold. My 2003 Accent with just over 5000 km is in the shop today to look at the clutch. This recent cold snap here in Ottawa, Canada has been too much for it (-25C day/-30C night) I did not realize I was purchasing a car built for Florida winters...
25th Jan 2004, 15:12
I've got a 2001 5-speed. I have no doubt I could take civics. I had a 98 civic automatic with nowhere near the go. A standard Accent against a few year old civic 4 banger automatic is no problem. I have never had a sticky clutch. Manitoba Canada, -40 and worse in January.
18th Dec 2004, 21:36
I like how you mentioned that you backed into a pole. It seriously made me laugh. But, I do like that they have the practically dent-proof bumpers, which is what my old car had. THEY ARE AMAZING. Plus, I love Hyundai. My mom has one and it's a really nice car not only to look at, but to ride in as well.
22nd Aug 2007, 16:04
My 93 grand AM stomped on Honds of all types, Ford mustangs, Chevy Impala's. It is loaded with a 3.3 V6 Engine. I have modified the intake and the exhaust and had time it from 0-60 in 5.9 Seconds. On jetBlue, it took 22 seconds to hit 170 MPH and it took 26 minutes to reach attitude of 40,000 Feet.
28th Sep 2007, 20:05
All I want to know is if the accent is such a great car that everyone loves, then why on earth are you beating them up against civics? Why not look after them like they're obviously looking after you?
13th Feb 2008, 19:40
To the comment above, I have owned my 02 Accent since Feb 2002 also. I have had several people tell me that these cars are known for their problems, especially with the transmission. I had the paranoid, but prudent plan to buy an extended bumper to bumper warranty. I am so glad I did. I have always said that I have had my car for 6 years and have never had any problems with it! I only use this car for in town driving and I live in a small town, so I only have 48,600 on my car. I take excellent care of it, oil changes every 3 mo and I just got a full tune up last month. This morning on my way to work, I turned a corner and all the sudden my car started cutting out. I pulled into the parking lot at work and when I was idling it started with the clanking metal against metal. Then nothing, but a check engine light. It wouldn't start again. I had to have it towed to a city 2 hours from my home because that is the closest dealer. I just got a call from them and they said it was a cam shaft positioner sensor that went out. Good thing I have an extended warranty. 10 years/100,000 miles. I am so afraid now that I will have nothing, but problems from now on. : (
And to the original commenter, you are obviously a sales-person. Even I, who loved my car until today wouldn't put those words to paper.
1st Jul 2008, 01:18
I have to say I agree the car isn't a race car, but for the size of the engine and fuel economy it is capable of it is a zippy little commuter. It has 1.6 liters and probably the same HP as most vehicles with the same sized engine or similar, but the gearing on the auto makes it seem very fast. I have never driven the standard version, but am quite happy and impressed with the power it has for being an economy car.
To the commenter above, you owned your car for almost 6 years without a problem. I wouldn't worry about more problems arising since you have such low KM. One problem in 6 years is pretty good I would say. Don't think it is a terrible car unless more start to go wrong. Good luck!