24th Oct 2008, 11:43
I bought a 5 speed 2000 Hyundai Accent GS in July 2007. It had no problems until December when the transmission broke. Had it replaced for along with the clutch (which was a little worn but otherwise okay.) for $750 including some other stuff as well. Since then my check engine light has intermittently come on, but does not stay on long enough to check what the problem is -- probably electrical. The undercarriage of the car is also very rusted, which makes changing parts very difficult.
Otherwise this car has been a good deal for me. Paid only $2000 for it, have driven over 25000k in the past year and no burning of oil or anything like that.
3rd Dec 2008, 00:22
I own a 2000 Hyundai Accent. When I had purchased the car in Sept. 2006, the check engine light was on but was told nothing was wrong, just needed to have it reset. I believed her, since I was buying it from a friend. In July 2008, my car started to shake really bad, when I would start it, it would putter, rev really loud and then turn off. After a couple of tries, it would eventually stay on. It had no power, trying to make it up hill was a nightmare. I had changed several parts and still had the problem. I finally called the dealer and was told it was most likely the Mass Air Flow Sensor. I don't have the money right now to buy a new one, and trying to find one at the scrap yard is hell. I just disconnected it and the car runs really good. Hopefully I won't ruin anything else in the mean time. LOL.
13th Jan 2009, 08:57
To the person who asked about the ticking noise in the black box (it's the fuse box), my 2000 Accent is not an American version, but I've experienced that issue when my battery died. My car is equipped with a Prestige alarm, it wouldn't start (because of the battery, not the alarm), and until the service car came and gave me a jump start it wouldn't stop from ticking. Apparently that's a battery or alarm related relay, which ticks when there's not enough electrical power. I see that you didn't have a dead battery, but perhaps the origin is around that issue anyway.
4th Mar 2010, 09:03
Hi Guys - I'm amazed by the amount of comments that mention the transmission slipping. I have just recently traded my 2001 Accent auto, which I had for 9 years. I loved that car and I always heard people say that Hyundai's are great til 100,000kms and then they break.
This is what happened to me - I had massive problems with my auto transmission as it kept slipping into wrong gears and revving out of the blue with horrible lack of throttle speed when accelerating from lights. I noticed that whenever I got out of my car, I received an electrical shock and thought nothing about it. Well $1000 dollars later with the transmission clutch fixed, which made it modestly better, the mechanic pointed out that the light for the overdrive globe was blown. That was it - simple circuit problem that when fixed made the transmission better, but not perfect. It seems that the electricals in the Accent are horrible.
I too had the problem with the oil - never ever had a drop leak on the ground, and I never had the light go on - but it would go through so much oil it was silly - even the mechanics couldn't figure it out.
Frustrated and worried the car would pack it in, I bought a brand new Mitsubishi Lancer RX - the variable transmission technology is amazing, and the Accent is what it is - great technology for that time and for the price.
2nd May 2011, 11:41
I have a 00' Accent l with a 5 speed. I had an '01 GS bought new.
Yesterday my 00's trans said NO... Linkage moves correctly, no cable broke and stuck in first! No "gear-feel" whatsoever.
12th Mar 2015, 16:58
I'm selling this car this week (junking it).
Won't bore everyone here with a repeat of most of what I've read, except to say that the 'check engine' light is the best operating part on this model!
If the light comes on AFTER you acquire the car, at least you potentially have a moving car until the next smog check is due.
If you (like me) assumed that the light is a minor irritation, easy fixable - it used to be - you are stuck with an unsmogable, hence unregisterable curb or driveway decoration.
I'll end with the same info I started off with. I'm getting rid of this excuse for a vehicle.