That 55 mph requirement is likely for breaking in new tires, AFAIK. If you replace tires, you'll hear about it.
What I wonder is that why am I seeing such wildly different prices people pay - one guy paid $7500 for a base model in 2004, which sounds too cheap (even after rebates), and the poster above paid $15000 b/w tax and other fees, which sounds too expensive (should be a loaded Elantra's price). Different dealers & rebates?
The difference in pricing could be a couple of things. 1. Some people put the price of the car before all applicable charges (tax, license, doc etc). A $7500 car would probably be about $8500 out the door. As for the $7k versus $15k difference, it could be a difference between American Dollars and Canadian Dollars (the reviewer is in North America, but we do not know where.) If neither of those reasons sounds good... well I tried.
I recently bought a 05 accent and am happy with the car. I was surprised at the quickness of it as well as how quiet the ride is. It could be quieter, but oh well. The seats are a little uncomfortable. We got the car for about 8500 before tax, etc.. (In Washington State) It came to 10 something after all was included. A good deal, I think..
I'm loving my 2005 Accent5! It's my first car, and if I keep enjoying it this much, I may be tempted to stick with Hyundai. Can't beat the warranty, and I get free oil and filter changes as long as I own it.
Thanks for the tip about the gas cap and the "check engine" light. I'll have to head outside and see if clicking it a few more times turns the light out, so that I don't have to stop by the dealership to have it looked at.
I've been reading all your reviews because I am considering buying an Accent. I've heard very little negative comments about it.
As I live in Canada, despite the mild temperatures and lack of snow this year, the weather can be rather harsh during the winter months. I was wondering how this car performs in snowy weather conditions.
All in all, from what I've been reading, this would be the perfect car for me.
I bought a 2005 Hyundai Accent recently with just over 2000 kms on the clock. The car has so far proved fantastic, very comfortable and easy to drive as well as being easy on the wallet. I only paid 12500 New Zealand dollars (about $8000 us) drive away!
To the recent poster asking about Accent performance in bad weather: I'm in Massachusetts, and I have found my 2005 Accent to be a beautiful snow/ice performer. Amazing handling on poor road conditions; extremely easy to regain control in a skid, plows over little snow piles like a tank, and easily stops on icy roads. That little car has some real spirit!
I wrote back in January about how much I was loving my Accent5. I still love driving it, but I'm spending way too much time at the dealership.
Checking the gas cap didn't fix my check engine light. I brought it in, they found the fuel filler tube was deformed, so they ordered a new one, and replaced it, along with the gas cap. A week later, the light came back on, I brought it in (for the 3rd time), and they ordered an evaporator hose. I brought it back in and they replaced the hose, but did a smoke test, and said they'd need to replace the canister. I'm having that done tomorrow... my 5th trip in for a (new) car that I bought just over 6 months ago. Not happy, am I.
I think the dealers are getting kind of crooked. I've given them my car for something trivial and it comes back with more problems than before!
I took the car in for the check engine light and I get it back fine, but someone crunched up the plastic that sits around the shifter. I wanted to go back and complain, but is it really worth it... I might get the car back with no engine.
Maybe they are doing this to get money from Hyundai as they are paying the bill? If the cars are too good the dealers don't make any more money after the sale of the car!?
Hope things turn out well with the gas tank!
Dealerships tend to mess up things on your car during service visits in order to get more money from you or from the manufacturer if the car is under warranty. I have tried to avoid taking my car in for ANYTHING unless it is a major problem. I've taken one car in for a very minor problem and had the air-conditioner sabotaged, a hose ripped loose, bolts loosened, and other things done to require more service visits. My neighbor (who is a mechanic) had the power steering hose deliberately loosened on his truck. This sort of thing is standard practice with most dealership service departments.
Just a quick comment regarding the price paid for these cars when new. It depended greatly on where and when you bought it.
For example, here in the Pittsburgh area, if you bought the car (new) at the beginning of the model year (late 2004, early 2005) you'd pay fairly close to sticker. If you bought it toward the end of the model year (again new, mid Summer to early fall) you got HUGE discounts.
There were newspaper ads all over the place here selling the base Accent, with whatever came standard in the car (plus AC I think) and a 5sp for under $7k... brand new.
All car companies are different, but, in general, there are 2 times a year that are better than all the others for buying a car (from a dealership). Usually around the Christmas/New Year's period (December to mid January) and at the end of the model year (usually mid to late June and after).
Keep in mind, with most cars sold in the US, a model year runs from June to May. So, the new cars coming in post June are either of the NEXT model year or whatever's left at the factory from the current model year.
If you bought a 2005 in August of 2005, you likely got a far better deal than if you bought it in February.
Overall, I'm quite happy with 2005 Hyundai Accent. It has 30,000 miles and I've done my regular maintenance. I think I'll have to get my accessory drive belt adjusted. I'm noticing a squeak that goes on for about 10 minutes (give or take). I used to have this problem with my former car (not a Hyundai) and it should be easy to adjust at my local shop.
I bought my 2005 Hyundai Accent in February of 2005 for (including interest) $16,757. I think that's a pretty good price considering my car is "fully loaded", not to mention a manual transmission.
This February of 2010 my car will be fully paid for and mine, and I am so excited to start enjoying the benefits of a fully paid vehicle.
In the last 4.5 years of driving my Hyundai, I've been lucky to only have had minor issues.
The windshield washer motor blew after about a year, and needed to be replaced, however this was covered under warranty, so it cost me nothing and I haven't had any further problems since it's been replaced.
I've had to replace the brake pads twice, which is nothing (normal wear and tear), and had to fix an exhaust leak.
The only major problem I have is with the rust spots that I am noticing. It doesn't help that I live on the East Coast of Canada, where the roads are usually salted for 5 months of the year, so I can't totally blame the car, although I do wash it a lot in the winter and make sure to spray the undercarriage.
After 4.5 years and nearly 100,000 kms, my car is still working great (knock on wood!) and I couldn't be happier. I have recommended Hyundai to my friends and family, and would most definitely buy another one in the future!!
2005 is my 2nd Accent. First one was 95 model (still driven by my dad with 230k on it).
I got it brand new, and 140k later I wouldn't trade it for any other car in its class. It's fast, very roomy, economical and extremely reliable. With 5 speed and winter tires I can go anywhere anytime into white blizzard.
I have few spots of rust here and there, but nothing major and I'm waxing car at least 4 times a year. So far nothing had to be changed in the car except tires and usual consumables.
My only complain about 2005 model is visibility around the car from the driver's position - 95 model was far better in this aspect. Other than that, maybe CD/radio should be changed - bugger doesn't want to read some CDs.
Great buy - I will get Accent again when I run this one to the ground. I wonder how long it will be running...
So far I've been loving my car. Had a 2001 that gave me nothing but problems. The 2005 has had a few small things... Some of the hoses couldn't withstand very cold temperatures and were replaced free of charge. My stereo was replaced twice, then I gave up and purchased my own elsewhere. And the factory tires are the worst. Replaced them right away.
Just found out about a recall for the exterior lighting, and plan to take mine in to be checked ASAP. Other than that, it's been a really good car.