1998 Hyundai Atoz Reviews

1998 Hyundai Atoz 998cc from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 998cc Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carFiat Panda

Summary:

Very good value for money

Faults:

The lambda sensor gave trouble to dealer who sold it to me, he replaced it, no problems since owning car.

Brake discs needed changing in 2005, modern asbestos free pads are the cause of disc wear.

General Comments:

Relatively high up driving position which my wife likes - she used to have Fiat Panda 4x4s.

Quite economical, we get 45 mpg on a run.

Quality of construction is pretty good for a cheap car.

Sufficient luggage room for everyday use.

Styling? Well it's not the prettiest car on the road, new Amica is better, but who cares!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2006

1998 Hyundai Atoz 999 from Egypt

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 999 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance94 kilometres
Previous carCitroen AX

Summary:

Solved many problems.

Faults:

The front headlights tended to loss transperancy gradually until it became dark it might be for the sun and heat of Egypt.

I changed the left front axle shaft at 80,000 kilometers, but I don't consider it as a bad thing because every thing has a life time.

Something I really don't like is that the fuel tank door doesn't have a lock so its very easy for anybody to open it...and guess what he can do??? (",)

General Comments:

It's a very nice & good looking car, you can rich anywhere you want easily, and parking without problems.

Something very useful are the two big door mirrors which can reflect a major area than others.

Its large inside, every one seating really enjoy himself with the free space for legs.

Something not to be forgotten is that it is a very economical car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2005

1998 Hyundai Atoz GLS+ 999 from Portugal

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 999 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired25 kilometres
Most recent distance92000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Gets the job done!

Faults:

(Warranty) Noise on the transmission (I think) at 30000Km, I reported to the dealer, they said that the transmission was lubricated, but the noise didn't stop, eventually the problem went away without more service.

General Comments:

I bought this car new and I'm still driving it, I had no serious problems with it, always have been very reliable! I've made a road trip from Lisbon/Portugal to Paris/France only stopping for fuel (+-1800Km).

I adapted this car to run with GPL (propane) so is very economic on the fuel department, I had some problems with the propane kit though (Lovato) but I think is normal due to the use.

Performance... well this car has only 999cc/55hp/850Kg... is very normal it slows when you put more weight or when the road starts to go up, specially when running on propane (less power than gasoline), to get more power I replaced the factory intake with a direct intake with conic K&N air filter and replaced the factory spark plugs (NGK nickel) with BOSCH Super-4 (coper pole), only this gave my ATOZ the extra power it needed with an extra... I can make +-40Km more than before, specially if the air filter is clean! The down side is the engine is louder due to removal of the resonator box from the air intake, I don't mind thought, sounds and performs more like a racing car now :-), cars in the same engine/power segment (1000cc-1200cc) have no change now, even running with propane.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2004

1998 Hyundai Atoz + 1.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.0 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance33500 miles

Summary:

A potentially good car, but very rough round the edges

Faults:

Delayed acceleration (fixed by cleaning the spark plugs). Not a nice experience when accelerating off from a junction.

Engine randomly cuts out at lower revs (fixed twice; now doing it for a third time, but not so often as before).

Shuddering at low revs.

Work done on the exhaust system.

Leak from the transmission oil seal (caused by oil grade change for 20,000 mile service). Required the use of a loan car.

Worn driver's door lock.

Salt corrosion on the alloy wheels.

Creaking front passenger door.

Brake pads needed replacing at 33,000 miles (£55 + VAT). Not a big deal perhaps, but previous cars (Hyundai X2, Proton, Nissan Sunny and Toyota Starlet) did at least twice the miles on original pads.

General Comments:

I dislike the lack of steering feel and spongy brake/clutch pedals.

I don't like the engine noise at speed.

Handling is not very good; feels unstable at speed and affected by cross winds.

Body panels very easily dented; some panel fits could be better.

Limited performance when using the air-con.

Not that pretty (inside or out), but at least it's different.

Good standard specification (power steering, air-con, and electric windows) and very spacious cabin.

Excellent fuel economy, low insurance and three-year warranty, but dealer service charges are high for such a small engine (999cc).

The level of service from dealer is excellent, despite the oil leak incident.

The Atoz is a disappointing car and it hasn't been very reliable. However, our family's previous Hyundai (a '94 X2) was excellent, and so has my dad's new car, a brand new Accent.

Most problems could be because it was one of the earliest UK spec imports.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st April, 2001

24th Apr 2001, 11:01

I had a Toyota Starlet before (F-reg), and had it serviced every 6,000 miles. It could eat a set of brake pads in under 7,000 miles, although driven sensibly, I was still lucky to get 14-15,000 out of them. Not much ever went wrong with that Toyota, but when it did, it was stupid things like the window winder regulators, and the wiper linkage. Unfortunately, the prices for parts were obscene, and I sold the car to a silly-boy from Greenock who paid over the odds for it. You can have it either way with Jap cars. Either they're heaps with loads of problems, or they're 99% reliable with the other 1% costing you a fortune. Stick to British cars like Ford & Vauxhall. They might have a few more niggles from time to time, but they're far easier to live with.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 4 reviews