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Hyundai Accent Hatchbacks

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  • Thanks occupant1 ... hope you're right about the situation with my 01 Accent being "normal" ... the 01 has a 1.5l SOHC engine and my wife's 99 the same I believe ... I'll check today after I shovel yet another snowstorm's worth of white stuff out of my driveway!
  • okie53okie53 Posts: 10
    I've had my 2001 Accent for 3 months and just passed 10,000 miles (I commute to work). I'm absolutely delighted with the car. Did get a little wind noise around the driver's window; took it back to the dealer and they replaced the seal. The 1.5 engine has loosened up quite a bit and is surprisingly peppy. I am getting around 38mpg on the highway (70-75mph) and over 42mpg if I am not so lead footed (55mph). I am using Mobil1, hopefully I can get 150K out of the engine; I am looking forward to buying another Accent in '05.

    Okie
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    My hatch does indeed rattle. I will try to adjust the rubber bump stops this weekend and see if I can alleviate the problem myself. That will save a trip to the dealer for a simple 10 minute fix. I will let you guys know what I do and how well it works.
  • Thanx man ... the rattling hatch on my 01 Accent is driving me nuts ... and I don't want to make a special trip to the dealer. BTW check out post #390 Re; engine RPM's ... I'd like to hear your take on that if ya don't mind? Ciao!
  • I was wondering if anyone who owns an Accent has had a similar problem with there cars as I have. I have a 2000 Hyundai Accent GL, auto. I am taking the car in for its 3rd trip to the dealer concerning a strange problem with the transmission. Basically, when the vehicle is driven on say a long road trip at a steady speed the transmission makes a horrible thump and a sort of low-pitch sreach in the engine bay when I press on the accelerator to make the car down shift to pass another vehicle. The first time I took it in the dealer told me that it is normal and that all Accents do this and its just a design flaw. Then I took it to another Hyundai dealer and they told me that they couldn't duplicate the problem. Now I have an appointment to take it in for this, a vibration in the steering wheel at 70mph, a pulsating brake pedal,a drivers seat that makes a clicking sound in turns, and a glove box that is misaligned. Don't get me wrong I love my Accent and all these problems have just been mounting up and I haven't had a chance to take it in. My car only has 8200 miles on it and it seems strange to have all these things to take it in for. If anyone could let me know about the transmission thing that would be helpful. I suppose Hyundai's slogan is not a lie...."DRIVING IS BELIEVING"...that you got less quality than a Honda or Toyota.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    I adjusted the rubber bump stops and my short-term analysis is that it worked. I went over sharp ripples in the pavement at 50 mph that used to cause a slight audible shudder from the rear and this time, there was no sound. It seemed to be just as solid as a brand new car. Here's what I did: Look for the large rubber block right above each tailight assembly. 2 phillips head screws hold it in place. Remove the screws and pull off the bump stop. Install either one thick washer per hole or a few thinner ones per hole underneath the bump stop. Than reinstall the bump stop and the screws. Your done! The washers push the bump stop higher up so that it pushes more firmly against the upper hard plastic bump stop. This tighter fit forces the hatch to close tighter and thereby reduces the chances for audible rattles from hatch flex. You may have to trial and error the washer thickness based on how much slack you need to take up. Hope this helps all that are having hatch rattles.
    On a side note, I also decided to try some insulation as a way of reducing interior noise levels at high speed. The front of the car is very quiet considering how inexpensive the car is, but hatchbacks are known for their greater noise penetration from the rear. I can attest to this as I lowered the rear seat while travelling at 80 mph (I was the passenger, LOL). The amount of road noise coming from the rear tires was quite amazing. The seat is able to block some of it, but it still can't provide the same isolation as an enclosed truck. The spare tire compartment is the thinnest layer of metal between the interior and the road. Because this compartment is enclosed inside the whole interior, it is the greatest cause of road noise penetration in a hatchback. As such, I decided to add a layer of Thinsulate insulation underneath the rear carpet and above the spare. I bent the layer in half so I could get double protection. So far, it seems to have lowered noise levels considerably. The rear speakers don't seem as drowned out by road noise as they were before. I think its a worthwhile addition for any hatchback, but especially for the L model as it only has a cheap thin layer of carpeting between the spare and the interior. Just thought someone might be interested in my findings.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    I can't say for sure whether your auto tranny is behaving normally or not. I have only driven one automatic equipped car that also had a tachometer so I'm not very knowledgeable in this area. From what I remember, when I lifted off the gas of my 93 Mitsu Diamante, its rpms would drop down to 1200 or so immediately as long as the overdrive was on. If the overdrive was off, I think it would provide some engine braking and allow the rpms to stay ellevated. Other than that, I can't really say if what you are describing is normal. I personally think its sounds right.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    The tranny problem you describe does not sound right. The other problems aren't that big of a deal and occur in all cars, not just Hyundai. Wheel vibration at 70 generally means an out of balance tire, which is common on low-grade tires, or a bent wheel. The pulsating brake pedal is probably either a warped rotor or a bent wheel. Warped rotors are a common problem on all cars, including Honda and Toyota. A clicking driver's seat is hardly a concern, nor is a misaligned glovebox. I believe many 2000 Accents had the glovebox problem. Mine has it as well. I learned to live with it, keeping in mind that this is an inexpensive car. Someone I know bought a 2001 Acura CL and had to take it back after only 100 miles because it had a pull to the right. The dealer claimed it was normal but he pushed them to check its alignment. It turns out it was off slightly and they adjusted it. So if a 30 grand Acura has a problem right off the start, consider your small roster of minor annoyances after 8200 miles normal. The only real big concern is your transmission. Take them for a test drive and show them the sound yourself! That way they can't claim the sound is not reproducable. By the way, 2000 Accord V-6s were recalled due to a terrible thump from the transmission. So don't think Honda is immune from the same type of problems. I personally feel I got just as much quality as I would have from Honda or Toyota and for a much cheaper price to boot. Hope you get your problems taken care of.
  • My boyfriend has a 2000 Accent and has been having nothing but problems with it. He is getting ready to take his car in for a third time in five months/5800 miles. The second time he took it in, they had to completely replace the transmission. We were out last night and the transmission started doing what it did last time, so he is taking it in again. What happens is when you accelerate, the RPM increases, but the speed does not. Has anyone else had this kind of transmission problems? If he has to take it in once more during the first year for the transmission, he's got a "lemon." It's just frustrating! I've owned Mazdas, Toyotas, and now an Oldsmobile without any serious problems, especially when it was new! I have had a 1998 Oldsmobile LSS for a little over a year now and have not had one problem with it, so I am starting to question the quality of Hyundai.
  • I know this is kind of stupid, but I have been following this board for a while now, and does it bother anyone else that the word Hyundai is spelled wrong in the topic title? Maybe we should all just drop this dead weight of old news and bad memories (as of late) and start a brand new thread - "Hyundai Accent 2"! We'd really be in the big league then, eh? Or maybe we should all just get together and start a new life . . . under the sea.

    (I'm sorry, I am just bored and this is my lame attempt at humor. I am actually supposed to be working, so I better go.)

    Just remember:

    "There'll be no accusations!
    Just friendly crustaceans,
    Under the Seeeeeeeeeaaaaaaa!"
    Homer Simpson
  • Hadn't noticed the mis-spelling ... One thing that bothers me regarding Hyundai products, is the fact that Hyundai automatic transmissions still seem to be prone to the same types of malfunctions that have been plaguing them for several years now ... if these problems are due to inherent design flaws in the unit, then you would think that these bugs would have been engineered out by now ... especially since it appears to be so common?
  • Thanks for mentioning the mis-spelling. It's been corrected.
  • suds277suds277 Posts: 1
    Hello. I am a high school senior and a first time car-buyer. I need a reliable car for college and have decided on the accent. the car i am looking at now is an automatic, with air, rear spoiler, floor mats and mud guards. the dealer will give me the car for $10,889 (there is a $500 rebate in effect this month). could you guys please tell me what you paid for your accents? do you think the price i was quoted is reasonable? Thanks for your help
  • Hi, I am looking to buy a 2000 GS Hatchback. My problem is, I won't be able to buy one till November of 2001. I don't think the dealers will still have the 2000 models anymore. Do anyone else think they will? I don't want to buy a used car, so what should I do? Someone please help! Thanks a lot! Carson
  • aldagaldag Posts: 81
    I bought my 2000 Accent just a bit over a year ago now. I have the basic model equipped with AC and the manual shifter. At 12000 miles, everything is just fine at the moment. No trips back to the dealer for problems, so far. I drove off the lot, taxes, title, regie, and other charges included for $10700. I wonder if the prices have changed very much in a year?...
  • malaz002malaz002 Posts: 4
    I'm not sure whether you're still reading this forum, bobcook54, but do you have any additional information yet regarding the sporty upgrade the Accent is scheduled to receive this spring or summer? I'm seriously considering the purchase of an Accent GS hatchback with option package 3, but would be tragically disappointed if I bought one now and they came out with a "GSi-like" version a few months later. I will be grateful for any information you, or anyone else :~), can provide!

    Cheers.
  • bobcook54bobcook54 Posts: 79
    Yeah,I'm still hanging around! Haven't heard any thing for awhile,but I'll check and post here. Bob
  • bobcook54bobcook54 Posts: 79
    Well, it appears that the sport package for the Accent has been killed for this model year and it's unclear about 2002 availabilty. Sorry to inform you,so go ahead buy one and enjoy!!! Bob
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Kinghyundai: If you are waiting that long to buy an Accent, why not buy a 2001? The 2002 will already be out by November, so the 2001 models will be discounted. I don't see the point in buying a 2000 model as it will already be a used car by than.

    suds277: Is that price out the door or before taxes and the other charges? If it's before taxes, than it is too high, especially when there is a $500 rebate. Don't let the dealer have the rebate!! Unless you are good at negotiating, they will try to get the rebate and up the price on your car. In other words, you will get screwed out of money that rightfully belongs to you. Just be very attentive about the rebate and where it really goes.
  • iggy6iggy6 Posts: 7
    I am now an accent owner! 2001 1.3i auto. GB£7349. I think its great, and i like the challenge of keeping up and sometimes overtaking (!) other traffic while keeping the engine out of the i'm-going-to-explode-at-any-moment sounding rev range. Anyway, i get wind noise at 78+mph around the windscreen pillar, is that normal?
  • malaz002malaz002 Posts: 4
    Darn! Maybe I should go to Canada and get a GSi...
    For essentially the same price, you get so much more (body color side mirrors, sunroof, premium wheels/tires, sport-tuned suspension, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, fog lights,etc.). Oh well.

    Thanks for all your help, bobcook54. If you get any more info regarding the Elantra GT, would you mind posting it in that section?

    Cheers to all!
  • Hi, I am now looking for a 1999 Hyundai Accent GS. Does anyone know where a good place to look might be? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Someone please help! Thanks, Carson
  • bobcook54bobcook54 Posts: 79
    Where do you live? I would try Autotrader.com. We are associated with them and you can get specific on their website. It's a great way to find out where specific models are in your part of the country. Bob
  • dbwellsdbwells Posts: 44
    I don't know why they bother me so, but I guess I have just been raised to think about the worst thing a car can do is rattle. Drove my father crazy, and I have many memories of him banging around on the dash trying to locate them (not really sure what good it did).

    Anyway, now it is the windows. We actually reached about 40F degrees (!) here in Michigan, and I actually felt the need to drive with my windows down for the very first time. Anyway, both windows rattle pretty good when about 1/2 way down. Of course, just about every road in Michigan is uneven pavement at this time of year. What I really want to know is, do others have this problem? I know perry40, you mentioned it a while back. Do you have power windows or standard ones? I have power windows in a 2001 GS, and just want to hear any comments from others.

    Finally, I have never owned a car with a warranty before, and I don't really know what to expect. I know the manual says some vague comment about not being responsible for minor defects which don't effect the functioning of the vehicle, but they also want to make customers happy, right? Or not? I mean, is the dealer going to balk at me or think I am out of line if I ask him to fix this when I go in for a scheduled stop? Again, I confess my complete ignorance in any matters of this sort, and would very much welcome any comments or pointers.

    Thanks,
    DW
  • iggy6iggy6 Posts: 7
    I've never owned a car with warranty before my accent and i asked what is covered, they said anything that does not perform its designed function properly, so if the windows are not designed to rattle then the repair is covered under warranty, i guess. (ps. are the windscreen pillars designed to be wind-noise-free up to 78mph only???)
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    dbwells: My manual windows don't rattle with them halfway open. They are quite tight in their openings and require some effort to wind them down. The only time they rattle when halfway down is when you slam the door. Any justifiable complaint you have is covered under warranty and should be taken care of by the dealer. If they are that bad, take it in. It probably has a loose bolt or something.

    iggy6: The A-pillars on any car makes noise at high speeds. It is quite normal. My Accent starts making noticeable wind noise right around 80 mph. Consider that good, because some cars start making noise before that. My 91 Nissan Stanza is godawful loud compared to my Accent (the mirrors whistle and lots of wind noise can be heard when u hit 70). Amazing that the Stanza passed as a mainstream family sedan back than. Cars sure have come a long way.
  • lw12lw12 Posts: 5
    i have test driven a 2001 Accent GS and have noticed changing gears on surface streets and driving on the freeway, i can hear a high pitched engine sound....? is this normal? the engine sounds whiny..thanks
  • sopmansopman Posts: 46
    I'm about to buy a 2001 Accent GL. This is a basic model, four-doors with no A/C. This is a 5-speed. They gave my a price of $9,500. Is this a good price??
  • jjpcatjjpcat Posts: 118
    I don't think the price is great. I don't know where you live. But here in SF bay area where cars are expensive, I could get a GL with either AC or Auto at $9k + tax + license + $70 CA smog fee + $45 doc fee.
  • sopmansopman Posts: 46
    Unfortunately, I live in upstate NY, near Albany. Wanted to add that the price includes designation charge and advertisement fees. I have to pay tax, title and registration.
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