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Hyundai Accent Hatchbacks

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  • inuvikinuvik Posts: 131
    I totally agree with mpgman, the Elantra GT is one of the best values if not best value on the market today. Baber, you stated "The coupe version is called the Tiburon". That is incorrect. The Tiburon in on a completely different frame, offers a 2.7 V6 with a 6 speed transmission etc... They are completely different cars.

    Anyhow we are drifting off topic, I love my '02 Accent GS. For the money, it's the most fun car I've ever owned. I've been driving Metro's for years and this car has them beat hands down.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Actually, the Tiburon is built off a modified version of the Elantra platform. It uses the same Elantra four cylinder and 5 speed and 4 speed automatic. The V6 and manumatic auto tranny are from the Sonata though. I drove a 5 speed V6 Tiburon. Sweetest ride I've ever driven. Loved it!
  • baberbaber Posts: 96
    Two grand extra for an extra door and a sport suspension is a rip off. Now if the Elantra hatch comes with the ABS as standard that is different. The Tiburon is based on the Elantra. They just added the V6 this year. Sure would be nice if they put that v6 in the Elantra! It sure would be nice if they put the 2 liter Elantra engine in the Accent 140 hp in an Accent! Woo Hoo!
  • perry40perry40 Posts: 94
    Yeah, the Accent would be a great platform for a 1.8 or 2.0 litre engine ... maybe they could do away with those huge C-pillars (bad blind spots) on the 3-dr and give the rear hatch a more "vertical" stance (similar to the new Civic) ... the Accent'd be pretty cool then!
  • baberbaber Posts: 96
    My 99 Accent sedan has been great for me. After 84,000 miles it still runs and looks like new. I have the 92 hp engine and auto so it is not the quickest car in the world, but it has been the most reliable car I have ever owned. The engine and drivetrain are great in this car! Thanks to the excellent fuel injection the car has never stalled or hesitated and aways starts. The engine doesn't burn or leak oil at all, and the auto trans still works great. The body is still solid with no rattles or squeeks and the interior has held up well. Very impressive for such a cheap car. My Wife's 99 Elantra has been just as good as my Accent too. I really like the 140 hp in the Elantra when my Wife lets me drive it. My Wife payed off her Elantra a few months ago. She was going to look at a new car but I told her the Elantra has 25,000 miles left on the 60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty and it still runs and looks new. So she decided to keep it for a while. We have had a real positive experience with Hyundai and reccomend them to our friends.
  • mazdaprofourmazdaprofour Posts: 202
    Anyone had any problems with the breaks on a new accent. Looking to buy one, but this was concern. Someone suggested buying 14" tires at a later date to improve breaking.
  • gitongiton Posts: 15
    I have had this car for a bit over two years.
    Only problem:
    1) engine light came on, the dealer replaced the solenoid.
    The car has only 16k miles, but it is a city car, so those miles have been ugly. Nothing has broken, falling off, etc. The car is scraped front and rear from the braille method of parking so many drivers use in Chicago.
    I would recommend this car for urban dwellers, where small size is an advantage for parking. Also, why buy an expensive car when it will be dinged and scraped by other cars in the city?
    If I lived in say, Dayton Ohio, I would get a larger car, but the Accent fits city life perfectly.
    One caveat; if you buy any Hyundai, you will not be able to sell it for a fair price later on, like a Honda, plan on driving it til it dies.
  • baberbaber Posts: 96
    The front brakes on my 99 Accent lasted 57,000 miles. The front brakes on my Accent had always been a little sticky. That is they were always hard to make totally smooth stops. No matter how hard I tried to feather the brake pedal the brakes would suddenly grab just before the car came to a complete stop. When I had the front pads replaced at 57,000 mile this problem went away. I guess the front brake pads that came with the car were the problem. Now the brakes are perfect. 14 inch tires wouldn't really help brake performance, they would make the car smoother at high speed though. The brakes work pretty good on my Accent after 84,000 miles. Now I like the brakes on my Wife's Elantra even better.
  • boofyboofy Posts: 4
    Just got back online after a 9 month hiatus. Thought I'd let everybody know how my car is holding up after 13 months and 42,000 miles of cross country driving.
    On October 1st of last year I began a trip that took my Accent GS about 14,000 miles around the country. I took off from Boise, ID, and headed down to Salt Lake to pick up a friend. From there, we headed east, eventually hitting the east coast. We went through DC, NY city, the New England coastline, and going as far north as Kennebunkport, Maine. From there, we decided to make our way back to Salt Lake (taking the scenic route, of course). After I dropped him off, I made my way down to Phoenix, picked up my brother, and we shot over to San Diego to watch the Chargers play the Broncos with our two younger brothers. (By the way, on our journey from Phoenix to SD, I found a straight stretch of freeway that allowed me to test the high speed of my car--120 mph, with the car mostly loaded with suitcases and two large people. I may have been able to go faster, but I had to slow down for other cars that I was quickly approaching).
    I eventually ended the trip in Sacramento, CA where I finally decided to move to.
    Except for a right rear brake being out of round when I first purchased my car, I have had zero troubles with my car. Absolutely no troubles.
    To say I am happy with this car is somewhat of an understatement. I'm glad I bought it and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a hatchback.
    Just a note to mpgman on post #36--I was able to fit a large mtn. bike in my Accent GS (barely).
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Well, I sold my 2000 Accent L to a close friend of mine yesterday. To say I'm having seller's remorse would be an understatement. I already miss my cute little reliable car. I sold her with 24,400 miles on it for $6000. Currently, I'm replacing her daily driver duties with my back up car, a 92 Miata. The main reason I sold her was to get out of the high interest loan that was making me pay way more for the car then I would ever get out of her. Plus, I wanted to move up to a car with more horsepower and more power features. A few months down the road I plan on buying a Suzuki Aerio SX. Anyway, the Accent was a great car that never left me stranded and required only 2 trips to the dealer for warranty repairs. I highly recommend this car to anyone who wants a reliable, comfortable, roomy economy car for a cheap price. Hyundai's slogan is true, "Driving is believing". It sure made a believer out of me! The good thing is I will still see the Accent about once a month so I can still give updates on how it is holding up. Good luck to all you Accent owners.
  • Thanks to everyone for sharing your helpful experiences with the Accent. Those accounts helped persuade me to purchase one last week. I bought a new 2002 base model (L with no options) for $7000 (including sales tax, reg fees, etc) and have found it a pleasure to drive thus far. Here are a few questions I'm hoping for help with.

    Has anyone added air conditioning post-purchase to an Accent? If so, did you go with an aftermarket supplier or with Hyundai parts (either from a junkyard or a dealer)? What about cruise control? Anyone know of an aftermarket source for cruise control for this car? Any experiences (costs, name of aftermarket supplier, etc) you could share? What effect will these have on Hyundai's warranties? And do people driving a GS or a GL like the driver's armrest? Some Hyundai literature says the armrest is an option on the 02 L while others say it is not an option. Anyone tried to add an armrest?
  • baberbaber Posts: 96
    I have had a bad experience with aftermarket AC with a Subaru I bought new in 1982. The dealer installed the AC from a company called import air. That AC was always pretty weak. The factory AC in my 99 Accent has been great! I could hang meat in my car with the AC on high. It has stood up to three years of tough Florida summers and still runs cold as new. If the dealer installed AC uses factory parts it should be pretty good. If you get a chance go to the dealer and check out an Accent that has their aftermarket AC installed if they have any on the lot. When you pick up your car make sure the new AC works to your satisfaction before you leave. When I got my 99 Accent the dealer wanted $400 to install an aftermarket cruise control. I thought that was a little too much. I think you could get a garage to install cruise a little cheaper. I never did get cruise control for my Accent. Your base model Accent has the same engine as my 99. I have 84,000 miles on mine and the engine still runs like new. I have been changing the oil and filter myself with synthetic oil. It doesn't burn or leak a drop of oil. It has also never stalled or hesitated due to the excellent fuel injection. Very impressive for such an inexpensive car. Aftermarket AC or cruise control should not effect your warranty, but they would not be covered under the Hyundai warranty. I would make sure the AC you have installed has a good warranty.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    First, I would like to congratulate you on the excellent price you paid for your new Accent! What a deal!! Now I will address your questions. If you want AC added to your car, I would go ahead and have the dealer do it with factory parts. That way it will be covered under Hyundai's warranty. My dealer was gonna do it for the first Accent I was considering for $1000, but I found one on the lot with the AC added at the factory and bought it instead. Don't let them charge much more then $1000 to add it because you could have got one from the factory for only $750. As for the cruise control, my dealer didn't offer anything there. However, I recently got a quote from an aftermarket shop in my town that will add electronically controlled cruise for $320. They no longer sell the cheaper vacuum operated kind, so you might can find one of those for a little cheaper. Adding it shouldn't affect any part of your warranty. As for the armrest, it is something you miss on long trips. I wasn't aware that you could add it after the fact, but maybe it's a new dealer installed option for the L. I would ask the dealer for a definitive answer. Hope this helps.
  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    for the bike info!
  • jimbeaumijimbeaumi Posts: 620
    It's good to hear your Accent was a peach. I do have a question, though. Since that car was so reliable, would the Elantra be a better "next car" choice than the Aerio? Similarly priced, but better equipped; quite stylish; and you have good things to say about Hyundai reliability.

    (Subliminable message: Elantra ... Elantra ... Elantra ...)
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Originally, about 8 months ago, I was considering the Elantra since I do like Hyundai products. However, the styling got stale to me too quickly, well equipped 5 speeds are impossible to find in my area, and I want one of those new hybrid wagons, which Hyundai currently doesn't offer. The Elantra is just a bit too bland for my tastes and I don't care for the GT's rear end styling and standard leather. I also looked into the Tiburon but the V6 was too expensive, the ride too firm, and I couldn't find a four cylinder 5 speed to test drive. So, after much deliberating, I decided on the Aerio SX sport wagon, which comes in only one fully equipped model, making it easier to find the one you want (just pick the color and go, though 5 speeds are just as hard to find). I love its sporty looks, the interior is very very comfortable and extremely roomy, and the engine is the most powerful in the class. I was sold, but I will miss the long warranty. Anyway, thanks for the suggestion though.
  • cjsbcjsb Posts: 71
    hello everyone. i have been checking out this board for a few weeks now (since first discovering it) and i could use some help.
    i own a 2000 GSI model (canadian). i had a tire blowout on the weekend. i've spoken with my dealership about my options regarding what size tire/s i can use as replacements, as well as several mechanics.
    I'M GETTING DIFFERENT ANSWERS FROM EACH OF THEM.
    i understand the obvious; rims are 14" etc.
    i'm hoping to replace the factory rubber with wider versions. is this possible? i'm generally being told "no".
    factory specs = 185/60 r14
    anybody help?
  • baberbaber Posts: 96
    Remember to make sure the Dealer uses Hyundai parts for the AC. Some dealers buy their add on AC from outside venders because they are cheaper then factory parts. I had one of these AC units on my Subaru and it sucked. I read somewhere that the Accent does not provide enough vaccume to allow a vacume activated cruise control unit. The message I read was about a guy who had a vaccume cruise control installed. It would cut out when he went up hills because there wasn't enough vaccume from the engine to pull the throttle hard enough. He ended up bringing the car back and the dealer who installed it replaced the vaccume actuator with an electric one. When you get cruise control installed make sure it works when you climb hills. Also if you have a 5 speed make sure they install a clutch cut off switch so the cruise shuts off if you push the clutch in. Now the factory cruise control on our 99 Elantra is great! I don't understand why Hyundai doesn't offer at least a dealer installed cruise control kit.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    You can go up to 195/55 R14 tires without affecting the speedometer, but anything larger would be too large for the factory alloy wheels (I'm assuming they are 5.5x14" wheels. If they are 6.0x14", you might can try 205/50R14 tires). 195/55 R14 tires are hard to find as there is not many options, but they will give you better grip and look better too. So, yes, you can get larger tires, just make sure you follow this rule: For every 10mm increase in tread width, make sure you decrease the height of the tire by 5mm. Thus the size of 195/55 will work, but 195/60 will throw off the accuracy of your speedometer. Hope this helps.
  • Thanks Baber and Ingtonge18 for excellent advice on AC and cruise. That's helpful information; I'll start the process next week. Appreciate your time and thoughts.
  • What kind of a price are people able to get for a new 2002 accent, four door, option 3, with a 5 speed? I've already seen the TMV value of it but I'm wondering if anyone is getting a great deal on it, or if TMV is about what people are paying.
  • cjsbcjsb Posts: 71
    your insight is well appreciated...thank you. i'll be at canadian tire in the morning armed with this info. (i beleive the rims are 5.5" and they have said i can go no wider; i suspected they were wrong and was told the same by a friend).
    i will look into the 195/55 options.
    my 00 accent has been a pleasure to own/drive...75000 kms and 2 1/2 years in and i'm very pleased. once the loan payments end, i'll likely buy another hyundai.
    i've read your postings and am interested to read further on how you like the aerio. the majority of reviews i've come across have been definitively favourable.
    in the toronto area i've spotted three sport hatches on the road thus far...one of them parked every day at my office parking lot.
    thanks again.
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    Thanks for your crash information in the other forum. Since you just sold, how bad was the depreciation?
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    The depreciation wasn't too bad, but I sold it to my best friend. He knew I took care of the car so he was willing to pay me top dollar for it. Sticker on my car was $10200 including destination charge. I sold it for $6000 after 2 years and 2 months of use. I did lose a lot of money to high interest rates though.
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    It was a 2000, right?
    How come some people are managing to get Accent L's for around $7000? Did yours have A/C? What did you pay for it? I never would have considered an Accent until I heard of people getting those ridiculous prices, and now I really want one.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Mine was a 2000 with factory AC. I think those $7k prices are very rare. My local dealer advertises the base Accent L for 8995 in the newspaper, which is simply sticker price without the destination charge. Those who get these unbelievably low prices either go to high volume dealers in large states where high sales numbers matters to them or are simply the lucky ones who happen to get the one price leader model on the lot. I wouldn't expect to pay that low of a price. I won't divulge how much I paid because the dealer royally ripped me off and I don't want to look like a retard, LOL. Let's just say this: It was my first car purchase ever and it showed. It was a learning experience to say the least.
  • I see there's been some discussion of pricing. For what it's worth, here are my experiences after just shopping aggressively for (and purchasing less than 2 weeks ago) a new Accent.

    I was looking to buy either a stripped L, an L w/ factory AC as an option, or a GS (all manual trans). I bought a stripped '02 L for $6360 after $500 Hyundai consumer rebate. Total price after 8.25% sales tax and DMV (state) reg fees was $7,000 out the door. I had my choice of any stripped L on the dealer's lot-- basically could have gotten any color, all with California emissions and floor mats on most. To get that price took a fair bit of work/time, and some bargaining ability. I called perhaps 20 dealers in northern Cal., and visited perhaps 6-8 in person. I purchased quite late in the month, hoping to be the car that bumped the dealer over a sales volume target. I saw from another dealer's sales manager accurate info from Hyundai on Western Region dealer volume incentives-- over 65 vehicles per month translates to $1K per vehicle. I saw multiple ads in newspapers for the same vehicle at prices from $6850 to $8K. Probably 4-5 dealers would have sold me the stripped L for $7500 out the door-- and even without much work on my part. I was actually hoping to drop my $6350 price to less than $6K by purchasing a new '01, which were few and far between but (I assumed) should have been even cheaper. I could buy the new '01 for the same price, but not cheaper-- even from the dealer who sold me the new '02!
    The cost to me of installing Hyundai parts AC afterpurchase is about $1K at this point-- again after some time and effort shopping for pricing. But the L w/ AC new from the dealer would have cost me about $1700 more than I paid for the stripped L. (Dealer cost of AC option on an L is $686; MSRP is $750.) Not so surprising, since dealers had huge numbers of stripped L's, but most had no L's with AC on their lots. Also, the best I could do on the GS seemed to be about $8900. The supply of those was quite low in relation to the stripped L's, and there were very few of them with manual transmissions. On the other hand, I saw a lot of GL's out there (almost all in auto), so I think the pricing on those should have been reasonable-- but I was only looking for a manual trans hatchback.

    I suspect I could have paid slightly less if I was willing to hold off until after new '03s start showing up on lots. And I might have been able to get slightly cheaper by purchasing in SoCal, but figured after travel costs/time it would be a wash.

    So I guess I'd say based on my experience that these cars are certainly purchasable for substantially less than MSRP or dealer invoice figures-- and certainly much less than Edmunds TMV pricing. The caveat-- you have to be willing to spend the time and have some bargaining skills.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    And you forgot to add: buy in California. Prices are very cheap and competitive in that state (that was one of the states I had in mind when people mentioned getting these awesome deals). On the east coast, it's not the same, at least not the southeast. Hell, Toyota charges extra freight to ship cars to the southeast and we are closer to their factories then California is!
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    Thanks for the description of your buying saga. I would pretty much be going in the same direction. Stripped L, with AC. Before I heard about those ridiculous prices, I was planning on spending a lot more, but the lure of the 10 year warranty and almost nothing in monthly payments is winning me over.

    I've never test driven one, but I've read as much info as I could find, and when I get back, I'll be heading over to the nearest dealership to check them out. (and I'll be living in So Cal)
  • baberbaber Posts: 96
    I can usually find the base Accents with factory AC, but Stripped Accents with out AC are rare as hens teeth here in Florida. Almost all new cars are sold with AC here because of the climate. I would be leary of dealer installed AC as I have been burned with a poor dealer installed AC in the past. My Wife and I have a 99 Accent sedan and a 99 Elantra sedan. The factory AC in these cars are first rate. It is great to drive around in my Accent drinking coffee when the temp outside is in the 90's. It would be interesting to hear from people who have had dealer installed AC in their base model Accents. I would be interested to hear if their AC is a good as the factory unit. You have to remember that the factory installed AC is covered under the 60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. I don't think you could get anywhere near that kind of warranty with a dealer installed AC. Just one repair to a dealer installed AC unit could wipe out the price advantage with buying a stripped car and having the AC installed. That price sure is tempting though, and the Accent is such a solid little car, I just love my 99 even after almost 85,000 miles.
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