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Hyundai Accent Hatchbacks

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  • Hmm....could be something wrong with the ignition relay or the starter solenoid. What does it do exactly when you turn the key? Do the dash lights turn off and all you hear is a click? The battery could still be bad as it can put out enough power for the accessories but not have enough juice to start the car.
  • Ok, I now have almost 11000 miles in only 4 months! Absolutely no problems and no dealer visits other than oil changes. I consistently get 30 mpg in the city when not running the AC and 29 mpg with it on. I drive it over some fairly rough roads multiple times a day and so far the car has stayed tight and rattle free. My only complaint is that the auto tranny's shifting isn't very refined. It's smooth 90% of the time but it sometimes shifts with a bump into 2nd gear (usually only when the tranny hasn't fully warmed up) and it sometimes has a shift flare when going into overdrive. It works fine though so I'll just make sure to keep it properly serviced and hope it lasts. Otherwise, the Accent is a great errand car and appears to be very well built and reliable.
  • aldagaldag Posts: 81
    Still running OK, just refilled the tank with 7.9 gallons for 328 mostly highway miles. Summer gas mix yields more miles per gallon than the winter gas here in Connecticut. I usually use medium grade gas. Burning about 1/2 pint of oil per 1000 miles, there are no drips or leaks. The hatchback lifters are getting weak, I may replace them soon. The paint job still looks good after 11 years of continuous outdoor exposure, have been using Nu-Finish car wax. I am currently using Mastercraft Metric tires in the front and Lee tires in the back. I had Toyo tires previously, which lasted a long time (about 80,000 miles, very good for a 13" tire).
  • aldagaldag Posts: 81
    The right front wheel bearing recently started making a whirring noise with vibration and had to be replaced at 136,310 miles. Working OK now.
  • carfreak09carfreak09 Posts: 160
    Thanks for keeping us up to date on your Accent Aldag! I remember exchanging info with you way back in 2000 when I used the name lngtonge18. I no longer have my 2000 but it is still with a friend with around 90k miles. Only repairs that I know about after I sold it were bad spark plug wires at 50k and a leaking clutch master cylinder at 80k.

    As for my 2010, I now have 25,500 miles with absolutely no problems!! It's only been to the dealer for oil changes. It's definitely been a better car than the 2000. My only complaints with the car are the unrefined automatic with occassionally bad shift habits, the lack of power when running the AC, and the so so gas mileage at highway speeds over 65. Otherwise its a solid little reliable car.
  • do you still have the 04' hows it doing..we r look n at a used one.
  • aldagaldag Posts: 81
    Hi carfreak09, good to hear from you, I remember your posts from 2000 when my Accent was a new car. Good luck with your 2010, I hope you enjoy it for a good long time. My odometer just flipped over to 140,000 miles. Who would have thought that a Hyundai would last so long? I replaced my spark plug wires at around 100,000 miles due to deterioration from being oily. The engine is still running smoothly and the air conditioning is also original. I have a satellite radio which plays well through the original radio and is very useful for longer drives.
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  • aldagaldag Posts: 81
    Looks like this message board doesn't get much activity anymore, nevertheless here is an update for my 2000 Accent at 150,450 miles. I am bringing it to the mechanic tomorrow because I am having trouble putting gas into the car. Seems like there is some kind of blockage or back pressure which causes most gas pumps to turn off. I note from other blog sites that this seems to be a common complaint for older Hyundai cars so I will post the repair results for those who might be interested.
  • jemini21jemini21 Posts: 1
    My 2001 Accent is been doing something very weird lately. Coming out of a stoplight, my engine got no pull at all, on first gear, I had to provide a lot of accelerator at half-clutch for the thing to even move. And as I moved and shifted, it choked and sputtered and wheezed along, and the check engine light blinked on and off.

    feels like its not getting gas or air or something because it barely moved was so scared to drive home in the freeway thinking its gonna stop in the middle. Also what's weird is that this happened a few seconds after I had the heater on. When I turned the heater off, it sputtered along a while, slowly reducing in intensity, and then disappeared. It happened again when I turned the heater on, at full blast only though. Can anybody tell me whats wrong with it? I need Help!! :confuse:
  • bednashaccentbednashaccent Posts: 2
    edited June 2012
    So a few months ago I bought a 2003 accent gt with 78k for about 3400. I love it. Honestly had no problems at all! Except at around 81k the valve spring went bad inside of the cylinder and we had o replace it. I'm at 83k now and I'm in love <3 but I feel like its getting not so good gas milage :c any help? Also has anybody done any sort of mods to the car engine wise? I want to beef it up to around 180-200 HP. It's a 1.6 L 4 cly auto. Help? :)
  • Try looking into a bad valve spring inside one of the cylinders. Mine sputtered for a while like that, although mines an 03
  • carfreak09carfreak09 Posts: 160
    There really isn't much you can do to improve the output of the 1.6 Alpha motor. You can only improve output by about 10-15 hp max. A short ram air intake will improve throttle response and add a little pep. Improving the exhaust will net a few horsepower. But that's about it. Turbo kits are extremely expensive and unreliable. It's unfortunate but there really isn't a tuner market for the Accent :(
  • aldagaldag Posts: 81
    The most interesting part of your sputtering problem is the connection with the heater use. I am thinking a bad ground problem. Turning on the heater causes a fluctuation in the electrical ground at some location due to the extra current flow. What I did with my 2000 Accent was to remove all locations where wires were bolted to the chassis for ground. I replaced the black anodized bolts (insulated) with zinc plated bolts. I cleaned the terminals and bolt holes with sandpaper and reassembled. Especially critical is the ground for the fuel pump located under the fuse box below the dashboard. A bad ground on the fuel pump will stall the car.
  • aldagaldag Posts: 81
    In a previous message I noted that it had become difficult to pump gas into my 2000 Accent. The mechanic determined that the vapor canister was shot. Carbon pellets were leaking out and clogging the associated plumbing. Hyundai supplied a kit including the canister, an air filter, and a liquid-vapor separator valve. This repair completely solved the problem and now I can get gas on even the most sensitive gas pumps. Total cost $510. Recommendation - do not overfill the tank as getting gas into the vapor canister will destroy it.
  • My son recently purchased a 2005 Accent - auto trans, with about 105,000 miles on it. He has had a bit of bad luck with vehicles and he knows absolutely nothing about them. A few weeks after purch (private owner) the car started overheating and dying on him. He had it towed 2x to the mechanic. First it was fuse, then got really bad and they said his head gsket was leaking so they replaced the head gasket (had to have the head resurfaced), water pump, themostat, radiator & bypass hoses and timing belt (since they were in there).

    That was Aug 17 and it just died on him again and he had to have it towed again. I think he has run out of tows with his insurance at this point. Initially the mechanic said it ws the fuse again but the haven't looked over the whole car yet. We have (or I) have already spend $1500.00 in repairs for this thing and needless to say he is paranoid as hell about driving it. Can't say that I blame him. I am now scared that they will find something else that they will deam unrelated and it will cost even more.

    Any ideas of what this may be??? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  • aldagaldag Posts: 81
    With regards to this problem which seems to include over heating, one item you might check is to make sure the radiator fan comes on when the radiator becomes warm enough. It is true that when these small cars overheat there can be problems with the head gasket which is why it is so important to find the cause of the over heating.
  • aldagaldag Posts: 81
    Today I said good bye to my 2000 Accent as I traded it in on a new car. The Accent was great and exceptionally versatile, with a good record of reliability. The final odometer reading was 155,656 miles. Everything was still working correctly, even the air conditioning was cold. But the wear and tear of being outside in the New England environment continuously took a toll and it was finally time for a new car.
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