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Hyundai Accent



  • The average buyer keeps his/her car for far less time than 10 years so yes, resale value is important to most consumers.

    But more importantly, good luck driving that Accent in 10 years. See many 1996 Accents around? Neither do I.
  • Well, Hyundai's 10 year powertrain warranty isn't what is "remarkable" given that it covers pretty much nothing. What's more important is the 5 year/60K "bumper to bumper." However, getting Hyundai to fix anything under that warranty is another story. I.e. try getting your dealer to fix the famous front end shimmy (there's a TSB, but to no avail) and see what he has to say. Or even getting them to do the Airbag sensor fix even with the class action lawsuit. Or how about the damn cheap paint on black painted Elantras (do a Google search, countless entries) that peels off like paint on a Yugo? Or the damn weatherstripping issue? Its a great warranty, if the dealers choose to honor them.

    But of course, our pal Backy will come to the rescue of Hyundai and deny any problems with his car. All those ppl on and other Hyundai boards are all overreacting. The Hyundai is the best value afterall, right?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    My '01 Elantra was still in great shape cosmetically and mechanically when I sold it to my sister (brakes at 90% front, 85% rear for example) so I have no reason to think a '06 Accent would not last 4-1/2 years longer than that if it is maintained properly.

    And I just saw a 1995 or 1996 Accent the other day--looked quite good, at least on the outside.

    The reason I appreciate the 10 year/100k powertrain warranty is that I typically put less than 10k miles on my car per year, and as I said I plan to keep my next new car in the family for at least 10 years. Doesn't fit everyone's profile, but fits my needs very well. I also like the fact that it covers what is probably the most complex component in the car--the automatic transmission--and one that is very expensive to repair if it fails. Of course it covers the engine too, but engine failures are pretty rare these days if they aren't abused.

    P.S. I have not had problems getting warranty work done on my two Elantras, FWIW. But that has nothing to do with the 2006 Accent, does it?

    P.P.S. I am glad you agree that Hyundais are the best value.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    You have contributed nothing to these discussions. I work closely with dealership personnel, and Backy is right...with right care and proper maintenance, most cars last quite longer than you'd think, including Hyundais and Accents. Of course, no car is perfect, so some cars do brake down (but they apply to all makes).

    Don't let your perception and everything you read fool you :) Check out the real story yourself...
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    What is the problem getting the OCS sensor fixed? There was a recall for it. Go in and have the recall taken care of, like I did. (Actually, my dealer told me about the recall before I got the notice, when I came in for an oil change, and did the recall then. Maybe you need to find a dealer with a better service department?)

    I am curious... how many of those mechanics who call the Accent a "100k" car have examined the redesigned 2006 Accent from top to bottom? And how many mechanics are we talking about here?
  • "Don't let your perception and everything you read fool you Check out the real story yourself..."

    I guess having a 1997 Kia RIO where the dash completing detached itself while driving isn't "real" enough. Do a Google search and read many "satisfied" customers who had similar experiences with both the RIO and Accent of that year.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Last time I checked this is 2006.

    There is a big difference between current Hyundais and products pre-98. I don't have to tell you but check out all of the stellar awards Hyundai/Kia have won, especially as of late.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    I kind of doubt your 1997 Kia Rio had that problem. Because there is no such thing as a 1997 Kia Rio.

    I searched on "1997 Accent dash" and scrolled through the first 10 pages before giving up. I found no mentions of any kind of dash-detaching problem in those pages. Maybe you could post a link or two in the discussion related to the Accent of that vintage.
  • Sorry, meant Sephia. I tried to erase memories of that [non-permissible content removed] car! My friend did have a Rio that was decent.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Sometimes the fingers work faster than the brain. :)

    If you find any of those dash separations for the 1997 Accent (a totally different design than the '97 Sephia), feel free to post them in the "old" Accent discussion.
  • jrtny04jrtny04 Posts: 17
    so with hyundais cool looking accent se costing just under 15k, does anyone know what the cost will be for the elantra?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Hyundai announced the price of the '07 Elantra would "start under $14,000." My own take on that, considering the source (marketeers), is that it means the no-options GLS will be about $13,995 plus destination, which would add another $550-600 or so. Then add options like the A/C + stereo package, or the Premium package (the one I'd want at minimum) that includes the A/C and stereo plus power accessories and nicer interior features. I figure that kind of Elantra will be somewhere around $16k MSRP including destination. All just conjecture of course, based on option prices on other Hyundais. That would slot the Elantra in pretty well between the Accent GLS (est. $12,500 starting price for the '07s once they drop ABS from the standards list) and the '07 Sonata GLS (about $17,700 starting price incl. destintation).
  • jrtny04jrtny04 Posts: 17
    well considering there is no difference in purchase price of a hyundai and a toyota/honda why the big difference in resale value?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    IMO it's due to the strong brand equity Honda and Toyota have compared to Hyundai, and HonYota's reputation for long-term reliability.

    And there is a difference in purchase price between HonYotas and comparable Hyundais. For example, there is a couple thousand dollars difference bewteen the Accent and Fit or Yaris now, including rebates but not including dealer discounts. Discounts are hard to come by on Fits, but not on Accents. So the purchase price difference is probably more than $2000. On costlier models like the Sonata the difference can easily be over $5000.
  • jrtny04jrtny04 Posts: 17
    huh, what rebates, i dont see rebates for the accent, and there is no couple of thousand dollar diference on the different vehicle makes
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Here's an example: Accent SE MT, MSRP $14,495 including destination. Fit Sport MT, $15,720 including destination (so it's actually more like $1225 difference). There's a $1000 rebate on the '06 Accent now. We may have to wait a few weeks for rebates on the brand-new '07s to appear.
  • jrtny04jrtny04 Posts: 17
    well it seems hyundais msrp is not getting people to rush the local dealership to purchase a new accent, does hyundai thing they will be enticing consumers with a sub par mpg rating.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    I'd call it more like "par", i.e. middle of the pack. Just not an eagle. Not as good as Fit or Versa, but as good or better than the rest in the class. And not that far off the Fit/Versa.
  • kingsalmonkingsalmon Posts: 97

    Do you really have to resort to attacking people, like backy, who I think is relatively objective and reasonable? If you think Hyundai sucks that bad, why do you waste your time on this board? I've owned VW and it is the most pathetic german engineering I've ever encountered. It leaked engine and transmission oil and the gas gauge indicated more gas than was in the tank. The car stalled in the freeway more times than I can even remember. Just because it's engineered in deutchland doesn't make it the greatest car.

    My Elantra, however has been nothing but reliable. Never had to take it to the shop. Got into two accidents and paint didn't chip. No rust stains. Great gas mileage in gentle driving. It is an exceptional practical car that happens to be smooth and fun to drive. Nothing broke off yet and everything feels solid. Even the door handles feel like it's made of good quality metal unlike my previous civic (plastic). Hyundai's of today and of ten years ago are drastically different. So why don't you go check them out before you start ridicueling backy.

    BTW. I checked out the low trim Accent Hatch and it was gorgeous. It was black on black GL or G-something (I believe) and it was already sold on the day that it arrived. Unfortunately, there were tons of Accent sedans but it was the only Accent hatch and it sold on the first day. Beautiful car. I'd take that over the Yaris or Fit any day. Perhaps no the sedan, but the hatches are nice indeed.
  • I just got back from my local dealership (Everett WA) and they had 3 Accent GS hatchbacks. All automatics, all $13,415. One dark blue, one black and one silver.

    Last week they had one dark blue manual for $10,990 that I was really tempted to snap up but I just got new back brakes and 60,000 mile service on my '02 Accent. If it weren't for the maintenance I just got and the fact that I want to see and drive an SE, I would've bought it.
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