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      28.07.2012 13:14

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      Having read a number of the reviews, I must say they don't tally with my experience of my Accent 3.1 Gsi.An X REG so it may be classed as a bit ancient but with 75.000 miles on the clock and only "normal acceptable repairs over the years" it has given and still give excellent service. Just completed a four hundred mile round trip and she ran like a dream. One must remember this car is in the budget price range and it has to be real value for money. I would hope to keep and run for a few more years yet. Oh my other car {just got rid of} was a Rover 25 and frankly there was no contest between the two- I stick with the Accent

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      07.01.2009 00:38

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      i braught my racing red hyundai accent coupe about 3 years ago second hand but with 1 previous owner. it was a 96 plate but only had 70,000 on the clocki love it (my first car) everything was lovely untill i needed a few things fixing due to wear and tear.it was lovely to drive and i got it to do 120mph down the motorway to blackpool. and fuel consumption was amazingly low untill i put a whole in the flexi pipe (xmas accident involving a big peice f condrete in a morrisons carpark =[)i was deverstated when i wrote it off after hitting the avon ladys new corsa =[.id love to have a new one but i prefer the old shape... just gotta see what happens over the next year. fingers crossed.

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      27.12.2008 21:28
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      Ford Focus on a budget! But remember that it *is* a budget car, or you risk disapointment.

      I've owned my Accent now for a while, after the floorpan of my Rover Metro fell out on the MOT bench (And the headgasket blew up. And caught fire. And ate itself with rust. But that's another story). It's a 51 plate, January 2002 model, in a lovely metallic blue.

      This comes after Hyundai started to move into actually challenging the mainstream manufacturers instead of being a pensioners runabout, but before the Kia C'eed and i30 generation which are actually mainstream-killers.

      The result is rather bizzare. It cost, secondhand this year, only £1300. For £300 less, I could have bought an S reg VW Polo, in red and with a few dings and scrapes and a dodgy oil pump.

      With the extra £300 invested though, I'm sure I made the better choice. The Hyundai 1.3 Si comes with a spoiler (Gives the back end a much better look, without it it just looks strange somehow, a bit like Quasimodo), electric windows, power steering and the 12v fuel injected engine which will do 0-60 in about 11 seconds.

      The engine is another strong point of the Accent - the exhaust note is pretty sweet from 3000RPM upwards to the redline, and with it being Korean (developed from Japan, who probably got it from us :P) it's never once let me down, ever.

      The gearbox however seems to be a weak spot; the automatic is allegedly a much smoother and more reliable 'box. The 5 speed manual fitted to mine is decently located for quick shifting, but the synchromesh has worn on 1st and 2nd already, and reverse is a long-lost dream if your in a hurry.

      If your not in a hurry though, it's pretty good. The clutch is really light (even after a Metro!) and the gearbox (when taken slowly) is quiet and well thought out.

      Everything is pretty ergonomic inside the cabin - variously adjustable front seats (passenger seat doesn't get all the toys though), although for some wierd reason the indicator stalk and windscreen wipers are swapped over from most European cars, which really irritates my dad when he's driving it. If the Accent is your only car (which it is for me) you just get used to it and carry on regardless.

      Rear legroom is okay for the class, and the glovebox is a bit of a joke really, but there are quite a few cubby holes stashed around the place to put random things in.

      All is not well, however, inside the cabin. As I said earlier; this is the transition generation from dull old-folk boxes to interesting, mainstream killing machines that we have now in 2008 (nearly '09). So despite the decent amount of toys, the plastics are all tupperware level of cheapness. Scratchy and hard, if you tap the dashboard is sounds like yer lunch box. Still, if you remember it's not an Audi, then lifes good.

      Steering is pretty well weighted, but when doing a B-road blast, it's not heavy enough to feel where your wheels are pointing, so fast corners are not advised for the Si model with power steering. Use the engine power on the exit to the bend and on the straights rather than powering through a corner.

      Suspension is well set-up, at speed it's hard enough not to wallow through corners like a Citroen, but when cruising offers excellent levels of comfort.

      So there we have it - The Accent 1.3 Si from 2002. Earlier ones I tend to think are a bit dull, and the last generation of Accent just look...Well, weird really. So this is the prettiest, especially with that spoiler and a black grille (colour coded looks a shade naff on Accents for some reason).

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      23.03.2007 13:41
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      Pretty reliable but has a number of worrying problems. Wouldn't buy again.

      The particluar model I am reviewing is the Hyundai Accent Coupe 1.3i 1998(S) which is the older style with the more rounded look. I personally prefer the look of these to the newer style but that's just a matter of taste.

      I bought my Hyundai Accent 6 years ago when it was 3 years old. My father was the previous owner so the car has been in the family since it was new.

      To be fair, this has been a very reliable car. It hasn't failed to start once in all it's life (touch wood!) and has only broken down once in 9 years when a heat guard from the engine came loose and fell against the radiator causing the car to overheat. OK the heat guard shouldn't have fallen off but these things happen occasionally and where it fell was more bad luck than anything.

      I have found this car very comfortable and spacious considering that it's overall size is not that large. I normally drive alone to work and back but when I do have passengers they find the car a comfortable size. There is perhaps limited leg room in the back for very tall people but the front seats are easily adjustable to make more room.

      One thing I love about this car is the huge boot. For a car of this size it is one of the most spacious boots I have seen. My particular model of Hyundai Accent is very basic and the interior is nothing special although perfectly ok. It has the basic mod cons such as radio/tape player, cigarette lighter, heaters, etc but nothing "flashy". This has never bothered me really although it's nice to have these things. The car does give the impression of being very cheaply made. There is nothing that screams of real quality, however this doesn't mean that there is anything actually wrong with it and Hyundai don't seem to have compromised the reliability of the car by making it cheaply.

      The major downside of this car in my opinion is the handling. The car is very light and although it is perfectly ok to drive most of the time, it can be a bit hazardous in wet weather. I had one instance myself where the brakes locked and I lost control on a wet road. I was travelling relatively slowly at the time but it is surprising how little it takes to lose control of this car.

      One other problem I find with this car is that when travelling up steep hills in heavy traffic, if you use clutch control for any length of time the clutch starts slipping and it can be very difficult and sometimes impossible to get the car back into gear. It doesn't happen very often but is very annoying when it does.

      I have also had some problems with the brakes on this car making loud scraping noises. They have always worked effectively but seem to need adjusting occassionally. After selling this car to me, my father bought the newer model and he has recently had the same problem with his brakes and with the handbrake not releasing.

      Back onto a positive note, the Hyundai Accent 1.3 is very petrol efficient, you get a lot of miles to the gallon. It is also relatively cheap to insure and makes a good first car for a new driver if they want something a bit bigger than a Fiesta.

      Overall this is a cheap and reliable car but you do get what you pay for, which isn't much in the cheaper models. The more expensive models may well be better all round but in my experience with this model this car is nothing special.

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        05.08.2002 19:08
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        I made a mistake of buying an Accent because it looked nice! On the way home from the dealership the gearbox crunched. "Not a problem sir, it probably needs the linkage realigned" Realigned, on a new car? Sounds a bit odd! Anyway, they did it, and it was fine, for a bit, then the fault came back, got fixed, came back....... It appears gearboxes are a weak point because I know a lot of people who have experienced problems with these gearboxes. Also rattly, parts very expensive. (New brake discs and pads = over £500), and flimsy body panelling prone to dents and knocks. Also had suspicions about the electrics. One day everything seemed fine, the next, interior light wouldn't work, the it cured itself! Bizarre. Cheap and cheerful I guess. You get what you pay for. Nice to drive, but no longevity in these cars. And Hyundai service is pretty poor too. They ordered the wrong engine mount three times!! For the record, the car was a 1996 (N reg), 1.3 Si. If you buy an Accent, budget to replace in three to four years, and if your lucky you might avoid the problems.

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          21.07.2001 04:21
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          The car - a 1998 1.3 Si Accent Coupe in old man's burgendy. The place - Sheffield, with the odd jaunt up and down the M1. The result - Drivability and handling 0 Reliability and economy 6, a very comfortable away win. I bought my Hyundai in April 2001 after five years blasting about in Alfas (when they worked). I think the car saleswoman was a bit puzzled in my complete lack of interest in the car when I shuffled round the Hyundai dealership showroom and relunctantly asked them if they had any going cheap. You see, I really just wanted to get rid of the Alfa after four breakdowns too many, but still loved the spirit of Alfas despite these experiences. Anyway, she directed me to a rather nasty coloured Accent model out on the forecourt which at least was quite well looked after (it even had headlamp covers). A short test drive confirmed the Accent's mind-numbingly boring drive qualities and hinted at its robustness and reliability. I did a bit of haggling and signed on the dotted line. So then, what did I get for my £3300? Well a 1998 R 1.3Si three door Accent Coupe with sunroof, electric windows, electric aerial, spoiler with integrated stop-lamp, an immobiliser, four wheels and a steering wheel. That meant no central locking, power steering, alarm or remote to blip and no, er, v-v-vrooom! Fuel consumption is excellent - I only live a couple of miles from my place of work, so if I don't use it for much else during the week, a fiver does the job - not bad! However, I have noticed a different attitude to it from other drivers when I use it on the motorway - people seemed to give me a bit more respect in the two litre Alfa and now are more inclined to cut out in front or tail gate. But in actual fact its got about 84 bhp which is plenty for a car you can nearly lift with one hand, so it is possible to surprise other drivers with a bit of acceleration sometimes. Style wise I've seen worse, in fact, a lot wors
          e - such as the style disaster known as the Mitsubishi Colt and not forgetting the new Suburu Imprezza. Actually the Hyundai could pass as a minature version old shape Imprezza (without the engine). Overall - its cheap and cheerful and leaves me with (a lot more) money to spend on much more important things...such as 1. ITV digital, 2. new TV, 3. a holiday and 4. Beer. However I must get round to washing the Hyundai for the first time soon!

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            08.04.2001 14:30
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            I have changed my op rapidly on this car because of the problems we have had over the last few months with it. We have had to take it too the garage six times due to one fault which they have as yet not fixed they have just seemed to charge us for parts we do not need. So out of pocket next week we will be without transport and the garage has yet to offer us a replacement I am told by hyundai that I will have to pay for 3 piston rings which we dont need and by the warranty company that if we do not replace the parts whcih don't need replacing then they will be invaludated. I feel there is a conspircay against the customers here Any one have £247 spare because I don't Hyundai have been of no help, As i am ill and can hardly speak at the moment customer service told me to sent to the customer feedback apeg i have several rimes for a week with no response I would not recommend anyone to buy a Hyundai as there is a low rate of cutomer serivce after you have bought the car Out car was registred in 1998. We bought it second hand fron the Hyuandi dealer Gold for Gateshead where it had spent it's short but happy life being looked after as a courtesy car Three Doors - ooops Never thought I would mind having three doors on a car. We were discussing this when we chose the new car. I mean five doors is nice and all but the first car my boyfriend had, our last car had five doors and was an escort. A falling apart can we make the journey without another piece of the car stop workingi.e clutch acceltor brakes started to go. falling off - wing mirror nearly, boot snapped. So everything about this car we thought would be an improvment. No - we decided since for the last year we drove miles but did'nt have passengers a three door would be okay. How come everyone already has a car or does'nt need a lift till you get a three door. Then it's are you going
            out, can you drop me off. Out of basic politness I squezze into the back. I'ma size ten so it's not hard for me but still not easy. The boot though is roomy. Big enough to hold all your bags. That was also why we chose it. We go campling a lot so we need a roomy boot. The seat are comfy - really nice and comfy and recline perfectly. Which is great for me. The lighter is also on the passenger side. So if I want to plug my car massager in there no wires traling everywhere. It has Air - Condtioing. It's so cool no more winding up windows and closing blowers when we go through the tunnel everyday anymore. Just a flick of the switch. It has an electrcal arial, hey I don't drive so I have to be amused with the small things. I also like the flashy signal which comes up if you have'nt shut the door put on your seat belt. Picture of a lillte man in said seat belt and car door. Howevre we did'nt get central locking which I think is usually standard on this make. But we did get a sunroof. Only problem is you can partly open it up but it's not a windy back kind. I didn't yet mention the electric windows. Did I, way cool. Okay if you have a new car you will not be impressed but for a model as cheap as this is it's good. The accelerations quite good. And according to my boyfriend you get good mileage but it's a liitle heavy on the sterring. No power steering. We had one fault with it so far which is the window. The motor went so it was'nt closing proplerly but as we bought a year guarantee we took it back to them and they did'nt argue at fixing it. That's not normal I hear you say, as did everyone I talked to. No argument over that's not covered in the gurantee. Quite pleased about that. However it did need a new lighter and ashtray when we bought it. Purely because it was a company car and they'd got
            ten knocked around a bit. Bu the nice woman ordered us new ones. Stuck them in the drawer for several months and kept saying she couldn't find them but that's the staff and not the car. They also took weeks taking our old car which we part exchanged. In which time we had to park in half a space and bashed the new car agaisnt the wall. I might mention I partly blame them for this when I take it to them to gt it fixed. I have heard the car is not very safe in a crash as it crumbles - if we ever get it back of the dealership i hope i never find out

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