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Hyundai Accent, Hatchback
Apr 08, 2004 (7:54 am)
Ken... I have a 2002 Hyundai Accent GL 5spd and its almost 1.75 years old with 47K miles. Aside from changing the oil every 5K miles, I haven't done any maintenance yet. I see you did your timing belt at 69K and a tuneup. Was that the first tuneup or did you have one at an earlier interval? My Accent is still running/starting smooth so I don't feel the need to maintain something that is not a problem at this stage. Thanks.
#1133 of 1769 About to buy
Apr 15, 2004 (7:54 am)
I'm about to buy an 04 Accent. Any warnings? Am I foolish for picking it over the slightly-more expensive but better gas mileage Echo? And lastly, since I am getting a hatchback, do I want one with the rear window wiper or does it not help out that much? (ALso, does anyone in a snowy climate have any takes on how it handles in the snow. Obviously, I'd get snow tires for the winter.)
#1134 of 1769 about to buy
Apr 15, 2004 (8:46 am)
Your decision depends on how long you intend to keep the car. If you want to drive it until it falls apart, you are probably better off with the ECHO.
I own a 2001 with now 90k miles and ZERO problems and an average 41.5MPG since new. All of thos with AC and AT.
The Accent comes with a great warranty but delivers worse mileage and after the warranty expires I trust Toyota a little bit more.
I suggest you test drive both and decide after that and comparing your financing options.
Good luck with whatever car you end up with.
#1135 of 1769 About to buy
Apr 15, 2004 (9:05 am)
Something Pulgo left out about the Accent :
5 yrs - 60K Everything
10 yrs - 100K Powertrain
2) Free towing for 5 years
Kinda takes the sting out of "I dont know about the reliability". I've owned a Elantra GT hatch since 01 and would buy an Accent in a heartbeat. Yes, on a hatchback a rear wiper is a BIG plus. One wipe gets the rain/snow off and clears the window. Hyundais generally dont get the high mileage of other makes so you get your money back up front with value.
#1136 of 1769 Echo vs Accent
Apr 15, 2004 (9:48 am)
According to Edmunds TCO -True Cost to Own- the Accent is going to cost roughly $ 6000 more over 5 years, something worth to consider.
In my personal case, I will keep the Echo for at least 300k miles and I do not believe an Accent will survive this kind of mileage for that long, without replacing engine and or transmission.
Just my personal opinion.
Apr 15, 2004 (12:59 pm)
The Accent is a great basic car. It's solid and reliable. If I was looking at basic cars today, I would still choose the Accent over the Echo. To me, the Echo doesn't provide much more for its siginificantly higher price.
As for the rear wiper, get the GS model!! You won't be sorry. I bought the base L hatchback back in 2000 and was constantly annoyed by not being able to see out the back window when it was damp, raining or foggy. The rear defroster works rather slowly on this car, so a rear wiper would have come in real handy. You will also enjoy the armrest, cloth on the door panel, clock, and tachometer of the GS model (can't remember if the hatchback is now called GL, but either way, I'm talking about the midline model). Good luck on your buying process and let us know what you get.
#1138 of 1769 Accent #2 in Initial Quality
Apr 28, 2004 (4:39 pm)
In JD Powers new Initial Quality Study, Accent ranks second in Compact Cars, behind Corolla and ahead of PT Cruiser (?) and Civic, and all others. Not too shabby!
P.S. Hyundai did very well overall, with two other vehicles in the top three for their categories and a great overall score that was actually ahead of nameplates like Toyota and Infiniti:
#1139 of 1769 The Echo gets much better mileage but, but........
May 04, 2004 (9:06 am)
It looks positively hideous! I wish Toyota would put their excellent little 1.5 engine in a more attractive package. (Scion??)
The accent, especially in the 3-door GT package, looks sharp and has excellent amenities.
#1140 of 1769 It ended at 131,000 miles
May 07, 2004 (2:17 pm)
Everything was fine until the fool ran the stop sign. I hit him with my 99 Accent GL at about 45MPH. Airbags went off and I didnt get a scratch, but my Accent is a total loss. Im going to miss it but tomarrow I take delivery of my new 2004 Elantra. I just couldn't resist the $2000 rebate! I got the car for almost the same I payed for the Accent in 99!! What a deal. They even gave me a new Sonata to drive until my Elantra is ready. I hope the Elantra runs as good as my Accent did.
May 07, 2004 (4:01 pm)
Sorry to hear of your Accent's demise! I was hoping you would prove everyone wrong by driving that car to around 200k. But still, I think your Accent proved to be a reliable car, not to mention safe! Good luck on your new Elantra. I hope you keep the Elantra board up to date.