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Hyundai Accent, Hatchback
May 30, 2004 (5:50 pm)
I recently own a 2003 Hyundai Accent GL 3-Door Hatchback, its been a great little car i bought it in August 2003, and no problems yet. The only thing is that when i bought the car new the car was suppose to have standard Side Airbags and it didnt and the bad thing was i noticed that a week after i bought the car, i went to the dealer and told them and they said that i should've checked the car before i bought it i was very upset and mad because every other 2003 Accent on the lor had the Side Airbags, it really sucked!!, The car is great i really like it, i like the fact that if i turn the car off and leave the lights on while the key is still on the ignition, as soon as i take the key out of the ignition the light go off !! also the auto down drivers window, and the AM/FM CD stereo is really good, kick ass!!! the car's great and also i get the good fuel economy specially right now when gas is so high!! The car is real nice i love it!! I paid $12,700 GL Hatchback, i lked the GT but it was $13,500 so that was too high. I have a question i want to install fod lights on my Accent likethe ones on the GT, because the GL have the little hole there to put the fog lights but i havent find any that are similar to the GT one's and Hyundai does not offer them as an accesory, but please if someone could tell me that would be really nice!! Thanx!!
#1160 of 1769 Gas Mileage Question!
Jun 08, 2004 (1:14 pm)
Could someone please explain to me why the manual transmission Accents get worse gas mileage than the automatic ones? The sticker states only 33 mpg for the manual, while the automatic gets 35. Isn't this backwards from every other car out there? Any ideas? Thanks.
#1161 of 1769 Re: Gas Mileage Question! [robert4380 #1160]
Jun 09, 2004 (8:35 am)
The way I understand is the Automatic has taller final drive gearing then the Manual. The trade off is slower accelleration over a manual trans. Hyundai probably chose the gear ratios in the manual more for performance then for economy there is always a tradeoff with this. Autos are also more efficient now then they have been in tha past. The auto in the Accent is a 4 speed with overdrive and a lockup tourque converter. This is pretty much state of the art as far as automatic transmissions are concerned. I ended up getting a 2004 Elantra sedan with a 5spd manual. I average 29 to 33 MPG. This is about the same as I got with my 99 Accent sedan with an automatic. I got the Elantra over the Accent because of the $2000 rebate, it just was a better deal then the Accent at the time.
Jun 16, 2004 (11:26 pm)
hi all, first i woud like to say how much information i have gotten reading past responses these last couple hours. you have basically clinched the fact that i am going to an Accent. however, i have a few- first time car owner/buyer questions.
1. is there any way to tell by visual inspection how well a used car has been treated in its past life? or at least any visual cues?
2. i was considering 2000 and up years, and was wondering if there are any issues i should be aware of for this time period?
3. any advice for first time car owner would be greatly apperciated-especially in the negotiations part of it.
i guess i am just petrified of car dealers as both my mom and sister have had bad luck with them. my sis especially. i think thats one of the appeals of a used car-i feel there isn't a whole lot of room to muck about in, in the negotiations part of the deal. it either is or isn't.
by the way i want an automatic with a/c. power stuff would be nice but beggars can't be choosers. umm i plan on driving it from florida to virginia 4 times this coming school year. and to ohio once (for thanksgiving break). after that it will probably be an almost exclusively local car.thats one of the other things against buying new- whats a break in period and wouldn't that
(the long distance trips) hurt a new car? also i am probably going to go to australia for vet school and having a brand new car sit in a garage while i make payments on it for those years would seriously suck. (thought just struck) unless i could get my sis to take over the car when i leave
but thats all at least 2 years from now, the more i think about it the more i wouldn't mind driving it into the ground. but again i am still leaning on the side of used because i can always get a new one later if i find out how great it is.
okay enough! comments appreciated, hoping to be seriously shopping in a few weeks ( by the way i did LOTS of research on the different cars and this is the last bit to clean up). i am just not a spur of the moment kind of girl when it comes to such big $$$ exchanges. thanks in advance
Jun 17, 2004 (10:17 am)
There are no known problems with the 2000 up Accents. They are very solid reliable little cars, mainly because they are so basic. I personally would look for a 2001 or 2002 Accent GL since they had the more powerful 1.6 liter engine and they can be bought with relatively low mileage for around $6k. I would go for used in your situation since you get a much better deal and simply need a good car to get you back and forth to college. I would suggest you look for one with less then 30k so that way you know you will be the one doing the major 30k service instead of taking someone else's word that the service has already been done.
It is difficult to tell whether a car was cared for mechanically. A used car can look clean as a whistle and still be a clunker. But with a used car under 30k, there really shouldn't be anything majorly wrong unless it's been wrecked. You should do a carfax report to make sure. As far as negotiations and price goes, you can most surely negotiate under what they are asking. I would look up what a fair price is for the car you are looking at and offer that price. If the dealer balks, say thanks but your price is way too high and walk out. If they want your business, they will run after you and either accept your offer or start negotiating. Stick to the price you know is fair for the car and bring copies of the car's value from edmunds.com and kelleybluebook.com to show you know how much the car should cost. Once they see you are armed with knowledge, they will sell you the car for a fair price. Don't let them try to make you feel bad by saying they aren't making any money on the deal. They won't sell the car unless they make money off it. I won't lie to you and say buying a car is a happy experience. You will more then likely leave the dealer exhausted with a headache. But in the end, when you know you paid a fair price, you will be happy you stuck to your guns. Good luck and let us know what happens!
Jun 17, 2004 (11:05 am)
I would get a hatchback instead of the sedan, especially if you will be in school. With the back seats down, you can haul a lot of bulky things like a large TV or computer system. If you get one where someone has already done the 30K service, that would be nice.
#1165 of 1769 Re: new vs used [lionbearcat #1162]
Jun 20, 2004 (11:17 am)
I believe you will get the remainder of the 5 year 60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty so this should make things easier for you. I put 132,000 miles on my 99 Accent sedan before it was totaled by a careless driver. My car was barely broken in at 30,000 miles. The biggest problem I had was the automatic transmission failed at 94,000 miles even after I did the proper maintanance. I have heard the autonatic transmissions are a weak point in tha Accent this proved to be true in my case. A good indicator on how a car is maintaned is the condition of the interior. The first thing I did when I bought my car was to put seat covers and a leather cover on the steering wheel. Check to see the interior was well cared for this is a good sign the owner cared. Check the tires for even wear. If the tires are more worn up front this means the owner didnt bother to rotate the tires every 7500 miles. If the owner didnt bother to rotate the tires, what else did he/she forget to do? I think a hatchback would be better for you too, I got the sedan because I have a Wife and kid. I hope you find the car for you. Good Luck!!
#1166 of 1769 Need opinion on buying a used 02 Accent L hatchback
Jul 01, 2004 (10:48 pm)
I need some opinion on buying a used 02 Accent L hatchback. As you guys know, this is a vary basic car: manual tranny, AC, 53000 miles, tire looks half new. The dealer is firm at price $2650. The car looks good. I am buying this car as a side car and at the same time hoping to learn driving a manual car. I have not tested drive it yet because I don't know how to drive a manual car.
Do you guys think this is a fair price? The dealer doesn't have any maintanence documents of this car(he got it from auction). If for example, the clutch went south before 60K miles, without any service history records, will the dealer cover the clutch under warranty?
Jul 02, 2004 (9:52 am)
Sounds like an excellent price to me if its in good shape inside and out. However, if the clutch fails, unless the dealer specifically says they cover it under their own warranty, it will be replaced at your expense. The clutch is not covered under the regular 5yr/60k warranty that Hyundai provides. It is only covered for 1yr/12k.
Jul 02, 2004 (5:59 pm)
Sounds like a good price to me too. You may have to have the brakes looked at, have the trans gear oil changed and the timing belt would be due at 60K miles. I would buy it. Does this have the SOHC or the DOHC engine? I had the SOHC in my 99, it was bulletproof. I spent 3 hours driving 100 miles a day in my 99 Accent. It made a great commuter car. The 02 is even nicer. Go for it!