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#867 of 1769 A Few Questions from a new Accent Owner
Jul 01, 2002 (3:49 pm)
Thanks to everyone for sharing your helpful experiences with the Accent. Those accounts helped persuade me to purchase one last week. I bought a new 2002 base model (L with no options) for $7000 (including sales tax, reg fees, etc) and have found it a pleasure to drive thus far. Here are a few questions I'm hoping for help with.
Has anyone added air conditioning post-purchase to an Accent? If so, did you go with an aftermarket supplier or with Hyundai parts (either from a junkyard or a dealer)? What about cruise control? Anyone know of an aftermarket source for cruise control for this car? Any experiences (costs, name of aftermarket supplier, etc) you could share? What effect will these have on Hyundai's warranties? And do people driving a GS or a GL like the driver's armrest? Some Hyundai literature says the armrest is an option on the 02 L while others say it is not an option. Anyone tried to add an armrest?
#868 of 1769 After market AC cruise
Jul 02, 2002 (9:55 am)
I have had a bad experience with aftermarket AC with a Subaru I bought new in 1982. The dealer installed the AC from a company called import air. That AC was always pretty weak. The factory AC in my 99 Accent has been great! I could hang meat in my car with the AC on high. It has stood up to three years of tough Florida summers and still runs cold as new. If the dealer installed AC uses factory parts it should be pretty good. If you get a chance go to the dealer and check out an Accent that has their aftermarket AC installed if they have any on the lot. When you pick up your car make sure the new AC works to your satisfaction before you leave. When I got my 99 Accent the dealer wanted $400 to install an aftermarket cruise control. I thought that was a little too much. I think you could get a garage to install cruise a little cheaper. I never did get cruise control for my Accent. Your base model Accent has the same engine as my 99. I have 84,000 miles on mine and the engine still runs like new. I have been changing the oil and filter myself with synthetic oil. It doesn't burn or leak a drop of oil. It has also never stalled or hesitated due to the excellent fuel injection. Very impressive for such an inexpensive car. Aftermarket AC or cruise control should not effect your warranty, but they would not be covered under the Hyundai warranty. I would make sure the AC you have installed has a good warranty.
Jul 02, 2002 (1:35 pm)
First, I would like to congratulate you on the excellent price you paid for your new Accent! What a deal!! Now I will address your questions. If you want AC added to your car, I would go ahead and have the dealer do it with factory parts. That way it will be covered under Hyundai's warranty. My dealer was gonna do it for the first Accent I was considering for $1000, but I found one on the lot with the AC added at the factory and bought it instead. Don't let them charge much more then $1000 to add it because you could have got one from the factory for only $750. As for the cruise control, my dealer didn't offer anything there. However, I recently got a quote from an aftermarket shop in my town that will add electronically controlled cruise for $320. They no longer sell the cheaper vacuum operated kind, so you might can find one of those for a little cheaper. Adding it shouldn't affect any part of your warranty. As for the armrest, it is something you miss on long trips. I wasn't aware that you could add it after the fact, but maybe it's a new dealer installed option for the L. I would ask the dealer for a definitive answer. Hope this helps.
#870 of 1769 THANKS BOOFY.....
Jul 03, 2002 (4:08 pm)
for the bike info!
Jul 03, 2002 (4:14 pm)
It's good to hear your Accent was a peach. I do have a question, though. Since that car was so reliable, would the Elantra be a better "next car" choice than the Aerio? Similarly priced, but better equipped; quite stylish; and you have good things to say about Hyundai reliability.
(Subliminable message: Elantra ... Elantra ... Elantra ...)
Jul 04, 2002 (1:06 pm)
Originally, about 8 months ago, I was considering the Elantra since I do like Hyundai products. However, the styling got stale to me too quickly, well equipped 5 speeds are impossible to find in my area, and I want one of those new hybrid wagons, which Hyundai currently doesn't offer. The Elantra is just a bit too bland for my tastes and I don't care for the GT's rear end styling and standard leather. I also looked into the Tiburon but the V6 was too expensive, the ride too firm, and I couldn't find a four cylinder 5 speed to test drive. So, after much deliberating, I decided on the Aerio SX sport wagon, which comes in only one fully equipped model, making it easier to find the one you want (just pick the color and go, though 5 speeds are just as hard to find). I love its sporty looks, the interior is very very comfortable and extremely roomy, and the engine is the most powerful in the class. I was sold, but I will miss the long warranty. Anyway, thanks for the suggestion though.
#873 of 1769 flat tire
Jul 04, 2002 (4:35 pm)
hello everyone. i have been checking out this board for a few weeks now (since first discovering it) and i could use some help.
i own a 2000 GSI model (canadian). i had a tire blowout on the weekend. i've spoken with my dealership about my options regarding what size tire/s i can use as replacements, as well as several mechanics.
I'M GETTING DIFFERENT ANSWERS FROM EACH OF THEM.
i understand the obvious; rims are 14" etc.
i'm hoping to replace the factory rubber with wider versions. is this possible? i'm generally being told "no".
factory specs = 185/60 r14
#874 of 1769 AC and Cruse
Jul 05, 2002 (5:43 am)
Remember to make sure the Dealer uses Hyundai parts for the AC. Some dealers buy their add on AC from outside venders because they are cheaper then factory parts. I had one of these AC units on my Subaru and it sucked. I read somewhere that the Accent does not provide enough vaccume to allow a vacume activated cruise control unit. The message I read was about a guy who had a vaccume cruise control installed. It would cut out when he went up hills because there wasn't enough vaccume from the engine to pull the throttle hard enough. He ended up bringing the car back and the dealer who installed it replaced the vaccume actuator with an electric one. When you get cruise control installed make sure it works when you climb hills. Also if you have a 5 speed make sure they install a clutch cut off switch so the cruise shuts off if you push the clutch in. Now the factory cruise control on our 99 Elantra is great! I don't understand why Hyundai doesn't offer at least a dealer installed cruise control kit.
#875 of 1769 cjsb re:larger tires
Jul 05, 2002 (7:23 am)
You can go up to 195/55 R14 tires without affecting the speedometer, but anything larger would be too large for the factory alloy wheels (I'm assuming they are 5.5x14" wheels. If they are 6.0x14", you might can try 205/50R14 tires). 195/55 R14 tires are hard to find as there is not many options, but they will give you better grip and look better too. So, yes, you can get larger tires, just make sure you follow this rule: For every 10mm increase in tread width, make sure you decrease the height of the tire by 5mm. Thus the size of 195/55 will work, but 195/60 will throw off the accuracy of your speedometer. Hope this helps.
#876 of 1769 Thanks for AC/Cruise thoughts
Jul 05, 2002 (8:52 am)
Thanks Baber and Ingtonge18 for excellent advice on AC and cruise. That's helpful information; I'll start the process next week. Appreciate your time and thoughts.