Hi. I've had my 5 spd Hyundai Accent GL for 2 weeks and I'm almost done with the break-in period. I reached 1000 miles last night. After paying the toll on the hwy, I decided to test out its 0-60 run and I was not disappointed. The car was real peppy (although a bit loud) running to 3500 rpm. I didn't want to pass 3500 rpm yet, maybe after 1200 miles. I felt like I reached 60 in under 9 sec. Anyone know the tested time on this? I thought I saw 8.8 sec somewhere but couldn't retrieve it. I also topped at 80mph and it was very happy from 70-80mph. Handling is fine for 13 inchers.
Regarding the 2003 model from the link, the front looks like the last generation elantra which I didn't like so much. I kinda like this current models front fascia. Very aggressive and sporty.
I have been following this board for a few weeks and just recently purchased a used 02 L with A/C, mats, CA emissions, and only 245 miles (older fellow bought it with a 5 spd... couldn't deal with the shifting). I paid $8800, which is more than $1000 under invoice for a brand new one. Use to have a 97 Metro... it was totaled when a young girl hit my son broadside one rainy evening (no injuries). Currently the odo reads 500+. Since I do most of my own regular maintenance, I was wondering what type of oil filter most of you use? Last but not least... so far I am pleasantly surprised with the vehicle. My son says that it is light years ahead of the Metro in terms of power, headlights, sheet metal, and handling. Safety is a concern... besides the usual crash stats, has anyone experienced the crash worthiness of this vehicle? I plan to keep everyone posted on the reliability and performance (I tend to keep vehicles until the wheels fall off... or are totaled).
Congrats. I initially used Hyundai filters for the first few changes and then switched to Purolator. Purolator filters use internal pressure bypass valves just like the original filters, but at half the cost. Just keep your receipts in case the warranty needs to be used.
I posted back #885 about the squeak coming from the front glove compartment panel. I thought it was the wires but now its back and loud when I am driving around 65mph on the hwy with smooth pavement. Its more of a rattling sound now. I checked the windows, the panels, the glove compartment, the wires and I can't pinpoint where its coming from. Anyone experience this as well? Thanks.
#909 of 1769 My 2000 Accent L at 28,000 mi.
Aug 19, 2002 (10:34 am)
Just went over 28,000 miles, everything seems to be working fine with no problems so far. I think I will change the spark plugs soon. The AC has been great with the hot weather we have been having lately. A slow leak has developed in one of the tires, probably from a road hazard. I might get a couple of new tires before the winter season.
I am really pleased with my Accent--I bought it as a Christmas present to myself this past year, after I was told that my '94 Toyota Tercel needed over $2,000 in repairs--ouch. Anyway--I love the Accent-very nice car for the price. However, in the last week or so, I have also noticed the squeaking noise coming from the dashboard area. I notice it more on bumpy roads when I am going a little slower than normal. Could this just be a production problem? I've noticed a few other people have mentioned this squeaking and I just had to respond and say that mine does the same thing! Otherwise, my Accent runs great!
My friend, who now owns my 00 Accent, had a small scare with the check engine light. It started flashing at him right after getting the oil changed so he thought they didn't fill it up enough. It turns out he simply didn't tighten the gas cap down enough. I told him to take it off and retighten it 5 clicks. Sure enough the light turned itself off. I think its cool Hyundai allows the light to turn itself off instead of some other cars that require you to have the code cleared at the dealer.
Funny ... I was under the impression that a constantly lit CEL was an indication of a minor problem (i.e. loose gas cap, bad O2 sensor, etc.) and that a "flashing" CEL was an indication of a more serious problem which may require service ... anyone care to clarify this?
I just had the 15,000-mile service on my 2002 GS 5-speed, and I've had absolutely zero problems so far. (Well, the plastic finishing plug for one of the bolt holes in the passenger side arm rest somehow worked its way loose and I had to put it back in.) Overall, I'm extremely satisfied with the car and am looking forward to a long relationship with it.