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Great Value Car
Cons: Trunk latch; a head banger!This car has been great for my daily commute, about 75 minutes each way each day. Great milage - about 30mpgs - sun roof is great in spring & fall, and now has 150,000+ miles with no major problems. Will keep it as long as I can.
I like my Accent!
Pros: Entertainment system
Cons: seating comfortI know that I didn't throw a lot of stars on the chart, but I really like my Accent. I drive about 100 miles a day to and from work. I guess a Mercedes would be more comfortable, an Audi more powerful, and a Mustang more interesting, but then they might cost a little bit more for a commuter car user!
Pros: Gas mileage is incredible
Cons: Not the sexiest car on the blockThis car may not carry the 'status' of a BMW, which I owned before this purchase, but for the low price, it is truely outstanding. I had an accident in my precious 328I and to repair the left rear door and quarter panal, it would have cost me over $10,000! I said forget it and went shopping for a car that wouldn't have such high maintenance costs. I've had this car for 3 months now and it is so comfortable and reliable I've fallen in love with it. It may not have the same zoom as a BMW, but I just don't need that anymore. I would recommend the Elantra to anyone who is not trying to impress their neigbors, but may wish to impress their own bank account.
Waranty vs Dealer Performance
Pros: Stick Shift
Cons: Waranty ReliabilityThe companies promotes a 100,000 mi waranty is only as good as the paper it is written on! At every delivery for service, the dealers claim that all parts function as they should and a service charge is placed on all owners that do not receive a waranty claim. the service charge is for waisting the time of the dealer. Who in my mind has no intentions of completing any type of waranty work for free. I have had to replace within the first three years of ownership at my own cost: tires & struts, battery, & wheel covers with peeling paint. I did purchase this car to be a cheap commuter. The extra cost and the agravation of never getting a repair completed under waranty is reason enough to never, never, never ever buying another HYUNDAI period.
Excellent on Gas!
Pros: Gas mileage
Cons: There is nothing about it that I don't likeWhat a great deal! I saw this used car parked on the street by my house with a 'for sale' sign on it. I was needing a vehicle with good gas mileage, and took it for a test drive. It ran great, it is a stick-shift, and it gets 34-36 mpg! I picked it up for only $1,200! It is the best car I have ever had.
Pros: nice all around
Cons: the viberation over 58
Advice: find smooth road and go 60, pay atention, maybe it's just my carI like it, rides nice, feels good, shifting and handling is nice, so far the only falt is over 58 mph in (5th gear only) it has a slight viberation, every 1 1/2 seconds a tiny viberation comes on for maybe a half second, and does not go away till you go less than 58 mph, road needs to be smooth or newer to feel it, then it gets irratating.
Pros: Besides fine MPG, the usable smooth transmission shifter & clutch will never be tiresome to use.
Cons: Even with 6 airbags, Accent's side collision protection for rear seat passengers must be improved.
Advice: For buyers with few rear seat passengers because of lower than average crash protection.Our Accent has excellent tuning, & feather footing gives superb MPG. Ascending to a 5500 foot mountain pass near Mt. Rainier, Accent got a calculated 41+MPG. Rising to a lower 1400 foot pass, Accent nailed down 45MPG! Tho excess rpms & engine noise are above average, the engine is smooth. No creaks, whines or rattles. If you need performance tho, you have to shift down a lot. Some Accents sold for as low as $7000 to $8000, a superlative value. With 28000 miles, we have had no problem! For such a cheap car, it is nice to have an 8-way adjustable driver's seat with a viable arm rest (just don't lean heavily on it). With the armrest, the ride is OK for long drives (especially if you are driving in beautiful Washington state-ha ha). Other items on the cheap are a tach, 3 position intermittent wipers, inside adjustable rearview mirrors (manual), excellent short throw shifter & clutch for smooth, but unhurried shifting (no razz matazz), no cost mud flaps, & acceptable no nonsense speakers that won't need changing out if you don't need a lot of bass. The steering is quicker than provided in some other cars. While the exterior width of the Accent is the same as Honda Fit & Toyota Yaris, INTERIOR WIDTH is one to 3 inches wider than those cars, providing for nice shoulder width! We have a good chance of going 100,000 miles & NOT needing the 100,000 mile warranty.