2003 Hyundai Accent
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Cheap RELIABILITY!

by from Covington, GA on September 11, 2009

Bought this thing new. Had virtually NO issues with it. For me, the true measure of a car is, "will it start and run, when I need it." The short answer is, this car will. Now approaching 200K miles ...
Bought this thing new. Had virtually NO issues with it. For me, the true measure of a car is, "will it start and run, when I need it." The short answer is, this car will. Now approaching 200K miles and this car is showing NO SIGNS of giving up. When I get in it starts and ALWAYS gets me to my destination. If you want a reliable car at a good price you should seriously consider purchasing one of these.
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Nice little car

by from Spokane, WA on December 4, 2010

I have never been let down by this car. I did have to replace the Korean tires and front struts, and get front end alignment, at 25,000 miles. Otherwise no problems. I do regret not getting cruise co...
I have never been let down by this car. I did have to replace the Korean tires and front struts, and get front end alignment, at 25,000 miles. Otherwise no problems. I do regret not getting cruise control though. My kids used to complain about not having much room in the back seat. The trunk however is as roomy as one in a much larger car. The locking gas cap door gives peace of mind about fuel theft, and the trunk lever and trip odometer are nice touches. A minor gripe with the heater is that there is no combination of thawing both the windshield and the driver's fingers at the same time. Perhaps surprisingly, after 7 years I have not had to have the air conditioning charged. There is plenty of power for my style of driving. It would not win any races but it gets up to freeway speed okay for merging. With our weather this winter, I might have to get something with 4WD. The Accent works okay in normal snow, but not so much in deep snow or in lumpy melted-then-refrozen ice.
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good value and reliable

by from Rhode Island on February 10, 2012

I bought the accent new back in 2003 and have had zero problems with the car. Besides the basics: changing the battery, a lightbulb, brake pads, and routine upkeep, I have put no money into my accent ...
I bought the accent new back in 2003 and have had zero problems with the car. Besides the basics: changing the battery, a lightbulb, brake pads, and routine upkeep, I have put no money into my accent at all. I travel frequently and have put a ton of miles on it, and it has proved to be reliable beyond my expectations. The mpg this car gets is fantastic, and that alone is a great reason for anyone on a budget to seiously look into this car. While its comfortable for me, I wouldnt reccomend it for someone who is really tall or large as the cabin is on the narrow side and it doesnt have a ton of head room. As far as preformance goes, it handles well, is good in the snow (imo), and has decent eccleration. If you are looking to fly around, then this wouldnt be the car for you, but honestly, for the engine size it moves along pretty well and it still runs as quiet and smooth as the day I bought it. Overall I would highly reccomend this car baised on my personal experience.
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Amazing car for the price!

by from Louisiana on November 17, 2010

My dad bought this car in 2005 with less than 20,000 miles on it. In the past seven years, he has put 100,000 miles on it going back and forth to work. He recentely passed it on to me (at which time I...
My dad bought this car in 2005 with less than 20,000 miles on it. In the past seven years, he has put 100,000 miles on it going back and forth to work. He recentely passed it on to me (at which time I affectionately named it Carlos), and it runs great! We have never had any major problems with it; only rountine things such as brakes and oil changes. I have the very basic four-door; crank windows and manual locks. It is without all the bells and whistles, but i love it all th same. It is still a very reliable car, will run for miles and miles, and is cheap to fix up. I would recommend this car to anyone.
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I love my 2003 Accent

by from San Francisco on November 15, 2006

It's not fancy but very economical and low-maintenance. It's very cute and zippy. I might have to sell for personal reasons. I was planning to keep it for 200K mi. or for the rest of my life...
It's not fancy but very economical and low-maintenance. It's very cute and zippy. I might have to sell for personal reasons. I was planning to keep it for 200K mi. or for the rest of my life...
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Best vehicle I ever invested in

by from baltimore md on May 27, 2008

Paid a low price and am getting great reliability from this car. Well made and refined vehicle. Would buy another Hyundai in a heartbeat. 76,000 miles and no problems to date. Exceptional gas mileage....
Paid a low price and am getting great reliability from this car. Well made and refined vehicle. Would buy another Hyundai in a heartbeat. 76,000 miles and no problems to date. Exceptional gas mileage. Car still looks like new and runs like new.
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Most car for the money

by from New York, NY on October 30, 2007

I was so happy with the 2003 because the style of previous years was uninspiring to say the least. It's got a tried and true powertrain and is extremly reliable and safe. It handles pretty well for th...
I was so happy with the 2003 because the style of previous years was uninspiring to say the least. It's got a tried and true powertrain and is extremly reliable and safe. It handles pretty well for the bargain (if you take the overdrive off, the car really moves). This was my first new car and I made a great choice!
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Good vehicle for the price

by from NH on October 1, 2006

I purchased my 2003 Hyundai Accent the year it came out, and it has served me well for 30,000 miles. You probably won't find a cheaper car ($11,000) that performs as well or looks as good. I test drov...
I purchased my 2003 Hyundai Accent the year it came out, and it has served me well for 30,000 miles. You probably won't find a cheaper car ($11,000) that performs as well or looks as good. I test drove the Kias before I went to Hyundai, the difference is like night and day as far as performance, the accent, for $1,000 more than a Spectra and $2,000 more than a Rio, had significantly better power and acceleration. I haven't tried a Jetta, Civic, or Sentra so I don't know how the rest of the competition compares. It is reasonably comfortable, has a good console, decent amount of space, gets good mileage (25 city 35 highway, 30 overall) and handles well. My regrets are 2, one that I wish I had gotten a more powerful car (better acceleration) and two that I had gotten a more sleek, sexy looking car. But My Accent is good "commuter box" and in my trips all over the northeast I haven't had any problems with it. When my tire popped, the donut lasted 1,000+ miles. Other than needing basic things like tire rotation and an alignment (lots of potholes around where I live) it has been maintenance free and done a fine job for me. I look forward to it doing a fine job for many years to come.
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just a car

by from SW Washington state on July 5, 2015

I have driven mine from 33000 miles to 180000 miles and still going strong. The 5 speed trans mission went out at 34K miles but the dealer replaced it under warranty. Other than that have only had to ...
I have driven mine from 33000 miles to 180000 miles and still going strong. The 5 speed trans mission went out at 34K miles but the dealer replaced it under warranty. Other than that have only had to replace the alternator and the plastic rocker arm cover. I replaced the timing belt, spark plugs, and air filter at 111k. The struts and alignment were poor when I got it and I finally corrected that at around 150k and it drives good now. It doesn't seem very comfortable to me but has been durable inside. I have given the exterior minimal care but it still looks fine. My Accent has provided reliable transportation for many years and I would recommend buying one if that's what you seek.
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I love my 03' Hyundai Accent

by from on October 26, 2010

Never had any problems with it. I was even in two front end collisions and the car still runs like a champ!!!!
Never had any problems with it. I was even in two front end collisions and the car still runs like a champ!!!!
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