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1996 Hyundai Accent

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Information shown for entry-level Hatchback.

Fuel Economy:
City 23/Hwy 32/Comb 26 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.5 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Korea Country of Assembly: Korea

1996 Hyundai Accent Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.4
Out of 10

Based on 86 Ratings for the 1995 - 1999 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    7.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.4/10
    Performance
    7.3/10
  • Comfort
    6.9/10
    Styling
    7.0/10

I've owned nicer, but none more dependable.

By on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: sold it to a friend

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Consistently great gas millage stalwart."

Cons: "lug pattern being 4 on 114mm not 100mm"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased this car in'06 for $300 needing a clutch, it had 128k miles on it. Drove it a little over 2 years, and in that time I think I put some tires on it. Then I let a friend borrow it, and he ended up buying it from me, yet somehow I was the one who kept up on the maintenance. Not that there was a lot to do, I mean that 'lil thing just starts up every time. We would always joke about how the car will rot away around the engine, and trans it's just that reliable. In 2012 I bought it back, and currently still driving it a little over 9 years since buying it, and still going strong. The total amount of $ spent on parts, and repairs is negligible, aside from routine oil changes I have had to weld up the exhaust 3 times, and replaced the rear struts, and a bushing that fell of the rear sway bar, that's it. Still on the same battery, same breaks, same replaceable electrical parts, and best of all (this is for all you accent owners out there) I figured out why the dang windows are so hard to roll up, and I'm going to give you the solution 'cause I just like all of you so much%). O.K. the weather stripping on the inside of the door is pressed to firmly against the window. So what you want to do is roll down the window and grab hold of the stripping, and pull it away from window. You might have to repeat a couple three times before it takes, but it will eventually free up permanently. Sadly you'll no longer get your daily workout, but being able to quickly, and easily roll up the windows is something taken for granted before owning one of these. If you have read this, and followed my instructions I know you are thanking me, so I say you are welcome, glad I could help, sincerely N."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Darn good for the money

By on Thursday, March 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Durable ,great mileage,and easy to repair."

Cons: "Rough ride,weak A/C."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car new back in '99.Over the years no major problems.It's been to Jersey and back and all over Florida. I've done ALL of the maintenance and repairs myself except for warranty work.It's super simple to work on (for me anyway).The dealer replaced 3 secondary o2 sensors(before they found a programming error in the computer and corrected it) and a faulty voltage regulator by 25,000 miles. Other than that only spark plugs,brakes,oil changes,coolant,trans lubricant,(it's a 5 speed)timing belt(s)and tires.After 120,000 miles I replaced the alternator,radiator,A/C compressor,coil,front axles and front struts(I had an alignment done). In other words normal stuff.The paint's a little faded but in Florida, that's to be expected. I'm on my 4th Hyundai since '89 and still own 3 of them."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Awesome car, economical, no major problems

By on Sunday, July 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Economical, reliable"

Cons: "No frills"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Great city car-35 mpg, easy maneuvering, good visibility, good cargo capacity (up to 2000 lb). OK on highway (been to 15 States and Canada). I bought it for function - and it has been great. Takes me from A to B economically and hatchback design enables me to haul lots of stuff. Newer models stress fashion over function and do not suit my need - so I still use the 1998 Accent."

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

cheap convenient for a while

By on Thursday, March 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "good value"

Cons: "quick to deteriorate"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"The interior of this car fell apart and could not be repaired. The paint finish became spotty, and the repairs mounted as the years went by."

5 people out of 12 found this review helpful

One of the best cars ive ever owned

By on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I owned and sold this car

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "excelent gas mileage,cute shape,practicle,reliable"

Cons: "dash cracks,valve seals wear"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Really cheap in parts,lasts very long,ive had like 10 of these in the past,never get bored of them,my advice is to buy a 5 speed manual one because automatic transmissions on them arent 100% reliable,but everything else is cute and perfect for every day driving."

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

a lot of bang for the buck.

By on Thursday, November 07, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 226,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Cheap running car."

Cons: "Interior door handles break easily."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought my 96 Accent with 63k on it in 05 for $2000. Now have 226k on it. Cheapest running car I have ever owned. I drive 40 miles each way for work every day and it has never let me down. The only major repairs I have done was some suspension work recently. 1 battery, 2 sets of front brakes, 1 set of rear shoes, 1 set of plugs and wires. Still has the original starter, alternator, clutch and water pump. I have, however, replaced the driver's interior door handle a few times. All around a very durable little car."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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