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Hyundai Accent (2000-2006) Buying Guide

Hyundai Accent (2000-2006)
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by Richard Dredge

You might think it's compulsory for Accent owners to wear a trilby and drive with a tartan rug on the back shelf, but the cars make a lot of sense for anyone who is on a budget. Sure the cars are light on style and image, but they're reliable and offer a surprising amount of equipment and practicality for the money. Just don't pay over the odds for a recent car; the Accent depreciates faster than yesterday's newspapers.

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Equipment levels
Comfortable ride
Lack of refinement
Poor image
Low-rent interior
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Key Dates 
1/00Second-generation five-door Accent introduced with 1.5-litre petrol engine.
7/02There's now a 1.5-litre turbodiesel powerplant available.
2/03Facelifted Accent goes on sale, with a choice of 1.3 or 1.6-litre petrol engines, or 1.5-litre turbodiesel. The 1.6-litre Accent is now available as a saloon.
1/04The saloon is discontinued.
3/041.3-litre Accent is now offered as a three-door hatch.
3/06The 1.6-litre engine is now Euro 4 compliant.
  • Accents are usually bought for occasional local journeys; check the engine hasn't worn out from lots of cold starts.
  • Sills and wheelarches can suffer from rust, so look for bubbling.
  • Early cars can suffer rough running because of faults with the ECU.
  • Clutches sometimes wear prematurely; things won't be helped if the car has predominantly been driven around town.
  • Cheap interior trim is flimsy and can fall apart.
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