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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,628 miles

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1998 Hyundai Accent engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Hyundai Accent Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 042003

(reported on)

Accent 4-cyl

  • 40,510 miles


The starter was replaced six times, the transmission, front brakes, outer tie rods and the engine were all replaced.

- Milan, IL, USA

problem #3

Dec 052002


  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The vehicle stalled when the gears were changed, the dealer could not duplicate the problem.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #2

Jul 222001

(reported on)


  • miles
This was a program car. I have had the same problems repeatedly with this car. About 6 months after I bought it, it started using oil. They rebuilt the head. Then about 8 months or so later it started using oil again, this time they "said" they put on a new head. However, I dont believe that because, now 8 months later it is once again using oil. Also, I can be going down the highway at about 60 mph and the engine will "hiccup" and jerk really hard and the check engine light will come on for about 2-3 seconds. I have reported this several times and they find nothing wrong. I have also been reporting to the dealer, that I hear a ticking noise coming from the engine. It sounds like the engine is not getting any oil. But, they just tell me that I am hearing things. I am paying for this lemon with my hard earned money. I have tried to get them to let me trade it back to them and buy a brand new car, but they insist that nothing is wrong with mine. I have also contacted Consumer Affairs, they told me they couldn't get involved. That it was between me and the dealer. I need help!!! any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

- Lake City, AR, USA

problem #1

Nov 151998


  • miles
Engine control monitor melted, causing vehicle to shift into neutral while driving. Dealer notified, and replaced odometer. Six months later, transmission/computer module malfunctioned. ; dealer notified, and replaced computer module. Currently, crank angle sensor malfunctioned, causing stalling / no start at all, and engine missing while driving. Dealer notified. On 6-2-00 the vehicle would not engage into higher gear at 60 mph, consumer had to drive on freeway at 60 mph with the RPM gauge at 4500. Nlm

- Santee, CA, USA

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