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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
15,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Hyundai Accent engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Hyundai Accent Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 142003

Accent 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles


The brake line erupted on the passenger's side while driving. The dealer was notified. The dealer replaced both front rotors and the brake pads within the first 14K miles and refused to check and lubricate both front caliper slides which caused the passenger side brake pad to completely wear down the metal. The passenger side caliper bracket rusted. There was also an engine noise.

- Fishkill, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 072004

Accent 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Engine lifters tap loudly for anywhere for 2 mins or 20 miles depending on how long the car set. The lifters had been replaced once. Taken to dealer to have it checked out they says its fine but a friend of mine that also works there says they are boarder line and will need to be taken care of soon. Dealer will not replace.

- Williamsville, IL, USA

problem #4

Mar 132004

Accent 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
About: 2002 Hyundai Accent problem happens short time after filling the gas tank. Check engine light comes on and car has a sudden large loss of power, overdrive cuts out. Problem may persist for a day or two then go away and come back several times before going away. Situation: My wife was crossing a street and could not get out of the way of oncoming traffic. She just barley escaped. This has happened a total of 5 times in 14,000 miles of driving. It now happens every time the gas tank is filled. Dealer indicates that this is on purpose when the gas cap is not secured properly. Hyundai puts driver's lives at stake on purpose!

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #3

Nov 172003


  • 22,000 miles


The vehicle was involved in a frontal collision and caught fire. The fire trapped the driver inside, burning him to death. Please provide any additional information.

- Lodi, WI, USA

problem #2

Aug 262003

(reported on)


  • miles
When first starting the vehicle in the morning it vehicle idles high a couple of times and shakes, then the vehicle is fine. Dealer cannot determine the cause of the problem.

- Gloucester, MA, USA

problem #1

Apr 072003


  • miles
The check engine light illuminated continuously. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer but they could not duplicate or correct the problem.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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