hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,065 miles

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2005 Hyundai Accent accessories - exterior problems

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2005 Hyundai Accent Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 252009


  • 73,130 miles


In September 2009 (exact day unknown), the brake light switch on my 2005 Hyundai Accent began intermittently failing. As a result, I was unable to shift the vehicle out of park approximately once out of every three times I started the vehicle, but was able to remedy the issue by depressing the brake pedal with an exaggerated degree of force within 1-5 attempts. On November 25, the switch ultimately failed. As a result, the vehicle would not shift out of park without employing the shift lock override. Since November 25, I employ the shift lock override but have not yet replaced the switch.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Feb 142008


  • 27,000 miles
I have a 2005 Hyundai Accent. The two front door latches have an issue when the weather gets cold. At around 20 degrees outside temperature the mechanisms jam/stick open when the doors are open. It requires either utilizing a hair dryer or warming the car up while holding the door closed to get them freed up, this takes from 15 to 20 minutes. As this does not normally occur at temperatures greater than about 20 degrees I disagree with the manufactures and dealerships explanation that it is due to water intrusion. I believe it is related to the expansion and contraction of metals at different temperature and the tolerances of the parts. I live in upstate New York where my wife purchased the vehicle and we have had to deal with the issue over the last two winters, and am forced to look forward to yet another cold weather season and the most likely recurrence of the issue. I believe these latches are a safety feature of the vehicle and it is only a matter of time before they fail in a vehicle during an accident. I have spoken to other Accent owners who have expressed similar issues with either the front or rear latches. The manufacturer is aware of my complaint as is the dealership I purchased the vehicle from. Neither is willing to replace the parts.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

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