Zomby woof
Zomby woof Dork
12/20/10 5:39 p.m.

I know it's been covered, but I searched and only came up with threads on newer stuff.

My son is driving more than he'd like to for work, and is looking for a cheap beater with fun potential.

Decent Swifts are getting hard to find, but Accents aren't.

Any reason he should be afraid of the 90's cars?

He likes the looks better than the newer ones, and they're budget friendly.

What are the trouble spots, and is this for real (I thought they were 1.5 DOHC)?


Bobzilla Dork
12/20/10 5:46 p.m.

Almost all of the accents used the 1.5L SOHC Alpha. An absolute dog of an engine, but as long as you change the oil once in a while it'll run forever. There were a few 98/99 that used a DOHC version of that engine and were sold as "GT's". They use the odd 4x114.3 bolt pattern and anything pre-98 is almost impossible to find suspension parts for.

As ong as they haven't succombed to cancer (real problems with control arms and subframes) and has been halfway maintained it'll run for another 100k miles.

EDIT: Just noticed tyhe ad was canadian.... not sure what the Canadian options were back then. Y'all got different options than we did down south of the border.

RoosterSauce Reader
12/20/10 6:02 p.m.

At $500 for a good running GT. I wouldn't care about any of this reliability/parts availability stuff. Buy it and run it 'til it explodes.

Stealthtercel Reader
12/20/10 7:32 p.m.

It was an Accent of that era that a small courier company in Mississauga [suburb on the west edge of Toronto, for you foreign readers!] bought off the local dealer's lot when they needed another vehicle. Several hundred thousand kilometres later, the dealer woke up to the fact that the little beast was still chugging along, day in, day out, and the car & owners got a few publicity photos. So, yeah, $500 sounds like a deal, assuming there's no obvious flaws.

Lesley SuperDork
12/20/10 8:04 p.m.

As long as it passes safety okay... under 200,000 clicks is a reasonably new beater to me

I once bought a $500 323 with similar mileage... and was quoted almost $2,000 to safety it. Friends and I worked on it all weekend, only money I spent was new brake pads, emergency brake cable, a pair of struts (and pizza). That car ran another two years until I took the tranny out doing a TSD rally on a rocky road.

Travis_K Dork
12/20/10 8:45 p.m.

I have driven one of those a little bit (neighbor has one and i have done minor repairs a couple times), and it seems decent enough, very very slow, but also light and simple.

Gimp GRM+ Memberand Dork
12/20/10 9:01 p.m.

I always liked mine.

ditchdigger HalfDork
12/20/10 10:22 p.m.

I will just leave this here

RoosterSauce Reader
12/20/10 10:26 p.m.

I like Gimp's better.

ditchdigger HalfDork
12/20/10 10:44 p.m.

I forgot the link


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chknhwk Reader
12/24/10 4:44 p.m.

I miss my '98 so I bought an 11. Only problem I had was the manifold liked to crack itself, presumably due to heat - that engine seemed to run pretty hot.

pinchvalve SuperDork
12/24/10 4:52 p.m.

I think the low prices are due mainly to the ugly fish face, but they seem to be really reliable.

pinchvalve SuperDork
12/24/10 4:52 p.m.

I think the low prices are due mainly to the ugly fish face, but they seem to be really reliable.

Zomby woof
Zomby woof Dork
12/24/10 9:19 p.m.

You said it twice, so you must have really meant it.

I really like the looks of those cars, Gimp's especially.

He is looking at them, as we got a similar answer from a good friend who is far more up to date on that stuff than us.

I also offered him my green Swift tonight, so we'll see which direction he goes in. If he takes it, then me, and both my kids will be driving Swifts

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