Ponybox 7 of 12: 1999 Hyundai Accent

This afternoon we are excited to continue our celebration of terrible economy cars from 1992. It all started from this vintage Car and Driver article from July 1992 came across my desk the other day. The 12 compact economy cars in the comparison article were sub $10k crapboxes that were ranked from best to worst by a group of college kids. Today’s next feature is number 7, which called for a Hyundai Excel GS. Regrettably I could not find a single Excel for sale anywhere on the planet, so this Accent (the successor to the Excel) will have to suffice. Find this 1999 Hyundai Accent offered for $4,499 in Palm Springs, CA via craigslist.

First up we’ve got to address the rhinoceros in the room — how did an Accent manage to survive the last 23 years in this condition? This car should have been used for pizza delivery in a college town and done serious pizza-box under the rear wheels with the e-brake on skid-plate hoonage in a parking lot until the headgasket gave out. How does this car have only 68k miles on the clock and a MANUAL gearbox? This is what people do to a Hyundai Accent when no one is looking.

Wow. Just wow.

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