This iteration of the Accent scored near the top of our subcompact rankings in both the sedan and hatchback versions. While there's nothing fancy about this car, it does hit the mark for sensible transportation. It's particularly economical to buy and run -- we got 31 mpg with the GLS sedan with an automatic and 32 mpg for the stick-shift Sport hatchback.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
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2002
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2003
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2004
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2005
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2006
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2007
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2008
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2009
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2010
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2011
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2015
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2016
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2017
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2018
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2019
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2020
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
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2001
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2002
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2003
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2004
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2005
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2006
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2007
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2008
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2011
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2012
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2015
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2016
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2018
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2019
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2020
NA
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
NA
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
NA
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
NA
Safety Equipment
ABS available from 2005. Side air bags standard from 2004. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. ESC not available, standard from 2012.
Road Test

This iteration of the Accent scored near the top of our subcompact rankings in both the sedan and hatchback versions. While there's nothing fancy about this car, it does hit the mark for sensible transportation. It's particularly economical to buy and run -- we got 31 mpg with the GLS sedan with an automatic and 32 mpg for the stick-shift Sport hatchback. The 138-hp four-cylinder engine provides adequate power, handling is responsive in the sedan and even more so in the Sport model. The well-constructed cabin offers plenty of room up front. As is normal for this class, the ride is jittery and the rear seats are somewhat cramped. The cabin is fairly noisy, but not offensively so. However, this version of the Accent scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 (138 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Hyundai Accent owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"The rear caliers were sticking causing premature wear. The dealer said they couldn't find anything wrong an I paid $350 for new rear pads and a brake fluid change. I believe the calipers were sticking after researching this common problem online"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Rear brakes needed replacing in 2014"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced rear pads and rotors"

Shari D., MI (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Dealer suggested a 450$ brake job for rear wheels at only 23,000KM"

Daniel T., QC (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"hand break seized rear callipers. the dealer said it was lack of maintenance even though I was specifically charged for rear brake maintenance six months earlier"

Richard J., QC (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"The rear brake pads wore down before the front even though they do much less of the stopping. I attribute this premature wear to the rear calipers sticking"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to do a major brake servIce before it was supposed to happen. The dealer was also servicing another similar vehicle for the same reason at the same time."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Routine replacement of brakes and rotors"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to resurface the rotors"

Anonymous, HI (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Brakes were squeaking when applying the brakes in reverse."

Anonymous, HI (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"rusting rotors"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The clips holding the plastic fenders to the plastic body broke off and a small piece is sticking out. I have seen a few Hyundai Accents with what looks like a similar problem"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The car sits so low that the front scrapes on sidewalks and parking berms. The front end molding clips broke and the whole front of the body was lose. We chose to glue it rather than pay the dealer to fix/replace"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear and front bumpers covers were coming detached because the clips were not holding the them properly. Front bumper cover especially would come loose if it scraped the curb when parking in a parking space. The dealer admitted it was a problem"

Brian M., PA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"front bumper bolt broke where it binds to the chassis next to the front tire. Expensive to repair."

Anonymous, UT (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"the top coat seems very: thin scratches down to the undercoating"

Leonard B., NY (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the car is prone to peel away, leaving just primer showing. This started on the hatchback, then the roof just above the windshield and finally the left and right side of the hood. Rust bubbles started on the right rear fender after 2 years of ownership."

Adrian B., ON (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on the hood and spoiler has faded from the sun"

Anonymous, (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Fading"

Anonymous, (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust spots appeared in 2014. car driven for about 2.75 years at that point"

D T., AB (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Though I had the Drivers door power window control panel replaced, the rust problem was my biggest disappointment. The Car was not quite 7 years in service last year when I had it at the dealership for the window control. It is supposed to have a 7 Year rust perforation warranted from the factory. So I pointed out to the service manager that on the drivers side rear fender lip, 2 areas where the paint was bubbling up from beneath and it wouldn't be long before it rusted through. He said they don't cover hoods and fender lips because of stone chips. I showed him that there wasn't any chips in the paint at these pooints, and because I had worked as a body repair and paint person in the past, I knew it was from an assembly area in manufacturing where it was rusting from. He didn't care. I told him that my 97 Honda CRV had no rust on it in the 12 years it was in my family, and my 04 Subaru Baja didn't either after 11 years. If that was what I was to expect from Hyundai, I guess I'll never buy another, and I was looking to buy a new Kona. I eventually wrote to the factory, but it was just a month and a half over 7 years after the car was put into service. No kudos for Hyundai."

Shari D., MI (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Front blinker keeps going out. Ends up it was a short. Easy fix."

Elaine H., TX (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"The electronic dash instrument cluster screen failed, went black, unable to see odometer, trip odometer, fuel level and engine temperature."

Louis V., MA (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Headlight seem to burnout every 11 or 12 months"

David K., PA (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor reach at night unless one uses hi-beams"

Leonard B., NY (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Defective seal allowed headlight to have condensation. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, IA (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Low beam headlight burned out less than one year after the bulb had been replaced at the Hyundai dealer. They replaced it free."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Interior switch went out for controlling headlights."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Warning light on dash go on at times but will off a day or so later by it self. Does not seem tom effectm vehicle operatiojn"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wiper motor went out. Couldn't drive in the rain until it was fixed. Not cheap."

Elaine H., TX (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone would lose pairing frequently"

Richard S., NV (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not pair up to phone"

Geoffrey S., MA (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Some buttons do not work well"

Anonymous, PR (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"did not work"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"The front speakers do not sound went off the left side and then the right side"

Anonymous, PR (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

"On occasion, recently after fillups, the gas gauge will just blink and no fuel indicator will come on upon start up. it does come back, but dealer said they could not find the issue. They did reset some code, but the problem still exists."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Gas cap lost its seal, and then the guage meter is not accurate"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Failure and it had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AL (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light showed anti-knock sensor went bad. Repair at dealer was almost $400"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Once a year the engine malfunction light came on and the Oxygen sensor had to be replaced. THis should not be so frequent"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"Control arms and bushings had to be repladed."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Right rear shock needed replacement......warranty covered the repair"

Michael F., ON (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"Need to get them replaced. I don't know if the struts were broken before I got the car. Affects mileage and stability on the road, and causes alignment and tire wear. I haven't decided whether to replace them or not. ($900 estimated cost to replace all 4 struts.)"

Anonymous, (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"right bearing worn caused vibration. Replaced bearing and tires, realignment"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"compressor broke but that lead to repeated trips to repair for the slipping belts"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Replace Blower about once per year. Blower shuts off from time to time, stays on for awhile, then shuts off again by itself. Could be a defective switching mechanism. The in-cabin air filter needs to be replaced every year. That is excessive"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Needed to add refrigerant"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"5th gear lockout ring stripped at about 110,000 km. Not worth repairing"

D T., AB (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Synchro ring for fifth gear shot. Cannot shift down to fifth from sixth gear. Grinding occurs when this is tried. Not worth fixing, just avoid this downshift"

D T., AB (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"A computer chip in the ignition switch by the transmission selector prevented the car from starting every time. Dealer replaced the chip under Certified Used Car warranty"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"At roughly 80,000 miles the engine developed an engine knocking sound that occurred most of the time. The vehicle was serviced regularly using the correct oil and filters. Hyundai refused to even inspect the vehicle under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

"repair at dealer under warranty, stated was software upgrade, still same problem, knocking, pinging and acceleration problems"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Engine burning Oil not leaking oil."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Glass had bubbles in some spots"

Richard S., NV (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Radio / phone control switches on steering wheel had to be replaced as well as the power window & lock control panel on the drivers door needed replacement. I Could not control left rear and right front windows from the drivers door. They did work on their individual switches. Without the extended warranty, I would have had to pay out of pocket, but I paid about $1200 for that warranty."

Shari D., MI (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"The engine was using large amounts of oil and had to have one quart of oil added every 500 to 1000 miles. Hyundai refused to repair the engine under their 10 year/100,000 powertrain warranty. I had to have the engine repaired at my own cost"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Starter

"The price of changing the starter was $675 or so counting the tow. It just wouldn't spin the motor, so it was towed to the dealer, and they changed the starter."

Adrian B., ON (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"eviromental "green" insulation in the electrical wiring attracted a rodent which chewed through the cabling, causing the car to eventually stall on a highway"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"clutch failed completely. Needed to replace in order to operate. Approximately $1200 - $1400"

Chris B., VA (2012 Hyundai Accent None 1.6-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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