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Hyundai Amica consumer reviews by year of make: 2000  2001  2002  2003  2006  2007  2008  2009 

Hyundai Amica consumer car reviews

Paulina martin, Vale of Glamorgan

Hyundai Amica 2006 - 2009

3 star review

I have a Hyundai amica 2007.with just 24000 miles on clock. I've had no problems with it to date. I now have a brakes problem which is serious. I have a mot from just one month ago showing brakes in working order. Urgent My brakes have failed a dozen times...usually slowing on lights or junctions and slowing down. I have been back to garage and had them checked on mot machine problem. The car planes and the noise is horrific.. I have contacted Hyundai twice all to no avail. There are eight more cars on this web with the same problem. Someone has to do something about it,,it could be a matter of life of death. I need answer urgently..p martin

Submitted: 2016-06-01 | ID: 132223

DAVID LACE, Lancashire

Hyundai Amica 2000 - 2003

5 star review

I am in the Isle of Man. Why does my 2001 Hyundai Amica break down after 4 miles every day? If I wait for 5 minutes it will start and then go the other 6 miles to my work. I have changed the fuel filter and air filter. What do I need to do next? Can anyone help?

Submitted: 2014-11-02 | ID: 105509

Steve Bonsall, Cheshire

Hyundai Amica 2006 - 2009

5 star review

My daughter bought the Amica 6 years ago and its been a very good car. Somewhat small but it is a small car. We are having a small problem in that it had its 6 year service in April and has since had an intermittent problem with brake failure just after starting from cold. After going say 200 yards if you brake the brakes judder and on 3 occasions the brakes have failed causing, on one instance, to overshoot a red light. Its been at the dealer/ garage (Hyundai approved) for the last week but they haven't been able to replicate the problem and Hyundai have no answer. Anyone had a similar experience or can offer a solution/ explanation. Fortunately it only seems to happen when going slowly say 15mph.

Responses to this review car is now 8 years old and has been great until recently has been doing exactly the same as yours...when i brakeing at approx 15/20 miles per hr it sometimes makes a bow brakeing kind of noise and has slid through red lights twice,iv got a mechanic who has found out what the prob is but he cant get the part till after the 23 rd sept as hes on hol...i cant remember what the part is but will let you know when hes back off his hols....its very nerve wrecking when this happens in my car to say the least! - from Blackpool car is now 8 years old and has been great until recently has been doing exactly the same as yours...when i brakeing at approx 15/20 miles per hr it sometimes makes a bow brakeing kind of noise and has slid through red lights twice,iv got a mechanic who has found out what the prob is but he cant get the part till after the 23 rd sept as hes on hol...i cant remember what the part is but will let you know when hes back off his hols....its very nerve wrecking when this happens in my car to say the least! - from Blackpool

I've also had the same problem with my 2008 Amica, with no luck in resolving the problem. Interest to here what the solution is. I would be grateful for any help? - Stephen E King from West Sussex

Hi I have this same problem with the brakes on my Amica 2008 if the gent from Blackpool could let us know what his mechanic found as the problem I would be very grateful. Many thanks R Chapman. - Ron Chapman from Stockton-on-Tees

I hace the seme problema with my car. Been a good car 9 years old but only 24 thousand miles, Had mot done two weeks ago commented on this problem...passed mot...still breaking problem and it's frightening. It's been back to the two garages and they havnt come up with anything. Went to Hyundai today and they said never heard of the problem. WHAT CAN I DO AT MY WITS END ..VERY DANGEROUS. HAS ANYONE SOLVED IT ..URGENT HYUNDAI REPLY TO THIS.. - Paulina martin from Vale of Glamorgan


This brake problem. Anyone got the answer is now urgent. I have a valid mot for brakes two weeks old. But my car at times does not stop at lights or junctions as commented. Hyundai do not want to know. Please urgently contact me - Paulina martin from Vale of Glamorgan

No answer to brake problem on six cars .this is now urgent All of these people having terrible problem with their brakes..even although all have mots for brakes. Please let me know where I can get help. Hyundai garage do not want to know. Matter urgent. What is wrong with brakes......... Pauline Martin - Paulina martin from Vale of Glamorgan

I have been having this problem for a while. I thought it was just me! Has anyone found out what causes it? I'm getting worried about driving my car now in case I end up in an accident. Thanks - from West Midlands

Submitted: 2014-05-09 | ID: 95285

Melvin Morris, Kent

Hyundai Amica GSi 2007

4 star review

I bought this car from new, originally for my wife. She was suffering from back problems and this car was perfect for her to get in and out of. She traded up to the i10 a couple of years ago and I inherited the Amica. Overall a very good car for running to and from work, 15miles each way. Average approx. 40 mpg, which is more than respectable with the mixed driving I use it for. The biggest fault of the car is its eating of the front tyres. It has only done 30,000mls and I am on my 4th set of tyres. The rear tyres are still hardly worn and the original set? Big disappointment on an otherwise very nice car. Roomy, split rear folding seats, air conditioning, excellent in the bad weather.

Submitted: 2013-02-26 | ID: 41239

Julie Brandwood, Lancashire

Hyundai Amica 2007

5 star review

I have a silver Hyundai Amica, it’s the second one I have owned and I bought this from new. I love this car. I’ve had this one for 7 years and have done nearly 50,000 miles. It’s cheap to run and easy to drive. It’s passed its MoT every year without fail. I do have it serviced every year and never let the petrol get too low. I also make regular checks on my oil, water, tyres etc. The seats fold down to give you loads of space. I helped my daughter move house in mine and it’s surprising how much you can fit in. I use it on the motorway and around town, it’s so easy to park, you can fit into gaps that much bigger cars can’t. I wish they still made this model as I love it to bits. We’ve had many happy trips together, it’s the best thing I’ve ever bought!

Submitted: 2013-02-10 | ID: 41241

Louise Nash, England

Hyundai Amica 2001

5 star review

A fantastic car that is great value and reliable. I’ve had it for years and I’m scrapping it today as I’ve purchased a new one. I am actually sad as I will miss it; she been everywhere with me, all over the UK.

Submitted: 2013-02-01 | ID: 41240

Anna Ressel, Cheshire

Hyundai Amica 2001

3 star review

I have had my Amica for 3 years now. It was my first car and it’s been great to run aswell as cheap to run! It’s been everywhere with me, however, the list of problems I have had is endless: Missfires due to damp weather; I have replaced the apart plugs and leads twice and had a new coil pack, yet still everytime I drive it in wet weather it will misfire. Coating it in WD40 helps but the design is faulty meaning it let’s water into the plugs. Breaks: I’ve had my shoes crumble in the drum recently and my disc breaks seized-up last year. Exhaust: My catalytic converter cracked, so I had to get a whole new exhaust! Air in fuel tank: Too much air in my fuel tank caused fuel to squirt out and not pump in properly. There are more things, but that is mainly wear and tear. It’s great for short trips to the shops/school, but I will say if you want a car to drive then probably best going for something else!

Submitted: 2012-06-10 | ID: 41238

Ian Fraser, Cheshire

Hyundai Amica si 2002

4 star review

Bought the Amica to replace a Corsa. Have used the car on trips of 500 miles each way and 250 miles with no problems. I have found that oil usage, however, is high on such trips, otherwise very pleased with vehicle.

Submitted: 2011-02-17 | ID: 41236

Trish M, Yorkshire

Hyundai Amica 2009

4 star review

Bought it from new, this is my 4th Hyundai (all new) and I love them. Previously had 2 accents and a coupe (best car ever). Have never needed any warranty work done on any until now (engine warning light has come on) so will be phoning the delaer tomorrow. I did try 2 brand new vauxhall corsa but had so much warranty works on them that it sent me back to Hyundai. Now, I wouldn’t buy anything but a Hyundai. Amica is cheap to run, ideal in the city - you can squeeze in parking spaces where others can’t! It’s okay on the motorway too - can get a bit wiggly with side winds but youjust have to slow down, I drive 100 miles to work each day with 90% of which is motorway, If you’re thinking of buying one just get yourself down to the dealer - best thing I ever did.

Submitted: 2010-08-22 | ID: 41237

Hannah Buckie, England

Hyundai Amica 1.0 2001

2 star review

I like the car as it is a good drive but recently the check engline light has come on and I have checked all the levels of fluid and there is nothing wrong there but it seems to be in the morning when starting up and in the rain that it gets really sluggish and jolty and feels like it will stall. Does anyone have any ideas it would be perfect if not for this?????

Responses to this review

Hi, I have exactly this same problem with my breaks and some noise. Sometimes my car goes like yours, is snapping like it’s without petrol and I have some lights on, which no one knows how to switch off. I hate this car!! - Aneta Orzech from Carmarthenshire

The check engine light will usually be indicating an ignition fault probably caused by damp getting into the ignition system. The jolts you are experiencing are most likely mis-firing and you are driving on only a few cylinders resulting in the interrupted power delivery. If you are mechnically confident it would be worth taking the spark plugs out, checking the spacing and also the seals around the plug tube. You can get water displacement spray to stop water getting in from most outlets such as Halfords for around £5. If you’re not technically minded, ask someone who is to do it for you as you’re out of warranty and its not worth paying someone to do such a simple job. If the engine runs smoothly after that, the light shoudl turn itself off after a few runs. If it doesn’t sort it then its time to ask a mechanic - Matthew A from Northamptonshire

Matthew A is absolutely correct. Your problem is damp on the ignition. Your engine is only firing on three cylinders giving all the symptoms. A can of WD40 or Damp Start will solve your problem. The Check Engine light will go out as soon as all plugs are firing. As he says, taking the plugs out, giving them a clean and checking the gap is also a good idea - Howard P from Yorkshire

Hi, I have this car, the problem may be caused by the ignition coil. My car is 8 years old with 35k miles and the iginition coil had melted. Have a look, it is only a £70 part and it fixed my car instantly - R Fleming from England

Submitted: 2010-01-20 | ID: 41231

Rosemary Ogg, Angus (Forfarshire)

Hyundai Amica gsi 2008

4 star review

I’m having problems with the brakes. I have had new brake pads fitted by Kwik-Fit in March but still getting some scraping and squealing. They say it is dust getting into them but surely all these cars can’t be like this? Does anyone have any problems with this?

Responses to this review

Dear Rosemary, Contact KWIKFIT head office and ask to speak to the Area Manager. Explain the circumstances and that you wish for the problem to be rectified asap. If the symptoms were not evident before the replacement disc pads were fitted, there is an issue. Usually on inspection of recently fitted replaced disc pads, which have squealing or rubbing sounds the following is found. 1. Poorly fitted pads without copper slip to their backing surfaces. 2. Missing anti- rattle tension springs. 3. The disc surfaces were not cleaned. 4. Binding or sticking Caliper Pistons. KWIKFIT make a big statement on their highly trained personnel, specifically in the area of brake servicing. Sadly visit their facilities and often you will find they are lacking in cleanliness and order. This reflects in the quality of service. All work undertaken however is covered by warranty - Robert Erskine from Middlesex

Submitted: 2009-07-14 | ID: 41242

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William Provan, Scotland

Hyundai Amica 2008

4 star review

I got my Amica six months ago and love it. I have covered nine and a half thousand miles - that’s how much I love it - so does my partner and my small dog Candy. So, I would recommend them - thanks for reading my review.

Submitted: 2008-09-08 | ID: 41244

Julie Hull, England

Hyundai Amica GSI 2001

5 star review

I have had my Amica for 18 months now and wouldn’t swap it for the world! I down-sized from a much bigger car and it was the best thing I have ever done! She is a dream to drive and as well as being ideal for commuting to and from work takes me on a 300 mile round trip on the motor way every month also. The best investment I have ever made!!

Submitted: 2008-08-29 | ID: 41245

Stephen King, Northern Ireland

Hyundai Amica 2008

4 star review

I have not had this car long but I will recommend buying one. I have been driving Vauxhalls for over 8 years and they are all good motors but the Hyundai Amica is far better on motorways, more economical, brakes better and easier on tyres. I have fitted remote locking and have done between 400 and 500 miles all in one day with no problem.

Submitted: 2008-02-22 | ID: 41247

Brian Stallard, Lancashire

Hyundai Amica GSI 2006

4 star review

I have had this car for 18 months and on the whole I have been delighted with it. It is economical to run, suprisingly roomy inside with 4 door access and can carry a reasonable load with the rear seats folded. The 1.1 engine is nippy and although very much a ’city car’ can move on the motorway. Even the narrow width has it’s advantages when passing on narrow country lanes or city streets. Negative points are poor resistance to side winds on the motorway, a reverse gear that sometimes is sticky and the fact that the front tyres wear fairly badly. So far no breakdowns have occured.

Responses to this review

I have same problems with front tyres only lasting 4000 miles. I have had the car from new and I will be having my third set of front tyres in 3 years . Any comments from Amica owners or if your have had the same problems please post on this site - from Vale of Glamorgan

Get the cars tracking done, with 4 people in it this helps spread the load and makes the tracking better and you get more life out off the tyres - William Provan from Scotland

Despite having had tracking done at each time tyres have been replaced, our Amica is now 30 months old 26,000 miles and we have just put the third replacement pair of front tyres on. Back tyres are still good! Has been suggested that there might be a suspension/steering issue that needs resolving - David Butterworth from Durham

Submitted: 2007-11-14 | ID: 41248

Tracy Wardle, Suffolk

Hyundai Amica 1.1 CDX 5dr 2007

3 star review

My husband bought this car purely because I needed something to take my children to school in and get around locally. It’s very cheap to run and I really like the good visibility, however, I don’t think I’d ever want to take it on the motorway, the handling isn’t very smooth, and I tend to wait until weekends when I can use my husbands car if I need to go any distance. Fine if you need something to tootle around in.

Submitted: 2007-10-02 | ID: 41246

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