Polymorphisms in DNA repair genes may be associated with differences in the repair efficiency of DNA damage and may influence an individual's risk of atherosclerosis. Genetic research on coronary artery disease (CAD) has traditionally focused on investigation aimed at identifying disease-susceptibility genes. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between AP-endonuclease-1 (Asp148Glu), XRCC1 (Arg399Gln), XRCC3 (Thr241Met), XPD (Lys751Gln), XPG (Asp1104His), and hOGG1 (Ser326Cys), gene polymorphisms and the risk of developing CAD in a Turkish population. The study population consisted of 197 patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) with chronic CAD and 135 healthy subjects' age and sex matched. Gene polymorphisms were determined by the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism method. We demonstrated for the first time, a positive association of XRCC3 and hOGG1 DNA repair gene variants with CAD risk. XRCC3 Thr/Thr genotype and Thr allele frequencies were significantly increased in ACS and chronic CAD patients compared with the control group (p < 0.05). It was also observed that there is a protective role of XRCC3 Met alleles against both ACS and chronic CAD (p < 0.05). hOGG1 Cys alleles were found significantly higher in ACS patients than in the control group and carriers of the Cys allele had a 1.7-fold increased risk for ACS. In addition, we confirmed the association of XRCC3 Thr241Met and hOGG1 Ser326Cys gene variants with CAD by haplotype analysis. We found that CAD risk is associated with XRCC3 Thr: hOGG1 Cys haplotype, whereas XRCC3 Met: hOGG1 Ser haplotype was found to be protective against the disease. The preliminary results suggested that XRCC3 and hOGG1 genetic variants may be risk factors by affecting the enzyme's function that may lead to development of CAD.