1990 Hyundai Excel Reviews from North America

1990 Hyundai Excel GL 1.5 liter

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 liter Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles
Previous carPontiac LeMans


A great, dependable car


I had to replace the transmission about three years ago. That cost around $1500.

I had to replace the valve guide seal two and a half years ago. It wouldn't quit smoking and that was really embarrassing.

General Comments:

This car is a speedy little thing if you are the right height to fit into it.

However the people who designed the interior should have made it all one color.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2001

1990 Hyundai Excel 1.5

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance98999 miles
Previous carYugo GV


Watch out for this heap of trash!


This car was a nightmare from the start. Everything was breaking and going bad.

1) Transmission problems from the start.

2) Radiator busted.

3) Oil pan gasket went bad.

4) Head gasket blew.

5) Transmission seal blew.

6) Coil went bad.

7) CV joints went out twice.

8) Engine was well maintained, started smoking and clicking at 97,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car had to be a lemon, there is no way that they could have sold this car with this poor quality to everyone. My Yugo was a better car than this. I mean every month this car was having something happen with it, it was happening over and over again and I don't know how I kept it as long as I did to be honest. When I traded the thing in the Geo/Chevy dealership didn't even want to take the thing, I think I got 1000 for it if even that.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd December, 2000

1st May 2001, 22:10

Did you buy the car new, if so, and the dealer was of no help, you should have gone to the Hyundai Corporation with your complaints. They are very good about standing behind their products. I think that your particular car was just a bad seed, and that happens, but all in all, it really is a great car.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews