2003 Hyundai Excel Review from North America

2003 Hyundai Excel Hatchback 1.5 multi point inj.

Model year2003
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 multi point inj. Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carSaturn SC


Stops on a dime, turns on a nickel and drives you around town for a quarter!


Both doors sag so they must be lifted up to open them. Not noticeable once open! The sun visors are way too cheap, the clips are broken, they don't stay up. The thermostat was stuck open so the car never reached operating temp. like all the 1.5 liter excels. 3rd gear synchros are a little week, trans. a little noisy, Red line synthetic oil fixed trans. problem.

General Comments:

What a blast! suspension is floaty and rolley like a rubber ball. couldn't ask for more out of this super cheap auto. As expected to be, cheap, but a very good deal. $900.00 into it now. Needs tie rod ends or ball joints for 70 MPH. 65 is OK tho, No shimmy!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2006

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review