1989 Hyundai Excel Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1989 Hyundai Excel GS 1.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance225000 kilometres

Summary:

OK basic transportation

Faults:

The Brakes are gone, I need to use the Emergency Brake to stop it.

The car burns so much Oil there is no need to take it in for oil changes, it just burns off the old oil, and you need to add new stuff. I spend about as much on oil as I spend on Gas.

The carberator is seized, so I had to take it out and fix it.

The floor on this car is terrible. Over the car's life, a new floor has been put in twice. The doors and fenders rust bad too, but, the paint in some places (upper parts of the doors, hood, ect) has stood up incredibly well.

There is an unsolvable problem with the reverse gear, when ever the car is in reverse, especially when it is first started, it stalls or looses power, very dangerous, especially when you have a blind drive way on a busy street.

The heater-stove for the carburetor has rusted off, and a replacement part is not avaliable.

The electric heater to warm up the carburetor has failed. Fixing this problem would require a complete rebuild, so I'm just going to leave it the way it is.

General Comments:

The GS model has aluminum rims and two tone paint, and an OK Stereo. That is about all for options.

This has to be the slowest car on the road. It came new with 65hp, and, in its old age, it retains about 30-35 hp. I'm afraid to drive this car on busy streets, let alone the highway.

As a result of the carburetor heater and heat-stove not working, the car is very, very hard to start in the cold weather. Part of the Start-up checklist is "Pray to Jesus and to almighty God that the car will start."

But, I must say that, all in all, this is a reliable car. It is no fault of the car that it is in such a state of disrepair, it is the fault of the previous owner. If problems (i.e engine, heater stove, ect) were fixed back in the day, and if the car was maintained properly, it wouldn't be a half bad car to have. It is fixable, but I'm not interested in doing a major restoration which will probably cost me quadruple the car's value. So I'll drive it until it dies.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2003

1989 Hyundai Excel GL Chevy 350 small block TurboHyd from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Chevy 350 small block TurboHyd Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance67664 miles
Previous carPontiac 6000

Summary:

A totally fast sleeper. Watch out now!

Faults:

Nothing at all.

General Comments:

This car, is truly, a small-block sleeper. I have a Chevy 350 with an automatic and I live to kill Mustangs! You think you want to laugh at me Mustang boy? Hear the rumble before you rev and possibly break your FORD!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2001

25th Aug 2001, 13:24

You're not referring to the Hyundai ARE YOU???

30th Sep 2001, 17:52

Yup I am.

All it needed was some reinforcing on the body (the car was in great shape to begin with, only that the auto tranny was slipping badly).

The only exterior mods I have is the fiberglass hood with non-functional scoop (Pontiac Trans Am 80's style) and the car looks (obviously) like it's a RWD. The tires are just 205s on the front and 215s on the rear and they are on 15" rims.

Like I said, this car will make people mad and then it will also surprise many (actually all).

28th Jan 2006, 19:35

What mpg do you get and what is the top speed on that thing.

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 7 reviews