1995 Hyundai Excel Sprint 1.5i from Australia and New Zealand


Reliable little car


Water pump rebuild.

Engine wore dramatically in last 15.000 km.

Burns oil even thicker one like 25W60.

General Comments:

Very reliable and quite cheap to run, but poor accessories- no A/C, PS, ABS, tacho- very plain.

Low fuel consumption.

Still original engine and would have lasted longer if better maintained- previous owner serviced the car every 20.000 km on average.

Great for city and suburban cruise, but poor at high speeds and highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2006

1995 Hyundai Excel Sprint (X3 series) 1.5L from Australia and New Zealand


A good first car, but shop around


Gear box needed replacement - expensive.

Front wheel bearings became badly worn and needed replacement.

Struts became badly worn and needed replacement.

Inner plastic on door handles cracked and window seals beginning to wear.

Water pump and thermostat housing has begun to leak and requires replacement - expensive.

General Comments:

The Excel is a good first car for teens and early twenties. It offers good fuel economy and most of the basic creature comforts - with the exception of power steering, which is quite apparent when attempting to park.

The 1.5 L engine offers quite reasonable acceleration from the manual gearbox, particularly in first & second gear; third and fourth gears are a bit of a non-event, however, and you may want to turn the air conditioning off to get any decent performance.

Interior passenger and luggage space is surprisingly competent given the small body, but the seats are narrow so drivers or would-be passengers who are on the larger side of average may want to steer clear of it. The air conditioning is adequate, but heating is either all-on or all-off, with little in-between, so I'd be wary of considering driving one in a colder climate.

A major issue with comfort is noise - both road and engine noise are very noticeable, particularly in city driving. The chasis has a tendancy to scrape at any change of grade, despite the vehicle's base having reasonable ground clearance.

Maintenance issues have been an issue, but these have all been of a non-emergency nature, so as long as you have it serviced regularly and keep a little bit of money in the bank I'd consider the Excel fairly reliable.

A few problems are beginning to occur with the vehicle now - inside and out - and given it has been well looked-after since its genesis, caution is suggested when considering the purchase of an Excel that has more than 150,000 km (95,000 miles) on its odometer.

Resale value seems reasonable for a car of its age.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd August, 2003

20th May 2004, 20:58

I drove an Excel Sprint of the same age for about a month. A good little car. I'd certainly look at buying a younger model. The one I was driving had over 202,000km on the clock. I've since found out that it was originally a hire car so the poor guy had likely had a hard life.

Also noticed the lack of power steering made parking harder. Also, sometimes had trouble getting into reverse gear (it sometimes took a couple of attempts). Piston rings and Valve Stem Seals needed replacing. Noted the peeling paint on the hubcaps and side mirrors, been told that's a particular problem with Excels.

There are some big hills in my area, but the Excel seemed to have little problems with them.

Also noticed the noise. It feels like your driving a soft drink can sometimes, you can hear all sorts of things from outside!

Other than that it handles well, great fuel economy.

No wonder its so popular in my area. I'd certainly look at buying a younger model.

8th Oct 2005, 17:03

Regarding the power steering, or lack thereof:

We bought a brand new Excel in 1998, and it had the manual steering, and we had seen no need to pay extra for power steering. I found the manual steering to be light, responsive and simply delightful to drive. Not long after we bought ours, Hyundai made power steering standard equipment, but interestingly, they did not increase the price of the car. Four years later, when we traded ours, the dealer who traded it asked if it had power steering. I told him that it didn't, but it was not necessary because the manual steering is so light in them that power assistance is unnecessary. He agreed with that, but he said that these days it is hard to sell any car without power steering.

A couple of years ago when our daughter got her licence, we picked up a second hand '96 Excel GX, which has the power steering, and I can barely feel any difference between it and the unnassisted one we bought new in 1998.

In general, the Hyundai Excel is a good car for the price, as long as you don't expect to get a Rolls-Royce for a bargain basement price.

1995 Hyundai Excel from North America


I don't recommend it to anyone


Brakes, plenty of transmission problems, engine is starting to guzzle oil. Check engine light is screwed up beyond anything I've ever seen.

General Comments:

This car was CHEAPLY made, I don't recommend it to anyone, not even my worst enemy, you can't trade them back in once you get them, they have no value whatsoever. No one knows how to work on them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th July, 2000