1998 Hyundai Excel 1.5 twin cam from Australia and New Zealand


Best ever for price and fun


Have owned for 10 years. It is a 5 speed manual.. no power steering!

2008; Catalytic converter replaced only because of a tinkling noise from it. This was a piece of muffler baffle caught inside. It was not corroded at all.

2008; Muffler entry pipe corroded, although muffler still 100% intact and quietened to normal level after "bandaging" the pipe.

2008; 1 spark plug lead broke down and was replaced.

That is all the problems in 10 years of use.

General Comments:

I am quite hard on this car, using all of its 75kW and lack of weight to embarrass people in sporty cars at traffic light drags and fast cornering.

The lack of power steering is an asset, not a loss. The feel of the car when cornering makes up for the heavy steering in parking lots. The gear ratios are absolutely perfectly matched to the engine characteristics. My next car will be the 1.6 3door accent.. shame it has power steering!! This can fly round corners too. I've raced em.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2010

1998 Hyundai Excel GX 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand


Done me proud for 11 years and counting


I bought my Excel in Sept 1998, brand new and have owned it ever since. I don't own another car. I've heard SO many bad things from a few people about Excels, but maybe I just got extremely lucky.

I still have the original clutch in it - yes I swear that's the truth. Original gearbox, aircon, brake disc's, basically everything is still original other than the battery, the alternator, the exhaust system (as I went to 2 1/4 straight through with extractors years back) a few bulbs, stereo system, just general "add-on's" as such.

I've driven it from Townsville to Port Douglas, down to Melbourne, Sydney and everywhere in between.

From the Gold Coast to Alice Springs and back up to Qld. At least 10 trips down to Brisbane from Townsville. She's never missed a beat.

Dragged a trailer with a 200 kilo motorcycle and at least 200 kilos of crap stacked inside, down to the Gold Coast, took a day to adjust after remove the load, but everything went smoothly.

Maybe it's upkeep, maybe, as I said, I'm lucky.

But either way it's been an absolute dream to own. Coming up to 11 years and I'm not looking to get rid of her at all.

The paint is still stunning and the interior is basically perfect, other than the water stains on the doorskins if you don't wipe it off quick enough.. fingernail polish removes the stains though.

The windows are the only thing that annoy me.

I have a 3 door, so the larger windows give more trouble, and have to be guided as they're wound up as the tracks in the door get lazy over time.

Never had it die on the side of the road on a trip, but have shot 2 spark plug leads at once heading through Gin Gin, but she kept going through to Hervey Bay for new leads! Basically ran on 2, then 3, then 2 cylinders ha ha! Chewed the juice but had no dramas at all!

Would I buy another one? Yeah I think I would. I do all my own servicing except for belts, so I know how it gets treated and the jobs are done right. Upkeep and maintenance, and I RARELY let anyone drive it.

General Comments:

After I had the K&N filter, exhaust system and extractors put on, the difference was amazing. For such a little engine it does actually do very well.

I also removed the "double-back" airflow on the intake at the front. Removed the 2 'drop down' square shaped pieces and plugged the holes ;)

Got 14" alloys and 185's on it, and lowered Kings Springs on the front only. All it needs.

The seats are all still perfect, been covered all their lives.

The 17" (or 44" can't remember..) steering wheel was a blessing to get rid off!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2009

6th Oct 2013, 04:51

I agree, my 1998 Hyundai Excel has been running for years. Drove practically up and down the coast of QLD and it just keeps on ticking. The only "real" problem I had with it is to replace the alternator and the clutch slave and master cylinder. I guess the secret is to have it serviced, and a little TLC goes a long way.

4th Jan 2015, 07:48

I have had my 1998 Hyundai since 2000, and it has been a gem. I have not had to replace any part other than standards (brakes, etc) and have driven it all about Melbourne. It's time for us to part now, and I'll miss her. A great car.