I bought this as a second run about car I could use and park where ever I wanted as I wanted to take care of my Elantra.
I bought the second Hyundai because as far as I'm concerned I have great respect for the in house Alpha and Beta motors used in the Excel, Accent, Getz and Elantra, Tucson.
When I was shopping around for my Excel I wasn't fussed about mileage. I just wanted an Excel that was looked after and ran fine.
I test drove over 10 different Excels before I bought one. The first one I drove had close to 400,000km on it! but it drove excellent. The only reason I didn't purchase that one was purely because it was PINK.
I spoke to a few mechanics and overall they all said never knock an Excel for reliability. They were a cheap car. but have an extremely robust engine. I even had the Excel commended for its reliability by a security company which told me they have had cars see the life of over 600,000km on them.
Enough of that. This is about my Excel.
I purchased it with 200,000km and only paid $2,500 for it because the registration was due in a few days. The car itself always starts and runs very smoothly. I am servicing it regularly every 7,500km as I want to look after this little gem as much as possible. But with saying that, it does get thrashed a little bit.
When I bought the car I did change a few things.
-Drivers door seal- ripped
-Hatch seal- leaking.
Other than that nothing else has been touched.