The excel is an excellent buy with years of trouble free service
Tappets very noisy after about 150,000km, but don't cause any other issues.
Crank angle sensor went at about 250,000km.
Clutch replaced at about 270,000km.
Burns about half a litre per month in oil now its got the k's on it.
CV joints starting to click.
Front brake discs warped from racing.
This car although stock standard, has copped an absolute beating for three hundred thousand k's and has never missed a beat. That is until I ran into a car a month ago and wrote it off.
- driven through flooded rivers where the water comes over the bonnet
- driven on rough bush tracks where some 4wd owners hesitate
- driven rally style along dirt roads
- been racing until the brakes overheat and stop working (bit scary)
- done lots of burnouts
- jumped over a few motor bike jumps.
Serviced regularly until 100K then about once every 20 to 40k because I got a bit lazy.
It is all original except for the clutch. It does need new suspension though. All up apart from normal servicing I have only spent about $300 on it since new.
Its great on fuel although road noise is an issue. Great on long distance trips. Build quality is good, but not excellent.
Manual gear shift is a bit sloppy in the shifter itself. Has been described as "like rowing a boat".
Stereo is very easy to make sound awesome with some splits in the front and a sub in the boot.
I highly recommend these cars as they are extremely cheap to buy and run and never break down. I am so happy in fact and surprised by how good they are for the price that I am currently looking for my second Excel now.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th November, 2005