1999 Hyundai Excel Sprint from Australia and New Zealand


Great First car


Lately my excel has been breaking down. Not all the time, but some of the time, I will come to a set of red lights, stop as usual and the engine will just shut down. When this first started I could just start the car back up again, now it will only start after ten minutes or so.

The last time this happened, I looked under the hood and heard a rather quick and loud clicking sound around the battery area. But once I turned the car off it stopped, but when turned back to on it started again.

Does anybody have a clue what is going on? I have taken it to two mechanics and the Hyundai dealer and they both said the same thing, it has to get worse to get better.

General Comments:

It's a great little car I love it. Apart from it breaking down. It handles like a dream once it gets going!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2008

1999 Hyundai Excel Twin Cam from Australia and New Zealand


Good starter vehicle


Dash board cracked, replaced under warranty.

Indicator switch failed, replaced under warranty.

Steering wheel plastic perished, steering wheel replaced under warranty.

Front passenger seat spring release busted, replaced under warranty.

Console illuminating lights dimming.

Stereo speakers perished after 2 years of use.

Timing belt broke, piston #2 thrown, needed overhaul at 200,000 kms.

Paint on rear bumper fading badly.

General Comments:

This is a great little car for individuals and young families with a small budget. As a new car, the powerful little 4 banger engine made for quick starts and passing when needed. However, the car itself always drove like a drunken tanker, and at times it was very difficult to handle, especially in wet conditions. Start and stop in city I found difficult as well. The engine had plenty of power, but the small car body made it easy to "kangaroo jump" the clutch if you're not aware.

The interior is basic and friendly, with everything you need in easy reach. The seats are small yet comfortable, and the rear leg room is limited with tall drivers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2007

1999 Hyundai Excel GX 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand


A dream to own


The only thing was the CD player which used to go to full volume by itself and had to be replaced.

The engine has a knock when cold.

General Comments:

This car has been a dream to own and I have loved every minute I owned it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2004

1999 Hyundai Excel Sprint 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand


OK I guess, cheap to run, that's all that matters


Engine has strange ticking noise when releasing the accelerator, usually when cold. Disappears when warm.

Exhaust sounds like it is leaking, not sure.

Right window assembly broke completely, replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

Not much has gone wrong with the car. I do find it annoying that it has that ticking engine noise when lifting off the accelerator. Not sure if it's because of leaking exhaust or dead lifters. If anyone knows what it is, please post it up here. But I'm not really concerned. The vehicle is cheap to run anyway, despite my trade in price. By the way, to anyone in Australia - DON'T BUY FROM Australian Fleet Sales, they're big alright, big on rip-offs. The guy told me, he'd take my MX-6 off me without testing it, and so the trade-in price he gave me was low, I pretended to hesitate, but really, I didn't care (at the time), because my MX-6 had so many problems, and had he driven it for more than 5 minutes, it'd die right in the middle of the road. So in a way, I wished I'd sold it for that trade-in price, and use that money to buy something. Oh well. Anyone thinking of buying from dealerships should think twice, I know a lot of people ripped off through trade-ins, and after-sale service.

Oh yeah, to anyone AROUND the world - Don't buy Fuel Star device, it's a new fuel saving device, despite all their advertising, even through shows like Tonight Tonight and A Current Affair, they DON'T WORK. For me, it's increased my consumption. I'm losing only 50kms per tank, which is OK, but it's opposite their claim, of getting an extra 50 kms.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th August, 2003

26th Aug 2004, 18:25

The rattling noise is fine all excels do because my excel does the same thing when it is cold.

From Scott Employee and Part owner of L+S Mechanics.

28th Mar 2006, 04:24

Funny, my friend's 1999 Excel (Sportz Sprint?) had a faulty right window assembly. Um, this was in Melbourne — any chance it was your one?!?

13th Jun 2006, 18:30

My 1995 excel has a suspected exhaust leak. I bought it privately last year in Jan to learn on, and since I got my P's in Feb this year, the engine has started making a ticking noise and the exhaust leak has made itself known. I had the radiator replaced (i bought a reconditioned one from a wrecker) in march this year as my car started overheating. I am now about to find out what exactly is wrong with the car, I am hoping it is nothing too serious and expensive. I read that engine ticking is normal in excels is this true? Could it have something to do with my ball bearings?

Please reply.

17th Apr 2007, 03:07

The "ticking noise" is the valve tappets banging and moving around low on oil. It is wise for any make and model vehicle to check your fluids regularly, especially the motor oil. In the Hyundai engines the tappets will be louder if the oil level is low, and it isn't good for the engine.

1999 Hyundai Excel 1.5 DOHC 16valves from Australia and New Zealand


It beats WRX's and imports


I haven't had much drama with the car. I blew the gearbox after I started modifying the car and I've replaced a few clutches.

General Comments:

This car performed well standard. But I've spent a lot of money ensuring I beat WRX's V8 commodores and most street cars of the lights and drags for that matter. Its got a 2inch system with sports exhaust. Mandrel bent extractors, Fuel pressure regulator upgrades, the gear box has been modified to a quick shift model. It has a cool K&N filter. The Drive train and conrod and valves have been upgraded. And the engine has been ported and bored out to reach 1600cc. Recently a Stage 1 turbo was inputted into the car adding over 50Kw's on its own. The car has sports suspension and aftermarket brakes and clutch. 16inch alloys with low profiles and a rear wing. This car really gets up and goes. I handtimed 0-100 in around 5 seconds. Which is great for such a small engine. I'm still to be beaten off the lights. It's a great car with a lot of torque and power. Its approx 200-250Kw or so it says I gotta get it dyno tuned again. I recommend the excel for a first car. The car goes off the clock in 4th gear which is 200km/hr, but keeps going a long way after that.

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

Review Date: 21st July, 2003

1999 Hyundai Excel GLX 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand


Very good for a first car or a person who needs a new car for little money


The dashboard had been cracked by the sun, replaced under warranty.

Back door panel vinyl had peeled from the carpet insert, replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

I love it, it's very good for my needs. 4 doors and a big boot, was easy to install a good Sony sound system.

The 5 speed gives the twin cam good power, not speed power, but all you need for good fuel costs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2002