1990 Hyundai Excel Reviews and Owner Comments

1990 Hyundai Excel owners review and rate their 1990 Hyundai Excel.

1990 Hyundai Excel (1 Review)
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I had my Hyundai Excel for 6 years. It was generally a good car, but of course not as reliable as a Toyota or Honda. It ran great with very minimal problems and few repairs, just a few with the alternator shorting out, but that was easy and inexpensive to fix. After 100,000 miles, all hell broke loose. I have to admit that I drove the car pretty hard, but still this car is just not designed to go much longer than 100K miles. If I had sold it at 100K miles, I would have had only a great experience, so take the following with a grain of salt, and don't buy one of these with high miles on it! At about 105K miles, the transmission went out and had to be rebuilt. The valve cover gasket was leaking oil, but I never got that fixed, as it still ran as long as I added some oil every now and then. Then the air conditioning quit working. After that, it started over-heating. On any hot day, it would boil over and I used to keep gallons of water in the trunck so I was prepared. Of course, when it boils over, it leaves a hard water scale residue inside the motor cooling passages, so with each time it gets a little worse. This is a good inexpensive car which will serve you well as long as it doesn't have high miles, which is fair given the low cost. Good car; buy it young and don't drive it too long.