No more Taco Bell from now on. Your email address will not be published. If you like throwing levers while you drive, you got two of them instead of one! Wheel size for the 1987 Hyundai Excel will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted. I think you mean XV10 (rather than VX10), which is the 1991-1996 Camry generation. The 1985-1989 Excel was so incredibly terrible— in my opinion, even worse than the Yugo— that just about every example in North America was dead and crushed by about 1995. Uphill in 5th was not an option with the AC on. Well she bought the Excel 2door hatch a total strippo with no a/c., a four speed, and nothing else . I’ll change it. Learn how your comment data is processed. I sometimes wonder if I have the last one of these. Many tread-area punctures can be repaired if they are less than ¼ of an inch in diameter. I highly doubt the thermo-wax choke was cheaper than a bi-metallic, particularly a water heated bi-metallic. Hardly. The Cimarron was a freaking J-body Cavalier with leather seats and a trebled price. Are EV Batteries an Environmental Hot Mess? And with their new baby, Hyundai launched a massive assault on the US in 1986. But there were serious doubts about the Yugo’s provenance and durability from the beginning, and they quickly proved to be all-too true. Their design still leaves too much to be desired. It certainly did get them off the road and into the wrecking yard sooner than a bi-metallic would have. I have to agree with earlier comments of the Hyundai stigma these cars created, which KIAs and god help you, Diahatsus did nothing to eleviate. Pfft! In nearly every package deal was one of these lumps. Detroit started out making nice-girl cars and then turned them into slut-quality. All specifications, performance and fuel economy data of Hyundai Excel GLS 4-Dr Sedan (51 kW / 69 PS / 68 hp), edition of the year 1987 since late-year 1986 for North America U.S., including acceleration times 0-60 mph, 0-100 mph, 0-100 km/h, 0-200 km/h, quarter mile time, top speed, mileage and fuel economy, power-to-weight ratio, dimensions, drag coefficient, etc. Granted, I live in salt country, but I don’t remember seeing rusted out examples bombing around before they disappeared. Plymouth Volare and Dodge Aspen Yeah, b/c carbiz and rockit know so much more than all the automotive writers and engineers who do this for a living. I drove it to a local Honda dealer and bought a Camry wagon there. The closest I’ve come was this ’91 Hyundai Scoupe, based on the second-gen Excel and nowhere near as wretched as its predecessor. Are you even capable of making a post that doesn’t contain a “Japan Inc” conspiracy theory? I can’t remember the last time I saw and Excel of this generation, or the next for that matter. Hyundai started out making slut-quality cars, but gradually reformed into nice-girl’s. I actually DO see these every once in awhile – not often, but still a steady stream, which is a small miracle considering how incredibly disposable they became. Use our free online car valuation tool to find out exactly how much your car is worth today. What amazes me is the degree to which the media cheers them on. Some markets, including Europe, had the Excel branded as the Hyundai Pony, although it is not directly related to its rear wheel drive predecessor of the same name. After all, it IS GM. Drove that Civic 6 years and put some 70K+ miles on it. That doesn’t sound too atypical for 1987. Besides being the terrible car it was, the factory ceased to be. When the Excel came out at $4995, he snapped one up as a second car. Why we couldn’t have simply mandated seatbelt use (which eventually all but one state did anyway) is beyond me. CC Outtakes: A Toy Truck – What Could Be Better For Christmas? An ES is essentially a Camry with a different body and some luxury gubbins thrown in to make it suitable for its $15k price hike. One of my favorite car moments is when I tell someone who is driving a Prizm or a Vibe, “Nice Toyota”, and they proceed quickly to tell me “Naw, it ain’t!! 1. Hyundai resurrected itself with the recent launch of the new Sonata and Elantra. Turnbull and the Marinas turned up at Hyundai, along with some other ex-BL designers and engineers. Whether Hyundai purposely waited some ten years before it got aggressive with its ten-year 100k mile warranty and a massive product expansion is unclear. My parents initially loved it, but the honeymoon didn’t last long. As a testament to early Hyundai quality the Mitsubishi running gear was very reliable but the rest of the car was horrid. This was so entirely predictable I couldn’t even laugh. Just ask Yugo; they quickly walked away. Didn’t have the handling of my previous Rabbits (Golf Mk I), but it beat the crap of the Chevette I once owned…, Maybe they had them well-sorted by ’90, or perhaps I was just lucky…. I would think this would make it reliable. We took it on a Tarmac Rally, that was interesting, torque steer city. My only experience with the Excel was televised: Rodney King drove one. For reference, this was in the early-to-mid-90s. Don’t forget that the Chairman of Hyundai/KIA was released from PRISON (embezzlement and bribery no less) because he and the company were too important to the Korean economy. Believe it or not, I still see some of these roaming the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities. A 5 door Excel hatchback. If you had an up who wanted an Excel, unless their credit was total shyte, you were going to get your commission. How can they fall for this GM crap? Go enjoy the bounty of freshly made Mexican food that is currently available. !” Never fails with the “buy ‘Murracan” crowd. ECU ECM Engine Control Module Computer 39110-21380 Fits Hyundai Excel 1986 1987. Early Hyundai products were certainly no Toyotas, but in fairness they did not get the same owner love, either. But as a student in western Pennsylvania, it had neither. And back in the late 80’s and 90’s, they weren’t uncommon cars either. This was the spark of an uprising that lead to the LA Riots…Now, lets talk about when OJ Simpson tried the same thing a few years later (only not in a Hyundai, and didn’t get pummelled when he got out of his Bronco). It’s real easy to work on. $55.99. No auto company has invested the money and effort to improve their products the way Hyundai has. Transmission went soon after. Let’s not forget that the Excel generally ran and performed as you’d expect in its early years whereas the two Detroit products routinely sputtered, sagged, and stalled during their first year. Today I have two Hyundais, and remain very happy with both. Gee, I guess the engineers and industry insiders who awarded the Hyundai i40 the prestigious Golden Award at the EuroCarBody Conference don’t know what they are talking about – Hyundai being the 1st Asian automaker to win this award. Plus, our selection of 1987 Transmission & Drivetrain parts for your Excel are some of the lowest in the market. Well we figured out that with interest he was going to pay close to $16K, this for a car that was advertised for $4999. It ate through brakes on a yearly basis. Much better looking than any of their contemporary offerings. I’d have to disagree with the statement that the first generation Excel was fully developed by Hyundia it was just a licensed version of the Mitsubishi/Dodge Colt/Plymouth Champ with an Italian designed body. Check out slammedxl 1987 Hyundai Excel in OKC,OK for ride specification, modification info and photos and follow slammedxl's 1987 Hyundai Excel for updates at CarDomain. Hyundai has really got to try hard to get me to purchase one. I ended up with a 1983 Honda Civic hatchback, which was what I was looking for anyway, based on my personal and my parent’s experiences with Hondas. As you readers might know, my wife bought a brand new one just before we got married. She could never rely on that car 100%. The Yugo was dated, cramped, and slow out of the gate. Since it wouldn’t meet US standards, we were spared its pleasures on our home turf, although I doubt it would have compared all that poorly to the similar RWD Datsun 210s and Corollas of the times; maybe a bit less refined. Was it as smooth as a Honda? Since this car’s a CC and not a COAL, I think it’s safe to point that out here. Indeed, the Excel had an average reliability rating from Consumer Reports for its first two years, unlike these cars that came out of the gate well below average, meaning owners spent a lot of time at the dealership. Didn’t the LAPD say he was going 115 mph? Directly on par with my other friends Renault Encores. Sometimes we had to resort to some pretty imaginative ways to get these turds repaired to get them back in the customers hands and after about a year fighting with these cars refused to sell or recommend them to anybody. On the other hand, ‘hating’ Korean products has a racist undertone to it that I find troubling. A little flimsier perhaps, but that Excel ran pretty well and was immaculately clean for what he paid. Shoot, I did a search for a Pony CC but thought that one was for the Ford Escort Pony. Hyundai’s exports began with the Pony, including Europe, and Canada from 1983 on. In the repair industry it was known as “the Minuki nightmare” they used a unusual thermo-wax choke set up that was not adjustable nor really repairable. Since Mitsu pretty much built the entire driveline, and people usually don’t give up immediately on a brand over chintzy plastic and poor shutlines (see: any American auto manufacturer) I’m inclined to say these failed more because of Hyundai’s reliance on the worst Japanese automaker than their own shortcomings. I mean, if any car was destined to spend its entire life with a crankcase full of black sludge, it was surely a 1987 Hyundai. Who new, those Excels could go over 100 mph? (Like the ES300 is any less egregious than the Cimarron!) Of course the Equus cost nearly ten times more, a price Hyundai back then wouldn’t dare to put on any of its car. In fact my cousin bought one in 85 and I remember an uncle telling him that he bought the one car worse than a Yugo! Get away from “the man”? Frankly, those ultra-cheap first Excels seem to be a superb example of ‘you get what you pay for’. The car currently has about 65,000 miles on it and for the most part is in really good condition. Struts and other suspension parts are also fully interchangeable too. I happily complied and received a check for $1200. However in the 2nd or 3rd year of ownership -both- cars had engine failures. Hyundai tried to stick the other one with a bill too, claiming failure to regularly change the oil caused the problem. Additional they have such beautiful green cities with clean air and a wonderful quality of life that any American or European would envy. The LAPD said he was doing 120, which did wonders for their credibility, I’m sure. As it turns out, he’d gotten in the car the next day, and couldn’t get the trans to shift. At the time I worked for a national tire chain. I told her to get a used Jetta or Honda. I still think it’s hard to go wrong with the pre-65 models, they were awesome cars. Well, that applies more to politicians and celebrities than to car companies. I think the importer was one the first out here to offer a three year 100,000 kilometer warranty, so maybe that is why their reputation didn’t suffer as much here. The Excel was a reasonably modern car when it showed up and as noted above was reasonably well assembled; it performed decently. You guys in the US had it easy, you didn’t get the Pony or the Stellar. I’m not sure you actually drove a Hyundai. The GM X cars morphed into the Celebrity and clones – all was forgiven…well…not by me, but that’s another story. The Excel was mechanically heavily based on the Mitsubishi Colt, and Giugiaro styled the body again. 1987 Hyundai Excel GLS 4 Cyl 1.5L Product Details Series : Standard OE Replacement Product Fit : Direct Fit Warranty : 1-year or 12,000-mile Standard limited warranty Anticipated Ship Out Time : Same day - 1 business day Quantity Sold : Sold individually I can vouch for its Mitsubishi based heritage. He was so happy to trade up from his 67 Corona coupe till the engine scrammed at only 25K. Parts like AT Case are shipped directly from authorized Hyundai dealers and backed by the manuf In 2013, my daughter and her husband rented a Santa Fe for a road trip with me and I found the thing was so bouncy that both my daughter and I experienced something we never had before. The best thing I can say about the ES is that nobody has ever had to go looking for missing panties in one. It lasted about six months. Hyundai Excel 1987 Wheel size. 1987 Hyundai Excel GLS 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand. $19.60. 5th gear went out at about 95,000 miles 20 years ago I ate a bad taco and got sick and puked everywhere. Hyundai has the (very) deep pockets propped up by the South Korean Government, and finally has excellent (if not class-leading) products. I can assure you, there WILL be bad tastes left or even better, food poisoning. My Dad thought he was the smartest shopper in 1986 when he got HIS Excel GLS. I’m currently driving a 2011 Hyundai Genesis… trust me, anyone who drives a Genesis is NOT thinking about an Excel (unless it is to think: is that really the same company!?). Learn more and buy online at Goodyear.com. But a V6 Camry is a decently cushy car to begin with, and when you put unique parts pretty much everywhere the non-enthusiast will ever see or touch, the owner ends up feeling like they got a luxury vehicle. You sound delusional. Base one on a Cavalier, without making any of the material changes that distinguished an ES300 from a Camry VX10, and you have a ridiculously priced piece of Cimarron. Once the service manager was done, he said, no charge! We both got car sick. Yes, early Hyundais were shoddy in quality, but that was in large part b/c they used cheap, crappy Mitsubishi components. In what? The reason is the 3rd gen car was still called an Excel here instead of an Accent, and they were of course a lot better so sold very well. While on the topic of abbreviations for today’s QOTD, DNK as a license plate would be challenging to have on the car. It looked OK for its age but like I said, it still ran and was being driven, perhaps daily too. She used the car for shopping and running errands. Those early Hyundais were the best looking cars in the 80’s. This is important since I use mnemonics to remember plate numbers for parkade machines, etc. Fortunately, by the 3 year mark they’ve got another “the one” really to give to the press. Hyundai Excel 1987 #5. He didn’t get enough of what he deserved. Funny how once Hyundai started using their own components that their quality/reliability went up (otoh, Mitsu still isn’t that great in the quality dept.). But it was not soon before we realized a 3 year old Corolla for the same price was a much better value and more reliable. But time and continued steady progress in resolving the Excel’s issues healed some of the wounds. After about 3 years the car developed huge circular rust spots all over the hatch and rear quarters. I was wrong. It was only a little more expensive than a GEO Metro and the base came well equipped with power steering, power brakes, AM/FM cassette. Hyundai Excel 1987 Alloy wheel fitment guide Choose appropriate trim of Hyundai Excel 1987: Heads up! The SC400 and ES300 followed in 1991. Wow, its been a while since I have seen a 1st gen Excel on the road. Fate intervened when a drunk driver rear ended the car at a stoplight. Highlighted items are for OEM wheels, the rest are replacement options Page navigation by markets: Heads up! The oil leaks exceeded his ability to pour new oil into the crankcase at which point he seized the motor. One day it ran out of gas, and we pushed it to his frat house. Think about what happened in the 90s. By it’s 6th year, it needed a clutch replacement, and the engine mounts were sagging, which made the handling unpredictable. (Not about the mexican food, its delicious!). Would you believe that the first-generation Hyundai Excel is now one of the rarest of Junkyard Finds? GM has asked for so many second chances over the years, and chose to cash in on garbage cars after decades of making some of the best cars in the world. The last straw was when a front wheel fell off as he was crossing the Mission bridge, due to a CV failure. 1. Tell that to Kaiser, AMC, Studebaker, Packard, Tucker, and many others. They improved as Mitsubishi let them take their 4G engine technology to add to their knowledge base it seems. One of us should do a Pony CC, can’t recall the last time I saw one though. Shortly after those issues were fixed, I inherited the car to commute to grad school. In 1986 I actually got to do the Yugo /Hyandai Excel comparo test. I don’t know if that was true, it was just what I was told. Based on thousands of real life sales we can give you the most accurate valuation of your vehicle. When you have a totally captive home market to provide the capital while you continue assaulting foreign markets until you get it right, you’re bound to hit the target sooner or later. AFAIK, gramps’ little red Excel served him well until he passed away. But of course rust isn’t as big a deal here as it is in other (Eastern) parts of Canada. I really baby it and take the best care I can of it. In any case I did think Hyundai did a good job with the styling. I hate these cars so much that even after all these years I still flat out refuse to look at ANYTHING with Hyundai stamped on it. I knew I was rolling the dice when I bought it, and was overjoyed when it turned out to be so reliable. Im amazed at how many of these old Excels are still on the road here I see em on a regular basis. It can be a little more challenging to overcome the damage from a poor quality car, especially if you’re the brand new kid on the block. This ain’t no rice burner, it’s a Chivalay!! Sunroof/Moonroof: Optional: Air Conditioning: Optional: Leather Seats--Power Seats And at about 50k miles I was driving with her to her college and the clutch went. And if you’re doing business with a Korean business person you know you’re dealing with an ethical, fair and honest person. For one thing they were half or 3/4 a size larger than other cars of the same price. I went to see one of these when they first came out, to replace my god-awful X-car Buick Skylark, the big selling point for the rep was the solid thunk when he closed the door, I wanted the auto tranny, but when we went for a test drive on a very hot summer day with a full complement of passengers, I had a hard time going up the hills and the almost apologetic rep told me: “I really recommend the stick over the auto unless you’re willing to turn off the a/c.” Needless to say we left and went to get a Corolla. I had a roommate in college with one of these. I was wondering when somebody was going to bring up the Hyundai Excel’s greatest claim to fame. Along with the race belts, it is the only reason he is still with us today. Neither CR’s first Excel nor their ’88 Precis were perfect, but there weren’t any defects like their Yugo had. I remember the first generation excel as being worse than this. Me prejudiced toward Koreans? Every new model is “the one” that shows that they’ve finally gotten it. The AC system had been recently repaired. It started falling apart after the first year or so. No thermowax choke on those but they were a problematic 3 barrel to feed the jet valve, Mitsu’s version of the stratified charge engine the more famously known version was of course the Honda CVCC. To this day, he says that the Excel was the most comfortable car he’s ever had. Outrun a Police Interceptor? I thought about going to look at it as its price was with within my budget, believe it or not, but my Dad talked me out of it due to their reputation and their lack of reliability still at that time – which I knew about. He bought a new Honda Accord. The ES300 replaced the Camry based ES250, which was one of the two initial Lexus models offered starting in 1989. It is simply an indicator of the oil consumption problem, or other problems such as emissions system, ignition system, or fuel injection system etc. I had a ball with my Colt twin stick. Bubba let go of him and he tried to apologize, but I just wanted to get as far away from this clown as I could. Copyright 2011 - 2020 Curbside Classics. In South Korea the hatchback version was known as Hyundai Pony Excel, and the sedan version was known as Hyundai Presto. Your email address will not be published. How much for a copy of the Popular Science review of this? Another source of capital for these Korean companies cannot be ignored: Japanese and American companies arrogantly sending money and know-how to get cheap production, seemingly never considering that these companies might one day build their own cars with the money they made and become competitors (as the Japanese had done with American companies). A coworker’s daughter bought one of these new (89, I think), and it was a very reliable and economical car. If you are a vehicle owner, search for recalls by your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). I was stunned. I test drove a firstgen Excel GL or GLS sedan from a private seller in the early/mid ’90s. It was an insult to the Cadillac name. As for has Detroit ever produced anything worse, DEFINITELY! I’d have to say it was Hyundai’s deadly sin – they disappeared from the US market for several years, didn’t they, before licking their wounds and returning with offerings that actually worked? 2. It didn’t inspire in any regard, but neither did it engender loathing. Hyundai Motors itself got its start in 1967, building licensed Ford Cortinas (Full story here). The first week I owned it, the car died as I attempted to complete a left lane merge onto a busy roadway. One difference is that I remember the first toyotas too. Their ’88 test still said that there were better cars than the Precis, including the Korean-built Festiva whereas the Yugo’s summation was that it was among the worst they’d ever tested. There was the first little Accent, and then they started adding other lines. Didn’t do to well there either. The Excel was Hyundai’s GM X-Body (Citation, etc. All the first gen Excels I encountered were pretty well used up within five years’ time. He had to, couldn’t afford to buy another car. She used the car for shopping and running errands. It leaked oil even after the factory had looked at it. “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?”, “We should all drive a Hyundai and outrun the LAPD.”. The Excel was a great car compared to the Pony. All Rights Reserved. Me. Drove it until 1995, put just over 100,000 miles on it. Surprisingly, he still drive Hyundais and their new cars are real lookers, quite a turnaround. Ol’ Rodney drove himself a ’89 Hyundai Excel 5 door with 5 spd and the LA Police’s claim of “115 mph” was so laughable, you knew something wasn’t right. Carbiz didn’t mention the original ES250, so I went with the car that he brought up. Excel owners got one the first year, one the second year, one the fourth, and then again in the sixth and eighth year. IDK about that. Ended up buying a 1983 Honda Civic 3 door hatchback via Auto Trader and drove it for 6 years and about 70K miles over that time. Luckily my passengers and I escaped with only minor injuries. 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