Though I have to hand it to Hyundai for hanging on no matter how long it took and they seem to be up to the quality level of American cars. I don’t know if that was true, it was just what I was told. I happened upon them entirely by accident, he jumps out of the truck and attempts to attack me. Of course I don’t know the details as the girls, ahem, ladies didn’t either. The Yugo was dated, cramped, and slow out of the gate. It is simply an indicator of the oil consumption problem, or other problems such as emissions system, ignition system, or fuel injection system etc. Plus, our selection of 1987 Transmission & Drivetrain parts for your Excel are some of the lowest in the market. Additional they have such beautiful green cities with clean air and a wonderful quality of life that any American or European would envy. However GM has failed to convince me. It pretty well sums up that CR noted with their first Excel test that there were better Japanese used models whereas with the Yugo they recommended finding a used car. This is important since I use mnemonics to remember plate numbers for parkade machines, etc. Removable steering wheels and spontaneously combusting new supposedly leading-edge electric cars- oh, and let’s not forget the money-saving policy of NOT installing front brake pads in other new models where trust is supposedly being earned-is no way TO win public trust. Caught with inadequate research again.. The Excel was a cheap car so buyers knew they weren’t getting the absolute best quality, but the X-cars were supposed to be the NEW STANDARD in family sedans, yet while the Excel showed up at least reasonably well assembled, GM’s new sedans came from the factory with all kinds of leaks and rattles and stuff not fitted properly. The dealer installed a/c compressor had to be replaced, and the replacement never went more than a year or so without needing a recharge. Everything from garbage carburetors to stalling and drive-ability issues to electrical gremlins to bad motor and trans mounts to oil smoking engine to slipping trans axles to failed clutches and A/C compressors were the norm. 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.). My Dad thought he was the smartest shopper in 1986 when he got HIS Excel GLS. In nearly every package deal was one of these lumps. Rust was an issue, of course, but no more so than the early Hondas and Toyotas. Rodney King outruns multiple LAPD Crown Vics and helicopters in a 100MPH + high speed chase on multiple freeways and surface streets. The biggest single specific problem with these cars was their carburetor. Wow, its been a while since I have seen a 1st gen Excel on the road. I figured like Isuzu and Kawasaki they would be rugged and dependable if nothing else. Well, that and all the angel dust. American Brands: AMC, Jeep and All Others, Tractors, Lawn Mowers, Off-Road Equipment, Curbside Classic: 1987 Hyundai Excel – The Damn Near Deadly Sin, Curbside Recycling: 1972 Chevrolet Suburban – Waiting Outside The Pearly Chainlink Gates. I was interested in the Korean invasion – could they out-do the Japanese in value for the dollar? Carbiz didn’t mention the original ES250, so I went with the car that he brought up. Quality and reliability issues surfaced very quickly, and Hyundai was tainted with the same bad rep that killed the Yugo. The other bit problem was that Mitsubishi engine that suffered the same problem as many Mitsu engines of that era valve guides that failed. And with their new baby, Hyundai launched a massive assault on the US in 1986. Well, at least it was better than a Yugo………….if that says anything. This was so entirely predictable I couldn’t even laugh. In short, it sucked. It went along well enough, held my wife, kids and stuff well enough, and got not-bad fuel mileage. Directly on par with my other friends Renault Encores. The Cimarron was a Cavalier with different badges and a Cadillac grille. You have a soul. We had a mechanic that had bought one on one of those $99 down, $99/month for the rest of the year (after which the payment really jumped.) Get away from “the man”? I have to disagree with the Cimarron/ES300 comparison. Battery ground cable rusted / failed about the same time. These days the boss of Samsung is accused of being linked to the scandal-ridden President Park – and there are similar whisperings that Samsung may be getting off relatively easy because of its economic clout in Korea, though it’s not so much based on cars (Samsung sold off fledgling car unit to Renault years ago, still retains a minority share) but on electronics and real estate. I’ve been a reader for over a year, but have never commented, until now. When I worked as a mechanic at a used car lot in the early to mid 90’s saw two of these with broken crankshafts, and they were not worth fixing,even then. I would think this would make it reliable. The Excel was Hyundai’s GM X-Body (Citation, etc. The Excel was a reasonably well assembled car that performed OK when new that was built with less than robust parts. I owned that car for 9 years and 125,000 miles, usually 34 mpg around town and over 40 mpg on long trips. I realize what it is, a simple economy car. I would pay extra to have it changed. I understand people not giving 3rd, 4th and 5th chances to a company (as so many did for the big 3) but you’d have to be blind to reality to think Hyundai is still making sub-par cars. I had a 1986 Excel GLS and like NoChryslers had mentioned earlier that the car was very easy to get into, if fact I forgot my keys in the ignition and I did not need a shim to get into the car all I needed was a Popsicle stick. This reminds me that about two months ago I saw a Canadian ex-pat Pony cruising the roads here in West Florida. Much better looking than any of their contemporary offerings. Had an acquaintance who drives one of these, hitched a ride with her to Minneapolis, about an hour away. Ten years ago, my dial up kept losing the internet connection and I wasted countless hours constantly frustrated. (Like the ES300 is any less egregious than the Cimarron!) In fact, in recent years I’ve seen more Crusher-bound Mitsubishi Cordias than early Excels. It lasted about six months. The guy was stupid-crazy, accusing me of all kinds of misdeeds, swearing at me, the sales managers and Bubba (yes, really) the one mechanic who had him in a half Nelson. I still think it’s hard to go wrong with the pre-65 models, they were awesome cars. Hyundai has the (very) deep pockets propped up by the South Korean Government, and finally has excellent (if not class-leading) products. Why some people are so threatened by this is a mystery to me. I suggest the following. 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. 1987 Hyundai Excel GLS 4-Dr Hatchback (51 kW / 69 PS / 68 hp) (since late-year 1986 for North America U.S.) specs review (click on photo to view enlarged pictures gallery) 1987 Hyundai Excel GLS 4-Dr Hatchback (man. A new friend drove one…. Hyundai Origin Myth Revealed: There’s A Ford In Your Pony, The Short, Wild Ride of the Yugo in America. Believe it or not, I still see some of these roaming the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities. Isn’t GM a Chinese company now, anyway? He decided the car wasn’t worth another tank of gas and we pushed it into the woods behind the house. She could never rely on that car 100%. The result was explosive, with Hyundai selling 169k Excels in the US that first year. Their design still leaves too much to be desired. Right after that I went from the fat to the fire with my ’70 and ’67 Tbirds. Are you even capable of making a post that doesn’t contain a “Japan Inc” conspiracy theory? 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 tried to stick the other one with a bill too, claiming failure to regularly change the oil caused the problem. Even the Excel was an excel-lent idea at the time, and they were doing some interesting things in those years no one was paying attention. shipping: + $9.99 shipping . That doesn’t sound too atypical for 1987. I was wondering when somebody was going to bring up the Hyundai Excel’s greatest claim to fame. They made me sign an affidavit that I hadn’t torched it. Well she bought the Excel 2door hatch a total strippo with no a/c., a four speed, and nothing else . The ES300 was launched ahead of the generation of Camrys it shared its underpinnings with, so it was measured on its own merits by the enthusiast press before people got to see the ‘full-fat’ Camry it was somewhat loosely based on. 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!?). The oil leaks exceeded his ability to pour new oil into the crankcase at which point he seized the motor. 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. In its favor, the luggage compartment cover (under the hatchback) was, if you released its raising tethers, a perfect platform for diaper changing. At the time I worked for a national tire chain. My friend’s blue one ended up with an Lancer Evo engine bolted into it. And the Yugo’s reliability record was horrible from the first year, with many major trouble spots. Or it was stolen according to some from Mitsubishi. Would you believe that the first-generation Hyundai Excel is now one of the rarest of Junkyard Finds? It’s true! In addition to what genuineleather said, let it be noted that almost every company started with just a model or two and in addition to the US market, Europe’s and Japan’s manufacturers also started with pretty much a captive market. On. 20 years ago I ate a bad taco and got sick and puked everywhere. I was stunned. Not one of these could ever be put on the front line without visiting the repair shop. Needless to say, a Hyundai wasn’t on my shopping list when I looked for a car to replace it. You know, they’re quite profitable selling those ‘mediocre’ cars with 10/100 warranties. So its gotta be pretty good? Here goes: My family had a 1987 Excel GLS in royal blue for about 7 years and 75,000 miles. He didn’t get enough of what he deserved. Consumer Reports couldn’t get their ’86 above 45 MPH many times because the brakes dragged so badly. I really baby it and take the best care I can of it. I had a phase like that in the late ’80s, Technically, the Pony was developed by Hyundai too, but with a lot of hired help. As you can see, the gameplan really did not change for the followup Excel. Your email address will not be published. Probably won’t see another. Was it as smooth as a Honda? The Camry it was based on wasn’t all that great and it was already a familiar sight before the ES250 showed up looking like a Camry with a Mercedes grill and a BMW hood. Hardly. And are always within a 10mi radius of a Hyundai dealer lol. http://jalopnik.com/394768/ However…lets to way back to 1991. The first week I owned it, the car died as I attempted to complete a left lane merge onto a busy roadway. By it’s 6th year, it needed a clutch replacement, and the engine mounts were sagging, which made the handling unpredictable. If you want to toss Lexus/Toyota into this – they started out with good-girls and then started dressing them up in beauty queen outfits. A couple of years ago, I spotted a later iteration of this first gen Excel still going strong, it was a white, upper trim 3 door hatch, I think an ’87 or so, but what I DO recall was it had the all red lenses but looked identical to the original otherwise. The previous year I had changed my policy to a zero dollar deductible. The Excels seemed to be blowing blue smoke after just a few years. A coworker’s daughter bought one of these new (89, I think), and it was a very reliable and economical car. Thankfully, no serious injuries to Mom and Pop – suspected drunk sped off. ECU ECM Engine Control Module Computer 39110-21380 Fits Hyundai Excel 1986 1987. The Toyota store I was working in the early 90’s had been a Hyundai store also, but the dealer manager decided to get out of the Korean Kar business because there were too many problems with them. An iron duke Firebird may be a better car than an Excel, but the Pontiac was a much bigger slap in the face. I actually saw a same generation Excel hatch driving on I70 through Denver the other day. The next big leap forward came in 1975, when the Pony appeared (above). Thankfully no one needs to shed a tear for Hyundai these days – they’re a great rags to riches story. F owners got 3 the first year, 4 more the next and another the year after that, in addition to the FTC rust settlement notice. HyundaiPartsDeal.com offers the lowest prices for genuine 1987 Hyundai Excel parts. Since this car’s a CC and not a COAL, I think it’s safe to point that out here. When the Excel came out at $4995, he snapped one up as a second car. Detroit started out making nice-girl cars and then turned them into slut-quality. But there were serious doubts about the Yugo’s provenance and durability from the beginning, and they quickly proved to be all-too true. If you like throwing levers while you drive, you got two of them instead of one! Didn’t the LAPD say he was going 115 mph? No other new cars could approach those prices that year, though the cheapest possible Subaru 3-door hatch cost $5,398, the Volkswagen Fox went … It for a Caravan, which is a re-branded Hyundai Excel 's sold on CarsGuide over the last year am... 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